A north-east energy technology centre has appointed a new chairman.
The Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) has announced the appointment of Martin Gilbert as chairman of the organisation.
He will succeed Archie Kennedy, who has been vice-chair and chair of OGTC since it was established in February 2017.
The centre was opened in Aberdeen four years ago to help the oil and gas sector solve key industry challenges.
Welcoming the appointment, CEO Colette Cohen OBE, said: “We’re excited to welcome Martin to the Oil and Gas Technology Centre at this pivotal time for the oil and gas industry.
“His extensive experience and strategic leadership will be invaluable as we accelerate technology to support the post-Covid-19 recovery and deliver a net zero North Sea.
“From a standing start in early 2017, the OGTC has become integral part of the UK energy and technology ecosystem and Archie’s passion, commitment and leadership as board chair has been integral to our growth and success and I am very grateful for his support and counsel.”
Martin was a founding director of Aberdeen Asset Management in 1983 and was instrumental in its £11bn merger with Standard Life in 2017, when he became co-chief executive of Standard Life Aberdeen.
Chair Martin Gilbert said: “Aberdeen has been a major part of my life – both professionally and personally – and I am passionate about investing in the future prosperity of the north-east of Scotland.
“As chair of the OGTC I look forward to working with Colette and her talented team to do just that.
He added: “Despite the significant economic challenges facing country as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, governments and industry remain committed to delivering net zero.
“The OGTC therefore has a crucial role in developing technologies to enable the oil and gas sector to be a valued part of the transition.”
Reflecting on his time at the helm, Archie Kennedy, said: “I’m incredibly proud to have been part of the OGTC journey and to have helped build an innovative organisation which, in the space of a few short years, has delivered a such strong track record.
“We launched with a clear ambition: to accelerate the pace of technology deployment on the UKCS, anchor and grow the supply chain, and create a culture of innovation in the north-east of Scotland.
“We have made great strides towards these aims through hundreds of incredible technology projects, helping companies develop and grow while inspiring a broader culture of innovation through our work with schools.
“I’m confident the OGTC will continue to be a catalyst for change and help to develop the net zero energy system of the future.”