Leigh Foster of BP is another recruit to the ADS “100 CLUB”, having achieved 100% on his IWCF Well Control Principles & Procedures paper and winning himself £250 from ADS. Leigh has been in the oil business as drilling engineer/supervisor since 1981, initially working for BP, then ARCO and, since 2002, BP again. He has used ADS for his Well Control refresher since about 1990 and says he finds the course format “useful, enjoyable and convenient”. He is currently working on a semi-sub in the Caspian Sea, drilling template wells on the Azeri field, and enjoying the practical challenges of being “at the sharp end” again. His previous work assignments have taken him from the UK to the US, Africa, the Middle East and south-east Asia. He developed his French language skills on assignment in Algeria, and put them to good use recently when he and his wife took on a property in southern France. Leigh is a keen windsurfer, cyclist and skier, and this location offers plenty of opportunities to do all three. He has two (“large and still growing!”) teenage sons.
Leigh plans to donate part of the £250 prize to the British Heart Foundation, and to use the rest to take his family out for a meal.