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Shell’s Steve Phimister appointed to Oil & Gas UK Board


Steve Phimister, who also oversaw the £3billion sale of assets to Chrysaor earlier this year, takes up the position as he enters his new role as vice president of Shell’s UK & Ireland upstream business unit.

Phimister will be taking the place of his Shell upstream predecessor Paul Goodfellow on Oil & Gas UK’s board of directors with immediate effect.

“The Maximising Economic Recovery Strategy and the steps we have taken as an industry to improve efficiency are bearing fruit

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

Phimister’s arrival is not the only change to the Oil and Gas UK Board. Bel Valves’ Neil Kirkbride has 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. Neil Kirkbride’s replacement will be announced in due course.

OGUK Chief Executive Deidre Michie said: “We are delighted to welcome Steve Phimister to our Board. He has extensive experience of our industry and we are pleased to have another strong and knowledgeable contributor supporting our organisation.

“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.”

Goodfellow spent around two years in command of Shell’s operations from its Aberdeen base.

He started his new challenge as Shell’s vice president for well at Rijkswijk in the Netherlands, at of the start of this month.

Phimister is a chemicals and minerals engineer by trade, who has worked around the world for Shell.

Notably he led a seven year period of growth in various roles in Australia.

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