Fit4Energy is delivered by a team of industry experts who have worked for global multinationals and leading consultancy firms, and who have practical experience in the Energy sector. There are also those who themselves have made the move from oil and gas to the renewables energy sector. Many of the Fit4Energy team deliver on our flagship programmes such as the MBA Oil & Gas programme and we are proud to see much of that expertise and knowledge deployed to support growing businesses.
Providing strategic solutions to growth barriers, our industry experts will work with you to identify the critical steps to successfully develop your business in the Energy sector.
Meet the Team
David is a Senior Lecturer in economics with expertise in Labour Market Economics, Business Economics, Business Growth, and International Economics. He is also Director of the Centre for International Labour Market Studies. An economist by training, David's expertise focuses on labour market issues and workforce development, both in private and public sector and across numerous industry sectors.
Having been involved in energy research for over 18 years, David is an expert in skills issues and the development of actions to mitigate these workforce challenges. He has managed numerous labour market intelligence projects on behalf of The Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, DTI, The European Social Fund and various skills agencies. David has published over 60 reports on regional, national and cross-national labour market analysis. David was a member of the Management Group of Oil and Gas Academy of Scotland (OGAS). Recent work includes the report on the impact of the 3/3 rotation on the Offshore Workforce centred on a survey of over 2400 offshore workers.
David is programme lead for the Fit4Energy programme and is a member of the Founder’s Board.
Moira is Academic Strategic Lead for the People, Organisations and Practice Department within Aberdeen Business School.
Her particular interest is in the improvement of student awareness and competency in relation to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and she delivers PROTECT AND PREPARE: Securing Your Business, a CPD course developed in conjunction with Grampian Police. For her work on this course Moira has been commended by the Counter Terrorism Policing Unit at New Scotland Yard.
Previously, she worked as a Personnel and Training Manager with Holiday Inns, a Personnel Officer with a Diving Company, a Further Education lecturer and a freelance trainer and HR consultant. She is a licensed user of Thinking Styles, a metacognitive psychometric instrument which can be used as a management, team building or developmental tool. She has recently gained qualifications in Coaching and Mentoring and Interpersonal Mediation. She is a chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Anne is an Academic Team Lead in Aberdeen Business School, specialising in the area of Human Resource Management (HRM). She has taught across all areas of HRM and has undertaken a number of projects in various sectors including hospitality, oil and gas, and transport. She has worked as a researcher with the CIPD on the subject of trust. Before joining academia, Anne worked in offshore catering and manufacturing. She was presented with the CIPD Award of Distinction for her services to the Institute and in 2015 was the peer-nominated ‘Top cHeRry’ award recipient for outstanding contribution to HR.
- Developing a Leadership Pipeline in the Engineering Function: Design and delivery of a bespoke leadership and management course to encourage Engineers to apply for supervisory and managerial posts. This included an analysis of training needs, design and delivery of the programme and facilitation of an action learning project to develop leadership skills.
- Maximising the Impact of Skills in the Oil and Gas Industry: Anne led the mentoring stream on this two-year project which investigated the topic of mentoring as a means to help address the skills shortages being experienced in the industry.
- OCA: Review of 3 and 3 rotation in operation: Principal investigator and author for the above report, commissioned by the OCA in 2018.
Brian Miller is an Aberdeen based independent consultant working in the oil & gas industry and the charity sector. He is a part time lecturer at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen where he lectures in Oil & Gas Management and Strategy. Having originally qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG, Brian spent over 20 years in the oil & gas industry working for BP in commercial and business management in the UK and the Netherlands and has also managed a number of business and technical projects. He has operated his own consultancy business since 2009 providing commercial and project management services to a number of companies in the oil & gas industry among others.
Brian is also qualified in coaching and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and the Association for Coaching.
Jane is a Lecturer at Aberdeen Business School. She holds a BA in Business Studies, an MSc in Human Resource Management and is a Chartered Accountant. She worked for 14 years at EY specialising in Oil and Gas auditing. As a Senior Manager she led local teams for quarterly and year end reporting, joint venture audits and royalties audits for a multinational operator as well as statutory audits for smaller operators and service companies. She was also involved in People Development at a local and national level.
Jane lived overseas for 10 years and for a number of years ran her own Global Mobility consultancy.
Jane is the Vice Chair of the local branch of the CIPD.
Simone Barnett of Kennedy Barnett and Associates provides specialist management services to SME’s at key stages in their development - supporting turnaround, growth and exit with strategic sales and marketing. Simone has over 25 years experience in Commercial, Sales and Marketing positions; over 10 years at board level, holding 4 executive Director positions and also experienced at working with a number of private equity investors and non-executive boards.
Working with Simone provides an opportunity to offer C Suite commercial, sales and marketing input to teams who have a specific goal. Focusing on Business Model Innovation; Business Growth, Sales and Marketing Strategy Development & Facilitation; and delivering a Sales Management Infrastructure that will focus and accelerate growth and improve sales performance. She is MBA and MSc qualified with extensive experience and knowledge of applying principles and methodologies to deliver results for key stakeholders.
She has worked in-house and on a consultancy basis across a breadth of different sectors during her career - not for profit, media, oil & gas, learning & development, software development, recruitment & training, retail, manufacturing, facilities management and health sectors; developing focused sales and marketing performance improvement programmes that have provided a return on investment, helped accelerate business growth and delivered revenue and EBITDA results for different sized organisations, locally and internationally.
Dr Bill Sutherland is Senior Lecturer at Aberdeen Business School delivering courses in innovation management and international business strategy to undergraduate and postgraduate students. His research interests are in systems of innovation and industry architectures within global value chains of production as well as in matters of teaching and learning with an emphasis on curriculum design and authentic assessment. Prior to his time at Robert Gordon University he worked in site investigation and civil engineering before managing laboratory and reservoir evaluation services in the oil and gas industry.