24 November 2017
How did you come to be in the oil and gas industry?
I left the military to change careers, and intended to study law at Aberdeen University, but with a back ground in engineering and diving I got sucked into oil and gas.
Where do you see the greatest opportunity in today’s global oil and gas markets and how are you positioned to capture this opportunity?
There is opportunity everywhere, any seismic shift in a market provides openings for the adaptable, flexible and fast thinking companies.
If you could wave a magic wand over our industry, what would you change and why?
A change in the culture and behaviours of the major operators.
What is your proudest work-related achievement to date?
Building the best project delivery team in the North Sea.
What three items would you take with you to a desert island? (NB: you may not choose a boat, raft, satellite phone or a book on ‘Practical raft-building for Dummies’)
Frying pan, paints and paper
About Mark Richardson
Mark is a qualified project manager, holds an MSc in Offshore Engineering with distinction and an MBA, both from the Robert Gordon University. In 2013 he was presented with the SUT Award of Merit, and also won the Oil and Gas UK Business Efficiency Award for his Forties Alpha Satellite Platform Project. In 2015 Mark was awarded the Industry Emerging Leader Award at the P&J Gold Awards. In support of the Industry Mark has been leading the Co-operation, Culture and Behaviours work stream for the Efficiency Task Force for Oil and Gas UK and is a member of the Engineering Construction Industries Training Board (ECITB) Offshore Project Management Steering Committee. He is a member of the Subsea UK Board, the OGA Supply Chain and Exports Board and the Board of the ECITB.
Mark joined Apache in 2003 as part of the acquisition of the Forties Field and since the Apache takeover he has been a member of the Apache North Sea Management Team. With the 2011 acquisition of the Exxon Mobil North Sea Assets he was appointed the Projects Group Manager, with responsibilities for all topsides and subsea brownfield project and operations work and all green-field developments from concept to completion.
Prior to joining Apache, Mark worked for; BP, LRIM and numerous subsea contractors in various roles. The first 12 years of his working career were spent in the military as a Captain in the Royal Engineers, serving with the Commando Brigade and specialising in military diving operations.