Two new Board members have been appointed – and seven members re-elected – following an ‘unprecedented’ number of member nominations to Aberdeen-based Subsea UK. They are:
Cameron Mitchell, technical disciplines assurance manager, Shell UK, and Mark Richardson, projects group manager, Apache North Sea. The re-elected Directors are:
- Matt Corbin, Aker Solutions
- Peter Blake, Chevron
- David Sheret, Bibby Offshore
- Brian Green, Severn Subsea Technologies
- Geoff Lyons, BPP-Tech
- Ian Mitchell, BP
- Tim Sheehan, Ashtead Technology
Mitchell, a chartered mechanical engineer, said: “Even with the current oil price, the industry is operating at too high a cost base.
“Given the maturity of the fields and the integrity issues that come with ageing facilities, it is imperative that the industry works together to take costs out of the business without destroying longer term value.
“I believe there is an ongoing challenge for UK supply companies to expand overseas in the deep water sector and there are opportunities to run the supply chain more cost effectively.”
Richardson also leads the Co-operation, Culture and Behaviours work programme for the Efficiency Task Force for Oil and Gas UK, is a member of the ECITB Offshore Project Management Steering Committee and has recently joined the OGA Supply Chain and Exports Board.
He added: “The oil price decline has made a complex situation more complicated, but a crisis is the best time for change.
“In order to face the challenges and maximise the opportunities, we need to invest more time and resource into management thinking and by encouraging the right culture at industry, company and individual level in order to capitalise on export opportunities across the globe.”
Bill Edgar, Chairman, Subsea UK, commented: “These new appointments bring a range of experience and viewpoints from the operators.
“As we approach 2016, the focus for all of us is now on collaboration and co-operation in a major drive to boost efficiencies and find better ways of working”.