qedi - part of AMEC - has appointed two new directors and expanded its Aberdeen headquarters to further harness the company’s increasing global growth including its rapid emergence in North America and Australasia.
Barry Cann joins qedi as general director to head up the company’s Europe business division while David Hickey takes up the role of operations director and will oversee qedi’s international portfolio of high-profile projects. Both will be based in Aberdeen.
Tony Davies, who was previously operations director and played a key role in developing the company’s pioneering GO Technology® hub of specialist completions and commissioning management software, has been appointed as technical director. He will be responsible for both boosting the company’s internal engineering and quality assurance, and leading the next generation of Go Technology® upgrades.
As well as strengthening its senior management team, qedi has created more than 200 positions over the last 12 months - 20 per cent of which are in Aberdeen - including project coordinator Shona McKenzie, who will be working alongside David Hickey. New roles also include an E-learning specialist, a commissioning resourcer and a quality assurance auditor. The company has also secured additional office space at its Aberdeen headquarters - Salveson Tower, Blaikies Quay - after moving into a second floor of office facilities to accommodate the sharp growth in its team.
qedi group managing director Stuart McLeod said: “The huge market demand for qedi’s niche commissioning and technology services is mirrored in the company’s spiraling geographical footprint with opportunities regularly arising in new provinces and industry sectors. In order to capitalise on these exciting business prospects and continue to deliver a world-class standard of service to our clients, qedi’s infrastructure must continue to develop in line with the evolution of the market.
“The appointment of Barry and David significantly strengthens the tactical direction that will further drive forward qedi’s growth including its emergence in new regions, particularly in Australasia and North America. Both are highly experienced in commissioning and completions, and well-connected industry figures taking on roles which, along with Tony, will allow me to also concentrate on the company’s future expansion.”
Barry Cann’s expertise spans almost 30 years in design, construction, commissioning and decommissioning across oil and gas, brown and green field engineering, renewable energy, and the rail and nuclear industries.
Previously managing director of Orion Group’s division, OCCMS (Orion Completions and Commissioning Management Services), Mr Cann was responsible for establishing the division in 2006 to supply high-end commissioning services to the oil & gas and nuclear industries.
Mr Cann said: “qedi is a leading industry player and I’ve got great respect for the success it has achieved. The company’s GO Technology® is extremely impressive in that its all-encompassing functionalities enable operators to not only avoid the costly quagmire that so many projects end up in at the construction / commissioning interface but to also manage the full life cycle and total integrity of their existing and new build assets. It also has a tremendous track record on major projects around the world which is crucially important and I look forward to helping to build on these credentials.”
David Hickey joins qedi from parent company AMEC, where he was construction, completions and commissioning function head for AMEC’s European oil & gas business. David brings with him extensive experience in all aspects of project delivery with specialist capability in the areas of completions management and commissioning. His experience also encompasses design, HSE, construction and hook-up planning, management and execution.
Having worked with AMEC for more than 25 years in completions and commissioning, David Hickey has a wealth of worldwide expertise including completions team leader for both SNEPCO’s Bonga FPSO project off Africa’s coast and BP’s Clair Ridge project in the North Sea, completions manager for Oceanrig’s Bingo 9000-2 project in Canada, completions engineer for ExxonMobil’s Skene Gas Completion project in the northern North Sea, and senior commissioning engineer for BP’s ETAP (Eastern Trough Area Project) development in the Central North Sea.
“I am really pleased to be joining qedi at this exciting time given the company’s potential for significant international growth,” said Mr Hickey. “This potential has been further enhanced since qedi joined forces with AMEC, providing a global-scale platform for qedi to utilise. Given the already excellent reputation of qedi and its GoTechnology products, I am aiming to build on this success through my network of international contacts.”