Energy Institute appoints first non-engineer as Chairman of Aberdeen & Highlands branch


Aberdeen, Highlands & Islands Branch Energy Institute Chairman Nigel Bradburn (left) and Vice-Chairman Laurie Mackay.
Aberdeen, Highlands & Islands Branch Energy Institute Chairman Nigel Bradburn (left) and Vice-Chairman Laurie Mackay.

Nigel Bradburn has become Chairman of the Aberdeen & Highlands branch – the largest outside London – of the UK Energy Institute in succession to Hugh Rees following his transfer with BP to a new role in Stavanger, Norway.

Bradburn will be supported by Laurie Mackay, who has been announced as the EI’s new Vice-Chairman.

In addition to being a Fellow of the EI, Nigel Bradburn is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and an alumni of Aberdeen University of Aberdeen (UoA).

Following service in the Royal Air Force, Bradburn joined Marathon Oil then Amerada Hess assessing, developing and resourcing technical and operational support staff. He moved in to the Executive Search arena working for the energy practice of a listed London-based company before setting up his own consultancy three years ago.  He also sits on the boards of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) in Aberdeen as well as the Scottish Oil Club.

Laurie Mackay has more than 35 years’ experience in the industry and is currently the UK Manager of Fabric Maintenance for Conoco Phillips. He is a Fellow and Chartered Engineer of the EI and currently undertaking a MBA in Oil & Gas Management at RGU Business School. Mr Mackay has been significantly involved in the EI for five years and in particular, has been supporting the EI Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC)’s technical work proposals for the development of industry guidance documents.  

Nigel Bradburn said:

“As the first non-engineer to be selected as chairman of the branch, I am exceptionally honoured to have been chosen by my industry colleagues particularly during this milestone year as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Energy Institute.

“Hugh has done a tremendous job in leading and growing the branch over the last two years and he will be a hard act to follow but I am very well supported by Laurie and an exceptionally dedicated committee of volunteers drawn from right across our fabulous industry and the world of academia. “

Laurie Mackay added: “Through my lecturing at RGU in the evenings I understand the importance of encouraging young people to take an interest in a career in the oil and gas industry. I’m also acutely aware of the industry professional that seeks to achieve chartership but needs help to progress an application.”

Kate Dinwiddy, Professional Development and Training Manager at the Energy Institute, added: “The Aberdeen, Highlands & Islands branch does an exceptional job at providing a professional and social network for energy professionals in the region with a busy events programme and extensive outreach work. I look forward to working with both Nigel and Laurie in the future.”

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