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Alan Quilley
Author, Educator and OHS Professional

Alan Quilley has made a career of learning and applying the leading edge of occupational health & safety. Combining three decades of hands-on experience, a passion for "doing it right" and a presentation style that entertains and educates, he is a unique voice on the issue of safety excellence.

Alan's quest has seen him touching the work lives of tens of thousands of employees, supervisors and managers in both Canada and the United States. His client list covers a broad spectrum of industry sectors that include oil, gas & petrochemical, police & fire services, transportation, construction and municipalities.

Alan's safety career took flight in 1976, when he became a safety coordinator with CN Rail. Evolving through a series of increasingly senior occupational health and safety positions, he has had the opportunity to develop, test and refine his ideas through hands-on experience. His drive to educate others has seen him actively involved with the University of Alberta and most recently, as a key figure in the development and delivery of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology's brand-new occupational health and safety diploma program.

To complement his work as an educator, he has combined his decades of experience with the best in behavioural and occupational health & safety research to quantify exactly what it takes to make companies safe. The result of his labours is the book "The Emperor Has No Hard Hat: Achieving REAL Workplace Safety Results", which received Honourable Mention among the Globe & Mail's top ten business books of 2006.

This book brings to life his concept of safety, which he calls Integrated Safety Management System, shortened to ISMS (rhymes with "prisms"). As he describes it, ISMS is a set of powerful, yet simple concepts that companies can adapt to their own unique situations. The system also teaches safety personnel how to collect and analyze evidence that will verify that safety excellence has been achieved.

Alan has written subsequent books, “Creating & Maintaining a Practical Based Safety Culture”,“How To Hold Great Safety Meetings – These meetings don’t suck anymore!”, and his most recent work, "MORE Creating & Maintaining a Practical Based Safety Culture - Turning Intention into Action".   All of Alan's books are available for purchase in the Safety Book section. 

He also continues to write and submit articles for a variety of safety related magazines.


Alan Quilley brings to his consulting and training practice a wealth of knowledge and experience. Among the highlights of his qualifications and achievements:

  • Thirty years' experience in OH&S management and training
  • A strong track record of obtaining significant results in reduced injuries and associated costs
  • Solid experience in the design and management of OH&S programs, many for the largest corporations in Canada
  • Extensive knowledge of federal and provincial OH&S legislation and regulations
  • Over twenty years accreditation as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional
  • Twelve years in the development and delivery of OH&S training through University of Alberta
  • Key member of the steering committee for the delivery of the NAIT Occupational Health & Safety diploma program
  • Executive experience as chair of the Alberta Municipal Safety Association and director of the Alberta Safety Council
  • Author of "The Emperor Has No Hard Hat - Achieving REAL Workplace Safety Results", “Creating & Maintaining a Practical Based Safety Culture”, “How To Hold Great Safety Meetings – These meetings don’t suck anymore!”, "MORE Creating & Maintaining a Practical Based Safety Culture - Turning Intention into Action"

Anthony Watkins
CEO/ Principal Consultant

An accomplished Organisational Development Consultant, Anthony has been actively involved in public and private sector organisational transformation initiatives since the early 1990s, working extensively across the region with major companies in all business sectors. 

Anthony holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Toronto and has worked in the fields of Social Pathology/Mental Health, Correctional Services and Psychiatric Forensic Assessment in Toronto, Canada. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Board of FAASBY – the Foundation for the Academic Advancement of Spiritual Baptist Youth and of the Board of Trustees at the Caribbean Sport and Development Agency (formerly TTASPE).

As a Keynote Speaker, he has shared the stage with world-famous motivational speaker, Les Brown, and has presented at regional business conferences of the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago, the Insurance Association of the Caribbean, the Dominica Employers’ Federation, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, the Caribbean Conference of Credit Unions and the Jamaica Employers’ Federation among others.

A founding and honorary life member of the Human Resource Management Association of Trinidad and Tobago (HRMATT), he has authored articles in local and regional business publications, sharing his Strategic Human Resource Management training and experience and Strategic Leadership and Managerial Competence. He has developed Assessment-Development tools which have been successfully applied in the design and execution of Assessment-Development Centres and other Executive Recruitment and Selection approaches for major clients. His involvement in sport includes work with Administrators, Coaches and Players on National and Regional Teams in the areas of Management and the Psychology of Performance.
With over 25 years of Human Resource and Organisational Development consulting experience, his areas of expertise include:

  • Organisational Diagnosis
  • Strategic Planning and Visioning
  • Strategy Implementation
  • Developing Organisational Culture
  • Assessment Centre Design and Execution
  • Teambuilding
  • Leadership Development
  • Organisational Transformation and Change
  • Merger Management
  • Process Facilitation

Richard de Labastide
Yara Trinidad Ltd.

Richard possesses over thirty years of engineering and project management experience including several senior positions in Plant Management, Production Management, Operations Management, Project Management and Business Development in Chemical Plants in Qatar and Trinidad.

Mr. de La Bastide holds an Executive Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of The West Indies and a Bachelors Degree (Honours) in Chemical Engineering from Queen´s University, Kingston, Ont, Canada.

He is also a member of the Energy Chamber of Trinidad & Tobago as well as the Project Management Institute (PMI) and has presented papers on Safety in Ammonia Terminals and DeNox Systems in Reformers at AIChE Ammonia Safety Symposiums.

Away from his business portfolio, Richard is a dedicated family man and a true fan of many sports, including tennis, golf and cricket.

Ben Dadson
IUP’s Desktop Services Team

Ben Dadson is the Coordinator of IUP’s Desktop Services Team.  Ben holds a B.S. in Computer Science from IUP .

He has served in various IT roles at IUP for more than 20 years.  Ben supervises the team responsible for deploying comprehensive IT security solutions to some 4,500 PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Dr. David A. Pensak

Dr. David A. Pensak, Ph.D. founded V.i. Laboratories, Inc. in 2002 and serves as its Chief Scientist.

He founded Authentica, Inc. in 1997. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer at Authentica, Inc. (acquired by EMC). He served as the Chief Technology Officer of V.i. Laboratories, Inc. and currently serves as its Director. He also acts as an Advisor to several major computer and telecommunications companies, international banks, and biotechnology firms. He was the Senior Research Fellow and Principal Consultant in Advanced Computing Technology for E.I. DuPont de Nemours, Inc. in Wilmington Delaware, retiring in 2004.  From there he joined the faculty at Wharton Business School.   Currently he is Professor of Anesthesiology at Drexel University College of Medicine and Professor at University of Delaware School of Business.

The Kauffman Foundation cited him in their list of the 50 most innovative startups in the world in 2011 for Vaporiety, in 2012 for Ubiquishield, in 2013 for HemoStable, and 2014 for GaussWear, all of which he founded.   No-one else has ever made the list more than once.   He continues to run all four companies as well as Pensak Technologies LLC and CateringStone LLC.

He was with DuPont for over 30 years and managed all advanced computer technology explorations and developments for the corporation, including research, strategic business units, and staff functions. He was also the Founder at Raptor Systems (acquired by Axent Technologies and then Symantec) in 1998.  He served as a Director of Delaware Innovation Fund. He has sat on the Board of Editors of the Journal of Computational Chemistry, Computers and Chemistry, the Journal of Molecular Graphics, and Science (AAAS) Software Board. Dr. Pensak has published or co-published dozens of articles in molecular chemistry and computer assisted design. He has also done postdoctoral work for the National Institutes of Health.  He earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University and an A.B. in Chemistry from Princeton University. He published the book Innovation for Underdogs in 2008.

Ken Gray
Occupational Psychologist
British Psychological Society

Ken has an Honours Degree in Psychology and has been Chartered by the British Psychological Society as an Occupational Psychologist since 1995 (CPsychol). He is registered as a professional practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), holds the Qualifications in Test Use Register (RQTU), and is on the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSCHR). Ken is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS) and a member of the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology.  Ken was shortlisted in 2010 for BPS Practitioner of the Year. 
With his expertise in behavioural assessment, skills and competency advancement, safety culture, team dynamics and high impact leadership development, Ken works with both individuals and management teams to maximise individual potential and embed safe behaviours within organisations. He is particularly interested in psychological well-being and building resilience; both of which provide a solid basis for those leading organisational change or building future leadership capability.

Kathy West

Kathy West is a Senior Security Analyst. Kathy holds a Masters of Science in Information Technology specializing in Information Assurance from the University of Maryland and holds CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification.

She has been a member of IT Services at IUP for two years specializing in Web systems and services.  Prior to IUP, she worked in a variety of IT environments including Systems, Application Integration, and Security for USAFE (United Stated Air Force in Europe), Modeling & Simulations and Telecommunications Services for USAFE Headquarters, and Network and Systems Administration for an Education Agency.

Ginger Cary
Chief Operating Officer
Pensak Technologies and Thermal Consistency Systems. 

Ginger is trained as a neurobiologist and has a law degree, specializing in intellectual property and international contract law.  She is invaluable in negotiating the intricacies of bringing products to market in several countries at the same time.
Curt Cadet
Senior Manager- HSSE

National Gas Company (NGC)

Curt’s career started in the mechanical trades as a five year apprentice with T&TEC,  graduating as a Fitter/Turner, after which he moved on to work in a power plant as an Instrument & Controls Technician. He has worked in heavy industry for over 38 years with the last 22 years dedicated to HSE; his experiences also provided him opportunities to work in power plants in Jamaica and the USA and power plants and water desalination plants in Curacao.

In 2007 Curt moved from Power Generation to the Iron manufacturing business as the HSSE Manager for a Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) plant in Trinidad where he worked for five years. To broaden his experience he moved from the iron and steel industry to the upstream oil & gas sector at a supply chain support service company as HSEQ Manager for three years, followed by a short stint as HESQ Manager at a petrochemicals company manufacturing Anhydrous Ammonia where he provided HSSE oversight for a large turn around, before his recent move to the National Gas Company (NGC) as Senior Manager - HSSE.

He holds Diplomas in:

  • Instrumentation & Controls Technician from the San Fernando Technical Institute
  • Occupational Health and Safety from the National Examinations Board for Occupational Safety & Health UK (NEBOSH Levels 4 & 6) and a NEOSH certificate in Oil & Gas Operations Safety), and
  • A certificate in Machine Shop Practice from the John Donaldson Technical Institute.

He is a Graduate Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) and Chair of the IOSH Caribbean Branch and has been a lecturer for the NEBOSH certificate & diploma courses for several years, a certified ISO 14001 Lead Auditor and has presented at local and regional HSE conferences.  He currently serves as Chair of the Health, Safety & Environment Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM).

Von B. Gusa
PwC Advisory, Global Operational Risk
Operations, EHS and Asset Governance and Risk
Houston, TX

Von has over 30 years of experience in oil and gas operations. This experience relates to operational excellence, asset integrity management (AIM), related areas (maintenance, planning and economics, product quality, risk management, operational risk assessments, digital operations, integrity operating windows) as well as health, safety and environmental (HSE) management system integration into operations. 

He leverages his broad-based knowledge in management systems, operating models, corporate processes, risk and controls across the oil and gas industry and construction services life-cycle to perform a variety of evaluations and assessments of operating assets and facilities for oil and gas companies. Von's career has encompassed more than 10 years working in industry and 20 years in consulting services. His consulting and industrial experience ranges over a broad industry base but has principally focused on support to the oil and gas industry. Von has conducted over 40 oil and gas operations, AIM and HSE related assessment across the oil and gas lifecycle.

Prior to joining PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.P., Von was Vice President and an officer of an engineering and consulting firm. Von had overall responsibility for eastern operations, and technically oversaw risk management planning (that included asset integrity of safety critical equipment (SCE)) and HSE in the states of New Jersey and New York for the Federal Government. In a seven-year career with Koch Industries, Von's technical, managerial and operational positions included operations supervisor, operations manager, corporate HSE director and asset manager to company affiliates nationally, responsibility for development of acquired asset integration management systems, defining technical aspects at production operations and various aspects of the risk assessment and risk management program for corporate. 

Since then Von has worked for global oil and gas companies and their worldwide operations such as BHP Billiton, BP, Citgo, Talisman, Hess, Marathon, Royal Dutch Shell, Par Petroleum, Colonial Pipeline, Exterran, Monroe Energy, Kosmos, Alon USA, Halliburton, Baker Hughes a GE company, McDermott as well as Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) in more than 20 countries at over 30 operating facilities. This has included on-shore unconventional oil fields facilities, off-shore platforms, marine and land terminal operations, refining operations as well as pipeline operations. 

Von received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and is a licensed Chemical Engineer in multiple states.


  • PricewaterhouseCoopers: Director, 2007 to Present
  • Shaw Group / Sullivan International Group: Vice President 2004 to 2007
  • Flint Hills Resources (Koch Industries): Manager 1997 to 2004
  • Braun Intertec Corporation: Engineering Manager 1994 to 1997
  • Jacobs Engineering Group: Client Service Manager 1991 to 1994
  • IT Corporation (The Shaw Group): Project Engineer 1988 to 1991
  • US Army: Officer 1985 to 1988


  • B.S. Chemical Engineering
  • Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Colorado
  • Certified TapRoot Investigation Training, Certified HAZOP Facilitator
  • Chemical-terrorism Vulnerability Information, Authorized User CVI-20090325-1030864
  • TWIC Holder, BOSIET and HUET Certificate, State of California Lead Emissions Verification Auditor

Anthony Zamore, BA, FCCA, CISA, CISSP, GPEN, CA
PwC Trinidad

Experience and expertise

With over 12 years professional services experience Anthony has worked with clients across various industries including financial services, manufacturing, energy and telecommunications and has led various cybersecurity, forensic technology, IT auditing, external auditing and consulting projects.

Cyber Security Experience

Anthony led numerous vulnerability assessment, threat modeling and penetration test engagements. His experience includes:

  • Developing threat modeling simulations for leading financial institutions and manufacturing companies.
  • Performing penetration tests and vulnerability assessments for companies across several industries including manufacturing, financial services and energy.
  • Performing penetration tests of SCADA systems.
  • Conducting social engineering simulations.
  • Responding to security breaches and performing analysis of computer memory using the volatility framework.
  • Performing IT Security audits and vulnerability assessments.

Forensic Technology Experience

In addition to his cyber security experience Anthony has led a number of forensic technology engagements which include:

  • Lead Forensic Technology Manager on a number of investigations including investigations conducted on behalf of the Office of the Attorney General, Ministry of Finance, and Boards of Directors for local state enterprises.
  •  Electronic evidence collection using various technologies including FM, EnCase, Logicube and Cellebrite.
  • Forensic imaging of various devices including laptops, mobile phones, iOs devices, MS Exchange Services.
  • eDiscovery experience using Relativity.
  • Experience with using the Volatility framework

Select Presentations / Speaking Engagements

  • Bar Association of Barbados - Cybercrime – New and Emerging Threats
  • Caribbean Association of Audit Committee Members - The impact of new and emerging technologies on the Audit Profession
  • State Assets Recovery Agency (Guyana) – Integrating Digital Forensics, eDiscovery & Investigations
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean (ICAC) – Addressing New and Emerging Cyber Security Risks – An Internal Auditor’s Perspective

Qualifications and Membership

  • BA Accounting
  • Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA)
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)
  • Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association
  • Member of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium
  • Completed the SANS 560 Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking

Neil Clark

Neil is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering and Advanced Mathematics, has a Masters in Applied Human Factors and is a chartered member of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.  He has had a varied career from Professional Rugby player, Skier and White Water Rafting Guide to RAF pilot. Although he still flies in the RAF as a reserve pilot his professional focus is on the delivery of pragmatic human factors training and solutions in safety critical industries.  He does this through his Multi Award Winning Human Factors Business – IHF.

Highlights of Neil’s career include studying at the Empire Test Pilot School, running the Commonwealth of Australia’s Air-Air Refuelling Human Factors flight test programme on behalf of the Royal Australian Air Force and more recently being invited to join the National Think Tank - Taking Forward Human Factors in Healthcare.

Neil has spent the last 6 years running IHF where he and his team are active in several sectors, including; Oil and Gas, Rail, Healthcare, Distilleries and Financial Services. Neil has a particular interest in demonstrating the business improvement potential of HF in addition to the more commonly sought after safety improvements.  He is increasing being invited to speak at international conferences in this sphere.  Neil chairs the pan-industry Step Change in Safety Human Factors working group and has helped deliver the new Human Factors Assessment tool.

Paul Manson
Offshore Installation Manager
EnQuest PLC

Paul is an Offshore Installation Manager with EnQuest PLC, an independent oil and gas development and production company, focused on turning opportunities into value by targeting maturing assets and undeveloped oil fields, working both in offshore and onshore environments.

Started his career as an Offshore Operations Technician, and progressed through line via various supervision and major project management roles resulting in obtaining the position of OIM, he was one of the youngest OIM’s to be appointed in the UKCS, at just the age of 35.

Paul has worked for several multi-national oil companies including BP and Apache Corporation, now working for EnQuest PLC.

He has had a varied career which have has allowed him to be involved in several major achievements, The Forties Miracle with Apache, where as part of a dynamic team that turned a mature asset in to a leading asset in the UKCS, and more challenging times for the industry of late with EnQuest PLC ensuring management of mature assets without compromising operational integrity whilst delivering safe efficient operations.

Recently seconded in to EnQuest PLC Control of Work Project as the operational lead, for the development and implementation of new control of work system, which incorporated Human Factors and Safety Behavioural Training programs. This involved the use of psychological games to create a self-realisation impact and how individuals behaviours contribute to ensuring we understand and manage our industry risks to Major Accident Hazards and their potential consequences.

  • UK National
  • Married with 2 Children
  • Hobbies: mountain biking, golf and his family.

Robin Tait
BA (Hons), PG Dip, MBA, MA (MLL) FCIPD

Robin is an experienced consultant with highly developed communication and facilitation skills. He has an in-depth knowledge of leadership and management development, including expertise in safety leadership and safety culture in high hazard industries. His practical approach and informal style is backed up by a wide range of industrial and commercial experience and a thorough knowledge of how business and organisations work. He has been involved in leadership development, culture change, change management and skills development, in a variety of contexts for over 25 years. Robin works all over the world most frequently in the USA, Caribbean, Far East, Australia and Canada.

Throughout his career Robin has designed and facilitated a wide range of leadership development workshops and conferences for managers and senior leaders, up to and including Board level. He constantly seeks to help people develop and implement practical solutions that really impact their current issues

Career History

2012- Present T-C-Global Ltd
Director of own consultancy firm. Working on a global basis on the design and delivery of bespoke interventions in the field of Safety Leadership, Leadership Development and Leadership Conferences

Clients include Wood plc, Chemring Defence, Rolls Royce Rotatives, Massy Energy, SGS, Spirax Sarco and Low & Bonar

1999 – 2012

The Taylor Clarke Partnership Ltd

Consultancy projects on management of change, safety leadership, management development, team-building, innovation and personal development, in the following sectors Oil & Gas, Engineering, Transport, Whisky and the Public Sector. Clients include Wood Group, Total, Glenmorangie, Diageo, First Engineering, DSM, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, DWP etc.

2012 – 2018 Associate Principal Consultant, Taylor Clarke Ltd

2006 – 2012 Operations Director, The Taylor Clarke Partnership Ltd

2003 – 2006 Principal Consultant, The Taylor Clarke Partnership Ltd

1999 2003 Associate Consultant, The Taylor Clarke Partnership Ltd

1996 - 1999 Glasgow Development Agency, Advisor, Lifelong Learning Division

Business advisor to a wide range of Glasgow companies and organisations, working in the field of business planning, HR strategy and team development

1991 - 1996

The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Lecturer in HRM

Lecturer on a range of courses, up to MBA level, teaching HR, Organisation Behaviour, research into employee involvement, Leader of BA in Business and Languages course, consultancy projects in the Oil & Gas sector

1987 - 1991 Marathon Oil UK Ltd, Aberdeen & London, HR Advisor

Working with line managers on a variety of HR issues, recruitment & selection, HR and legal advice, policy development, training and development

1983 - 1987

Sub-Sea Offshore, North Sea, various locations, Commercial Diver, Trade Union Rep

Education & Training

  • BA (Hons) Politics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 1982
  • Post-Grad Diploma in HR, The Robert Gordon Institute of Technology, Aberdeen 1987
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Strathclyde (P/T), 1999
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, 2000
  • MA Management, Leadership & Learning, Lancaster University, Lancaster (P/T), 2010
  • Qualified to deliver MBTI, FIRO and Clutterbuck Mentoring

Roger Williams

Roger Williams is a graduate Mechanical Engineer from the University of the West Indies.  He is currently pursuing his Executive Masters of Business Administration at the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business.

He has over 27 years’ experience within the Point Lisas Industrial Estate with more than twelve years at senior managerial level having held positions as Engineering & Maintenance Manager, Human Resource Manager and Technical Services Manager prior to his current assignment as Plant Manager at Point Lisas Nitrogen Limited (PLNL).

He started his career at Fertrin now Nutrien where he worked for over 5 years, following which he worked at Industrial Plant Services Ltd for 18 years across all three divisions (Methanol, Ammonia and AUM) before his current assignment at PLNL for over 3 years. During that time, he has been instrumental in successful operations, turnarounds and revamps of process plants in addition to the construction and commissioning of Ammonia and Methanol plants, notably having a leadership position on the M5000 plant.

Away from his business portfolio, Roger is a dedicated family man and avid sports fan.

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