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Mick Jarvis, BA (Hons) Business Studies, Alumni

LSBU graduate, Mick Jarvis, has enjoyed a 30-year management career in the petrochemical industries

Based in Houston, Texas, Mick graduated from South Bank Polytechnic in BA Business Studies in 1975 and went on to a MA in International Law from City Polytechnic, London. He is now Manager in Global Business Development and Commercial Negotiations for ConocoPhillips Company. Mick is clear that his LSBU degree set him off on a very enjoyable 30 year career in energy.

Fantastic career

"I chose to study the BA at what is now LSBU over other courses because of the strong business focus and industrial attachment feature. I thought it would give me an advantage in what was, in the 1970s, a very tight graduate employment market – and I was right. A year at Gulf Oil in Planning and Economics during the 1974 oil crisis gave me a head start for a career in energy."

Mick joined Phillips Petroleum in London in 1975, working as a negotiator in Europe and Africa. He moved to the USA in 1980, gaining experience in onshore and offshore land work before moving to Phillips headquarters in Bartlesville, OK as Director of Strategic Planning.

In 1984 Mick left Phillips and joined Amoco, holding key commercial and negotiating positions in London, Chicago and Houston. Mick left Amoco in 1999 at the time of the BP/Amoco merger, when he was Managing Director of Amoco International Gas. He joined PSG Limited, a pipeline development JV between Bechtel and GE Capital, where he was responsible for global Business Development and all commercial activity on the Trans-Caspian Pipeline project.

In 2002 he joined BG group as Commercial Director, where he was responsible for gas strategy development and negotiations on LNG projects. Mick left BG in December 2004 when acting Head of Commercial for BG group, and became a Director of WHAM Energy PLC, a company pursuing new exploration opportunities in the UK North Sea. He left WHAM in 2006, having successfully listed the company onto the London AIM and re-joined ConocoPhilips in Houston.

Lasting friendships

Mick is also a former Regional Director and Past President (1993-94) of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, an Honorary Associate at the University of Dundee and former member of the Legal Advisory Task Force, Energy Charter Secretariat.

"When I came here, the Business Studies faculty was in an old Army and Navy store in Victoria. As the first year doing the course our student group had a very strong sense of unity. We got a bar opened on site – a real achievement! Some of my favourite memories are building those friendships thirty years ago. We still meet as a group fairly frequently, a sort of unofficial alumni."