Objective: Still learning

We have the most exacting and detailed processes and procedures, the highest standards, the best of intentions – but how effective can these really be in keeping people safe without a good understanding of the people we’re talking to? Their attitudes and experience, their personal histories and how they listen, learn and engage – are all factors in how people respond to change, adapt to new ideas and ultimately behave in the workplace.

Jim’s presentation will explore these issues in the context of Chevron’s offshore operations, his experience as an Offshore Installation Manager in the UK North Sea in managing and working alongside his offshore community and the concepts developed by him and others in working in the UK’s Step Change in Safety.


Jim Trodden was born and raised in Lanark. He attended school in Stirling and went to Newcastle University where he gained a BA in Fine Art. He joined the oil and gas industry in 1977 as a Process Operator at BP Grangemouth, where he worked in various roles over a 12 year period.

In 1989, Jim joined Chevron UK as a Control Room operator on the Ninian Platform. During a seven year period he fulfilled a variety of roles including Fire Team Leader and Elected Safety Representative.

In 1996, Jim moved to the Britannia Field as Operations and Maintenance Team Leader and held a variety of onshore and offshore positions, of increasing responsibility, as he followed the project through detailed design, construction, hook-up and commissioning and into operations.

In 2001, Jim became Lead Sulphur Consultant for Tengizchevroil, Kazakhstan, before returning to the UK to become an OIM, a position he held on both the Captain FPSO and WPP/BLP Installations until 2011 and holds currently on the Alba Northern Platform. Jim is a passionate advocate for safety and has been a member of Step Change in Safety’s ‘Human Factors’ workgroup since it established in 2009.

In 2011, Jim was the winner of the award for Services to Safety in the annual Oil & Gas UK Safety Awards. This special award recognises an outstanding contribution by an individual towards the Step Change in Safety vision; to make the UK the safest place to work in the worldwide oil and gas industry and the recipient is chosen by the Step Change in Safety Co-chairs.