Petroplan News

Petroplan launches pioneering employee share scheme

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

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

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

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

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

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).

Petroplan expands presence across London and the South East

Petroplan expands presence across London and the South East

20 Dec 2021

Specialist global energy talent acquisition group, Petroplan, has expanded its presence in London and the South East as the business continues to develop its client offering.

The company has welcomed two new recruiters to its global headquarters in London, Edward Collison and Louis Falconer-Flavin as Associate Consultants, who are already following a dynamic onboarding programme and working closely with the rest of the team.

Alongside them, Petroplan is welcoming another two members of the London team. Mildret Salcedo joins as BID coordinator, and Corrine Mortimer joins as a Contracts Administrator to support the continued volume of new business opportunities and contract renewals, and on-boarding new clients and contractors.

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

As the business expands, Petroplan has also acquired improved, larger space at their Surrey office located at Guildford Business Park, and have welcomed new members to the Finance, IT and HR teams to support steadily increasing employee numbers.

The UK hubs deliver Petroplan’s global support services, working closely with North America and EMEA counterpart offices to deliver high-quality of services to client and candidates.

The growth in the UK is further evidence of Petroplan’s strategic shift as the business moves at pace growing both revenue generating opportunities and global operations.

Christopher Honeyman Brown, CEO of Petroplan said: “Petroplan is a market leader in energy recruitment, demonstrated by the influx of new recruits and expansions across London and the South East, as well as the recent opening of its office in Manchester. 

“We are a fast-moving business - recruiting a team of highly talented recruiters and creating a first-class working environment throughout our business. This, alongside the delivery of exceptional client solutions through our new senior leadership team, is further evidence that Petroplan is the go to place for the best talent solutions.”


Petroplan bolsters presence in Alberta

15 Dec 2021

Petroplan, specialist energy talent acquisition group, has scaled up its operations in Canada with a newly appointed leadership team and three new team members.

Heading up the office is Country Manager, Darci Kruse who will be supported by Senior Client Relationship Manager, Mike McKinnon. The duo brings more than three decades of experience from the energy sector to the business as it adapts and sharpens its market offering.

As part of a recent rapid recruitment of first-class recruiters, Petroplan’s team, located in Calgary, Alberta, has been further strengthened with three new team members. Gina Peltier, Teri MacInnes and Emma Hignett making a team of six.

As Canada’s biggest oil and gas producing province, Alberta is currently enjoying an economic resurgence after years of uncertainty following the oil price crash of 2014. Economists claim the industry is leading the growth due to an increase in commodity prices, coupled with a rebound in manufacturing and investment infrastructure. 

Christopher Honeyman Brown, CEO of Petroplan said: “We have built a high calibre team of talented professionals in Canada who will be instrumental in driving our Canadian growth strategy as we move into 2022.

“There is a tremendous growth opportunity in Alberta as the province continues to rebound from economic uncertainty. As the landscape continues to diversify, so will Petroplan’s service offering to the Canadian market.”

Petroplan opens Manchester city centre office

Petroplan opens Manchester city centre office

09 Dec 2021

Petroplan, a specialist global energy talent acquisition group, has opened a new office in Manchester city centre to meet growing demand for specialist energy talent in the North.

The office space at Arkwright House is a hub for those working across the region, enabling the group’s growing team to provide exceptional talent solutions to clients in the oil and gas, infrastructure, and renewables sectors.

This expansion is a first step in Petroplan’s strategy to grow its EMEA region, and signals the group’s determination to create high performing teams of expert talent solution specialists throughout its business. 

Manchester is expected to be a crucial hub for energy recruitment in the UK for the foreseeable future.

Petroplan’s strategic decision to create a new base in Manchester was driven by a hotspot of energy related skills and availability of jobs in the region, serving offshore wind farms and natural gas from the North Sea, including fast emerging projects such as HyNet.

The North West is already a leader in renewable energy - with its windy coasts and upland areas making it a leading renewable energy source for the UK.  The region is home to the Heysham nuclear power station in Lancashire, which represents one of the largest concentrations of power generation in the UK and is expected to require expert contractors until 2030.

In total, the region currently generates 17% of the renewable electricity generated in England.

To service the current demand for energy talent in the North West, Petroplan’s new Manchester office space will be the base for six new team members. Heading up the office is Recruitment Director Dean Greenwood, who has over 15 years’ experience and is responsible for mentoring and upskilling the current recruitment team.

Christopher Honeyman Brown, CEO of Petroplan said: “Manchester and the North West is a key market for energy and infrastructure. The demand for talent solutions, as a result of projects like HyNet, means there will be an ever-increasing demand for energy contractors and specialists to support delivery of critically important projects.

“Our business model is centred on understanding our client’s needs, and our new Northern location will help us to deliver a range of high-quality services to meet the rapidly growing demand for specialist energy talent in the region.”