Shell’s new vice president joins Oil & Gas UK board

After taking a new role as vice president of Shell’s UK & Ireland upstream business unit, Steve Phimister has joined Oil & Gas UK’s board of directors with immediate effect.

Oil & Gas UK, a representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, said on Tuesday that Phimister would be taking the place of Paul Goodfellow.

Phimister took over the VP of UK & Ireland position from Goodfellow after the latter became Shell’s executive vice president based in Rijswijk, the Netherlands.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to join the board of Oil and Gas UK at such an exciting time for our industry. The Maximising Economic Recovery Strategy and the steps we have taken as an industry to improve efficiency are bearing fruit,” said Phimister.

“I look forward to shaping the next steps with industry partners as we seek to become a globally competitive basin.”

Apart from Phimister’s arrival, Bel Valves’ Neil Kirkbride served his full five-year tenure as a board member and has now stepped down.

He will continue his work with the association through the Efficiency Task Force as the industry lead on the initiative to simplify engineered products.

Regarding the changes, Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive Deidre Michie said: “We are delighted to welcome Steve Phimister to our Board. He has extensive experience in our industry, and we are pleased to have another strong and knowledgeable contributor supporting our organization.

“I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Paul Goodfellow for his commitment and contribution to Oil & Gas UK and its board and wish him much success in his new role.

“We also bid a fond farewell to Neil Kirkbride who has been a valued member of our board and a great supporter of Oil & Gas UK. We wish him well, and I’m delighted that he is continuing to work with us on the Efficiency Task Force.”

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