Chief Operating Officer

Ian Cobban

I'm inspired by success – success can be delivered in many ways, and we should all be aiming for success, and learning from any failures or things that didn’t go as well as we would have liked.

Having worked in the industry since 1985, I have seen many changes and been through a number of industry economic challenges. I spent three decades with Subsea 7 and its former group of companies, during which I worked offshore for five years, and spent eleven years overseas in onshore based positions in Singapore, Australia and Houston.

I joined Global Group Group in 2015 and I'm currently COO for the Group, specifically looking after the Global Energy (Group) Ltd portfolio of Companies as well as GPSS shipping, Apollo Engineering and the Seagreen Project.

Do you have any Professional Goals/ Aspirations for the industry?

As the industry strives towards net zero, our heavy bias towards traditional services in Oil & Gas is changing into offering an energy mix, which will include various technologies and services. All of which will change how Global Energy Group have traditionally faced the market. Global Energy Group and its associated infrastructure and resources are ideally placed to play a major role in supporting developers and producers to deliver the infrastructure required to meet the Energy demands of the future.

Do you have any Personal Goals that you are hoping to achieve?

Linked with the above statement, I want to ensure that the projects we secure are delivered safely for the client and our satisfaction. Whilst doing this we continue to learn, develop new skills, new relationships and have a bit of fun at the same time.

What inspires you?

I get inspiration from imparting my knowledge and experience to the next generation that are entering the workplace, or to teams that are continually developing their competency and skills to ensure that they maximise their potential with the Group.

I'm inspired by success – success can be delivered in many ways, and we should all be aiming for success, and learning from any failures or things that didn’t go as well as we would have liked.

Why do you work with GEG Group of companies?

The GEG group of companies is diverse, but operates at a fast pace and decisions are made reactively and quickly. I believe this allows us to keep ahead of the competition, and enables us to offer a unique suite of services to our clients. I have worked in much larger organisations, where the decision-making process can be much slower, which can hamper opportunities being capitalised.

In addition, the GEG Group has numerous personnel who are highly experienced and passionate about delivering a ‘good job’ - at the end of the day we are here to deliver for our clients and that’s why the company continues to be very successful.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Take opportunities when offered, even if you feel it might be daunting or it may put you outside your comfort zone – this could be overseas, in a different office, different town, new Project, new role. I would encourage all personnel to strive to go beyond what they feel is comfortable, as they will truly benefit from the experience.

Ian Cobban