The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section board has elected Ian Phillips, chief executive of the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC), as its new chairman. Phillips assumes the role from Shankar Bhukya, who has stepped down ahead of a move to Singapore.
Phillips, an MBA-qualified chartered petroleum engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, has participated in the growth of the SPE Aberdeen Section over the last 30 years. With the SPE Aberdeen Section, he has held positions including chairman, treasurer, and Continuing Education Committee chair. In addition, he has served as the North Sea regional director on the SPE International Board. Most recently, he has been the director on the SPE Aberdeen board and has held responsibility for the Section’s Offshore Achievement Awards.
Prior to his current full-time role as chief executive of the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre, Phillips held a number of positions in the UK oil and gas industry, including vice president of project development at Ramco Energy and project director at BP. Latterly, his career has focused on innovation in carbon capture and storage, with roles including founding director of CO2DeepStore and business development director at Pale Blue Dot Energy. Phillips is also an external lecturer in Oil and Gas Management at Robert Gordon University, giving students an insight into the industry.