Why work for UKPIA?
Craig Thompson, Membership Specialist, February 2021 to May 2022
After 20 years of working in the upstream sector of oil and gas, I took up a position as Membership Specialist at UKPIA and learned a huge amount about the downstream sector during my 15 months in the role. By attending UKPIA’s quarterly membership council meetings, I had a unique opportunity to see first-hand how the organisation is helping to steer the industry towards Net Zero.
UKPIA has provided me with great insight into how government representatives work with industry and vice versa. There is a great deal of knowledge within the team, which is greatly valued by the associate members I looked after. It was exciting to see the variety of new sustainable technologies companies offer, and sign them up as associate members of UKPIA, where people are enthusiastic about decarbonising and creating a sustainable future for the industry.
Working at UKPIA has helped me embrace change with a positive outlook and I discovered that you can learn a great deal by working for a small organisation which is having a big impact on the future direction of the sector it represents.
Andrew Tristem, Communications Specialist, February 2022 to current day
After working more than a decade in public health communications, UKPIA gave me a unique opportunity to expand my skill set and work on varied and interesting communications projects.
Whereas before, I was a cog in a giant communications machine with a defined function and multilayered sign off processes, within UKPIA I run the website, write and publish the social media content, issue press releases, help to set up and run Public Affairs Committee meetings and have expanded my skills on a whole range computer applications.
The scope of the work is partly set by media issues of the day but there has also been the opportunity to craft communication strategies and plans using my 20 years of media experience. Whether you are looking for a stepping stone to a new career or a long term position, working for UKPIA could offer you all the opportunities and flexibility you are looking for.
Simon Wood, Environment, Health and Safety Specialist, January 2020 to current day
Working with the UKPIA team and industry technical specialists I have learnt so much about the subtleties of refining, its challenges and the links with the wider sector. With this knowledge I am empowered to challenge perceptions of the sector and advocate for regulatory instruments that will help the industry to safely navigate its path towards Net-Zero.
I started working for UKPIA in early 2020. Prior to joining I worked as a Senior Environmental Policy Adviser in the Electricity Generation sector. This was during a time of significant transition for the industry. It was moving away from carbon intensive electricity generation towards renewables and new nuclear generation.
It was the power sector where I developed a range of transferable skills key to influencing policy and advocacy. I also developed strong project management, communication and team leadership expertise from working on a range of engineering projects in both the private sector and as a regulator. Working for UKPIA enables me to continue to use these skills to help the downstream oil sector safely transition and operate in the Net-Zero future.