Simon Marshall has been appointed as exhibition director for SPE Offshore Europe.

Marshall will oversee the strategic direction of SPE as it evolves in-line with the energy transition to a low carbon future, ahead of this year’s event taking place on September 3-6 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Marshall has joined from ITE Group, where he was head of oil and gas for events focused in Russia and Central Asia. He has worked in the energy sector for more than 10 years, starting his career at Platts before launching investor summits for international energy ministries in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Marshall was also the project and commercial lead for the World Energy Congress 2016 in Istanbul and has recently completed an MBA in international oil and gas management at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) in Dundee.

Marshall said: “SPE Offshore Europe strengthens Aberdeen’s position as the pre-eminent energy city in Europe and I am joining at an extremely important time for the event and the city as the industry journeys towards a low carbon future.

“Offshore Europe is also evolving, with a new home at the P&J Live complex and a focus on new technology and emerging infrastructure to support the energy transition. It is an exciting time to be taking on this role when upstream operators are working hard to achieve maximum economic recovery (MER) while delivering less energy intensive practises, CO2 reduction targets and broader clean energy goals.”

Energy transition, artificial intelligence and the transformation of the workforce will be amongst the major talking points at SPE Offshore Europe 2019.

A new Energy Transition Hub will debut at the event, with exhibition and conference space dedicated to the evolution of the oil and gas industry to a low carbon future. ABB, Aker Solutions, BHGE, BP, National Oilwell Varco, the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), Oil & Gas UK (OGUK), Total, Wood and Worley are partners in the hub.

For the first time, SPE Offshore Europe is partnering with the Financial Times on the one-day FT Oil and Gas Finance and Investment Forum, which is exploring the role of finance in the industry. Sir Ian Wood will give the opening keynote on September 4.

The 2019 event will also include an expanded Decommissioning Zone, an ENGenious Zone, which will highlight innovations robotics and data analytics, and the first StartUp Village, which consists of pitch battles between start-up exhibitors.