Thought Leadership

Our podcasts, which cover the sectors of energy, natural resources, infrastructure and finance, are contributed to by industry specialists who are all experts in their fields. We hope to enlighten and stimulate discussion through sharing their knowledge and thought leadership in this way.


Energy Shortfall: Fact or Fiction? Dr Richard Norris, Energy Adviser at Helios Investment Partners talks with Mike Cripps

Dr Richard Norris has over 25 years oil and gas experience and is currently Upstream Adviser to Helios Investment Partners. Prior to joining Helios, he was a CEO of Candax Energy (TSX listed) managing assets in Tunisia and Madagascar, following on from the role of General Manager in a private oil company with assets in SE Asia. Earlier in his career he held technical roles with BNP Paribas in Reserves Based Lending covering MENA, FSU and Europe. Dr Norris started his career as a petroleum engineer with Elf Aquitaine (subsequently Total) working on Oil and Gas fields across West Africa, including four years working in Angola.

Murray Fox from Cripps Sears Interviews POWERful Women co-founder, Baroness Verma: Episode 2

Episode 2: Companies with diverse boards do better

In this episode Sandy Verma discusses the experience that people from different backgrounds can bring and how companies with diverse boards do better. We need to be more creative in how we can achieve this and have the confidence to take risks. This will encourage work life and social norms to change – to acknowledge that men and women are shareholders in both careers and at home.

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Gas/LNG and its influence on Geopolitics, Mike Cripps speaks to Guy Broggi – “Mr Total LNG”

Guy retired from TOTAL in January 2018 after a 40-year career holding various positions as a “gas peddler” in several production subsidiaries of the Group: Manager in Jakarta, LNG Representative in Tokyo, Commercial Director in Buenos Aires and Aberdeen to become Advisor to the LNG Trading Desk in London and, more recently, Senior Advisor to the Head of LNG in Paris Headquarters. Since 2009, he has been active in the main Gas & LNG conferences around the World both as a speaker as well as a member of their respective Governing Bodies or Programming Committees.

Murray Fox from Cripps Sears Interviews POWERful Women co-founder, Baroness Verma

Episode 1: We are all ambassadors

In this episode Sandy Verma discuses founding Powerful Women to address the under representation of women in the energy sector, supporting middle management and encouraging progression to executive and board roles. We are all ambassadors and all have a responsibility to be disruptive in promoting the sector and attracting women into energy.

The challenge of transition from executive to non executive career and his lessons learned

Since leaving Shell in 2011 Charles Watson has held various non Executive Director Board roles in several resource companies (represented on the FTSE, Canadian and Moscow exchanges). In our podcast Charles shares insight into his international career in Shell in both the downstream and upstream divisions which culminated in his final role as Chairman of Shell Russia.

Nick Perry shares his thoughts on how the UK is leading the way in the European Power and Gas markets

Nick Perry started his career in the oil business, then moved to natural gas, then electricity. In the 1990’s he was a Board Director of Enron Europe, and of Teesside Power Ltd. In 1997 he left to set up a firm providing specialised risk management software and consulting for companies trading energy. This venture was floated on the NASDAQ in 2000, after which Nick became an independent commercial energy consultant specialising in portfolio and transaction-structuring, risk management, derivatives and financial products, market dynamics and regulation in competitive energy markets. Clients include producers, generators, utilities, energy merchants, energy users, banks, regulators and governments. We recorded this podcast in 2017, but the themes remain relevant and Nick shares an interesting insight into the developing power and gas sector in Europe.

Ann Pickard – “The bravest woman in oil”

Ann Pickard, BA.MA, – Was called ‘the bravest woman in oil’– by Fortune Magazine, for her work in Africa.

Ann retired from Shell in 2016 after a 16-year tenure holding numerous positions, including Executive Vice President Artic, Executive Vice President Exploration and Production, Country Chair of Shell in Australia, and Executive Vice President Africa. Previously Ann had an 11-year tenure with Mobil prior to its merger with Exxon. Ann is an NED sitting on the boards of Woodside Petroleum and KBR.

Simon Lockett – Former CEO of Premier Oil plc

Simon Lockett was the CEO of Premier Oil for 10 plus years until 2014 and has held non-executive positions at Genel Energy Plc, Pico International LLC, Triyards Holdings Ltd and Advance LLC. He achieved this position at the age of 40. During his tenure, the company expanded globally with interests in: The North Sea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Pakistan, East and North Africa, Singapore, Mexico and the Falkland Islands. Simon has recently taken on a number of NED responsibilities.

What can elite athletes teach business leaders? – Alan Campbell

Alan Campbell won Olympic bronze at the London Olympics winning Britain’s first Olympic single scull’s medal since 1928. He is relentless in his pursuit of the Olympic gold medal in Rio 2016. “Single sculls is the blue riband of rowing, the event that Sir Steve Redgrave admitted was too tough for him” – Patrick Kidd – Daily Telegraph. Alan has considerable experience as a business and motivational speaker having spoken to numerous business groups and companies including the Open University and the leadership and MBA programmes at Oxford’s SAID Business School. As an athlete his career revolves around the need for planning, teamwork, determination and resilience all of which apply equally to successful leaders, here Alan shares some of his experience and thoughts about the parallels to be applied between elite level sport and gaining success in business.

Are leaders born or can they be made? – Dr Tara Swart

Dr Tara Swart is at the forefront of the application of Neuroscience in business. Tara is a published author and guest speaker at industry events, blue-chip companies and top business schools including Oxford, Stanford and MIT where she will also be launching the Neuroscience for Leadership programme in November. As a leadership coach Tara focuses on disseminating simple, holistic neuroscience based messages that change the way people work and translate to tangible and sustainable financial improvement for business. Tara discusses the importance of neuroscience in business today, how it can benefit companies, and its application in developing current and the next generation of leaders.

Rebuilding Iraq’s national energy infrastructure – Mike Pryce

Mike Pryce is a security and operations expert who has worked on critical energy infrastructure around the world for the US Government, NATO and Iraqi Government. Since 2010 Mike has worked with the Iraqi Government on security issues and rebuilding the nation’s energy infrastructure. Mike discusses the current situation in Iraq and provides some thought provoking scenarios for the future.

The Outlook for East African LNG Exports – David Ledesma

David Ledesma is an independent consultant with over 20 years LNG experience gained through the development of LNG projects in Asia and the Middle East. David provides commercial, financing and strategic support to National and International energy companies globally as well as giving commercial training LNG. David is a Fellow of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. Here he is interviewed by Graham Spencer, Head of Gas and LNG at Cripps Sears.