Tony Laing has been announced as new director of research and market acceleration for the National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI).
Based at Subsea UK in Westhill, Aberdeen, Mr Laing will replace Dr Gordon Drummond who returns to Subsea 7 after a three year secondment.
Previously global director of integrated solutions at Schlumberger and OneSubsea, Mr Laing has been working as an independent oil and gas consultant since 2015.
Mr Laing has also held positions at Marathon, Boreas (Atkins) and Aker Kvaerner and is a member and treasurer of the Aberdeen branch of the Society of Underwater Technology.
Mr Laing said: “NSRI has a major role to play as a knowledge hub for subsea research and development, not only within oil and gas but across the wider offshore renewable energy sectors including marine and ocean science. I believe I can apply my knowledge and experience to build upon the fantastic work that has been delivered to date, promoting technological innovation and ensuring the industry needs are met.
“I look forward to working with businesses, technology developers, universities and academics as they look for support in bringing new innovations to market that can push the UK energy industry forward for years to come.”
Peter Blake, chairman of NSRI, added: “Many know Tony within the oil and gas sector, with his extensive experience and lateral creative thinking I believe he will take the robust foundation of NSRI and build upon it within the next phase. There is considerable challenge driving subsea technology and commercialisation to ensure the UK remains a preeminent hub within the global industry.
“The excellent work done by Gordon Drummond established NSRI as the focal point for subsea research and development. I look forward in continuing this work with Tony and I’m sure many others throughout the sector will too.”