New MD for Severn’s engineering and product supply businesses
David Brennan, previously MD at Probe Oil Tools in Great Yarmouth, has stepped into the role which covers Severn’s Brighouse and Aberdeen facilities.
Having also held senior positions at Weir Services and Rolls Royce, David brings a wealth of leadership experience related to energy industry services and specialist engineering.
Less than 100 days into David’s tenure with Severn, the Covid-19 crisis broke. Colin Findlay says the calm and effective manner in which David continues to steer the two businesses is testament to his strength, commitment and skill.
Both locations are maintaining steady output with staff either working from home or observing social distancing if they are needed on site.
“These unprecedented and unusual times are testing for us all, so resolute and supportive leadership is essential,” states Colin. “David has quickly shown an ability to think on his feet, devising practical solutions to keep our staff safe and our businesses operational.
He has already built good relationships with customers and suppliers, which plays a vital role as we manage expectations and throughput dynamically on a daily basis.
David inspires confidence in me, our customers and our Aberdeen and Brighouse teams.”
David is responsible for the financial performance of both Severn Unival and Severn Glocon Aberdeen.
One of his goals is to maximise synergies between the two businesses which deliver continual performance improvement for existing valve populations of North Sea platforms and other established plant worldwide.
Foundations he put in place before the Covid-19 restrictions have ensured communications between and within the businesses remain strong and effective.
“We might be working differently at the moment, but I’m determined to deliver on my targets and on my promises to the teams in Brighouse and Aberdeen.”
David states. “By communicating frequently and honestly with customers, employees and suppliers I’m certain that we can make good progress despite the challenges.
Our staff regularly demonstrate tenacity and ingenuity in the way they meet complex and urgent customer requirements.
Applying the same principles now will help us not just survive but thrive when we emerge from the Covid-19 restrictions.”
Severn Glocon Group enables oil and gas operators to maximise the safety and profitability of production via specialist businesses offering a wide range of valves and associated services.
Severn Unival operates globally, providing advanced control and choke valve engineering services, testing and manufacture to improve the performance of existing valve populations.
Severn Glocon Aberdeen focuses on the management, maintenance and testing of mechanical, isolation and safety valves for North Sea valve populations.
It holds an extensive stock of replacement valves for rapid turnaround during critical shutdowns.
Tel: 0845 223 2040
Published in Valve User Magazine Issue 53
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