David Feldman

A love for learning with Ian Charman

Blog Post created by David Feldman Champion on Feb 17, 2016

Work History


Formerly: Contract at TDS, Contract at Chevron Philips Chemical, Xerox (clients including BP and Ernst and Young), Baker Hughes, Mercer Consulting, and more!


Now: Halliburton (Sperry Drilling PSL)


What did you want to be when you were younger?

Most likely an Astronaut!

How did you get into the energy industry?

I left Mercer Consulting after 10 years with an aim of getting into the industry. Even in an HR related role, it is not easy to transition over to energy. I had to learn a new language as far as acronyms go (and I came from healthcare!).

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? 

Probably to “let things go” (I know… very Disney). In any career, you’ll be challenged over your views, and at times have your opinion discounted due to a perceived lack of experience or just “because”. It’s hard, and I’m still working on it, but your job =/= life. To paraphrase one of my favorite shows: Agent Carter; “Know your worth”.

What’s been your favorite memory working in energy?

It’ll sound cheesy, but working with Katie at BP on a project relating to assessor training. I got to meet a real life astronaut! I have so many good memories and some fantastic career/life takeaways. I’ll treasure that project in my mind, and always bring it up at interviews or when people ask me what I do.

About the industry

In one word, describe the energy industry.


What’s your favorite thing about the industry? 

I would say that it is getting the opportunity to work with so many dedicated and talented people. It attracts the best, whether it’s in HR, supply chain, IT, or engineering.

What’s your least favorite thing about the industry?

My least favorite would be the impact that downturns have on people’s lives. Working in HR, we are definitely hit hard (some might say hardest). I dislike the short termism exhibited by businesses in energy, especially as it relates to training which is a large part of safety.

Where do you see the industry in 10 years?

I see the industry having to adapt to public opinion on fossil fuels, while still seeing them as a large part of our world. Having worked in downstream, I see the amount of products we rely on as consumers and know it’ll never go away. I do think that electric, solar and wind will be a greater part of our world though in 10 years.

About Pink Petro™ 

Why did you join Pink Petro?

I joined simply because I believe in a world where everyone, regardless of gender or for any other reason, can and should succeed.

How do you see Pink Petro impacting the industry?

If I know Katie, she’ll work tirelessly to make sure that the world knows about Pink Petro and the good work it does, can, and will do. We are a network of people that are striving to succeed, not only for ourselves but to help each other along too. You get out what you put in, and I hope to see more women impacting the energy industry so it can be a model for others.

How would you describe Pink Petro to someone who is not a member?

It is more than just a network, it's a place where you can share your views, fears, and be safe. I would also stress the mentoring opportunities – whether it is as a mentor or a mentee. It is truly the first and most successful attempt I’ve seen at genuinely linking mentorship to your career, something that really should be happening in individual companies, but isn’t. I am proud to be a member, and want to help in any way I can.


Ian Charman