LLOYD’S Register (LR) has bolstered its team with a number of key appointments following a series of major contract wins and significant global growth.

Over 200 dedicated engineering specialists are currently part of LR’s wells engineering and project management consultancy, a team which has project managed more than 100 wells across six continents over the last 14 years.

LR has recently added a wealth of domain knowledge, technical experience and HSSEQ capability to its wells engineering and project management consultancy services. This has helped build an industry offering which is unrivalled in capability across the full well lifecycle from design, construction and operations, to suspension and abandonment.

The addition of such strong credentials is a clear signal of the growth already being experienced by LR and forms a significant part of the Energy business’ repositioning strategy announced earlier this year.

John O’Neill brings more than 25 years’ experience in global wells projects to the newly created position of Head of Wells Delivery. Having worked predominantly across the North Sea and Middle East for BP, Shell and Schlumberger, he most recently held the role of UK Director – Wells at Maersk Oil followed by Drilling Manager at Total post-acquisition.

Joining Mr O’Neill is Melvin Banford, who assumes the new role of Head of Wells Assurance. Melvin’s 25 years’ experience in wells business assurance and performance improvement, gained through both consultancy and roles within operators, is a vital addition to LR as it continues to focus on ensuring safety, quality and efficiency for clients.

Derek Harrold also joins as UK, Europe and Africa Wells Manager from CNOOC, alongside Head of Wells HSSE Steve Harris, who was most recently Senior HPHT Operational QHSE Specialist at Total.

All positions will be based in Aberdeen with a global remit.