Our Leaders

Our Leaders

  • Robin Watson

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    Robin Watson became chief executive of Wood Group in January 2016, having been chief operating officer (COO) and an executive member of the Wood Group board since January 2013 and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Groups Wood Group PSN Division since 2012. As chief executive, he is responsible for the delivery of a business of $6billion in revenue, which employs more than 35,000 staff across over 50 countries. Robins most recent personal accolades came in 2014, winning the Institute of Directors (IoD) ‘Global Director of the Year award and the IoD Scotlands overall 'Director of the Year' award.

    Robin has more than 30 years of engineering and industry experience, with the past 11 years spent in a variety of executive positions and being actively engaged with various industry and governmental representative bodies, including as board member of Oil and Gas UK and the Oil and Gas Contractors Council, member of the industrys 'Step Change in Safety' Leadership Team and work-group co-chair. Robin holds a position of visiting professor at the Robert Gordon University and is a 'Global Scot', as accredited by Scotlands First Minister (the leader of the Scottish government). Between 2011 and 2015, Robin was on the Scottish Business Board, which was a cross-industry leadership group chaired by the UK Governments Secretary of State for Scotland.

    Robin is passionate about helping the communities in which he works and has a proud track record of community involvement throughout his career. Prior to joining Wood Group, Robin was with Petrofac and Mobil Oil, working both in the UK and internationally.

    Robin is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, a Fellow of both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Energy Institute and holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and an Honours Degree in Offshore & Mechanical Engineering

  • Dave Stewart

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    Dave Stewart became CEO Asset Life Cycle Solutions East in 2016, bringing almost 40 years of oil & gas industry experience to the role, which focuses on the development and execution of the business’ strategy and future growth.

    Since joining Wood Group in 1997, Dave has led the business to notable achievements. He established Wood Group’s duty holder capability in 2007 and broadened the service offering in the UK Continental Shelf after being appointed UK managing director for Wood Group PSN in 2012.

    The UK operations team experienced a 100% contract win rate in 2013 by securing 10 awards from key clients. The same year, the team received four awards in the Oil & Gas safety awards.

    Dave also serves in active roles in some of the UK’s oil & gas industry organisations. He is a board trustee member for Oil & Gas UK and plays a key role in industry bodies such the helicopter task group.

    Dave is passionate about the community and spearheaded a campaign that raised £250,000 to help open a new Maggie’s cancer caring centre in Aberdeen, Scotland.

  • Michele McNichol

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    Michele McNichol joined Wood Group Mustang in 2001 and was appointed CEO of Asset Life Cycle Solutions West in 2016. With more than 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, she has served in a variety of roles, most recently as CEO of Wood Group Mustang.

    Michele was a key leader in the internationalisation of Wood Group Mustang’s offshore business as it established operations in the UK, Malaysia and Angola. Her previous roles included serving as executive vice president for Wood Group Mustang’s offshore, onshore, oil sands and pipeline operations worldwide, and as president of the upstream business unit and regional director for the Americas.

    Michele started her career as a process engineer with Amoco Production Company before joining ABB Lummus (Randall Division), where she served as a project engineer and project manager.

    Michele holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University and is a registered professional engineer in Texas and a certified project management professional.

  • Bob MacDonald

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    Since joining Wood Group in 2003, Bob MacDonald has been the key account manager for BP, managed the Operations Support Group and was operations director for J P Kenny before becoming the director for the North Sea region in 2013 for Wood Group Kenny. A key member of the Wood Group Kenny leadership team, Bob contributed significantly to the excellent growth and performance of the business. He was appointed CEO Specialist Technical Solutions in 2016.

    Bob started his oil and gas career in the subsea industry more than 20 years ago. He has held a wide variety of roles, working extensively offshore and on assignments in Europe, North and South America, and in the Middle East.

    Bob graduated with a degree in engineering technology and subsequently earned master’s degrees in law & arbitration and in offshore engineering from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

  • David Kemp

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    David Kemp has been chief financial officer of Wood Group since May 2015. David joined Wood Group in 2013 as CFO of Wood Group PSN and was responsible for aspects of finance and administration, IT, real estate, and legal services.

    David has more than 20 years’ experience in the oil & gas sector. Prior to joining Wood Group, he served in executive roles at Trap Oil Group, Technip, Simmons and Company International, and Hess Corporation, working across Finance, M&A and Operations. David is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds an Honours degree in accountancy from the University of Aberdeen.

  • Sue MacDonald

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    Sue MacDonald, Executive President of People & Organisation, is responsible for delivering the Group's human resources, communications and organisational effectiveness strategy. She joined Wood Group in November 2010 as Human Resources director for Production Facilities and was seconded to lead the integration team for the acquisition of PSN. She was appointed Human Resources director for the combined Wood Group PSN business in 2011 and to Executive President, People and Organisation for the Group in 2013.

    Sue has more than 30 years’ industry experience and joined Wood Group from Marathon where she was Head of Human Resources for the global upstream business, based in Houston. She has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Aberdeen and a postgraduate diploma in personnel management. Sue is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD).

  • Nina Schofield

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    Nina Schofield, Executive President - HSSEA, is responsible for developing and implementing health, safety, security and environment (HSSE) strategies across Wood Group’s global operations.

    Nina has more than 20 years of global HSSE experience with international energy services businesses, and has worked in the UK, Azerbaijan, Canada and US. She joined Wood Group in 2014 from Amec, where she was Group HSSE director.

    Nina has earned a Bachelor of Laws from Open University/Guilford college of Law, a Master of Arts degree from Glasgow University and a National Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health. She is a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

  • Steve Wayman

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    Steve Wayman began his engineering career with BP after earning an honours degree in petroleum engineering from Imperial College. Over the next 12 years he served in a number of engineering roles in the UK before moving to Australia in 1989 to join J P Kenny's team as a project manager. After managing several design and construction projects, he advanced to operations manager and then managing director for Australia.

    Following his appointment as joint managing director of JPK Group in 1997, with responsibility for Eastern Hemisphere operations, the business grew to include offices in Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne and Jakarta, plus two start-up companies: Frontier (now Wood Group Frontier) and Ionik (now Wood Group Integrity Management , also known as WGIM). In 2003, Steve was appointed CEO of JPK Group, which was re-branded Wood Group Kenny in 2010. The business now comprises five closely linked, international businesses: J P Kenny, MCS Kenny, MSi Kenny, WGIM and SgurrEnergy (a renewable energy consultancy).