Opito appoints new global director

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Not-for-profit energy skills-body Opito has announced the appointment of a new director to lead a fresh global focus at the organisation.

Stuart Clow is a former Transocean operating lead with more than 30 years oil and gas experience working in the UK, Africa, South America and the Middle East.

Mr Clow will be based in Aberdeenshire, leading the approvals team which oversees the international training provider network and managing workforce development programmes including the Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Programme (Ogtap).

He worked with Transocean for 28 years but has spent the last 16 months with Norwegian firm COSL Drilling Europe where he established crew resource requirements for its North Sea operations.

John McDonald, chief executive of Opito said: “Stuart has impressive and varied industry expertise from being involved in drilling operations offshore to managing complex global resourcing and workforce requirements for a multinational company.

“We are recognised for the quality of our standards that are designed to keep the workforce safe and competent and Stuart’s appointment to OPITO’s leadership team will further strengthen our support to global stakeholders in maintaining this benchmark.”

More than 250,000 people are trained to Opito standards every year, across 45 countries in the organisations 200 training centres.

Mr Clow said: “Opito’s mission to improve safety and competency is close to my heart.

“Having worked offshore for 18 years in different global locations and then being fortunate to lead global workforce development programmes, I’ve witnessed first-hand the importance of consistent standards.

“I’m looking forward to supporting the organisation with its ambition to maintain quality at every step of the process.”