Leadership Under Fire: Preparing for the Unprecedented
Apr 12, 2018 5:15 PM
Michael Utsler - Woodside Energy
Leadership Under Fire: Preparing for the Unprecedented

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (also referred to as the "BP oil disaster") was an industrial disaster that began on 20 April 2010. Considered to be the largest oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry, the challenge to manage the clean up efforts to protect beaches, wetlands and estuaries from the spreading oil was a task of monumental proportions. 

So who takes on a project like this? And once you accept, just how do you get started? 

Michael will be speaking on the subject of "Leadership and Motivation" based on his intense learning experience and insight into the tragedy & aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. 

Michael's address will touch on his vast experience in leadership roles and will provide an in-depth understanding of practical ways to handle the 'tough situations' regardless of whether these are in the military, sporting, community, geopolitical or corporate sectors. 

Thursday 12th April: 5.30pm -7.00pm
Parmelia Hilton Hotel - Swan Room

Tickets $35 - includes drink on arrival and canapes 

Book at www.trybooking.com.au/UVVG 


Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer - Woodside Energy 

Michael has more than 35 years’ experience in the upstream oil and gas industry. Over his career, he has held a wide range of technical, managerial and executive roles covering all aspects of the upstream industry from Exploration, Developments, Operations and the commercialisation of assets and their products.

He joined Woodside in 2013 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer and is responsible for Woodside’s global logistics, drilling, production, HSEQ, reservoir management and the operations of all Woodside producing facilities where he is committed to delivery of operational performance excellence.

Michael began his career with Amoco in 1978, and with the merger of BP and Amoco and subsequently Arco in 1998/99 has developed his multi-discipline technical skill and knowledge base in roles across western and central US, Egypt, Middle East and multiple international new ventures.

Prior to joining Woodside, Michael held the position of President for the BP Gulf Coast restoration organisation, leading the Deepwater Horizon crisis management and response efforts.

As Executive sponsor of the Woodside Reconciliation Community and previously Women of Woodside, Michael has bought his energy, passion, and his coaching and mentoring leadership strengths to enable outstanding performance.

Michael is a Director of WASO Holdings Ltd, WA Venues & Events Pty Ltd, Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA), LNG Marine Fuels Institute (LMFI) and is on the Council of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham).