Energy Institute appoints new local chairman and vice-chairman

Neil Fowler (left) & Laurie Mackay (right)

The Aberdeen, Highlands & Islands branch of the Energy Institute (EI) has announced two key appointments.

Former vice-chairman Laurie Mackay succeeds Nigel Bradburn in the role of chairman whilst Neil Fowler has been named as the new vice-chairman.

Laurie Mackay CEng FEI has almost 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and is currently a director of MCL Ltd, a corrosion and protective coatings consultancy which has offices in Aberdeen and Tain. He holds an MSc in Project Management from The University of Aberdeen and an MSc in Asset Integrity Management from Robert Gordon University. He is currently completing an MBA in Oil & Gas Management at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Business School. Laurie is also a Fellow and Chartered Manager of the Chartered Management Institute.

Neil Fowler ACSM MEng CEng FEI is HSSEQ and Business Improvement Director for TAQA’s European businesses, with a remit including functional responsibility for the development of safety and application of systemic business improvement. Neil has been with TAQA for six years and previously held senior operations, engineering and management roles with a number of North Sea operators.  His early career included drilling, production operations and engineering management roles on many of North Sea’s flagship fields, including a period as an OIM on the Nelson platform for Enterprise Oil. Neil trained as a petroleum engineer, is a chartered engineer and holds two degrees, including a Masters in Petroleum Engineering from Herriot Watt University, Edinburgh. He is also a member of the SPE.

Commenting on his appointment, Laurie Mackay said: “I am extremely honoured to have been selected by my peers as Chairman of the Aberdeen, Highlands and Islands section, particularly as we face the challenges presented by this era of austerity, diversity and strategic sustainability in ageing basins and infrastructure.

“Working with our committee, I aim to enhance the EI brand and broaden its association with the evolving and dynamic alternative and renewable energy sector, as well as underpinning existing relationships throughout our geographic region. We are keen to partner and collaborate with other institutions and entities as we engage and communicate with individuals to make the EI the institute of choice for industry professionals.”

Neil Fowler added: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to make a contribution toward the continued success of the EI, and look forward to working with Laurie and rest of the committee toward this objective.”