Transformation and Risk


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 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: site launched by Chris Duggleby in 2016 (photo BP p.l.c.) site by Chris Duggleby (photo BP p.l.c.)

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.  

Chris Duggleby's Introduction to Risk Management ''

Chris Duggleby’s Introduction to Risk Management ‘

Chris Duggleby's Management of Change site ''

Chris Duggleby’s Management of Change site ‘

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.

A high tech, safe piece of Asia which I built and left behind to join the RiskBusters

This used to be a swamp! One of the plants my team built in Asia when I was President of Formosa BP Chemicals (3 years, 700 people – no serious injuries – We made acetic acid and carbon monoxide)

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).

I am interested in vintage photography and a section of the website is dedicated to these (link here). Subjects include child labour (around 1910) and vintage bicycles and cyclists.

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.

The Rescue Team hadn't read 'Value TRAI Based Risk Management' by Chris Duggleby

Clearly they hadn’t read ‘Value TRAI Based Risk Management‘ by Chris Duggleby (still available in hardback via this link at Amazon).

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.

Chris Duggleby

As President of a Chemicals JV in China I was responsible for a workforce of 700 during the design, construction and first year's operations of this complex

My last Asian JV – lit up for the Chinese New Year celebrations.


17 thoughts on “Transformation and Risk

  1. Dear Chris,
    Thank you for your article on your allergy to Pears soap. I now know I am not alone.
    I too have an allergy to Biological washing powder but they are now banned from the house.
    Couldn’t work out why I suddenly got a rash on my forearm and an itchy scrotum. Thought it was plums, I had over indulged at a pick your own place, but had not had a reaction to plums before.With anti histamine the rash went away.
    At the same time my wife had started a bar of Pears Soap. So I stopped using that just in case.
    Some weeks later I.e. yesterday I used the Pears soap again. Back came the rash.
    So no more Pears soap for me.

    • Thanks Arthur,
      Judging by the tremendous interest in these article it certainly looks like we are not alone in experiencing allergy issues with common detergents and soaps. Enjoy your itch free future!
      All the best, Chris.

  2. HI Chris

    Think I have your old work email address only. …..

    Can you email me please with you up to date contact details and I will send over the docs and more detailed explanation.

    thank you


    • Hi Ellen,

      The e-mail address should be with you now (first attempt was rejected by your server – probably thought I was a virus!) – if you have any problems let me know and we go to plan b.

      Kind regards,


    • Thanks Matt,
      of course you are correct – sadly I should have spent less time playing at night clubs with my band and paid more attention to my English lessons at school. The mistake will be immediately corrected. Your attention to detail is much appreciated.
      Kind regards,

  3. Well well well, I am half a Duggleby on page 128 I am the son of Heather Betty Duggleby, my name is Richard John Eatwell, my father was Horace Arthur Eatwell. I guess I could fill in a few more gaps if you are interested. I live in Zimbabwe, my brother and sister are still alive, they both live in Australia.

    • Thanks Richard, and welcome to the site. If you have any more info regarding the tree I would be pleased to add this to the items for the next update. If the info is confidential just add the word ‘confidential’ to the top of your message (using the comments box) and I will make sure it isn’t published (or at least take out the bits you consider to be sensitive),
      Kind regards,

  4. Hi Chris, was interested in your Ann Duggleby who married Francis Spruce (Spruce is my family history venture). Anything you may have on Spruce family would be appreciated. Kind regards, Rosemary

    • Hi Rosemary,
      Thanks for contacting. Let me check when I get back to the Alps at the weekend (I keep my archive there). I will let you know shortly.
      Kind regards

  5. Hi Chris I am amazed at how many Dugglebys there are have you by any chance come across seargent major Walter Duggleby from the great world war 1 I am just curious of what he did I have medals but nothing else? If not it’s ok I was just generally enquiring. Many thanks

    • Hi Liam,
      Great to hear from you. I assume you mean your great grandfather, Walter Duggleby: 1886 to 1970. He is on pages 127 and 128 of the PDF family tree that I published on the site earlier this year. If you are unable to find him – and your other close relatives (the names of the living ones are hidden in the on-line version) please let me know. In the source information used for the tree he was shown on the 1891 census at Cawkell Farm, Watton as a 4 year old son. In 1901 he was identified in the Driffield Grammar School census as a border aged 14 (from Watton). The Kilnwick memorial identified him under item #139 of its Roll of Honour from the 1914-1918 Great War (“DUGGLEBY, Walter, Sergeant East Riding Yeomanry”).
      In addition the Walton Parish Register has his baptism records dated 18th June 1886 (“Walter Duggleby, born 26th April 1886, son of Richard and Rachel Duggleby of Cawkell in Watton, Farmer”).
      His death was registered in Buckrose in 1970.
      He married twice, first to Constance (Connie) Adelaide Ann Speck (1896 – 1932) – they lived at Whitehall Farm, Little Kelk at the time of her death (registered in Driffield) and then in 1937 to Nora Greenley (your great grandmother).
      This is all I have but perhaps one of the other visitors to the site knows more about Walter Duggleby’s activities in the Great War of 1914-1918.
      Kind regards,

    • Hi Liam, my grandfather was the same one Walter, I remember him in Driffield. My name is Richard Eatwell, I live in Zimbabwe, somewhere there are old photos of him from the great war. probably with my sister in Adelaide. I had his silver fob watch for some years. I was on a yacht with his youngest son, my uncle, John Walter Duggleby in Knysna, s.a, the watch is somewhere e on the bottom of the lagoon. Regards

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