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Expert in Greases and Specialist Industrial Lubricants: Formulation, Manufacture and Application

Expert ID: 733336 United Kingdom

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Expert's specialty areas cover all aspects of grease and other industrial lubricant technology. He has gained this expertise by working in the world's largest non-governmental lubricants business.

Expert worked in this area for over 17 years planning and executing a multi-million dollar global R&D and Technical Service programme with budget and technical responsibility The work was carried out in company as well as third-party laboratories in the UK, France, Germany, Belgium. the U.S., Canada and Japan. A new laboratory setup is currently underway in China.

The expertise covered formulations, product development. portfolio rationalisation, grease manufacturing technology, Lubricant Quality Systems and technical service. The lubricant applications covered automotive, industrial and aviation requirements.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1976 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Mathematics Institution: University of Manchester, UK
Year: 1971 Degree: M.Sc. Subject: Fluid Mechanics Institution: University of Manchester, UK
Year: 1970 Degree: B.Sc Subject: Mathematics Institution: University of Manchester, UK

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1997 to 2014 Employer: Shell Title: Grease Technology Manager Department: Lubricants Technology Responsibilities: Management of all aspects of Grease Technology for Shell’s Global Lubricants Business. Grease Technology covered included industrial, automotive and aviation products. Brand names included Shell Alvania, Retinax, Albida, Stamina and Gadus as well as AeroShell Greases.
Years: 1992 to 1997 Employer: Shell International Petrolem Company Title: Group Leader, Grease and Speciality Products Department: Lubricants Technology Responsibilities: Resource Management of a UK based grease technology team working on global programme of product development that covered formulation, manufacturing and applications.

Member of the Lubricants Technology Management Team covering local and global Lubricants development.

Years: 1988 to 1992 Employer: Shell Title: Project Leader, Industrial Gear Oils and Speciality Traction Fuids Department: Lubricants Technolgy Responsibilities: Responsibility for development and field trialling early options for a fully synthetic industrial gear oil now part of the Shell OMALA range
He built a successful relationship with a manufacturer and licensor of traction CVTs (Continuously Variable Transmissions) to provide optimized traction fluid formulations. Gearless traction drive transmissions provide a more efficient power transfer at optimum engine revs.
Years: 1984 to 1988 Employer: Shell Title: Natural Gas Technologist Department: Shell Gas and Power Responsibilities: Provided technical advice and support to Shell’s International Gas Business in the area of gas transport and storage.
Managed work at Shell’s Amsterdam laboratory on crack growth in grades of steel used for tank storage of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) at the very low temperature of -162°C. This technology was used to leverage design changes in insulated steel tanks used for later LNG schemes, e.g. in Nigeria, greatly reducing the capital cost. Ensured publication in journals to gain "Industry” acceptance and ultimately acceptance within Shell
Years: 1978 to 1984 Employer: LNG Title: Project Leader, Cryogenic Engineering Department: Gas Transport and Storage Responsibilities: Led a team of between two and three staff working on engineering product development covering technology for transporting and storing liquefied natural gas (LNG) at -162°C.

Developed, tested and patented designs of flexible transfer hose for use with liquefied gas at -162°C.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1997 to 1997 Country / Region: Australia Summary: Technical Service lubrication work on open-gear open-cast mining equipment
Years: 1992 to 2014 Country / Region: Europe, Asia, Americas Summary: Leading a global technology team based in Germany, UK, France, Belgium, USA, Canada and Japan
Years: 1982 to 1982 Country / Region: Netherlands Summary: Adapting mathematical models on fatigue life to underwater hose systems for oil and gas systems

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Native language
French Can read technical publications but spoken French is limited

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