Don Nellis

Congratulations to Don Nellis, a recent new addition to the ADS’ “100 CLUB”, reserved for IWCF candidates who score a perfect 100% on the Principle & Procedures paper of the IWCF Well Control exam. A much-travelled drilling professional with a career spanning 40 years, Don is a well known figure in the worldwide drilling community. His time in the industry has involved 10 years with various drilling contractors, 9 years as a Drill Rep with Shell, and 20 years with BP, with postings including the North Sea and Azeri sector of the Caspian.

Now semi-retired, Don is keeping active with part-time work as a competency assessor for various drilling disciplines, and also works as a relief Drilling Manager/Regional Drilling Manager for an independent operator in South East Asia. Away from work, he enjoys golf and swimming, and with homes in Thailand and Malaysia, there is ample opportunity to pursue both activities. When asked why “home” is no longer the UK, Don’s reply is:  “Old bones like the sunshine!” The photos show him “hard at work” on the beach and golf course! Don has very generously asked for the £250 reward he would receive from ADS for his P&P achievement to “go to a good cause”. The charity selected for this is UCAN, an Aberdeen-based organisation which raises awareness of urological cancers and improves support and quality of life for individuals and their families who are affected. More information about UCAN can be found by visiting www.ucanhelp.org.uk


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