Colette Cohen, head of Centrica's UK oil and gas production business, has been appointed as chair of the UK's new National College for Onshore Oil and Gas, according to a statement released Monday from UKOOG – the representative body for the UK onshore oil and gas industry.
Cohen's first role will be to lead the Blackpool-based college's development board and guide the college through its business planning phase. Cohen brings 24 years of experience of working on onshore and offshore projects, as well as on international projects. Her experience includes working on Western Europe's biggest onshore oilfield at Wytch Farm in Dorset, England, running the Lower 48 Gulf Coast region in the US and serving as president for the Caspian region for ConocoPhillips.
Since 2013, Cohen has headed Centrica's upstream oil and gas business in the UK and Netherlands.
Commenting on the announcement UK Business Minister Matthew Hancock said:
"I warmly congratulate Colette Cohen on her new position. She has a thoroughly important job training the next generation of onshore oil and gas engineers and specialists who will extract the shale gas from beneath the ground. This new National College will equip people with the right skills to get a good job in the oil and gas industry and help Britain prosper."
UKOOG Chief Executive Ken Cronin added:
"To have someone of Colette's experience and seniority guiding the National College right from the start, allied to the superb group of academics working on the project gives me confidence that we can build a college that will train the next generation of onshore oil and gas engineers and other specialists to meet the shale industry's future skills needs."
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