I am Chris Duggleby. I retired from the oil and chemicals industry in 2014 to focus on writing about risk management. In 2016 I launched the ‘virtual’ publication JointVentureRisk.com to guide anyone involved in planning, managing or auditing joint venture (JV) businesses (actually much of the content is relevant to any modern business). If you would like to find out about the risks JVs face click on the picture below:
In December 2010 I published the risk management text book: ‘Value TRAI Based Risk Management‘ and in 2015 I developed the Risk Tuition and BizChangers (Management of Change) websites. My on-line writing focuses on helping organisations improve their risk management processes as well as expanding on topics of general consumer interest, sometimes with a hint of humour.
I studied for my first degree at Manchester Medical School and in 1979 moved into a business role in BP (then ‘British Petroleum‘) – one of the World’s largest and oldest oil groups. There I developed my commercial skills by leading several international businesses mainly in chemicals and plastics. I spent over 35 years in the oil group managing several overseas companies, especially joint ventures – my popularity among senior management ensured I worked in some very inhospitable and remote locations. From 2002-2006 I was President of Formosa BP Chemicals, overseeing the construction of a $250 million factory making concentrated acid in the middle of an Asian swamp (a real fun location – making acid during earthquakes, typhoons and the SARS pandemic!).
As I managed to avoid killing anyone in the swamp they allowed me to returned to London in 2007 as the group’s risk management guru. Following the Gulf of Mexico disaster I was asked to redesign BP’s Joint Venture, Change Management, and Legal Compliance testing policies and procedures. For example, if you would like to learn more about the risks from legal compliance (or lack of it) try the link here.
On this website you will find many of my articles – some are pure fun and some are more serious (usually with a medical or risk focus). Many feature my own photos. I began my photographic career while making mutant microbes in the Manchester Medical School’s Bacteriology Department. Sadly my promising research career received a set back after I was caught using the department’s electron microscope to produce Christmas cards featuring bacteria in compromising positions (Dugger’s ‘Bug-a-Pics‘ business).
During my time managing risks for BP I wrote a text-book on risk management and if you struggle getting to sleep try reading ‘Value TRAI based Risk Management‘. It is still available in hardback from good book sellers (here‘s the link at Amazon). In addition I have included some of my business risk articles in the ‘Serious Articles‘ section of this site.
I have also introduced a Duggleby History page. We Dugglebys can trace our family back the Domesday book in 1086. This page also provides a forum for Dugglebys from around the world to exchange views and tell each other what they are up to. The latest edition of the Duggleby Family Tree (from 11th to 21st Century) can be found here. Many of us appear to be descended from Sir Henry Duggleby who lived about 900 years ago.
You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin – search under Chris Duggleby.