In the spotlight
Spotlight on new Oil & Gas UK Board Members
Gordon Ballard Chairman, UK Schlumberger Plc
Responsibility for setting Oil & Gas UK’s position on policy matters lies with the Board whose members represent a cross-section of the industry.
Rotation of Board
members after two years of service ensures that the organisation remains well connected to the industry and that all members are given the opportunity to contribute to its governance.
Here we shine the spotlight on four new Board members.
What motivated you to join the industry?
I studied Civil Engineering at Glasgow University. However I was not convinced I wanted to pursue civil engineering as a career so was looking at other options. The oil industry was growing rapidly at that time in Scotland and looked an appealing and stimulating place to work, I heard about the Petroleum Engineering Masters Degree at Heriot-Watt University and that was that ...
What should Oil & Gas UK’s first priority be over the coming year?
The main challenge for Oil & Gas UK will be to do everything it can to ensure strong oilfield activity in the UKCS. Particular areas of focus should be lobbying government for the best possible business environment, offering maximum encouragement to new entrants and working with all stakeholders to ensure easy access to infrastructure.
What in the UKCS presents the biggest opportunity for your company?
The requirement to maximise recovery from a mature basin which still has a strong infrastructure allied with the continuing need for fresh technical innovation.
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