Diana Khatun is IOGP’s newest Committee Manager. She succeeds Natalia Staina, who left the industry in February.
Diana is a geologist by training, with a masters from Imperial College, London. “Previously my focus was on finding oil and gas. Now, in my new role at IOGP, with responsibility for the Wells, Subsea and Security Committees, I’ll be concentrating more on what happens after the discoveries are made,” she says.
While Diana welcomes the range of expertise that she will be encountering with her three committees, she is also keen to avoid duplication of effort. “There are bound to be overlaps in the areas I cover – and that’s a good thing, enabling me to identify synergies and complementary efforts. What I have to watch out for are those occasions when work in one committee comes too close to what another committee is doing. That’s not been a problem so far. I’ve been encouraged by the help and friendliness that everyone has shown me.”
Sitting next to Diana in the London office is IOGP’s new technical editor, Alex Segall. He replaces John Tait, who has returned to the UK railway sector. Alex is responsible for supervising all of the Association’s publications through the production process; ensuring that they meet agreed standards for content that is clear, concise and informative.
His background includes editing and writing roles at energy publications and public policy groups. “These roles have helped me develop effective strategies for crafting content for specialised audiences, and having that content be of interest and accessible to both professionals and the public,” he says.
“My first major project at IOGP is a redesign of our in-house style guide, which will give our publications greater consistency in tone and style. Our publications cover topics critical to upstream work, such as safety and the environment, so our output needs to be focused and readable.”
Commenting on his first weeks at the Association, Alex says “It’s rewarding to work in an office with such a wealth of experience and knowledge on display all around you. The challenge, with such a wide range of topics under our purview, is to make sure our guidance remains cutting-edge at all times – but IOGP’s committees are more than capable of meeting that challenge.”