Trade body Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) has appointed the chief operating officer of new energy services at Petrofac to its board.
John Pearson joins OGUK’s top team as it focuses on accelerating the industry’s efforts to deliver low carbon energy to the UK.
With overall accountability for growing Petrofac’s global portfolio in low carbon projects – including wind, hydrogen, carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) – Mr Pearson also leads initiatives that convert waste to energy.
Previously Mr Pearson led the energy services company’s global operations and brownfield projects business.
He was also the company’s chief corporate development officer, responsible for driving transformation of activities to support the energy transition.
Prior to joining Petrofac he spent 28 years in senior management roles at Amec Foster Wheeler and 5 years at Chevron.
Mr Pearson said: “The UK supply chain has been setting standards across the global energy stage for decades. As our sector accelerates the decarbonisation of existing energy infrastructure and adopts new, low-carbon technologies, the transition provides fantastic opportunities for our people and businesses alike. Industry bodies like OGUK do a great job of driving the conversation and collaboration needed to bring these new opportunities to life. I’m truly delighted to be joining the team and supporting these efforts”
His other board roles include being co-chairman of the Oil and Gas Authority’s supply chain and exports taskforce.
The group brings together industry trade associations, government and regulators to support the economic recovery of the UK’s supply chain whilst supporting the drive to net zero by 2050.
Deirdre Michie, OGUK’s chief executive, commented: “John’s expertise in leading Petrofac’s fast-expanding portfolio of new energy projects including offshore wind, carbon capture and storage, hydrogen and solar will be a great asset to the OGUK board. Our industry is accelerating the transition from oil and gas toward low carbon energy alternatives as part of the North Sea Transition Deal it agreed with the Government last year. The highly skilled people in our industry will be key to delivering a successful energy transition at pace, while maintaining the country’s energy security and contributing significantly to the UK economy.”