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Effective January 2021, Adri Postema, currently JIP33 Programme Director, will become the Association’s Engineering Director. In this capacity, Adri will be responsible for IOGP’s Standards, Subsea, Geomatics, and Metocean Committees, as well as continuing his role with JIP33.
On 1 October 2020, Diane Gonsalves took on the role as new Standards Manager. Diane is a practised oil and gas industry professional with over 25 years’ offshore and onshore major capital projects and operations and maintenance experience, gained initially in the UK’s North Sea and augmented through projects in the Philippines, Azerbaijan, Abu Dhabi, and Australia. In addition to her project management positions, she has held joint venture partner management and interface management roles and held positions with major operators as well as global engineering companies. Diane holds a BSc Eng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and PhD in Nonlinear Rotordynamics from the University of Aberdeen. Diane was born in Nigeria, of Indian parents, and lived in the UK from a young teen until moving to work in numerous overseas locations in 2000. She returned to the UK a couple of years ago. Her passions are travelling, rescue dogs, and fast cars, but as Diane says, these do not all necessarily function well together!
Diane is replacing Alf Reidar Johansen, who will retire at the end of this year. The Norwegian, graduated from the Gothenburg Technical Institute, Sweden, as a mechanical engineer and worked in shipbuilding, nuclear industry, inspection and certification of ships, and site manager in the upstream industry, joined the Standards Committee 34 years ago representing today’s Equinor. He served as chair of the committee for 15 years, before becoming Standards Manager in 2008 and serving as the Standards Director the last three years. He helped to re-establish ISO/TC67 Materials, equipment and offshore structures for petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries back in 1989 and set up the Standards Summit meetings in 1995-96 that became the turning point for the oil and gas industry’s international standardization. Alf Reidar established the IOGP Interim and Standards Solution when the EU/US sanctions threatened to shut down the international standards work and, finally, worked hard to establish JIP33.
The entire IOGP team wishes Alf Reidar and his family all the best in his retirement and is delighted that he will stay connected to IOGP as an Advisor and Ambassador for the Association’s Standards work. Diane remarks: “I would like to add my own personal thanks to Alf Reidar for acting as a mentor and advisor to me over the last two years and, more recently, for a quality handover, setting me up for success in my new role as IOGP Standards Manager. I have some big shoes to fill, but am excited about the challenge”.