Martin Gilbert new chair at Oil & Gas Technology Centre

Martin Gilbert

The Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) announced on Monday the appointment of former Standard Life Aberdeen co-chief executive Martin Gilbert as chair of the Aberdeen-based research and technology organisation.

He will succeed Archie Kennedy who has been chair of the OGTC since it was established in February 2017. 

Established with £180 million funding from the Aberdeen City Region Deal, the OGTC has become the go-to technology centre for the oil and gas industry.

In partnership with industry, it has invested in nearly 250 projects that could generate up to £15 billion in value to the UK economy. 

More recently, with support from industry, academia and the UK and Scottish Governments, it has created a Net Zero Solution Centre to accelerate technology to support the UK’s transition to a net zero economy and meet the growing demand for low carbon energy technologies.

OGTC CEO Colette Cohen said: “We’re excited to welcome Martin to the Oil & Gas Technology Centre at this pivotal time for the oil and gas industry.

“His extensive experience and strategic leadership will be invaluable as we accelerate technology to support the post-Covid-19 recovery and deliver a net zero North Sea. 

“From a standing start in early 2017, the OGTC has become integral part of the UK energy and technology ecosystem and Archie’s passion, commitment and leadership as board chair has been integral to our growth and success and I am very grateful for his support and counsel.” 

Gilbert said: “Aberdeen has been a major part of my life – both professionally and personally – and I am passionate about investing in the future prosperity of the North East of Scotland.

“As chair of the OGTC I look forward to working with Colette and her talented team to do just that.

“Despite the significant economic challenges facing country as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, governments and industry remain committed to delivering net zero.

“The OGTC therefore has a crucial role in developing technologies to enable the oil and gas sector to be a valued part of the transition.”