11th December 2019, 18:00 to 20:00 @ Carmelite Hotel, Stirling Street, Aberdeen, AB11 6JU

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Investing in the future

AREG would like to welcome and invite you to its final event of the year where we will look at the importance of investing in skills and resources as the renewables sector grows.

1800 – 1830 – Festive nibbles and networking

1830 – 1835 – Formal welcome

1835 – 1915 – Presentations from

  • Paul de Leeuw, Director of the RGU Energy Transition Institute, who will discuss the key industry dynamics and the possible implications for the workforce.
  • Mike Sibson, Office Head of BGF in Aberdeen, who will discuss the market’s view of investing in energy companies and where he sees the opportunities for the renewables supply chain.

1915 – 1930 – Q&A

1930 – 1935 – Vote of thanks

1935 – 2000 – Networking and close

Paul de Leeuw has worked for over 30 years in the energy industry and has worked for a number of companies, including Shell, Marathon Oil, Amoco, BP, Venture Production and Centrica Energy. His broad business and deep commercial background include senior leadership roles in strategy, commercial, business development, planning and supply chain. Before joining Robert Gordon University in July 2014, Paul was the Strategy and Commercial Director for Centrica Energy’s upstream business.

He is currently the Director of the RGU Energy Transition Institute, Chair of the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre, Chair of PlanSea Solutions Ltd, Chair of eCERTO, a Board member of the Oil and Gas Technology Centre and a member of the ONE Oil, Gas and Energy Board. Paul is also a regular commentator on developments in the energy industry.

Mike Sibson leads the Aberdeen office of BGF, the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growing businesses, with responsibility for originating and delivering investments in the north of Scotland. BGF has over £130m invested in north Scotland to date and Mike works with the investee companies’ management teams to help maximise their potential. Mike sits on the boards of a number of Aberdeen-based BGF portfolio companies, including offshore engineering services SPEX, remotely operated vehicle supplier ROVOP, catering company Entier, IT consultancy business Inoapps, and energy services group Frontrow. Mike started his career as a drilling engineer with Shell, working mostly in exploration in Angola and Congo, then joined 3i, and, after spells in Birmingham and Cambridge, moved to Aberdeen in 2004, where he invested in both oil service and exploration and production companies.

Please note this event is free for AREG members only, there will be a £25 charge for non-members to attend.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so please register your attendance in advance via Eventbrite. Should you have any questions about the event please contact events@bigpartnership.co.uk

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