By DARA BUTTERFIELD
Oil & Gas UK, the representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, has announced a number of appointments of member company representatives to its Board with immediate effect.
Alan Corbett, Managing Director, Bristow Helicopters, will represent the aviation sector on the Board, replacing Richard Mintern of Babcock International Group.
Corbett said: “I am delighted to have this opportunity to serve on the Board of Oil & Gas UK and provide input at a time when all segments of the industry, including aviation, are being challenged to deliver measurable changes around productivity and efficiency that will ensure a sustainable future for the sector and those that support it. All members of the community feel these challenges and none are void of the responsibility for ensuring safety remains a priority. I look forward to carrying on the drive and support that Richard Mintern provided previously.”
Ray Riddoch, Managing Director and Europe Senior Vice President, Nexen Petroleum U.K. Ltd, is also appointed to represent the operator community, bringing more than 30 years’ oil and gas industry experience, including holding senior positions in major operating companies. He replaces Archie Kennedy, who formerly held the role of Treasurer and retired from Nexen in July.
Riddoch said: “Nexen understands the importance of addressing the current challenges facing our industry at this time. The industry is putting a great deal of effort into improving its performance and I look forward to working with the other members of the Board, to encourage co-operation across the sector and working together to sustain a long term future for the North Sea.”
Dominic Macklon, UK President, ConocoPhillips, is appointed to the Board as a representative of the operator community bringing experience latterly from the Canadian oil sands business. He replaces David Chenier of ConocoPhillips following his relocation to the US.
Macklon commented: “It is half a century since first gas was found in the North Sea and today the industry is facing a number of issues, including competitiveness in a world with a considerably lower oil price. I am very much looking forward to working with the team on the very real challenges that lie ahead.”
Existing Board member, Craig May, Managing Director, Chevron Upstream Europe Limited, has taken over the role of Treasurer.
Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive, Oil & Gas UK, commented: “Our industry is challenged by the low price of oil and high cost of operating and efforts are strongly focused on making the changes required to restore competitiveness in this new business environment. We at Oil & Gas UK are very fortunate to have the guidance of a talented Board.
Meanwhile the Stirling Group – which provides health, safety and environmental services to the oil and gas industry – has appointed Alan McIntyre as head of its emergency response and crisis management unit.
This includes the running of the £250,000 Incident Management Centre (IMC) in Aberdeen, which provides round the clock support to global companies in the event of an emergency situation, staffed by specialist responders and client representatives.
McIntyre will lead a team of more than 20 staff to deliver crisis and continuity management support to clients in the UK and Europe, following Stirling Group’s acquisition of Altor Risk Group last year.
Previous to working in the emergency response and crisis management sector, Mr McIntyre worked for Rowan Drilling as a safety representative following three years with Petrofac Training Services as a technician.