Petrofac, the international oil & gas facilities service provider, has appointed Chris Allen as director of health, safety, security, environment and integrity assurance (HSSEIA) for the group.
A well known industry figure with extensive safety and operational management experience in the oil & gas industry, Allen will succeed John Methven who announced his retirement from the Company last month.
In May 2009 Allen will join Petrofac from Oil & Gas UK where he has, since 2004, held the role of health, safety, security and environment (HSSE) director. During his tenure he has been responsible for representing the oil & gas industry to various regulators and government departments and has played a lead role in responding to key industry issues including the HSE’s KP3 report on Asset Integrity.
Allen has first class credentials in both safety and oil & gas having started his career in the mid 1970s with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). He entered the oil & gas industry in 1985 working for Total in a variety of senior safety, operational and technical roles for both UK and international projects during 19 years with the international operator.
Commenting on his appointment, Chris said: “I am looking forward to this new chapter in my career. Having worked previously for an operator, regulator and trade association, moving into the service industry is a new challenge. Petrofac is a dynamic company and one in which I feel I can combine my recent industry experience with that of previous operational and technical roles working on international projects to make a significant contribution to the group at a time when safety has never been more important.”
Petrofac’s group chief executive Ayman Asfari said: “I am delighted that Chris will be joining Petrofac. The combination of his industry credentials, depth of experience in safety and knowledge of oil & gas operations, particularly in areas such as Asset Integrity, will ensure that we can continue to build upon the excellent work achieved by John Methven and his team to date. I look forward to welcoming him to Petrofac in May.”