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    UKOOA Aberdeen director to step down

    Organisations and Associations // May 9, 2003
    John Wils, Aberdeen Director of the UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), has announced his intention to leave the organisation, once the current re-structuring process is complete.

    John Wils joined UKOOA as Director of Operations and Technical Affairs in Aberdeen in 1996, following a long association with the organisation as a senior industry member on various committees.

    Commenting on his decision to step down, he said: "When I first started with UKOOA in 1996, there was only myself and one other member of staff in Aberdeen. Since then, I have built up the Aberdeen office to six full-time posts providing support to the offshore oil and gas industry on the many operational and technical issues experienced by our membership.

    "I have enjoyed the challenges this work has presented, particularly in strengthening relationships across the sector and with the Aberdeen business community in general.

    "The North Sea is now entering its next phase of life, where innovative technological and commercial approaches will, increasingly, characterise the exploration and development of the UK's remaining reserves.

    "UKOOA is currently undergoing major restructuring in recognition of the rapid changes now taking place within the industry and to position itself for the future. I feel the time is right to make way for new leadership to take the organisation forward."

    John Wils will stay on with UKOOA over the coming months to help with the transition for the Aberdeen office and to ensure a smooth handover to the new Directors.

    "As for the future, there are a number of options open to me but I do not expect to make any announcements until I have seen through my responsibilities at UKOOA," he said.

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