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John Graham

John Graham is the Founder of The Transafe Network. He was until May 2005, the Senior Corporate Road Safety Advisor with Petroleum Development Oman, (PDO, a Shell Operating Unit), when he launched Trans-Safe in Spain, which developed into The Transafe Network and its association with the UK based arm of the Network.


Prior to leaving PDO, John had 26 years experience in line management of oil and gas related Logistics Operations with leading producers in the Middle East. Included large truck, light-vehicle and bus fleet management, logistical support, and planning and contract development work on 3PL and 4PL Logistics.


Before that, he worked in the UK in various management positions in two Transport and Distribution Companies, including a road and rail operator. John has a strong HSE expertise which is currently being utilised by a number of companies on a global basis. Projects completed have included: Introduction of Defensive Driver Training Programmes for 12,500 light and heavy vehicle drivers; Road Transport HSE Case; Authoring new standards for Load Securing and Safety, and Operating Standards covering driver qualifications, vehicle specifications and management systems specifically to minimise operating risk,

Community interface developments have included key roles in drafting a National Road Safety Plan for Oman and personally initiating a National Driver Training Centre for developing driver skills in association with the Royal Oman Police. John is also active in raising road safety standards via the Oil and Gas Producers International Forum (OGP).


Work assignments since have included Peer Assist  Reviews and HSE audits of road transport logistics operations in Egypt, Moscow, Siberia, Sakhalin Island, and Ethiopia. Other work assignments in direct connection with road transport risk-control have taken John to Japan, India, China, Thailand, Syria, Oman, Saudi Arabia ,Iran, UAE, South Africa and North America amongst others.  

QRAs (Quantitative Risk Assessments) for road v air for workforce shift changes (Jordan) and Night v Day risk assessments of specific road journeys (Uganda).

More recently he has led a series of Land Transport Safety Audits for a major oil and gas exploration and production client in their African and Indian sub-continent in-field locations; authored a number of Logistics Operations Guidelines and Procedures for pre-start-up of logistics elements in remote greenfield locations within the overall Supply Chain process.

Having spent many years in often challenging operating and HSE conditions with multi-cultural workforces John has “on the ground”experience on overcoming such difficulties and well appreciates the challenges which client management can be faced with, both on setting up new projects and maintaining/improving safety performance in more established land transport/logistics operations.

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