The Aberdeen branch of the Society of Petroleum Engineers has elected Ian Phillips as its new chairman.
Phillips – who is chief executive of the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre- succeeds Shankar Bhukya, who has stepped down ahead of a move to Singapore.
An MBA qualified Chartered Petroleum Engineer, Philips has played an instrumental part in the growth of the SPE Aberdeen Section over the last 30 years, holding previous posts as treasurer and Continuing Education committee chairman.
In industry, his posts included vice-president of project development at Ramco Energy and project director at BP. Latterly, his career has focused on innovation in carbon capture and storage with roles including founding director of CO2DeepStore and business development director at Pale Blue Dot Energy.
He commented: “The oil and gas industry has experienced huge change in recent months.
“The survival of the North Sea industry depends on effective collaboration, technology innovation and knowledge sharing.
“To support this, SPE provides opportunities for professionals to network, learn and realise their technical and professional potential.
“The focus of my work at OGIC is bridging the gap between industry needs in the North Sea and the knowledge pool of Scottish universities. I believe this background will be extremely beneficial to the Section’s activities moving forward.
Meanwhile, Energy UK has appointed Audrey Gallacher to the post of Director of Energy Supply.
She joins Energy UK from Citizens Advice and her appointment underpins the importance Energy UK’s members – which include Britain’s Big Six energy suppliers – wish to put on improving customer service and delivery.