Leadership Team



Craig T. Castille is Managing Director of HWCG LLC. He has over 30 years of experience in offshore rig operations involving drilling, completions, well testing and abandonments on platform rigs, jack ups and floaters. Having gained both international and diverse experience since graduating in petroleum engineering from the University of Louisiana in 1985, Craig's experience includes; Oil & Gas Exploration, Exploitation and Development, Subsea Operations, Offshore Mining, Logistics & Construction at a Copper & Gold Mine and participation in industry advocacy groups such as the American Petroleum Institute (API), Offshore Operators Committee (OOC) and American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE). Craig concluded his over 7-year tenure at Stone Energy having successfully worked on the API Joint Industry Task Force (JITF) post Macondo, helped create Stone's SEMS Program, drilled and completed 6 deepwater wells, project managed re-engineering on the Completion, Workover & Riser System (CWOR) for the Pompano Phase II Wells, participated in two unannounced containment drills as the Source Control Section Chief (SCSC) and helped design, plan and implement two announced containment drills.



As HWCG's Technical Director, Mitch Guinn coordinates all technical and operations initiatives, requests and solutions along with managing the execution of HWCG’s projects. He is the primary technical and operations interface with regulatory agencies for deep-water well containment. Prior to joining HWCG, Mitch spent most of his career as a consultant for deepwater drilling and completion teams with several major oil & gas operators, last serving over 5 years with ExxonMobil’s former Drilling Technical Group. He is the author of multiple patents for subsea related equipment and has been recognized internationally for his technical accomplishments in several areas of design and operations support. He was heavily involved in the initial response to the Deepwater Horizon Incident and in the subsequent design process for many of the current capping stack designs. Mitch also continues to serve on the Well Response and Source Control Subcommittee sponsored by the IOGP and as a member of the API RP 17W sub-committee.



As HWCG's Maintenance Manager, Chip Ledbetter coordinates and leads all maintenance processes pertaining to all response equipment in the HWCG tool kit. He is the primary technical and operations interface with HWCG’s core contractors and manages daily activities associated with containment equipment. Prior to joining HWCG, Chip spent 10+ years managing subsea response equipment for other response consortiums and has 20+ years of experience with offshore oil & gas production operations on shallow water bottom founded facilities and deepwater floating facilities. He was heavily involved in the flowback operations during the Deepwater Horizon Incident as OIM onboard a dynamically positioned floating production and offloading vessel. He has also participated in multiple Source Control Exercises for major operators in the GOM and was the capping stack subject matter expert during a successful deployment of a capping stack in 7000 feet of water.



Anita Lee joined HWCG in 2016 after being employed by a major offshore drilling contractor located in the USA for six years. Anita gained valuable experience working for the procurement and human resource department with a focus on training. As HWCG’s Business Manager, she is responsible for managing office services, procurement activities, and HWCG’s management systems such as but not limited to the following: 1) HWCG’s Information Management Portal (IMP), a delivery system for company business to both members and contractors; 2) HWCG’s Safety Management System (a.k.a. HWCG SEMS) which includes training development, compliance, audits, and Management of Change (MOC); 3) accounting functions inclusive of invoicing members and processing invoices for payment; and 4) collaborates with risk management services to place HWCG’s insurance and ensure members and contractor insurance remains compliant. The HWCG Business Manager is the primary contact for routine business matters with HWCG’s Members, Committees, and Core Contractors.





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