UK Safety Body Appoints Piper Alpha Survivor
The board of Step Change in Safety, a not for profit safety body for the UK oil and gas industry, has announced the appointment of Steve Rae as the organization’s new executive director.
Rae, who has spent more than 35 years working in the industry, is a survivor of the Piper Alpha disaster, which occurred on July 6, 1988. He will take up his new role in July.
Rae currently works for Well-Safe Solutions and has held several senior positions in the UK, USA and Brazil during his career. He has also held the role of director at OPITO, a global skills body for the energy industry, and is the chairman of the Pound for Piper charity trust, which provides support towards the up-keep of the North Sea Memorial Rose Gardens and the Piper Alpha monument located in Aberdeen’s Hazlehead Park.
“Words cannot express how honoured I feel to have been appointed as the executive director of Step Change in Safety,” Rae said in an organization statement.
“For me, the role presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play a significant part in shaping the future safety culture in our industry. Those who know me personally, or have heard me talk, will appreciate how much this means to me,” he added.
“I look forward to taking up my new position in July and until such time I will continue to give my current employer, Well-Safe Solutions, my full attention during this exciting part of their journey,” Rae continued.
Bob Fennell, member of the Step Change in Safety Board and co-chair of the leadership team said, “for me, Steve’s appointment was the easiest decision I’ve ever had to make as he is perfect for the role”.
“He has an established industry presence and is a great orator and business leader. Most importantly, Steve genuinely wants to make the UK oil and gas industry a safer place to work for its workforce,” he added.
Step Change in Safety was founded in 1997 by oil and gas industry trade associations. In 2015, the organization became an independent tripartite body representing the workforce, regulators and employers. Step Change in Safety aims to make the UK the safest oil province in the world to work in, according to the organization’s website. The safety body is located in Aberdeen.
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