The head of Centrica’s UK oil and gas production business has been appointed as the Chair of the new national shale gas college.
Called the National College for Onshore Oil and Gas, it will be headquartered in Blackpool and linked to colleges in Chester, Redcar and Cleveland, Glasgow and Portsmouth.
Colette Cohen (pictured) has 24 years’ experience of working on onshore and offshore projects and will lead the Development Board and guide the college through its business planning phase.
Energy Minister Matthew Hancock welcomed the news: “She has a thoroughly important job training the next generation of onshore oil and gas engineers and specialists who will extract the shale gas from beneath the ground.
“This new National College will equip people with the right skills to get a good job in the oil and gas industry and help Britain prosper.”
Ms Cohen said she is “thrilled” to take on the new role.