Colette Cohen, head of Centrica’s UK oil and gas production business, has been appointed as chair of the UK’s new National College for Onshore Oil and Gas.
The college – a part of Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) – was set up in November 2014 by the United Kingdom Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG), as an international centre of education for the oil and gas industry. The college is to deliver a comprehensive range of advanced qualifications, up to and including honours degree programmes, and produce the highly skilled engineers and technicians of the future. All courses will also be accredited by the industry standards body Opito.
Colette’s first role will be to lead the Development Board and guide the National College through its business planning phase. She brings 24 years of experience of working on onshore, offshore and international projects, including Western Europe’s biggest onshore oil field at Wytch Farm in Dorset.
Her experience includes working on Western Europe’s biggest onshore oilfield at Wytch Farm in Dorset, England, running the Lower 48 Gulf Coast region in the US and serving as president for the Caspian region for ConocoPhillips.
Since 2013, Cohen has headed Centrica’s upstream oil and gas business in the UK and Netherlands.
Following the appointment, Colette Cohen said: “I am thrilled to be taking on the role of Chair of the new National College for Onshore Oil and Gas. To build a successful shale gas industry it’s vital we attract young people to train for the exciting roles which will be on offer. The National College will be providing a wide range of first class courses in the years to come and I’m looking forward to steering the College through this critical development stage and beyond.”
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