A stalwart of the North Sea’s energy industry has been given the highest award of the British order of chivalry.
Tycoon and philanthropist Sir Ian Wood was pronounced a Knight Grand Cross (GBE) at a ceremony in Edinburgh.
It was in recognition of his contributions to business and charity as well as the oil and gas industry.
The award is the highest that can be given by the Queen through the Order of the British Empire and is rarely bestowed. Another veteran, Trevor Garlick – the former regional president of energy giant BP – was made an OBE for services to the oil and gas industry.
Sir Ian said: “It’s nice to get an award and be recognised but that’s not the achievement.
“This award is for exceptional service in various areas.
“The citation states a distinguished business career, services to the oil and gas industry and philanthropy.
“This is shared with some really good people like those at Wood Group and those who worked with me on Maximising Economic Recovery from the North Sea – that’s a real achievement.”