Peter Wilkinson

Peter is Managing Director of Noetic Risk Solutions where he focuses on providing strategic advice to Government, Boards and leadership teams on safety management and in particular process safety, mainly in the upstream oil and gas industry.

In the last 18 months, Peter has completed assignments for clients in Australia, China, UK, Malaysia, Timor Leste, New Zealand, and the US Gulf of Mexico as well as for the Australian Government on the Montara oilfield blowout. Peter is currently under contract to the US Government working for the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) on their investigation into the BP Macondo/Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Peter is also a member of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency’s (ARPANSA) Nuclear Safety Committee.

From 2005 to 2009, Peter was the Group Manager for Operational Excellence and Risk in Caltex Australia and a member of the Caltex Leadership Team. He oversaw the building of a process safety culture and the introduction of an enterprise wide risk management framework highly rated by McKinsey and Co for its approach to managing operational risks.

From 2001 – 2005, Peter was the principal “architect” for the development of the Australian National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority, (NOPSA – now NOPSEMA). In 2002, the Brazilian Government invited him as a member of the International Regulators Forum (IRF) to review the revised regulatory system put in place following the loss of the Petrobras P36 floating production platform.

From 1991 – 2001, Peter worked in the North Sea for the UK’s Health and Safety Executive, Offshore Safety Division, regulating the offshore petroleum industry following the Piper Alpha disaster. This included work on developing the safety case regime. He also had responsibility for all onshore oil and gas exploration and production which included, on one occasion, attending a blow out of a coal seam gas well in the grounds of a hospital!

Major Accident Prevention article by Peter Wilkinson

Peter Wilkinson conducted invaluable training for U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) staff in conjunction with the inquiry into the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico. The CSB’s investigation is the largest and most complex ever undertaken by the agency. Mr. Wilkinson’s extensive history of leadership as a UK and later as an Australian safety regulator coupled with his oil industry management experience makes him uniquely qualified to provide training on topics such as process safety and the use of the safety case approach in major hazard operations.
— Senior Investigator, Chemical Safety Board.
My ideas about the role of the regulator have been influenced by numerous discussions with Peter Wilkinson, and I am indebted to him, in ways of which I am hardly aware, for various ideas expressed in this paper.
— Professor Andrew Hopkins, Australian National University, Working Paper 32 - New Strategies for Safety Regulators: Beyond Compliance Monitoring