With the new financial year upon us and continued ramp up of activity in the industry we are experiencing an increase in membership and consistent demand for training. Observations suggest new entrants to the industry currently make up a significant proportion of the workforce.

While it is pleasing to see people embarking on a new career, it brings with it challenges in terms of safety and efficiency. The next twelve to eighteen months will require a huge amount of effort to re-establish a comprehensive experience base. On the up-side, we have an opportunity to embrace new ideas and harness the enthusiasm that comes with it.

I am pleased to announce two appointments to the board, Ben Corbett (Origin Energy) and Tony Preston (Shell). Ben and Tony are member representatives who have been nominated by their respective organizations to replace outgoing directors. Both men bring with them many years of industry experience in both on and offshore operations and management. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome them to the Board as well as thank Origin and Shell for their continued support.

The recent departure of Bart McGrath and Jim Carr created vacancies in two of the Board sub-committees. These vacancies have been filled by two very capable Board members – Dimitrios Bairaktaris (Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee) and John Easton (Chair of the System Operations Committee). On behalf of the board I would like to thank Dimitrios and John for their commitment and look forward to their informed contributions.

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Rob Wallace
Chair WPTW Association