The Global Underwater Hub (GUH) has announced a series of senior appointments.
Jacqui Taylor, a qualified chartered accountant with over 20 years of experience, has been appointed CFO, and Kirstin Gove, former STV news anchor and broadcast reporter, has joined as head of communications. Trish Banks was also promoted to COO, having played a “key strategic role” in the growth of Subsea UK and its transformation into GUH, the organization noted.
Taylor has held leadership positions in a variety of industries including upstream oil and gas, petroleum services, renewables, salmon farming, charities and hospitality, GUH said. In his new role, Taylor will be responsible for designing business strategy, developing and delivering board reports and overseeing governance of GUH, the organization said.
Gove has nearly three decades of experience in various sectors of the energy industry including oil and gas, drilling and decommissioning. In his role at GUH, Gove will be responsible for the development and implementation of all communications and marketing activities that support the value proposition of GUH members, GUH noted.
Banks is now responsible for establishing and managing the organization’s membership and events, including Subsea Expo, which is described by GUH as the world’s largest underwater exhibition and conference.
GUH said the three appointments will strengthen the organization as it works across all sectors of the industry. The organization also highlighted its mission to create alliances and strategic partnerships with other industry organizations and agencies around the world.
“It is an incredibly exciting time to be a part of the submarine industry and this new organization,” said Neil Gordon, CEO of GUH, in a statement from the organization.
“This trio of strong nominations will support GUH’s delivery model as it expands its services and reach into the subsea industry. Kirstin, Jacqui and Trish bring specialized experience and expertise to their respective roles, ”he added in the statement.
The GUH describes itself as an organization strategically focused on the almost two-decade legacy of its predecessor, Subsea UK. The organization will exploit opportunities in a rapidly growing global market, create a sea change in the growth and internationalization of UK subsea expertise, technologies, services and skills and drive innovation to accelerate the energy transition, notes its website.
Gordon was appointed Managing Director of Subsea UK in 2011, before the organization moved to the Global Underwater Hub in 2021. He has over 30 years of management experience and spent four years managing the National Hyperbaric Center before moving to join Subsea UK.
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