Step Change in Safety unveils new Leadership Co-chair

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Member-led safety organisation, Step Change in Safety (SCiS) has named Stork’s Erik-Jan Bijvank as new Co-chair of its Leadership Team.

Erik-Jan, Regional Vice President, UK, Africa and Middle East at Stork, will work alongside TAQA’s Donald Taylor, who was appointed Co-chair in 2016. The pair will be responsible for guiding the Step Change Leadership Team (SCLT), a group of industry leaders made up of members from operators, service companies, trade unions and the Health and Safety Executive.

The sole purpose of the SCLT is to drive SCiS to deliver safety critical projects, which will have a positive impact on the safety in the North Sea oil and gas industry.

Commenting on his appointment, Erik-Jan said: “Having been involved with Step Change in Safety and its Simplification Steering Group for many years, I am delighted to be appointed to this leadership role. I look forward to working closely with Donald and the SCiS team to deliver important initiatives that continue to enhance safety for our workforce and across the industry.”

Erik-Jan will be taking over from his predecessor Crawford Anderson at Baker Hughes, who is retiring from the Co-chair role after one and a half years. During his time Crawford contributed to the introduction of significant safety projects to the oil and gas industry, including Boots on for Safety, Workforce Engagement and Simplification.

Crawford Anderson said: “I have really enjoyed being part of the Step Change Leadership Team and have appreciated the passion, dedication and creativity of the whole team.  The safety of everyone in the oil and gas industry remains the number one priority and in these challenging times it is even more critical that Step Change continues to focus senior leadership on this. Step Change has had significant impact and I trust this will continue.”

SCiS is a not-for-profit, member-led organisation committed to making the UKCS oil and gas industry the safest in the world for its workforce, through collaborative working.

The organisation, which specialises in the implementation of safety improvement initiatives and guidance for the North Sea oil and gas workforce both on and offshore, is a challenger within the sector, raising important issues and delivering critical solutions to an ever-changing industry.

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