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Petroplan expands into Asia-Pacific and appoints Regional Director to implement exciting new step

Petroplan expands into Asia-Pacific and appoints Regional Director to implement exciting new step

05 Sep 2022

Specialist energy talent acquisition group Petroplan has appointed Daniel Torpy as Regional Director for Asia-Pacific (APAC) to initiate their new strategy to expand into the APAC region.

Dan will be responsible for building out the regional infrastructure, developing key strategic accounts in the Asia-Pacific region, and driving business expansion in the primary locations of Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand.

The move signals a major initiative for Petroplan. The expansion will be driven from its regional headquarters in Singapore, where Dan’s team will be based.

The Group will initially focus on the marketplace in Malaysia, and quickly develop opportunities in other regional markets, in particular the significant number of renewable projects as well as traditional oil & gas markets. The renewable sector offers a wealth of opportunity, with an expected record annual growth rate of 22% in Indonesia over the next five years.

Dan said: “Having spent many years working with high-profile clients in the Asia-Pacific region, I am thrilled to be on board with Petroplan as the company continues its global expansion.

“With a new regional hub in Singapore, we will start an exciting new era as we accelerate our rate of growth, building on Petroplan’s core competencies with a focus on diversifying from oil & gas into renewables. I look forward to using my experience of leading businesses and building teams to drive that growth and deliver high value-added services to our clients.”

Once established across the APAC region, Petroplan will expand its operations into Australia within 12 months. This will enable the Group to take advantage of current high levels of investment in the country’s renewable energy sector.

Christopher Honeyman Brown, CEO of Petroplan, added: “With Dan at the helm, I have every confidence we will rapidly build a first-class team and begin to attract all those companies who are looking for creative and nimble services to meet their manpower and talent solutions as they invest in the region.

“This move demonstrates our determination to deliver our strategic plans to expand our global market reach and we look forward to exploring the host of significant longer-term opportunities in the region.”

Across the globe, Petroplan's specialist expertise, delivering high- quality candidates to clients for over 46 years in the energy sector extends to North America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.


Petroplan energises presence in Saudi Arabia

22 Aug 2022

Specialist energy talent acquisition group Petroplan has boosted its activities in Saudi Arabia as the business strengthens and evolves its global offering.

Following a contractual agreement with national oil company Saudi Aramco in 2019, and a newly developed senior leadership team, Petroplan is exploring a number of significant opportunities in the country.

As one of the few global energy talent providers, Petroplan is working on several projects in the Kingdom and expanding into the EPC market, based in the Eastern province.

Delays caused by the pandemic have led to increased pressure to find appropriately qualified personnel, with local and international operators competing for a limited talent pool.    

James O’Neill, Petroplan’s Regional Manager for the Middle East is leading the Group’s drive into KSA. James has over 18 years of experience in technical staffing, primarily for large-scale energy projects in the region.

James commented: “The market in Saudi Arabia is evolving quickly and Petroplan is ahead of the curve. We are set to see the Kingdom's energy markets diversify rapidly in the coming years as the search for renewable energy adds to existing oil and gas demand.”

Petroplan is working with a significant number of energy companies in Saudi Arabia and across the globe to help place top talent in specialist roles.

He added: “We are constantly meeting with new and existing clients and have recently launched several complex recruitment campaigns. This follows our appointment of a Business Development Manager to assist clients in the region and to specifically support our growth in Saudi Arabia.

The Group’s expansion in KSA coincides with Saudi Vision 2030, a strategic framework to reduce the country’s dependence on oil, meet net-zero targets and diversify its economy.

Petroplan will play a key role in the country’s energy transition, supporting client projects for the new city Neom, which is currently being built on a carbon-free ecosystem of renewable energy sources including hydrogen, solar and wind.

Christopher Honeyman Brown, CEO of Petroplan, said: “Market activity in Saudi Arabia is set to increase dramatically in the next decade, and Petroplan will be at the forefront to support this energy revolution and meet the demand for talent solutions.

“We invest and expand where we see the best opportunities to deliver exceptional client solutions. The strategic shift in the longer-term Saudi Arabian energy market has great synergy with our own business development strategy and it presents a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the depth and quality of our services."

Petroplan expands into Newfoundland energy market

Petroplan expands into Newfoundland energy market

18 Jul 2022

Specialist energy talent acquisition group Petroplan has expanded into Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, as the business strengthens its presence in North America.

The move is an important strategic decision for Petroplan, with Newfoundland being a large, mineral-rich province with a sparse population. With the abundance of resources across Eastern Canada, there are multiple opportunities for growth in mining and energy, particularly hydroelectric, hydrogen and wind power.

Leading the company’s expansion into Newfoundland is David Jerrett, a newly appointed Business Consultant in Canada. David’s role is to address immediate business requirements and provide talent expertise to support the fast-growing energy market.

David said: “Our main aim, regardless of location, is always to provide high-quality services for our clients.

“The mining sector in Newfoundland is currently booming. With a global reach and over 17 years’ experience in the Canadian energy market, we are confident that Petroplan is in the best position to support both existing and potential clients to make the most of the resource and project-rich provinces in Eastern Canada.”

This strategic business expansion aligns with Petroplan’s recent developments in the United States, with a series of new appointments and promotions in Houston, Texas. The growth in Canada is supported by global expertise from Petroplan’s technology team in the US.

Christopher Honeyman Brown, CEO of Petroplan, added: "At Petroplan, we invest and expand where we see the best opportunities to deliver exceptional client solutions. Our recent investment into the Eastern Canadian energy market presents an exciting opportunity to work with new and existing clients and provide them with the  calibre and quality of talent they need to deliver their projects, and that sets Petroplan apart from other energy recruiters.”

The Group provides expertise to support and supply international energy and infrastructure companies and EPCs by providing white-collar, intermediate, contract and permanent engineering jobs to plug the gap with global contractors.

Beyond North America, Petroplan's specialist expertise in the energy sector extends to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. The Group has been delivering high-quality candidates to clients for over 45 years. 


Petroplan launches pioneering employee share scheme

23 May 2022

Specialist global energy talent acquisition group, Petroplan has launched an employee share scheme, believed to be the first of its kind in the recruitment sector. Its introduction comes at an exciting time for the company which is undergoing a strategic shift to sharpen and adapt its service offering. 

The scheme, developed and rolled-out by the newly appointed senior leadership team, means that all Petroplan employees across the globe can build an ownership stake in the business. Options are granted to all employees at the time of joining the company and are exercisable on sale. The key difference with Petroplan’s scheme is that everyone gets their own personal stake in the organisation. Petroplan is updating the scheme every quarter, so new employees are able to join the scheme without delay. 

The sense of ownership will drive productivity, performance and employee engagement; and the scheme will strengthen the group’s continued mission to attract and retain high quality talent within the industry.  

CEO of Petroplan, Christopher Honeyman Brown, commented: “Our people are our greatest asset. That is why we have implemented a scheme that puts our employees at the heart of what we do and what we will become. Its introduction significantly strengthens our ambition to become the partner of choice in energy recruitment. 

At Petroplan, we are champions of talent and an exceptional place to work: we are building a culture that’s inclusive and rewarding recognising that our success is our employees’ success, and we’re proud to break the mould with what we believe is an industry first.” 

Petroplan appoints Director for North America

Petroplan appoints Director for North America

12 May 2022

Specialist energy talent acquisition group, Petroplan, has appointed David Waterfield as Director for North America to support the company’s growth in the USA and Canada.

With more than 17 years’ experience in the global energy recruitment industry with small, medium, and large organisations, David brings extensive knowledge of the North American energy sector and a speciality in liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects to his new position.

David will lead both the Canadian and American business units, responsible for driving fast sales growth to support group’s strategy. His appointment comes at a crucial period for Petroplan as the group continues to accelerate, adapt, and sharpen its service offering.

Previous experience includes managing recruitment operations through business growth phases in both the UK and the USA, with responsibilities across Europe, Africa, and the Americas. His proven directorial capability in complex organisations ideally positions him to drive Petroplan’s geographical expansion in North America.

Christopher Honeyman Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Petroplan, said: “David joins us at an exciting time for the business, and will be responsible for driving forward our service offering and expansion in North America.

“As a group, we are redefining our service lines and sectors as we continue to pursue our holistic growth plan within the energy sector to become a global market leader. In North America, we will continue to deliver exceptional talent for the energy sector, operating from our current hubs in Houston and Calgary while exploring growth opportunities in new locations and sectors.”

On his appointment, David said: “I am thrilled to be joining the Petroplan team as Director for North America. I’m looking forward to driving the rapid growth of the company and bringing talented professionals on board to shape our success.

“Using my previous experience, I will guide the development of Petroplan as a broad energy-sector supplier with a service-led approach and support our expanding clients by securing hard-to-find talent. Building teams is a passion of mine and I will be encouraging the personal development of our team here in North America in line with the company’s wider growth strategy."


Hires in Houston: Energy recruitment group expands in the USA

23 Feb 2022

Specialist energy talent acquisition group, Petroplan, has continued its global expansion in the USA.

The team located in Houston, Texas, has welcomed two new members. Shane Slough joins as a Business Consultant to support increased demand in the engineering sector.

Chris Badeaux is a further addition to the Houston team, joining as a Client Development Manager responsible for managing the large volume of new business opportunities and client requirements in the fast-recovering market.

Petroplan’s operations in Dallas will be looked after by Ryan Boyer, who joins the team as a Business Consultant, with a focus on supporting client solutions in IT.

The new starters will be delivering exceptional talent to clients across Petroplan’s key disciplines including renewables, oil & gas, commercial, technology, and infrastructure.

The company continues to grow and recognizes the contributions of three longer standing Houston team members through their promotions. Helen Fowler assumes the role of Head of Compliance and Operations – North America; Shannon Johnson, who recently celebrated four years with the business has been promoted to Senior CMC (Contracts & Mobilization Consultant); and Kendal Drinkwine moves into a CMC role to support Petroplan’s growing contractor base.

The senior team is also going from strength-to-strength, with Craig McConochie promoted to USA Recruitment Manager, and Simon Peckston moving into a Senior Consultant role.

To accommodate recent growth, the Houston office is currently undergoing a transformative remodelling to provide a larger, more efficient workspace for the team.

Petroplan’s growth and reorganization in the USA is further evidence of the company’s strategic shift as the business moves at pace, generating opportunities while growing revenue and global operations.

Petroplan scales up operations in the Middle East

Petroplan scales up operations in the Middle East

17 Jan 2022

Specialist energy talent acquisition group, Petroplan, has scaled up its operations in the Middle East as the business continues to strengthen its client offering.

The Group will be providing expertise across the Middle East to support and supply international energy and infrastructure companies and EPCs by providing white-collar, intermediate, contract and permanent engineering jobs to plug the gap with global contractors. 

An important strategic move for the business, Petroplan has strengthened its Middle East offices and teams to further support clients.  

Petroplan Dubai has acquired more office space located in the city’s business district at Jumeriah Lake Towers, capable of accommodating a growing workforce. 

In addition, the Dubai team has recently welcomed Maya Naser, a Consultant, who has transferred from Petroplan’s headquarters in London, and Imran Warsi who has joined the team as a Client Development Manager. The team are also currently recruiting for a Senior Consultant in the region.

At the same time, Petroplan is accelerating the development of its Oman resources, bringing in three new additions to the Muscat office. Anwaar Ahmed has joined as a Senior Consultant, Raniya Mohammed joins the team as Associate Recruitment Consultant, and Najla Kamil Al Bulushi will be the team’s newest Contracts and Mobilisation Consultant.

While Petroplan’s Middle East teams are based in Oman, and UAE (Dubai), the group also supports operations in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

The recent appointments of Darren Brown as Regional Director for EMEA and Dean Greenwood as Recruitment Director for EMEA evidence the determination of the group to create a highly skilled team who will drive performance within the Middle Eastern market.

The expansion of the region is being driven by James O’Neill, Regional Manager, Middle East.

Christopher Honeyman Brown, CEO of Petroplan said: “We have seen an upturn in project investment in the energy sector over the last five years, especially in the Middle East and these moves are designed to make sure we have the right resources to service the region.

“We are moving where the market is - to deliver talent solutions to international energy and infrastructure companies and EPCs in the region."


Petroplan announces raft of global appointments and expansions

10 Jan 2022

Specialist energy talent acquisition group, Petroplan is taking the recruitment sector by storm with an array of new appointments and service expansions across the globe.

The world-leading acquisition group operates across North America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East and has been delivering high-quality candidates to clients for over 45 years.

Following a post-pandemic review of existing services, Petroplan is undergoing a strategic shift as the Group accelerates, adapts, and sharpens their service offering. 

A large part of the business transformation strategy will be delivered by six newly appointed senior leadership members, including CEO Christopher Honeyman Brown, CFO Chris Morris, Regional Director in EMEA Darren Brown, and Country Manager for Canada, Darci Kruse.

Christopher Honeyman Brown, CEO of Petroplan said: “Having completed the recruitment of a fresh, new management team at Petroplan, we are working hard to dominate the markets in which we operate.

“A leader is the one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way. Our new senior leadership team are successfully showing colleagues, clients and candidates how recruitment should be done - across the globe and across multiple disciplines.”

The team is driving the delivery of solutions to clients and presenting opportunities to new and potential candidates within the evolving sectors.

Alongside a newly appointed leadership team, Petroplan is reinvigorating and expanding worldwide services from its offices in London (HQ), Guildford, Calgary, Muscat, and Dubai, as well as a new hub in Manchester. 

Petroplan has also recently announced a new share option scheme, thought to be a first of its kind in the recruitment sector, as further evidence of the company’s vision to reenergising the world of energy recruitment.

Christopher said: “We believe that the calibre and quality of our talent sets Petroplan apart. We will continue to invest and expand where we see the largest opportunity to deliver exceptional client solutions, building a future in which we are recognised as a leading international talent acquisition and workforce solutions business.”

Petroplan featured in The Global Recruiter

Petroplan featured in The Global Recruiter

06 Jan 2022

Christopher Honeyman-Brown, CEO of Petroplan has been featured in The Global Recruiter December 2021 special issue, Brave New Recruitment.

In the feature, Christopher discusses how Petroplan is energising recruitment and shaking up the future of talent.

The pandemic has presented many challenges over the last 12 months, especially to recruitment in the energy market, where mobilisation has been particularly challenging. The sector is not one-dimensional, and neither is its workforce.

Christopher reflects on the challenges and opportunities for the recruitment sector as it emerges from the most unpredictable period in recent history.

Read the feature in full here (page 43 and 44).