Friday, 5 February 2016, 6:30 p.m., Edinburgh
38th Annual Dinner of the Scottish Oil Club
Ian Marchant, Energy Industry Veteran including SSE and Wood Group, Principal Guest Speaker, John Simpson, Journalist, BBC News
This event is on the eve of the Scotland v. England at Murrayfield.
Sponsorship is provided by and Macquarie Capital (Europe) Ltd.RBC Capital Markets, FWB Park Brown, Shepherd and Wedderburn, Wood Mackenzie, Pinsent Masons LLP, Shell UK Ltd, Cenkos, Stronachs, Burness Paull LLP, Total E&P UK, Eland Oil & Gas Plc, DNB Bank ASA, Diamond Offshore Drilling (UK) Ltd, CMS Cameron McKenna, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Cripps Sears & Partners, Maxwell Drummond International, Deloitte, Lockton Global Energy, Bond Dickinson LLP, Statoil, Grant Thornton, Proserv, BP, BNP Paribas, KSi,
This event occurred on: Friday, 05 February 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Ian Marchant, Principal Guest Speaker
Ian Marchant is Chairman of the international oil services company Wood Group and until July 2013 was Chief Executive of the energy firm SSE plc. He led SSE for more than 10 years, having previously held the position of Finance Director. In each of his years as chief executive, SSE delivered above-inflation increases in dividend while making significant progress throughout its operations, including the quality of service provided to network and retail customers, and in other key areas such as the development of renewable energy. A chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Marchant joined Southern Electric in 1992.
Ian is Independent Chairman of renewable energy firm Infinis and Nova Innovation, an Edinburgh based tidal energy company. He is a non-executive director at Glasgow-based generator supplier Aggreko and at Cyberhawk, an operator of unmanned aerial vehicles based in Livingston, as well and Linknode, 3D Mobile apps and visualisation specialists in Glasgow.
Summer 2015 saw Ian become the former Chairman of Scotland's 2020 Climate Delivery Group and President of Energy Institute. Since then Ian has taken on the role of Chair to the Centre of Energy Policy Advisory Group at Strathclyde University.
He holds a BA in Economics from Durham University.
John Simpson, BBC News
John has dedicated his entire working life to the BBC. With almost 50 years in the industry, he is celebrated as one of the greatest journalists of our time, devoted to sharing groundbreaking and hard-hitting news. After completing his education at St Paul’s School, followed by further studies at Magdalene College, at Cambridge University, John began his journalistic journey as a trainee sub-editor for Radio News.
Now BBC’s World Affairs Editor, John is recognized as the most senior news correspondent for the BBC, covering some of the globe’s most defining moments in modern history. Showcasing resilience and determination at every juncture, John has gone from dancing atop the Berlin Wall to dodging bullets in the Tiananmen Square massacre. John famously showcased his devotion to current affairs during his time in Iraq. Narrowly surviving a bomb blast, the translator accompanying the journalistic party tragically lost a leg due to the explosion, and died as a result of blood loss. However, such harrowing experiences have not unnerved the journalist, and Simpson continues to sacrifice his safety to ensure the intentional public isn’t left in the dark. John has reported from over 125 countries and from 41 conflict zones, establishing him as a world-renowned reporter. To add to his impressive CV, John has interviewed a host of notable figures, some inspirational, others controversial: Saddam Hussein, King Hussein and King Abdullah of Jordan, Bashir al-Assad, Colonel Gaddafi, Nelson Mandela, Robert Mugabe and Margaret Thatcher.
Carving a name for himself in International Broadcasting, Simpson has established his illustrious career as one of the most decorated in the industry. Honored with a list of awards including two BAFTAs, an International Emmy, obtaining a Peabody award, becoming one of only two individuals to be named the Royal Society’s Journalist of the Year twice and last but by no means least, honored a CBE as part of the 1991 Honors List. Recognised as the face of hard-hitting journalism and playing a role in some of the most defining moments in modern history, whether on the ground or in the safety of a studio, he continues to demonstrate his dedication to journalism, and currently focusing on Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, China, Russia and Ukraine.