io oil & gas consulting moves to new London premises in The Shard

io oil & gas consulting has moved into new premises in London’s iconic Shard building six months after launch.

io oil & gas consulting, an independent venture from GE Oil & Gas and McDermott to transform the development of front-end solutions for offshore fields, has seen steady staff growth since its January launch, and is planning its global office openings.

io was launched in January 2015 as the first and only consultancy to offer full field development. The company aims to deliver greater certainty into the design and planning of offshore oil and gas fields and set new industry standards.

Based in central London, the company has further expansion plans as it moved to the iconic Shard building this summer, has opened an office in Houston recently and has plans to open an office in the Far East.

The Shard office space includes state-of-the-art-technology, 10 meeting rooms, a coffee bar and lounge area as well a Sky Garden to inspire creative thinking. In line with the company’s disruptive business model, all employees are encouraged to change desks weekly within the open plan office to foster collaboration and idea sharing.

The company has made a number of new hires in recent months. 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 a UK government and industry initiative called Leading Oil & Gas Industry Competitiveness (LOGIC).

He 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, so it made sense for us to move into a building that is just as distinctive. We are based in London to ensure that we can attract the best talent in the area, and having an address in the Shard will further help our credibility as a leading global consultancy able to transform and stabilise the offshore industry.”