An industry professional with over 20 years’ experience in the subsea pipelines business has been appointed to Oil & Gas UK’s board.
Phil Simons, VP North Sea & Canada at Subsea 7, will sit alongside the leading industry representatives responsible for setting Oil & Gas UK policy.
Mr Simons began his career in 1992 as an engineer for pipeline installation contactors and operators, European Marine Contactors, where he later became a senior project manager.
In 2004 he joined Subsea 7 in Aberdeen as a senior project manager, progressing through the business to become the Vice President for Canada, Mediterranean and Russia in 2011. Mr Simons became the Chief Operating Officer for UK & Canada and subsequently Vice President UK & Canada in 2013, before taking up the role of Vice President for North Sea & Canada in 2016.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Simons said:
“I am very pleased to join the Oil & Gas UK board at such a pivotal and demanding time in our industry’s history, and I look forward to working closely with the other members to help harness the collaboration needed to take us through the unique challenges ahead.”
Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said:
“With extensive commercial and engineering experience, the appointment of Phil Simons will further strengthen Oil & Gas UK’s board at a defining period for the industry.
“We have improved our cost base by 50 percent in two years, embedding efficiency as a core value and making our industry more globally competitive. There are up to 20 billion barrels of oil and gas yet to be recovered from the UKCS if we secure the appropriate conditions for investment.
“I would like to thank Oil & Gas UK’s board for their continued strategic guidance as we seek to maximise economic recovery from the mature basin, and warmly welcome Phil Simons.”
Notes to Editors
Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Natalie Coupar on 01224 577343 / [email protected]
Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.
- Responsibility for setting Oil & Gas UK’s position on policy matters lies with the Boardwhose members represent a cross-section of the industry.The Board comprises twelve representatives from operator companies; ten representatives from contractor/supply chain companies; one representative from a non-operator or independent oil company; and the chief executive of Oil & Gas UK.
- Industry members of the Board are appointed for a period of two years, at which point they are required to stand down and offer themselves up for re-election, with the ability to serve for a total period of five years. This ensures a rotation cycle and a broad representation of the membership on the Board.