Two new appointments at top level of IESTA

31 August 2010

Gary Boyd is to head up the International Energy Skills & Training Alliance (IESTA) following his appointment as director of operations. The new appointment is hoped to secure new global business for IESTA members.

Gary Boyd, director of operations at IESTA
Gary Boyd, director of operations at IESTA

Boyd is described as an experienced business development manager and will be spearheading IESTA’s bid to become recognised as an international skills and training hub for the global energy sector.

He will be assisted by a board comprising members of IESTA and headed up by its newly-elected chairman, Roddy Scott and vice-chairman Colin Turnbull. Scott heads up energy development at Angus College and Turnbull is managing director of Mintra, specialists in delivering technology-led training and learning.

Having held business development positions with Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce and Aberdeen College, Boyd has experience in project management and marketing and has established strong links with the energy sector.

He said: “I’m really excited about working with IESTA at this crucial time in its growth. With many new and existing international markets becoming more viable it’s vital that Scotland uses its well deserved reputation as ‘the’ centre of excellence within the energy industry to secure new and lucrative contracts both within the UK and abroad.”

The new director will be responsible for leading the organisation, identifying and developing business opportunities for its members both within the UK and in key international markets.
“I look forward to enhancing our already robust membership portfolio which represents some of the best and most experienced energy sector training organisations in the world.

“As the Scottish oil and gas industry has developed, a world-class training and education offering has grown up alongside it. This training portfolio, like the North Sea industry it serves, has earned a reputation for technological excellence, best practice and the highest operational and HSE standards.

“It is this compelling proposition that I will be promoting to global companies so that our members win a significant international share in the training and skills market. Under the umbrella of the alliance, member companies can have access to wider opportunities and through collaboration can bid for bigger contracts.”

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