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Subsea UK underlines Strategy with New Heavy-weight Board

03 October 2007

At its recent annual general meeting, Subsea UK appointed a new board to drive forward its strategy to ensure the UK continues to be world-leaders in the subsea oil and gas sector.

Chaired by Bill Edgar, the board now comprises John Mair global technology manager with Subsea 7; Tim Sheehan, managing director of Acergy; Dave Turner, North sea subsea manager for BP, Patrick O’Brien, group technology director of MCS; Alan Nicol, operations director of Nautronix; Richard Marsh, managing director of Tritech International; Francis Neill, managing director of Brinker Technology; Ivar Iversen chairman of Prospect; and Geoff Proud, subsea well engineer with E.On Ruhrgas UK.

With 154 member companies Subsea UK is truly representative of the sector and continues to promote British expertise at home and abroad. The industry body has helped set up Subsea North East where member companies represent the critical mass of subsea businesses in the North-east of England.

“It is encouraging that we had so much interest in joining the board from across the industry,” says Subsea UK chief executive, David Pridden. “I am delighted that we have managed to attract some of the industry’s heavy-weights and look forward to their contribution to our strategy. This year, we will continue to focus our efforts on the three strands of our strategy: business, skills and technology to ensure that we have a vibrant technology driven sector, generating revenues of $15 billion by 2015 and employing the most talented, skilled workforce in the world.”

New board member Tim Sheehan says “I feel greatly honoured to have been elected to the board of Subsea UK. The organisation is recognised as the champion of the UK subsea industry, Acergy’s vision is to be the acknowledged leader in seabed-to-surface engineering and construction and our goals are very much aligned.

“The UK subsea industry leads the world in innovation, experience and technology. It is in all our interests to ensure it maintains that position and as a member of the board I will do my utmost to help keep our industry ahead of the rest.”

In ensuring its message is promoted in the UK and further afield, Subsea UK has devised a series of events which include its flagship event Subsea 08 in Aberdeen on 13th of February 2008, its technology forum, SubTech, in London on 13th of December 2007 and Subsea Europe in Paris in June 2008.

Subsea UK will have a major presence at DOT (Deepwater Offshore technology) in Stavanger in October this year and SSTB (Subsea Tie-back Forum) in Galveston in March 2008.

In addition, the industry body will be taking delegations to Houston for a Subsea Showcase, to Egypt and Mexico for subsea workshops and establishing a new event, Subsea Asia, in Kuala Lumpur.