Offshore Energies UK, the leading trade body for the UK’s integrating offshore energy industry, has announced that Findlay Anderson, Vice President & General Counsel, Oilfield Equipment at Baker Hughes, will become the new chair of the OEUK Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Task Group.
The D&I Task Group was created in the summer of 2019 to drive forward diversity and inclusion in the sector, catalyse action and share good practice.
Findlay has been on the Task Group since its inception in 2019, in addition to leading the UK D&I programme for Baker Hughes for the past four years. During that time, Baker Hughes has received multiple industry accolades for its D&I initiatives, including the Diversity & Inclusion award at the OEUK Awards in 2021. Findlay has worked in the energy and infrastructure industries for more than 20 years.
He takes over as Chair from Craig Shanaghey, President Operations Services Europe, Middle East & Africa at Wood, who has led the Task Group since its creation in 2019. In that time, Craig oversaw the release of the very first industry-wide survey into D&I within the sector. The report titled ‘Building a Baseline: OGUK Diversity and Inclusion Survey Report’, was produced in partnership with Robert Gordon University (RGU) and provided powerful insight on the industry’s key challenges.
Craig also oversaw the creation of the OGUK D&I Ally Network, which works in parallel with the activities of the D&I Task Group. The D&I Ally Network provides a platform for industry professionals to come together and share examples of best practice, opportunities to develop the direction of the Task Group and to align activities with the group.
Commenting, OEUK CEO Deirdre Michie OBE, said:
“We welcome Findlay into the role as Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Task Group, at what is a challenging but ambitious time for our industry. Diversity and inclusion is at the heart of our sector’s ability to transition to cleaner technologies, while underpinning energy security – we need to attract and retain a diversity of talent, skills and experience, as well as ensure inclusive and collaborative ways of working.
“Just one year on from signing the North Sea Transition Deal, we are in action supporting the nation’s transition to a lower-carbon future, but we still have a way to go.
“I’d like to thank Craig Shanaghey for his fantastic work in leading and driving the Task Group since 2019. Under his leadership, the group spearheaded industry’s first crucial survey into D&I within our sector and its insights will help drive forward further improvements as we work collectively to reach our net zero targets.”
Commenting, Findlay Anderson, Vice President & General Counsel at Baker Hughes, said:
“It is an honour to be asked to take on this role chairing the D&I Task Group. Craig and the group have achieved so much already in the past few years. 2022 is already shaping up to be a busy year as we increase the momentum and focus around this key area of challenge and opportunity for our industry.”