Rachel Riley returns as OAA host

February 2016

Countdown star, Rachel Riley is set to return as host of this year’s Offshore Achievement Awards after winning over the crowd at last year’s ceremony.

Graduating from Oxford with a mathematics degree, the TV presenter and maths expert began her career on Countdown in 2009, and has since presented on the Gadget Show and taken part in BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.  

Rachel will present winners, announced on the night, with bespoke trophies designed by Robert Gordon University’s Irina Viskanta, the winner of a student trophy design competition.

Also in attendance on the night will be the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) International President for 2016, Nathan Meehan. Mr Meehan, who is a senior executive adviser at Baker Hughes and based in Houston, Texas, advises executive management on reservoir and geoscience issues. As 2016 SPE International President, Mr Meehan aims to encourage more interdisciplinary and inter-industry collaboration, whilst also recruiting and mentoring the next generation of oil and gas professionals.

Alan Dick of SPE’s Aberdeen Section said: 

“After doing such a fantastic job of presenting the awards last year, I am delighted to announce that Rachel will be returning this year. Her experience and involvement with science, technology, engineering and maths subjects throughout her career fits perfectly with the ethos of both SPE Aberdeen and the awards.
“I am also very pleased that Nathan Meehan will be joining us on the evening. His vision for SPE International has great synergy with that of SPE Aberdeen, and I look forward to welcoming him to Aberdeen and hearing more about his future plans for SPE.”

Joining Rachel to provide the evening’s entertainment is vocal harmony trio, Belle Noir. Channelling the golden age of Hollywood with their sultry singing style, the band have performed at some of London’s most popular venues, and have appeared on E4’s Made in Chelsea.

The black tie event will take place on the 17th of March at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. Tables are selling fast, so Contact us early to avoid disappointment.   

Interested in finding out more about the Aberdeen section, or would you like to get involved, then don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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The Offshore Achievement Awards

The Offshore Achievement Awards (OAAs) recognise outstanding achievements in the energy industry.