Les Priestley was a director of Springtide Management Consultants Ltd where he carried out international training and consultancy on commercialising and developing gas field discoveries. He is currently engaged in training and mentoring young oil industry professionals. Before that he was Managing Director of the consultancy and technology transfer companies of Essex University. His 25 years’ experience with KUFPEC, Total and BP included assignments and projects in many countries around the world. He has held senior management posts in engineering, project management, contract negotiation, market development, project economics and planning.