Petrofac training services bolsters team with five new appointments

7 March 2013

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The company has invested in recruiting some of the industry’s most promising talent and has attracted Fiona Wallis to the position of Senior Business Development Manager, Jim McKay, Allan McEwan and Jennifer Hall as Business Development Managers and Karen Scott as Europe Marketing Manager.

Paul Groves, Managing Director of PTS said: “We have a long history of providing industry-leading training to the energy sector as well as other key industries and are determined to see that continue.

“Part of that process is about retaining the experienced personnel who have helped build Petrofac Training Services reputation over the years and supplementing their skills by identifying and attracting those with the talent and professionalism to allow us to continue to develop.”

Fiona Wallis has extensive experience in senior positions in training, occupational health and safety and joins from Falck Nutec. Fiona has a Post Graduate Certificate in Coaching and Learning from the University of Aberdeen.

Jim McKay has amassed more than twenty years’ oil and gas sales and business development experience. A graduate from Robert Gordon University, Allan McEwan joins from Space Solutions having gained more than ten years’ business development, sales and marketing experience both in the UK and Australia.

Jennifer Hall is a graduate from Heriot-Watt University. Since graduating, she has gained seven years’ industry experience, latterly working at Monitor, where she specialised in Project Management Training . Jennifer sits on the Association for Project Management Committee in Aberdeen as Corporate Liaison.

A graduate of the University of Abertay, Karen Scott has over fifteen years’ experience having held senior marketing positions with a number of north-east companies and will assume responsibility for the company’s marketing strategy. She is also an External Examiner at the Robert Gordon University and sits on the Energy Industry Council Committee.

Fiona Wallis said: “Working for a company which has set standards not only nationally but internationally through the years was an offer too good to turn down

“The opportunity to work at some of the industry’s leading facilities and with the most experienced staff in the field was very attractive and I’m looking forward to the challenge of contributing to the company’s continued development.”

“The team and I have done our Survival, Fire and Marine training and I was really impressed at how well designed and comprehensive the facilities are. I have participated and observed this training in regions all over the world and was particularly impressed with both the professionalism and experience of the instructors.

Petrofac Training Services was recently named OPITO’s International Training Provider of the Year at an awards ceremony in Abu Dhabi. The company was commended for driving elevated standards of training in the United States after setting up its first base in the Americas in 2004, when it became the first training provider in the country to offer OPITO approved courses.

Groves added: “Each of our new recruits brings a unique set of skills and I know they will add value to our business. Aberdeen and the North Sea remains a key focus area for Petrofac Training Services. We intend to remain the leading player in workforce development for the North Sea.

“With more than £40 billion expected to be invested in the region in the next three years and anticipated upturn in production we anticipate a strong demand for our competency-led training, which includes healthy and safety, survival, fire, emergency response and marine training to help bridge the skills gap and ensure the North Sea remains one of the safest places to work offshore.”