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Our People

Our reputation for delivering world-class expertise and advice on planning, designing, engineering and managing energy assets comes down entirely to the quality of our people. These are the people you'll encounter on the ground, supporting projects in Europe and Africa, the Middle East, the Americas and Asia-Pacific.

Leanne Breckons

Office Manager, Newcastle

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I joined Penspen in 2006 as an administrator and have since progressed to the role of office manager where I am currently responsible for managing a team of four within our Newcastle office and one within our Aberdeen Office. During this time I have developed a number of business skills and had the chance to learn a lot about the oil and gas industry.

What I enjoy most about the role is the diversity. At Penspen you are given the opportunity to broaden your knowledge encouraged to take on roles outside of your job description therefore my work scope is extremely varied and I am continually kept challenged.

Penspen invest a lot into recognising talent and growing the team from within. I have attended a number of courses relating to my career growth as well as being sponsored onto an FdA Business Management and Leadership degree. I am currently in the first year of the course and it has already been a great learning curve.

Jamie Jenkins

Apprentice CAD Designer, Aberdeen

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I started my career at Penspen as an Apprentice CAD Designer in January 2014. Since then, I have had the opportunity to further my knowledge through a great deal of guidance and mentoring working alongside experienced CAD Designers.

My work involves me producing layout drawings for new and existing subsea developments including locations of existing jackets, wellheads, manifolds and associated pipelines. I have also been using Inventor and AutoCAD 3D & 2D software to produce detailed fabrication drawings from 3D Models.

At present I am studying for my NC in Mechanical Engineering, and I will be looking forward to progressing to HNC Level in the next few years to further build upon my career.

Margerie Hernandez

Office Coordinator and Executive Assistant to Regional Director, Abu Dhabi

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I started as Executive Secretary to the General Manager of Abu Dhabi in 2012. Shortly after this, I was given the chance to become Executive PA to the CEO and I am currently working with the Regional Director for the Middle East within the same role. The role is simultaneously challenging and interesting as I deal with everybody from engineers to Directors, not just here in Abu Dhabi but across our 18 offices worldwide. This process has been made smoother by the fact that Penspen is such a multi-cultural organisation, with everyone being very friendly and willing to share their experiences and insights. In the office I work in, colleagues have a friendly and almost family-like relationship, partly due to many outside work activities we get involved in such including community service, recreational sports and various other social events and activities.

What I like most about Penspen is the flexibility and trust extended to employees, which has encouraged me to broaden my horizons and enrich my knowledge, enabling me to exercise new skills and abilities which will help me grow and develop my career.

Naqi Haider Abidi

Piping Engineer, Abu Dhabi

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After completing a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2008, I joined Penspen I as graduate pipeline engineer. Since then, I have had the opportunity to benefit from a great deal of guidance and training working alongside experienced senior engineers. At one stage, I was even given the opportunity to work on the Abu Dhabi Crude Oil pipeline, one of the biggest oil and gas projects in the UAE. As a young engineer, this was a great opportunity to learn and develop my design and engineering skills on the job, whilst also being given the chance to train with design software like CASER II, SP 3D, and Auto CADD.

Penspen has also given me the opportunity to work in both piping and pipelines, two of my specific fields of interest. I have been involved in several big projects where my responsibilities have included preparing specification and data sheets, material requisition, calculations, and reviewing technical drawings, all of which have enabled me to develop my project management skills and ability to work independently. I have also had the opportunity to go on site and address specific design-related issues which have arisen, as well as supervising various contractor design teams to update related drawings. In addition I have worked with wide-ranging clients including ADCO, ADMA, GASCO, TAKREER and KOC. As part of this process, I have learnt many and varied construction and field engineering skills, which have really strengthened my experience and career.

Laila Chehade

Instrumentation & Control Engineer, Abu Dhabi

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I started my career with Penspen as Junior Instrumentation & Control Engineer in the Onshore Hydrocarbon business unit. Since then, I have gained significant engineering knowledge in instrumentation and control as well as being given the opportunity to work with many different clients, engineers and design teams on many different and exciting projects including the high-profile Iraq Crude Oil Export Expansion Project.

As part of my training, I have also taken on a range of detailed design and follow on work including developing, completing and updating datasheets, specifications and requisitions, as well as reviewing technical bids. I have also been involved in technical drawings, documentation and guiding design for a number of project deliverables. From the moment I joined, I have benefited from the fact that is a global business house.

As a company, Penspen is committed to seeing graduates develop into future leaders through a combination of formal training, mentoring, and organisational rotations. Penspen also sponsors and organises many out of work activities to encourage and develop a collegiate environment. As a result, it has offered me the chance to engage in a variety of interesting and challenging tasks inside and outside work, which have helped stretch my abilities and understanding as an engineer.

Nath Poovarodom

Integrity Engineer

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I joined Penspen in 2011 as Subsea/Pipeline Engineer in the Offshore Engineering Stream in Bangkok. It was a great opportunity to be involved in both subsea pipeline and subsea structure projects.

My work involved conducting pipeline and subsea structure calculations, developing specifications and data sheets and compiling reports.

In 2013 I was given a golden opportunity to relocate to the Integrity Department. Re-training to be an Integrity Engineer was a huge challenge for me as the work is to assess the current condition of existing pipelines, which is very different from designing a new pipeline as I had done before. In addition to the challenge from engineering point of view, in terms of business development, integrity is a relatively new area of work for the Asia Pacific region, especially in Thailand. As Penspen have recently secured a five-year long contract in 2013 with the biggest Thailand offshore operator, PTTEP, I positively believe there will be more work from other operators in the near future and there is definitely plenty of room to grow this business in this region for Penspen.

Kanokwan Pilaipan

Instrument Engineer

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I joined Penspen in 2013 as an Instrument Engineer. I have been working on creating and updating Engineering documents such as specifications, datasheet, I/O list, MTO, requisitions, instrument drawings, technical bid evaluations, answering queries from contractor/ Vendors etc. I have been able to work from the beginning through to the end in one cycle for each project.

Penspen develop employees’ skills by sending staff for training on various courses according to their career plan and I have benefited from this training.

Penspen is a great place to work and learn at the same time. I have had opportunities to work on some challenging projects and to work with great people across disciplines to grow my engineering experience.

Boonpa Praesakulcharoenkit

Lead Instrumentation Engineer

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My journey with Penspen began in 2010 when I joined the company in the position of Senior Instrumentation Engineer. Following a lot of hard work, support and coordination with other disciplines, I was rewarded with promotion to Lead Instrumentation & Control Engineer in 2011.

Working for Penspen has offered me the chance to engage in a variety of interesting and challenging tasks such inlcuding leading a Client Representative delegation to a Factory Acceptance Test in Holland to verify the function of the HIPPS package for a pipeline project in Thailand, and participating in the Hazard and operability study in China for a project in Myanmar. These activities and many like others them, have been valuable in improving my competencies and furthering my development as a Lead Engineer.

Pornthep Charnnoarong

Senior Project Engineer

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I started at Penspen in August 2008. In my time with the organisation, I have had an opportunity to work and engage with numerous people across a variety of interesting projects in Thailand and overseas.

I have worked on a range of projects from the conceptual design phase, through Front End Engineering Design, detailed design and commissioning including Project Management Consultancy. This work has been extremely challenging, allowing me to gain both technical and management skills.

I’m currently working as Senior Project Engineer for the conceptual design services for a LPG Transmission Pipeline Project which is expected to be commissioned by 2018. My responsibility is to manage and coordinate the project work of the technical team, including clients and third parties throughout the project process, to ensure timely and cost-effective completion, including preparation of project estimates, schedule and budgets in accordance with the project requirements.

From the moment I joined the organisation, it was clear that Penspen is a business which emphasizes the need to build relationships with colleagues through both formal and informal learning activities and also though more social activities out of work including football and other sports.

Winai Emseedaeng

Principal Pipline Engineer, Bangkok

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I joined Penspen in 2008 as a Lead Pipeline Engineer in the Onshore Engineering Stream in Bangkok. This stream is involved in onshore pipeline and related facilities projects. Since joining I have been involved on a number of projects including Conceptual Designs, Feasibility Studies and Detailed Designs of onshore oil and gas pipelines. The majority of these projects have been in Thailand and South East Asia, although an increasing proportion of the work is now supporting affiliates in other parts of the world as part of Penspen’s Work-share initiative. I have also spent a good deal of time on site as part of the PMC team for a major new transmission pipeline in Thailand.

Since joining Penspen, I have progressed to the position of Principal Pipeline Engineer, now responsible for the pipeline discipline department in the regional Engineering centre in Bangkok. I have enjoyed my time so far and look forward to continuing to strengthen and develop the local team.