Head-hunters seek new £200,000pa chief exec for Oil and Gas Technology Centre

Sir Ian Wood
Sir Ian Wood

Members to the new Board of Directors at the Oil and Gas Technology Centre have been appointed – and they have now hired two firms of ‘head-hunters’ to put forward possible candidates for the £200,000 post of chief executive.

The project to establish Aberdeen as a global centre for innovation and technology development and deployment for the oil and gas industry is being led by private sector economic leadership body Opportunity North East (ONE).

One of the OGTC’s first priorities is to establish managed ‘solution centres’. These will be led by a dedicated team, bringing together knowledge and expertise from across industry and focus on delivering practical solutions for immediate challenges including managing asset integrity, drilling and well construction and finding cost effective ways of developing smaller and more marginal offshore fields.

Over time, the OGTC will establish and enhance world-class research facilities, including new test facilities, and support new technology and processes being brought to market faster.

Two executive search firms – one a UK national chain and the other an Edinburgh-based recruiter have been appointed to identify candidates for the roles of chief executive officer and three ‘solution centre’ managers, with the aim appointing them by September.

The three solution centre manager roles will lead work in the fields of well construction efficiency, asset integrity and small pool development by building and managing teams to address these themes. These roles are suited to senior technical professionals who have operated successfully in a commercial environment.

The OGTC Board includes:

  • Sir Ian Wood, Chairman
  • Archie Kennedy, Vice-Chairman (ONE)
  • Dr. Andy Samuel (OGA)
  • Angela Seeney (TLB)
  • Ray Riddoch and Colette Cohen (OGUK)
  • Profs Paul de Leeuw and Paul Hagan (Robert Gordon University)
  • John Scrimgeour and Jeremy Kilburn (University of Aberdeen)
  • Melfort Campbell (Scottish Government Oil & Gas Industry Leadership Board);
  • Mike Fleming (supply chain)
  • Neil Sims (MER UK Supply Chain, Exports & Skills Board).

The OGTC has a key role to play in maximising economic recovery from the UKCS, anchoring the supply chain in the north east of Scotland for the longer term, enhancing exports by helping develop new technology in the supply chain, and retaining high value jobs.

Sir Ian Wood, who is chairman of both ONE’s main Economic Leadership Board and the new OGTC Board, said: “The OGTC is a transformational project for the oil and gas industry in the UK and for the north east of Scotland.

“The aim is to fundamentally change the oil and gas innovation and technology landscape, with a mechanism of delivery driving integrated change.

“By creating the OGTC, backed by £180 million of funding via the Aberdeen Region Deal – and successfully addressing current industry technology challenges – we will become recognised as one of the top three centres globally for innovation and technology development and deployment with a particular focus on subsea production, drilling and wells, mature basin asset management, ensuring decommissioning excellence, and oil and gas data science.

“The OGTC’s work will create and sustain a high value talent pool with world-class expertise in energy in and around Aberdeen, which is home to two universities delivering world-leading energy related research, development and commercialisation.”

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