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CEO Charles Tavner delighted to welcome on board “someone who has always been an inspiration for Flylogix”.

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. She remains CEO of the NZTC.

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 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.”

She is one of the most experienced and inspiring executives in the energy industry.

“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 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.