io oil & gas consulting makes high profile hires

io oil & gas consulting has hired a number of high-profile consultants to enhance its technical offering.

io oil & gas consulting, an independent venture backed by GE Oil & Gas and McDermott, set up to transform the development of front-end solutions for offshore fields, has seen steady staff growth in its London HQ since its January launch.

After recently moving into their new offices in the iconic location of The Shard, the company has made a number of significant new hires. Among them is Chris Freeman, who recently joined the company as Director of Field Development. Dr Freeman has more than 30 years of experience within oil and gas, and has held positions at BG Group and the UK government and industry initiative -Leading Oil & Gas Industry Competitiveness (LOGIC).

Robert Dickson has been hired as Director of Field Development Project Excellence, who has 23 years’ experience of adding value to E&P clients across the globe. For the past 10 years Robert has been a Management Consulting and E&P adviser on subjects such as Field Development, Production and Operations Efficiency, Digital Oilfield and Unconventional Oil and Gas. He is joined by Graham Inman, io’s new Operations Director. Graham has over 32 years in oil and gas, with 17 years in Contracting, 5 years in O&M of Offshore platforms and 10 years in FEL Consultancy.

Other high profile hires include Tim Highfield as Head of Facilities. Tim is a chartered engineer with 15 years of deep and broad experience in the energy sector including onshore and offshore projects in gas, oil and LNG. Julio Herbas has joined as Head of Subsurface with over 35 years’ experience in the oil industry, after starting his career as Petroleum/Reservoir Engineer in Venezuela working in exploration. Philip Howe has been appointed as Head of Subsea, with global responsibility for subsea systems, pipelines/flowlines and risers. Phillip has over twenty five years’ experience with subsea systems and pipelines with a particular interest in production systems and technology development. In addition to his corporate and project delivery roles, Philip is currently engaged with the development of io’s subsea engineering delivery and consulting capability.

The new hires exemplify io’s offering in combining technical engineering expertise and consultancy skills, in order to provide a holistic approach to effectively manage and deliver full field development plans.

Chris Freeman said: “I saw joining io as a fantastic opportunity to be part of a new, exciting and growing company, that is going to lead the offshore industry in doing things differently. Working in a consulting environment where everyone is encouraged to think differently to deliver the most appropriate economic solution for our clients is a breath of fresh air. And with 1st tier industry leading parents – I felt this was an opportunity too good to miss.”

io is headed by Chief Executive Officer Dan Jackson, an industry pioneer who has a track record of successfully starting and developing engineering consultancy businesses in the offshore sector. Jackson said, “io is a standout company in the offshore space, based in London to ensure that we can attract the best talent. Having an address in the Shard further helps our credibility as a leading global consultancy able to transform and stabilise the offshore industry.”