After reading chemical engineering at Edinburgh University, Aileen’s first role was a process engineer for an American multinational oil and gas corporation at its largest refinery in Europe. This led to a role in supply and trading crude oil, which gave her a wider overview of the industry. She then moved into consulting for downstream oil and gas for the next nine years before moving to Turner & Townsend in 2010, to transition into the offshore, upstream industry.
Her role involves developing and managing the performance forum benchmarking service, as well as contributing to strategy, thought leadership and marketing of natural resources global tools, products and services.
Biggest learning experience
It would be impossible to name just one person or event. Each of my line managers in the last 20 years has impacted me in different ways. The challenging line managers inspired me to leave their companies and seek new opportunities, the good line managers inspired me to go the extra mile. Never underestimate how important it is to your team to say thank you and well done, but don’t be afraid to also raise the areas for improvement. We have exceptionally talented people in our business and we should nurture them to grow their careers here. I believe that strong leaders who inspire high performance will have the greatest impact on your career path.
Be open to new opportunities. It led me to assignments living in Singapore and the USA.
As a people business, owned and managed by our own people, we have set ourselves up with a platform for success with talented staff, a global footprint and a unique suite of tools, systems and data. We have a lot of opportunities ahead.
Oil and gas clients are spending even more time upfront understanding the true costs and schedule involved in their prospective projects. They need an absolutely solid case for investment when finances are squeezed. While these current pressures are at the root of increased forum involvement, lessons learned from the data now will inform future ways of working, delivering maximum benefit from the upturn to come."