Air Energi sets its sights on Africa
Garrard will lead the organisation’s growth across the continent and establish a number of regional service bases to support operators’ local projects.
Garrard started his career at Air Energi 10 years ago, and now returns with an extensive breadth of experience spanning Europe, Africa and the Americas. He re-joins the company from NES Global Talent, where he was Divisional Director for Africa since 2011. Garrard’s understanding of the continent’s energy landscape and knowledge of local content regulations will be invaluable as Air Energi raises the profile of its capabilities in the region.
Over the next 12 months, Garrard will focus on developing Air Energi’s brand and business infrastructure in East Africa, establishing the offices, immigration capabilities and personnel required to deliver its services in the region. Garrard will also be responsible for evolving and strengthening Air Energi’s existing partnerships in the West Africa region.
“Air Energi is diversifying its service offering and expanding globally. It’s an exciting time to be returning,” said Garrard. The East Africa region in particular presents a significant opportunity to introduce Air Energi’s leading workforce solutions to a completely new market.
“Operators are investing heavily in Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda – my goal is to build sustainable business hubs to support their operations.”
With a number of major development projects underway in East and West Africa, skilled professionals are currently in high demand. Air Energi’s global service offerings, including global mobility and integrated project solutions, will provide vital workforce support to operators in areas such as personnel compliance, mobilisation and risk mitigation.
Duncan Gregson, Group CEO, Air Energi, echoes Garrard’s enthusiasm: “Ford brings a significant range of local knowledge and expertise that will really benefit the organisation as we set our sights on this new market. Air Energi is already a trusted partner for operators all over the world. This, combined with Ford’s experience, will offer clients unrivalled support in addressing their workforce challenges in Africa.”