HAGGARDSTOWN born Colette Reynolds-Cohen was recently named the chief executive of the new Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Colette attended St. Fursey's National School followed by St.Vincents secondary school before finishing a 2 year chemistry course in DKIT. Colette was then accepted into second year of a chemistry course in Queens's University and went on to become a petroleum engineer.
Since then Colette has held posts in Aberdeen, Houston, Stavanger and Kazakhstan. She also spent 15 years with ConocoPhillips, latterly as managing director of its Brittania Operator Limited joint venture with Chevron in the UK. She has been co-chair of the OGA’s North Sea Decommissioning Board, a member of the Technology Leadership Board and a member of the Board of Oil & Gas UK.
Colette said of her appointment,
“I'm delighted to take on the role of CEO for the OGTC as I've been involved in technology throughout my career, but to get the chance to develop and deploy technology which could extend the life of the North Sea is a fantastic opportunity’.
“I'm also excited to be unblocked in developing technology which could further enhance the position of the Oil and Gas sector supply chain and extend their export potentially globally. Ultimately, if we successfully create the Go To technology centre for the oil and gas industry, it will not only help us to maximise recovery from the North Sea but it will also differentiate the UK oil and gas industry vs the rest of the world’.
Of her time growing up amongst family in Haggardstown she said,
“I had a great education in Ireland and I've always had super support from my family. I have wonderful sisters who keep my feet firmly on the ground and make me laugh.
“My parents encouraged us to try new things and have a curious mind and I think that's shaped my approach to work and my appreciation of technology. I also have a really supportive husband who has travelled around the world with me and is himself an early adopter of technology”.