MSIS appoints industry leader as Non-Executive Chairman

16 Jul 2015

Specialist environmental services and equipment provider, MSIS has strengthened its board with the appointment of a new non-executive chairman.

John Forrest, whose career in the upstream oil and gas industry spans more than 35 years, joins the MSIS Board later this month (July 2015).

Currently chairman of PDG Helicopters and Task Fronterra, Mr Forrest has provided Board-level leadership to several fast growing companies and has broad experience of the upstream section, in particular in HSE leadership, asset management and operations. He is a past chairman of the Industry flagship organisation Step Change in Safety.

Chris Lloyd, MSIS Chief Executive, said: “We are extremely pleased to welcome John onto the MSIS board. His background and hands-on experience in the industry, together with his diverse management experience, provides an ideal profile for the post.

“I am confident that he will make a valuable contribution to the company as we look to enhance our service offering and expand both at home and abroad.”

After graduating from Heriot Watt University in chemical engineering, Mr Forrest started his career in oil and gas as an engineer and offshore supervisor for Mobil, where he worked on and offshore for more than 16 years. He led the start-up team during the successful Beryl Bravo platform commissioning and was director for the company’s Dutch and UK Southern North Sea operations.

Originally from Lanark and a fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, Mr Forrest has also held a number of senior management roles at Talisman Energy, culminating in a period as Country Manager where he was responsible for overseeing all the company’s UK business.

Mr Forrest said: “I see several exciting opportunities to grow MSIS, via both organic growth and acquisition. The company is already very well positioned to expand its service offering and increase its international footprint in selected regions”.

Since its launch in 1998, MSIS has grown to become an independent and trusted adviser to the offshore oil and gas sector and onshore market, offering an increasing range of specialist skills, equipment and services. The company which employs 80 people has a proven track-record in specialist cleaning, waste management and market-leading best practice.

Over the last two years, the rapidly expanding company has made substantial investment in equipment and facilities at its bases in Invergordon and Aberdeen.

Earlier this month, the company secured a £20 million investment from Primary Capital Partners LLP.