Miles Templeman, Director General of the Institute of Directors (IoD) is to visit Aberdeen on Thursday (September 2) to hear what the offshore energy industry in Aberdeen requires to sustain the oil and gas industry and maximise the potential of emerging marine renewables.
Starting his visit to Aberdeen, Mr Templeman will address a networking lunch on Thursday lunchtime when he will give members and guests his insight into the prospects for business as the UK economy begins to emerge from recession.
On Thursday afternoon, the director general will be the guest of IoD Aberdeen and Senergy at an afternoon briefing where he will hear from senior representatives of the oil and gas and marine renewables industries in the city.
Among those presenting their opinions to Mr Templeman, at a closed session, will be Mike Tholen of Oil and Gas UK, Tom Smith of Nessco, Neil Poxon of ITF, Allan MacAskill of SeaEnergy Renewables, Iain Todd of AREG, Ian Sharp of Fairfield Energy, Robin Davies of Subsea 7, Paul de Leeuw of Centrica and Mike Bowyer of Senergy.
In the evening, Mr Templeman, energy industry figures, development representatives and members of the IoD Aberdeen committee will be guests of Aberdeen Harbour Board for a working dinner at the harbour’s Marine Operations Centre.
Mr Templeman will return to London on Friday following a round of golf with energy industry executives at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club.
Commenting on the significance of the visit, Cameron Ramsay, newly-appointed Chairman of IoD Aberdeen, said:
“The oil and gas industry, predominantly based in Aberdeen is the UK’s largest industrial investor sustaining half a million quality jobs across the country. Yet, it sometimes seems that it is a forgotten industry at the centre of power.
“The IoD has a strong track record for lobbying government and raising issues of national importance. We hope that, having heard from people at the sharp end of the oil and gas and renewables industries in Aberdeen, Miles Templeman will take a strong message back about the needs of the offshore energy industries in Aberdeen when he returns to London.”
The IoD networking lunch with IoD Director General Miles Templeman is in the Royal Northern and University Club, Albyn Place, Aberdeen, on Thursday (September 2) starting at 12.15 for 12.30 pm. There are a few places remaining which can be booked by calling Kathy Matthew at Paull & Williamson on 01224 621621.