Changes at the top for Aubin Group

Katy Gifford has been appointed chief executive, allowing former CEO Paddy Collins to take up the newly created post of chief technology officer
Katy Gifford has been appointed chief executive, allowing former CEO Paddy Collins to take up the newly created post of chief technology officer

Chemical engineering specialist Aubin Group has announced changes to its top team as chief executive Paddy Collins has taken up a new role.

Mr Collins, who remains the majority shareholder in the Ellon-headquartered firm, has taken on the newly-created position of chief technology officer.

This comes as former chief financial officer, Katy Gifford, has been appointed the new CEO.

Mr Collins, who led the company in the role for 13 years, said the move supports his “long-held desire” to move into a technology-focussed role.

Aubin said the changes come as it is “eyeing further growth” in line with the sector’s emergence from the recent  oil and gas downturn.

Mr Collins said: “While I have enjoyed my time as the CEO of Aubin, my real passion has always been in the development of innovative solutions for the industry.

“The growth of our business, and changes in the market have created new opportunities and we have been developing new technologies in response to these industry challenges.

“This new role, which is fully supported by our board and investors, allows me to focus on these new technologies, growing the company and enhancing shareholder value.

“I am delighted that Katy has been appointed as CEO. Not only is she an inspiring and capable leader in her own right, but she joins a deservedly growing list of women at the top of our industry and that must be welcomed.”

Aubin, which delivers chemical solutions for the energy sector, operates in a number of regions including the North Sea, the US and Middle East.

Ms Gifford has been with the firm for four years, but has held senior management roles at other oil and gas firms, and was appointed CEO following a rigorous recruitment campaign.

Aubin’s finance team will be restructured in line with her move to chief executive.

She said: “I feel privileged to have been appointed to the role of CEO of Aubin. I bring experience from my previous roles and the additional benefit of continuity to the business as I have a thorough and practical appreciation of the CEO remit here.

“Aubin is performing very well, particularly in North Africa and the Middle East – where we are in the process of developing manufacturing capabilities – Norway and the North Sea. Demand for our new technology solutions for water shut off, plugging and abandonment, pipeline cleaning, cementing and stimulating additives and waste management treatment are growing rapidly.

“More and more customers are enjoying the benefits and ease of deploying Aubin’s chemical solutions over mechanical alternatives. We have always had a strong research and development function, but with Paddy totally focused on driving our technology offering now, we are well positioned to really grow our offering in the global marketplace.”