TAQA N. Sea boss takes new oil job at Aberdeen University: helicopter chief takes top job at city harbour

Peter Jones
Peter Jones

A former managing director of TAQA North Sea has come ‘home’ to take up a new job as honorary professor at Aberdeen University’s Business School.

Peter Jones started his career as a research assistant in petroleum economics at the university in 1994, where he worked alongside renowned energy economist Professor Alex Kemp.

The pair co-authored a series of noteworthy publications before Jones left to join Marathon Oil, where he rose through the ranks to become managing director.  He moved to TAQA in 2013 where he was later appointed as managing director of TAQA Europe – a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company.

In 2015-16 he was a member of the Scot-Govt. Energy Jobs Task Force set up to help workers laid off from N. Sea jobs in the crude oil price slump. He has also recently served as chairman of the Rejuvenation Work Group of the PILOT joint industry/government initiative and as a board member of Oil and Gas UK.

Commenting on his new appointment, Jones said: “Aberdeen University has a track record of world leading work being carried out at the Aberdeen Centre for Research in Energy Economics and Finance (ACREEF), as well as at the Aberdeen Institute of Energy.

“I am privileged to have been given this position to support this work and given I started my oil and gas career as a research assistant for Professor Kemp, this appointment is particularly humbling.”

Michelle Handforth
Michelle Handforth

Meanwhile Aberdeen harbour has appointed Michelle Handforth as its new chief executive to replace Colin Parker.

A barrister, Handforth was most recently managing director of helicopter operator, Babcock MCS Offshore in Aberdeen.

3 Oct 2017

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