IOGP Executive Director Gordon Ballard joined the Association in January 2016 after spending 34 years working with oilfield services company, Schlumberger, on four continents. He became Schlumberger’s UK Chair in 2005. He has also served as Chair of the UK Government’s Oil and Gas Industry Council and was co-Chair of the industry trade association, Oil & Gas UK. He is also Chair of OPITO International, the upstream oil & gas skills organization, an independent Board Director of Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) and a Director of The Royal Automobile Club Ltd. Gordon graduated from the University of Glasgow with a B.SC. Hons in Civil Engineering and holds a Masters in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot‐Watt University.