Women finalists outnumber men by 2:1 in Aberdeen SPE young professional awards

Three young professionals have secured a place on the shortlist for the 2017 Offshore Achievement Awards (OAAs) following a rigorous interview process.

Richard Eckersley, facilities engineer at Nexen Petroleum, Mandy Johnstone, junior subsea project engineer at N-Sea and Marianne McKevitt, petroleum engineer at BP, have been announced as finalists in the Young Professional award category, with the overall winner due be announced later this month.

This organisers – the Aberdeen branch of the Society of Petroleum Engineers – introduced an additional stage of shortlisting this year in this category which saw six candidates take part in an interview with a panel of industry judges, before the final three were selected.

Ian Phillips, Chairman of SPE Aberdeen, said: “Introducing the interview process this year has proven extremely beneficial for our panel of judges, as it is often difficult to fully appreciate each candidate’s passion and enthusiasm from an entry form. Having the opportunity to meet the finalists in person not only allowed judges to gain invaluable insight, but gave each candidate a chance to tell their story in full.”

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