Matt Corbin, Managing Director of Aker Solutions’ subsea business in the UK is to join the board of industry body, Subsea UK. This appointment brings the number of board members to 12, representing senior leaders from the major operators, subsea contractors and service companies including the heads of subsea at BP, Chevron and Shell and decision-makers from Subsea 7 and Bibby Offshore.
Mr Corbin brings 20 years’ experience in subsea to the board. He started his career as a graduate engineer with Aker Solutions and has held a number of senior industry positions in the UK, Singapore and Norway. These include UK Regional General Manager, GE Oil & Gas and Financial Controller / Operations Leader, Vetco Gray Drilling Systems.
He returned to Aker Solutions in 2012 to head the company’s growing subsea business and has overseen its expansion in terms of its growing employee base and business wins.
Bill Edgar, chairman of Subsea UK’s board said:
“Our board plays a crucial role in shaping and implementing our strategy to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of global subsea skills and expertise.
“At present Britain has around 45% of the global market but as the competition in international oil and gas provinces increases, we need to stay ahead of the game through greater collaboration between industry, academia and government and through initiatives that help our member companies exploit overseas markets.
“Matt’s North Sea and international experience with companies of scale will bring an added dimension to the existing breadth and depth of expertise on our board. Our ability to attract the heavy-hitters in the subsea industry is a reflection of how well regarded and how vital Subsea UK is.”
Subsea UK represents the entire subsea sector in the UK which generates revenues of £8.9bn per annum and supports around 70,000 jobs. The membership organisation, which has almost 300 member companies, organises a range of initiatives and programmes to raise the profile of the sector and help companies grow and develop at home and overseas.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Corbin said:
“Subsea UK is an active, influential and highly authoritative advocate for promoting the sector on a domestic and international stage and I am honoured to be invited to join the board.
“The subsea sector has a critical role to play in driving the global oil and gas industry, in terms of its skills, knowledge and technological innovation and expertise. I look forward to helping shape Subsea UK’s strategy and promoting the sectors’ position as a key player on the international stage in the years ahead.”
Pictured is Matt Corbin, Managing Director of Aker Solutions