OPITO – the Oil and Gas Academy, is celebrating its third year in business with the appointment of new managing director Dave Binnie.
The centre for skills development in the oil and gas industry, headquartered at Portlethen, near Aberdeen, has achieved significant growth and is targeting further development following a restructuring programme.
David Doig, who stepped up from a post as chief executive of Opito to become chief executive of Opito Group, said: “Dave’s appointment will enhance our UK business and support the industry.
“His experience and track record will provide us with increased capability as we drive to provide the industry with a highly skilled and safe workforce now and in the future.”
Mr Binnie has more than 25 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and joins Opito in his new role following a successful spell in Abu Dhabi with BP.
He leaves his post in the Middle East after leading the development of the world’s first industrial-scale plant to deliver low-carbon power with carbon-capture and storage capabilities.
Mr Binnie, who has an engineering degree and an MBA, began his career as an engineering apprentice with BP in the early 1980s, and has held roles in asset operations, major-project delivery, commodity-trading management and business development in upstream gas and alternative energy.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to the new challenges that lie ahead with the academy. It is a company with a strong and growing track record and I look forward to adding to that. Our industry and our country face major challenges around the energy sector such as security of supply, environmental stewardship and economic health. The oil and gas industry and the academy have a critical role to play in meeting these challenges.
“We also have a key role to play in representing the industry to government and in education.”
The organisation recently undertook a major expansion programme when it set up Opito International to deliver standards to improve workforce skills and capability.