Leadership Academy Plans Path to Zero Harm

A Safety Leadership Academy planned by SPE, IOGP, and CEDEP aims to strengthen leadership and safety culture with the goal of changing the safety paradigm and making zero harm a reality.

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The oil and gas industry is experiencing significant changes from a leaner work forces and a greater demand for operational excellence. A Safety Leadership Academy planned between 22 April and 4 July aims to strengthen leadership and safety culture challenged by ambiguity, complexity, and uncertainty.

The academy is planned by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), and the European Centre for Executive Development (CEDEP).

“SPE HSES is proud to offer a program designed to reduce the pain and the risks of deep sharing and collective learning needed to serve our complex value chain,” said Sue Staley, SPE’s technical director for the HSE discipline.

Based on key technical reports, industry surveys, and CEDEP’s leadership education expertise, this program is designed to address five obstacles identified to achieving zero harm:

  • Ineffective leadership development
  • Insufficient alignment and application of human factors
  • Misalignment and confusion on the expectation of zero harm
  • Inaccurate identification and management of risk
  • Market pressure

The academy is designed for participants to develop leadership capabilities to change the safety paradigm and make zero harm a reality within their organizations.
The program stems from SPE’s Getting to Zero and Beyond report; Environmental Resource Management’s Global Safety Survey Report; IOGP reports 452, Shaping Safety Culture Through Safety Leadership, and 453, Safety Leadership in Practice: A Guide for Managers; and CEDEP’s extensive expertise on leadership development and learning.

The program will include individual and group coaching, going beyond traditional safety leadership and preparing managers to lead in a transforming world.

Thomas Hinterseer general director of CEDEP, said the academy promises to be “a highly interactive program with methodologies allowing in-depth experience immediately applicable in the workplace.”

The academy is planned to include 6 days of in-person, immersive learning and facilitated workshops from world experts in safety leadership and executive leadership development. The 6 days of immersive learning are divided over two 3-day residential sessions, on 22–24 April and 2–4 July. Between the residential sessions, participants will apply their newly acquired knowledge to in-work organizational and personal strategic challenges with support and knowledge sharing through the program community, dedicated webinars, and frequent one-on-one coaching.

Participants will be selected by the Academy Committee. To register your interest for the SPE Safety Leadership Academy please email

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