OPITO appoints new VP to support safety in the Middle East and Africa

HB5Q9798OPITO, the not-for-profit skills body for the energy industry, has announced Richard Roberts as vice-president of strategic development for the Middle East and Africa region

Roberts will support OPITO as it extends and develops industry training standards and global qualification frameworks around the world.

Roberts has more than 25 years’ industry experience in senior roles ranging from operations to regional human resources.

In his most recent role as senior regional business development manager for Drilling Systems and Integrated Advisory Services (IAS), he was actively involved in major projects for the expansion of immersive simulation and competence development with major drilling contractors and National Oil Companies (NOCs) across the region.

Based in OPITO’s Dubai office, Roberts will work alongside the region’s NOCs and International Oil Companies (IOCs) to identify opportunities for the development and adoption of OPITO industry standards and global qualification frameworks.

“Many of the regions NOCs are keen to invest in new structures, systems and processes when it comes to workforce safety and skills. They are looking for high-quality industry standards that are aligned to the rest of the global industry. The Middle East and Africa is a critical region for the oil and gas community and is an area where OPITO is keen to strengthen working relationships and contribute to the regional approach. Discussions are already taking place with a major regional NOC who are looking to adopt various OPITO qualifications and standards,” he said.

Mark Cullens, director of strategic development, added, “We have seen a growing international interest from companies looking to adopt OPITO’s safety standards and global qualifications, and Richard’s appointment is part a strategic plan to ensure each region is ready to support these needs.”

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