12 July 2013
End of an era for Petrofac Training Services employee in Montrose
Petrofac Training Services (PTS) staff in Montrose are saying goodbye to a distinguished member of staff who is bringing the curtain down on his time at PTS after more than 20 years.
Bill Taylor, who is retiring as Industrial Training Consultant and Assessor, is 80 years old. He had already enjoyed a long and successful career in the Merchant Navy and the oil and gas industry, with Shell, when he joined what was later to become RGIT Montrose in 1992.
With his extensive experience, including dealing with major incident handling offshore, Bill slipped easily into a role of senior assessor and soon became known as the ‘Major Emergency Management Guru’ to many colleagues and customers at Montrose.
Ian Kennedy, Major Emergency Management Team Leader at PTS said: “Bill is not only one of life’s gentlemen but a true professional and he will be sorely missed. Along with another couple of long-serving members of staff he was at the forefront of our Major Emergency Management provision for two decades and he has mentored and inspired many PTS staff during that time.”
Lord Cullen opened the simulator at Montrose in June 1993. When it was unveiled it was among the first of a number of state-of-the-art technical and behavioural innovations introduced at the site as the industry came to terms with the recommendations of the Cullen Report and found ways to improve both offshore safety and workforce competence.