Colette Cohen, currently Chief Executive Officer of the Net Zero Technology Centre, is to join UAV technology business Flylogix as Chair of Board, the company has announced.

CEO Charles Tavner has previously spoken of how “The genesis of Flylogix, of turning it from a paper idea to a reality, was a conversation with Colette.”

“I’m so delighted to welcome Colette on board in a full-time capacity seven years after that conversation,” says Charles. “She is one of the most experienced and inspiring executives in the energy industry. But she is also someone with a real open mind about technology, who was incredibly encouraging to us at the inception, not just of the company, but of the idea behind it.”

“Colette is also a committed and outstanding role model for women in industry and I know she will add an enormous amount of value to Flylogix at a critical moment in our development. We are actively expanding into new sectors, with new applications for our beyond visual line of sight technology, and Colette’s experience and natural empathy for our business model and ambitions will be hugely valuable to Flylogix and our clients.”

Colette, who was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list for services to the energy industry in the UK in 2020, started working in the energy industry in 1991 when she joined bp. She worked for ConocoPhillips in the North Sea, Norway, the US and Kazakhstan (where she received a Jubilee Medal from the Kazakh Prime Minister in recognition of her contribution to the country’s oil and gas industry).

She then held the position of Senior Vice President for Centrica Energy’s Exploration and Production business in the UK and The Netherlands, before joining the NZTC in 2016, helping to establish it as the ‘go-to’ technology centre for the industry.

Colette has previously served on the board of Oil & Gas UK and the OGA Decommissioning Board. She is Chair of the National College for Onshore Oil and Gas, sits on the Technology Leadership Board and is a Non-Executive Director for Technip Energies, DeepOcean, OPITO and NORECO. She is also a Commissioner for the Just Transition Commission for Scotland, an active champion for the industrial transition of the oil and gas industry to a net zero future.

Colette is a chemistry graduate from Queen’s University Belfast, has a Masters in Project Management and Economics from Ceram Business School, an honorary doctorate from the University of Aberdeen, and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Institute of Directors and a fellow of the Energy Institute.

About Flylogix

Flylogix is a UK company pioneering new sustainable ways for companies to use unmanned aviation for missions and logistics without hindrance (human, weather, location) and with the least harm to the planet. Its advanced engineering combines next-generation technology with tough, small unmanned craft that can fly to the most remote locations, up to 500 km beyond the horizon, in some of the world’s harshest weather conditions. Flylogix services are in operation with leading global partners from the oil and gas industries to support them to accurately measure methane emissions and with transport companies such as The Isles of Scilly Group to deliver commercial and time-critical supplies daily.

About Net Zero Technology Centre

  • Our purpose is to develop and deploy technology to accelerate an affordable net-zero energy industry.
  • The Net Zero Technology Centre was created as part of the Aberdeen City Region Deal, with £180 million of UK and Scottish government funding to maximise the potential of the North Sea.
  • Since our inception in 2017, we have been advocates of the role of technology in decarbonising the oil and gas industry. We launched a Net Zero Solution Centre in 2019. In 2020, we redefined our purpose to focus on developing and deploying technology for an affordable net-zero Energy Industry. In 2021, we completed our pivot, changing our name from OGTC to the Net Zero Technology Centre to more accurately reflect our purpose.
  • More than £211 million has been co-invested with the industry in technologies from effective well plugging and abandonment, asset integrity to autonomous robotics and renewable power systems. We have screened over 1,560 exciting new technologies, completed or progressed 168 field trials, over 29 technologies have been commercialised, 45 tech start-ups supported and we have helped generate £10-£15 billion GVA potential for the UK economy.

By Press