2008 Industry Pioneers


Sir Ian WoodSir Ian Wood

When oil was discovered in the central North Sea in 1969, Aberdeen became the operational and supply base for the UK hydrocarbon industry.

Ian Wood joined the Aberdeen-based family business John Wood & Son after graduation from Aberdeen University in 1964. Under his leadership, John Wood Group PLC was created and became the United Kingdom’s largest energy services company, with market-leading positions in the UK, US and globally.  Ian has been instrumental in taking best-practice solutions from the UK and the US to the rest of the world, and Wood Group now operates in 46 countries with over 27,000 people.

Sir Ian has played a most important part in promoting British industry in the energy sector by serving in many positions. Among these, Joint Chairman of the Oil & Gas Leadership Team, a member of PILOT (a joint government oil & gas industry initiative), Chairman of Scottish Enterprise Board and of the British Trade International Oil & Gas Export Board.

He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1982 and a Knighthood by HRH Queen Elizabeth II in 1994.