The IBBC 11th Annual London Conference

On the 27th April 2016, the Iraq British Business Council (IBBC) hosted their 11th annual London Conference. The theme of this years event focused on “Iraq in Transition”, offering an insight into the impact of low oil prices on industry in the region.

Iraq Spring Conference in London


Restrata was invited to speak at the conference, and Ian Todd, Vice President of Airports attended to discuss “Oil and Gas – How does the Industry Adapt to the Low Oil Price Environment”. Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Iraq, expressed her gratitude to Restrata and Ian Todd for their participation: “IBBC are greatly appreciative of your contributions to the discussion, particularly those relating to ongoing security considerations of the Oil Industry of Iraq”.

In his address, Ian highlighted the need for companies to continue to invest in security and safety, even in the current environment of cost cutting and financial pressure.  He stressed the need to balance the ideal with the achievable and the affordable, and went on to discuss the commercial models that might be used to address the lack of immediately available capital that companies are facing: managed services and cost/service sharing with other companies were two models highlighted.

Ian Todd discusses Iraq Oil Sector


The Restrata and Iraq Relationship

Restrata has provided a vast array of services to the key international oil companies operating in Iraq and Kurdistan. This ranges from training to security consulting , design and implementation.

In addition, Restrata operate the BSOC to provide liaison for IOCs and private business with the Basra Operations Command (BaOC), the seat of Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) power within the province. The BSOC is co-located with the BaOC at the Shatt al Arab hotel and has a unique relationship being the only private company authorised by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to interact with the BaOC.

Client and ISF interaction is handled within two departments, Operations and Insight, providing assistance with freedom of movement, emergency liaison, and information and analysis through a raft of bespoke and regular reporting. Regular reports include the Southeast Daily, Iraq Weekly, Iraq Monthly and Basra Monthly.

About Restrata

Serving clients across the world from its offices in the UK, Iraq, Kurdistan, Algeria, Qatar, Malaysia, Australia and headquartered in the UAE, Restrata provides a range of safety and security services including consultancy, training and response services in crisis and continuity management, fire and rescue services, safe journey management, HSE management and workforce development.

To find out more about any services, download a brochure here or contact [email protected] directly.

About Ian Todd

As Vice President leading Restrata’s Airports Division, Ian is responsible for the delivery of a full suite of aviation security and operations services to airports, through a large team of highly experienced professionals.
Ian joined the company in 2008, initially as UK Operations Director, before moving to Dubai, where as Programme Director, he led the company’s provision of technical and physical security support to one of the world’s largest International Oil Companies on 2 major oil and gas projects in Iraq.
Since joining the company, he has led work on a number of airport sector consultancy and design projects in both the UK and the Middle East Region, as well as the delivery of aviation security at Afghanistan’s four international airports.
Ian joined directly from Heathrow Airport, where as Deputy Head of Security he was responsible for the delivery of aviation security at the world’s busiest international airport.
Prior to joining the commercial sector, Ian served for 21 years as a commissioned officer in the Royal Air Force Regiment, in a wide variety of staff and operational appointments, specialising in the delivery of security to the airbases of the UK Royal Air Force.  In his final appointment, he commanded the Royal Air Force Regiment’s Rapier Ground Based Air Defence Wing.
Ian holds a Masters Degree in Defence Studies from Kings College London and was trained in Security Risk Management at Cranfield University.