Spencer Ogden appoints the Right Honourable The Lord Smith of Finsbury as non-executive director
The former Secretary of State for Culture and shadow Secretary of State for Environment brings with him a wealth of experience gained from his recent post as Chairman of the Environment Agency, the body responsible for the environmental safety of power generation, heavy industry, and mining in the UK. His focus at Spencer Ogden will be on issues associated with regulation, compliance, environmental safety and international governmental sanctions as well as helping to realise the ambitious growth plans of the business in the energy sector.
The appointment comes as Lord Smith begins heading up an independent task force examining the UK fracking industry, providing an impartial assessment of the impacts of shale gas exploitation in the UK.
This extensive sector knowledge, coupled with a distinguished political career spanning 30 years, will enable him to provide senior counsel to Spencer Ogden’s Board on a range of important issues.
Since its foundation in 2010, Spencer Ogden has grown from a headcount of just 25 to over 400 employees globally and 650 contractors working on energy projects. Its annual turnover for 2013 was £50.3million and the business is on track to reach £75 million in its 5th year of trading.
David Spencer- Percival, CEO of Spencer Ogden, said: “We are incredibly fortunate to have Lord Smith joining Spencer Ogden in a non-executive role. To have someone of his calibre and experience advising us on key strategic decisions, as well as the expansion of the business, in new territories is an invaluable asset. I look forward to working with him to achieve the next phase of the company’s development.”
Sir Peter Ogden, Chairman commented "We look forward to Chris joining the Board at Spencer Ogden. He will add great value on a strategic and technical level, working with us to drive quality of service and ensure compliance through the next phase of the companies development.”
Spencer Ogden is the first recruitment consultancy to service the entire end-to-end energy sector globally. The focus on all energy industries, from oil and gas to power, nuclear and renewables through energy technology and project financing, is a key driver for the businesses growth and central to its innovative approach.
This year Spencer Ogden received the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise which recognises businesses that achieve significant international commercial growth, relative to their size and sector.