EI Aberdeen, Highlands and Islands branch - Annual Dinner 2012
Portlethen Academy's Ceilidh Band welcomed some 400 guests to the 2012 Annual Dinner of the EI Aberdeen, Highlands and Islands branch at the Marcliffe Hotel in Aberdeen. Following a piped Grand March into the Ballroom, Branch Chairman, Gregor Colville CEng MEI, welcomed guests and members to this gala occasion.HM Consul General from Houston, Andrew Millar, gave a short address on the interaction between Aberdeen and Houston and the contacts there that were available to local companies.
The Reverend Doctor, Ian McLean, of the UK Oil and Gas Chaplaincy gave Grace and, during the evening, Branch Membership Secretary, Nigel Bradburn, proposed the Loyal Toast. With speakers addressing the attendees between courses, the first speaker was Keith Williams, Chief Executive, British Airways, who used an analogy of football to illustrate the various issues facing the airline industry. He touched on many aspects of airline business and also on the pending takeover of BMI and how that might benefit (or affect) services between Heathrow and Scotland.
Louise Kingham OBE FEI, Chief Executive, Energy Institute, then presented an Award of Council to Captain Jeremy Procter MEI for long and meritous service to the branch in many different capacities over a period of some 30 years. The second speaker was Brenda Dulaney, President and Managing Director, Chevron Upstream Europe, who gave an overview of the recent history and current situation facing the UK oil industry, touching on safety and the environment, taxation and the difficulties from the current fiscal regime, as well as a look forward into how the UK Continental Shelf can thrive for the next 40 years.
As the 'after dinner speaker' this year, Jim Robertson, Procurator Fiscal of Kirkcaldy, but hailing from Airdrie, regaled guests with some extremely humorous examples of life from 'the other side of the legal tracks' in Scotland. To conclude the evening, the Lord Provost of the City of Aberdeen gave the traditional toast to Bon Accord - Happy to meet, sorry to part, happy to meet again - Bon Accord!
Pictured back row l-r: Keith Williams, Hugh Rees, Bruce Reiser, Lord Provost Peter Stephen, Andrew Millar. Front row l-r: Lynn Williams, Lady Provost Sandra Stephen, Gregor Colville, Louise Kingham and Brenda Dulaney.
The Marcliffe Hotel provided an excellent dinner for the evening and Captain Stuart MacBride of Trinity International Services gave another sterling performance as our Master of Ceremonies. The branch would like to sincerely thank the sponsors for the evening - ABB, Framo Engineering, Maersk Oil, the Marcliffe Hotel, Nigel Bradburn Search, Optima Solutions, Shell and Trinity for the valuable support and sponsorship that made this event possible.