Keith Findlay, 22nd October 2010
Energy major BP has named Trevor Garlick as the man to lead its operations in the North Sea, promoting him from acting managing director for the area to regional president.
Mr Garlick, 52, was previously vice-president of resources at BP North Sea, with responsibility for operations in the UK and Norway.
He took over as regional chief from Bernard Looney last month, on a temporary basis, in a top-level shake-up at the group.
Mr Looney left his job as North Sea managing director after less than two years to take up a new role leading the company’s global developments in a revamped upstream division.
As BP’s new regional president for the North Sea, Mr Garlick will be boss to about 1,000 people at the oil firm’s area headquarters at Dyce, near Aberdeen, plus a further 2,000 elsewhere in the UK and Norway. He will be based at the Dyce HQ.
Mr Garlick said yesterday: “I am delighted to take on this position at a very challenging but exciting time for BP.
“The North Sea is a vitally important business for BP globally and we have plans to sustain a significant investment programme here over the long term, including six major projects in the UK and Norway”.
“I am also looking forward to playing a part in the wider oil and gas industry challenges, especially further enhancing safety performance and sustaining the competitiveness of the North Sea.”
Mr Garlick graduated in geological science from Leeds University and then in petroleum engineering at Heriot-Watt University, in Edinburgh.
After a few years well-siting both onshore and offshore he worked as a petroleum and reservoir engineer for Marathon Oil and then BP on the appraisal and start-ups of the Brae, Ula, Andrew and Clair fields.
Since 1999, he has held several asset-management roles and was also vice-president and head of country for BP’s business in Norway for a spell.
BP has a £12billion, five-year investment programme for the North Sea, which it insists will not be blown off course by the financial impact of the recent Deepwater Horizon crisis in the US Gulf of Mexico.