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ERM Partner Trey Shaffer elected to SPE Board of Directors

24 March 2015

Demonstrating ERM’s sustainability commitment and investment to thought leadership

Trey Shaffer, a Senior Partner focused on the Oil and Gas Sector, has started a three-year tenure as the Health, Safety, Security, the Environment, and Social Responsibility (HSSE-SR) Technical Director with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

With over 144,000 members globally, SPE is the largest individual-member organization serving managers, engineers, scientists and other professionals worldwide in the upstream segment of the oil and gas industry. About 25% of SPE’s members are Petroleum Engineers with the remaining members supporting the industry through other technical disciplines. Trey is one of six Technical Directors elected into this position by the SPE International Board of Directors . Based on the most recent member census, over 5,000 SPE members count HSSE-SR as their primary or secondary discipline.

Commenting on his appointment, Trey said: “I am very humbled by my appointment to the SPE Board of Directors and I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues to address the most important issues and leverage the tremendous resources that SPE has to offer. In challenging economic times, volunteerism can be a difficult activity to justify. However, I believe that volunteerism within SPE leads to collaboration which is an essential building block of innovation. I am looking forward to the opportunity to enable innovation as we work collectively to tackle the challenges of the day.”

Reflecting on the opportunities that HSSE-SR professionals have to bring value to our respective companies, Trey adds: “Oil and gas companies are making long-term investments around the world in costly, technically complicated projects where HSSE-SR challenges can significantly reduce the return on investment if not carefully managed. Many project delays are due to non-technical issues and there is not a simple formula to anticipate and avoid these issues during the planning stage, but there are ways in which organisations can be better prepared to deal with them.”

“My goal as the HSSE-SR Technical Director is to convince technical decision makers with a deep understanding of their project that success can depend on something outside the realm of design specifications and their professional skills—public acceptability.”

Trey’s appointment is a clear demonstration of ERM’s sustainability commitment and investment to thought leadership with the key focus of his role being on:

  • Developing a strategic plan for SPE to further integrate HSE across the SPE platform including web, periodical, technical conferences and programs.

  • Planning for the SPE 2016 International HSE Conference in Norwegian city of Stavanger including the recruitment of both the program and executive committees and actively working on gender diversification in both the program and executive committee leadership to ensure that women are better represented as a key demographic. Piloting a concept to create an SPE version of “TED” talks called PetroTalks.

  • Piloting a number of initiatives to introduce HSE to high school students, college students and young professionals in the Oil & Gas industry.

Read the full details of the SPE Board

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