Chairman, SMi's MilSatCom (Nov 2011)

Pat Rayermann, Senior Director, Strategy & Development - Orbital Sciences Corporation (Colonel US Army Rtd)

Testimonial: “Global MilSatCom is unique in my experience in that it provides a forum which is truly international; no single country dominates the conference. Presentations are made from national militaries and commercial firms from every continent. One is able to gain a sense of the challenges which are common; the various solutions being innovated and adopted; and the convergences in many cases which exist between these diverse solutions. It also offers an intimacy that is not available in most conferences—there is always the opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues begin to establish new friendships with fellow SATCOM professionals.”

Biography: Pat Rayermann joined the Orbital Sciences Corporation in the Fall of 2011 following his retirement from the US Army. As a member of Orbital Sciences’ Strategy and Development group, Pat helps to identify strategic challenges which will face our Orbital’s customers that can be met by solutions which build upon the synergistic strengths inherent across Orbital’s portfolio of capabilities and to orchestrate Orbital’s efforts to be ready with innovations, services and products to meet those challenges when they become reality. Pat was raised in Southern California where he had the opportunity to begin his professional life as an employee of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In 1981, he graduated from UCLA and its ROTC program with a bachelor’s degree in physics and a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. He served in the Army for 30 years, first as a Signal Officer and then as a Space Operations Officer. His assignments included command, operations, logistics, cooperative international efforts, acquisition and policy development, to include serving as the second commander of the 1st Satellite Control Battalion and the G-3 or Chief Operations Officer of the Army’s Space and Missile Defence Command. In 1991, he deployed A Co, 44th Signal Battalion to Northern Iraq in support of Operation Provide Comfort. Immediately following 9/11 while assigned to the Defence Information Systems Agency (DISA), Pat successfully obtained sufficient funding from the Office of the Secretary of Defence to permit the rapid leasing of the large amounts of leased commercial SATCOM which were essential to the success of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Pat’s final military assignment provided him the opportunity to serve as the chief steward of Department of Defence’s (DoD’s) architecture for satellite communications and to serve as the Chief of Staff of the DoD Executive Agent for Space (EA4S) Staff. His military training includes the Signal Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Army's Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. He also holds master’s degrees in Computer Resources & Information Management and also in Strategic Studies. Pat is a member of the AIAA, AFCEA, the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) and the Army Space Professionals Association (ASPA).His hobbies include astronomy, photography, backpacking, hiking and horseback riding.

Chairman, SMi's Superbugs and Superdrugs Conference (Mar 2012)

Ron Gladue, Research Fellow, Pfizer

Testimonial: “The Superbugs and Superdrugs Conference brought together industry experts in the area of antibiotics, antibodies, and vaccines. A key theme was the urgent need for new drugs to combat emerging resistance, the difficulty in getting new drugs approved, and the declining industry focus in the area of antimicrobial research. Each speaker highlighted many of these issues in the context of their area, fostering open discussion and debate from attendees....This is a unique venue where scientists from various companies can interact and learn from one another.”

Biography: Ron Gladue is a Research Fellow in PGRD Groton Laboratories. He has worked in Immunology for most of his career, publishing over 90 manuscripts, book chapters, reviews, and abstracts and has given several invited presentations at national and international meetings. Key Areas of Research: Immune based mechanisms of disease, immune modulation, antibody based therapies, T cell immunology, adaptive and innate immune mechanisms, chemokines, Toll-like receptors

Keynote Speaker, SMi's E & P Information and Data Management (Feb 2012)

Tore Hoff, Leading Advisor, Exploration Data Management, Statoil ASA

Testimonial: “Concentrated and effective meeting place to meet and discuss with the right people….I try to make a presentation when I can to events like this, as I see it as one of the best options for getting in touch with new people, or set the scene for a good discussion.”

Biography: Leading advisor Exploration Data Management, worked in the group Process Owner in Exploration in Statoil since the merger between Norsk Hydro oil & gas division and Statoil in 2007.

  • M.Sc. in Geomorphology from University of Oslo, 1992 with focus on mapping methodology and remote sensing techniques.
  • Started his carrier as cartographer at Norwegian Institute of Land Inventory, with mapping erosion hazard and involved in various research projects related to methodology and models in agricultural runoff, erosion and vegetation mapping.
  • Worked for GEODATA – the Norwegian ESRI distributor – as technical consultant and responsible for external training.
  • Moved to Norsk Hydro Oil & Gas division, in Angola Business unit from 2001, as Data Controller. Later Head of Data Management in Norsk Hydro Global Exploration before the merger in 2007.

The Process Owner group has the responsibility for governing documents, requirements, global work processes for all of Statoil’s Exploration activities including Data Management. Process Owner also has the ownership and responsibility for the sub-surface software application portfolio used in Exploration. Outside of work you find him cross country skiing in the hills around Oslo in winter, and running or biking in summer.

Keynote Speaker, SMi's E & P Information and Data Management (Feb 2012)

David Lloyd, Information Services Programme Manager, GDF Suez

Testimonial: “The SMi E&P IM conference has consistently proved to be a very informative forum for information exchange on the latest best practice and standards. Many companies have presented on interesting and cutting edge projects over the years and recently we have additionally explored supporting territory such as project management and integrated service delivery. A friendly and welcoming annual conference with good networking opportunities that we look forward to attending......It is a great opportunity to share your developments and compare practices and strategies across industry.”

Speaker Biography: David is an experienced international presenter and chair, having spoken previously at SMI E&P IM and many other events. David joined the UK O&G industry in 1996 after reading Geology at the University of Durham, as an Exploration TA and worked in both geoscience and IT for some years with ARCO, Wintershall and Highland Energy. A published geologist, David moved fully into IT management in 2003 with RWE Dea UK, deploying an integrated IS team, and worked in partnership on the development and operation of Windermere, Cavendish, Topaz and Saturn. Now working as Portfolio Manager with GDF SUEZ E&P UK, David is responsible for the coordination of all internal Partnership Projects helping the move forward to becoming Operator of the Cygnus field.


CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

CPD Certificates

We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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