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Offshore Energies industry welcomes new Chaplain

29 August 2023

The UK Oil & Gas Chaplaincy Trust has appointed Reverend Michael Mair as Chaplain to the UK offshore energies industry.

Established in 1990, the Chaplaincy Trust provides pastoral and financial support to those who work and have worked in the industry, and their dependents.  

Taking up his new role on October 16, Reverend Michael Mair said:  “I am excited to be taking up this new appointment. The industry is facing challenges on several fronts, and I am looking forward to standing with and beside people as we think about the future. The Chaplain is there for everyone who works in the industry – for those of all faiths and none – and it will be my privilege to join this community to mark the highs and lows of life. I look forward to meeting those who work in the industry, whether offshore or onshore. My door will always be open.”

Most recently Michael was a parish minister to St. David’s Broomhouse Church in Edinburgh. Alongside this parish work he is a Reservist Chaplain to the British Army and is currently attached to 32 Signal Regiment. He has also held chaplaincy posts at Napier University and the Royal Blind School. A Church of Scotland minister, Michael holds national roles in the Kirk as the convener of the Assembly Business Committee.

Reverend Mair trained for ministry at the University of Edinburgh and undertook placements in Edinburgh, Inverness, Shetland, Amsterdam and South Queensferry. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Divinity and a Master of Theology degree from the University of Edinburgh. He is married to Laura, a lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, and they have two children.

Dr Alix Thom, chair of the UK Oil and Gas Chaplaincy said:

“The Trustees of the UK Oil & Gas Chaplaincy Trust are delighted to have appointed Michael to the post of Chaplain to the Industry.  His varied experience, energy and enthusiasm will bring a huge amount to the role, and to the oil and gas workforce that the Chaplaincy supports.  Our outgoing Chaplain, Reverend Gordon Craig, has made an enduring impact on the industry and the Trustees are confident Reverend Mair will build on his legacy.’

Reverend Michael Mair follows in the steps of Reverend Gordon Craig who provided full-time pastoral advice and support to people working in the industry both onshore and offshore for more than 11 years. Lynne de Boer will remain in post as Chaplaincy Administrator.

To find out more about the work of the Chaplaincy, visit UK Oil and Gas Chaplaincy


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