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    Subsea UK chief to step down

    Organisations and Associations // April 4, 2011
    The industry body which represents the UK’s £5.9 billion subsea sector is in the process of recruiting a new chief executive following the announcement that Alistair Birnie is to step down after two and a half years in the post.
    Subsea UK will shortly appoint a successor to steer the organisation through the next set of challenges towards realising its vision for the industry and the UK.
    Bill Edgar, chairman of Subsea UK, said: “Alistair has been instrumental in enhancing Subsea UK’s reputation as a credible organisation with a high national profile which delivers for its members on a number of levels. He has initiated and delivered a range of new programmes, events and activities which are having a tangible and positive impact on the sector.
    “Under his stewardship the organisation has grown to over 220 members and has delivered significant UK and overseas events which have helped secure global recognition for the collective expertise, skills and technology of members.
    “We are currently recruiting and hope to be in a position to appoint a new chief executive shortly.”
    Mr Birnie joined Subsea UK in October 2008. A subsea engineer with over 30 years experience, he was global head of technology for subsea controls with Aker Solutions before taking up the Subsea UK role.
    Mr Birnie will remain with Subsea UK to hand-over to a new successor. Commenting on his decision, he said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed the last two and a half years, particularly in terms of developing relationships with members from the small, niche technology entrepreneurs to the multi-nationals. The UK is fortunate to have such a successful, compelling, dynamic and technology-driven industry that is raising the profile of UK manufacturing and exports as well as creating sustainable, well paid jobs with exciting career opportunities.
    “The innovation and technology which drives the UK subsea sector is moving ahead and I am now looking forward to continuing working within the industry. I feel the time is right for me to move on and let someone new, with fresh ideas, lead Subsea UK into the next era.”

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