Frans, who recently scored 100% in his Well Control P&P paper, boasts extensive experience within the oil industry and has worked aboard for over 30 years. Since 1976, Frans has worked for Shell in the UK, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Brunei and twice in Egypt, working his way through the ranks from Assistant Driller to Drilling Manager. Retired from Shell in 2008 at the age of 55, he settled in Belgium and enjoyed life for a few years until he sought to take up some part time employment. After un-retiring himself in the end of 2010 with the plan of taking up short and interesting projects, Frans had since worked in London, Iraq, Congo and Mumbai.
Happily married, Frans and his partner have 4 daughters aged 26 to 32 whom have all flown the nest and the prize will be spent on a nice family dinner when they can get everyone home at the same time. Outside work, the garden takes up much of his time and when the "honey do" list is finished there is a laith and a milling machine in the cellar with an unfinished little engine next to it which he personally designed and hopes to bring to" life" sometime soon.