We have announced the new co-chair of the Step Change Leadership Team (SCLT). Crawford Anderson, managing director of Baker Hughes, has now taken over the reins from Steve Bullock, as the the contractor co-chair.
Mr Anderson has sat on the Leadership Team since 2012 and will now join fellow co-chair and COO of Fairfield Energy, Ian Sharp.
The announcement comes as the SCLT met for its annual planning day last week. The team includes senior managers and officials from member companies, trade unions and regulators. It is responsible for planning Step Change's activities in accordance with the workforce's concerns and opinions.
Mr Anderson said: "Safety isn't a destination, it's a journey. There is no reason why we can't have the safest operations here in the UK.
"Safety is about leadership and Step Change facilitates that. Safety should be an evolution, not a revolution in difficult times and what we need are sustainable solutions. Step Change's practices and tools are put to good use because they are sustainable above all else and good quality for the entire industry.
"Going forward in this new role, I'm keen to strive for wider engagement with all of Step Change's valued member companies."
Les Linklater, executive director of Step Change in Safety, commended the work done by outgoing co-chair Steve Bullock.
He said, "It is our pleasure to have Crawford join as a co-chair of the Step Change Leadership Team.
"He has been an active and engaged member for a number of years and his passion for safety will ensure it doesn't become the victim in challenging environments. He is a key supporter of Step Change's plan to simplify and standardise safety practices across the UKCS and I look forward to working with him on this going forward.
"As outgoing co-chair, Steve Bullock has played an admirable role in the transformation of Step Change and has supported the organisation in its first year of being independent.
"Both he and Crawford show great commitment to making our industry safer."
Mr Bullock, managing director of Petrofac Training Services, said: "I have hugely enjoyed being a member of the Step Change Leadership Team since 2008 and as Step Change's co-chair for the past three years.
"It's been fantastic to contribute to the great safety work that we do every day in our industry and I foresee that Step Change will contribute to drive engagement with the offshore workforce and beyond, and continue to strive to make the UK oil and gas industry the safest place to work in the worldwide oil and gas industry. I wish Crawford success and the very best of luck in his new position."