New Chairman Takes Reigns at UK's OCA

A leading figure in the global energy business has been appointed as the new chairman of the Offshore Contractors' Association.

John Pearson is managing director of AMEC's Natural Resources business for Europe and West Africa. He takes over from Bob Keiller, CEO of Production Services Network, who has held the post for the last three years.

The chairmanship is returning to AMEC for the second time in recent years. It was previously held by the company's former oil and gas managing director Neil Bruce.

Mr. Pearson, who has been with AMEC for 19 years, is delighted to have been elected by his peers to take over this important role for the next three years.

He said, "We stand at a challenging point in the history of the oil and gas industry. More than ever, I feel that industry bodies like OCA have an important role to play in optimizing the future, not just for our members but for all stakeholders.

"I'd also like to pay tribute to Bob Keiller for his leadership over the last 3 years, and to recognize the efforts of Bill Murray, the OCA Chief Executive and his team for all their hard work."

Mr. Pearson, a former Banchory Academy pupil and Aberdeen university engineering graduate, has 24 years' experience in the oil, gas and petrochemicals sector. Since joining AMEC he has fulfilled various roles within a range of disciplines including key posts in engineering, project and business improvement management and has been tasked with leading the asset support business stream globally.

These have allowed him to obtain a multi-discipline background with hands on experience of offshore construction and commissioning in addition to design.

Bill Murray, Chief Executive of the Aberdeen-based OCA, said, "Bob has deftly guided the Association through some major issues in his term as chairman. Under John's leadership, our members will continue to face up to current challenges and emerge stronger."

The OCA is the lead representative body for the UK's oil and gas contracting and supply industry and looks after the interests of around 60 companies involved in a range of activities, including mechanical, electrical and allied services, construction, maintenance work, design and project engineering, fabrication and decommissioning.

Combined, these organizations have a turnover in excess of £3 billion; a workforce of more than 20,000 employees and a presence on virtually every installation on the UK Continental Shelf.