The industry skills and workforce development body, OPITO, has appointed a new UK standards and approvals director to lead the development and delivery of safety and competence training standards throughout the industry.
Graham Gall has joined OPITO, bringing a wealth of experience and an impressive industry track record in the skills, training and workforce development sector to the Aberdeen-headquartered organisation.
As UK standards and approvals director, Graham will oversee the effective implementation and delivery of OPITO standards across the industry, designed and adopted to ensure the development of safe, competent workforces across all sectors, both onshore and offshore.
Prior to joining OPITO, Graham spent five years as UK managing director with Falck Nutec where he was responsible for the overall management, direction and growth of the UK business.
During the five year period, Graham achieved tremendous success, doubling the growth of the business. He puts his success down to delivering a consistent level of quality to clients and building solid working relationships, whilst continuing to invest strongly in people and assets.
Previous to this, Graham spent a total of 17 years with BAA working at a variety of locations, including Aberdeen, Southampton, Edinburgh and Glasgow. He progressed through the business to become senior airport fire manager at Edinburgh Airport, where he dedicated focus on effective training and the introduction of relevant training standards.
Larraine Boorman, managing director of OPITO said: “Graham’s background in the industry and his crucial experience of training, skills, competency development and understanding of safety are key.
“While we have made great strides to date, we are continuing to evolve as a business and I see the appointment of Graham as evidence of our continued evolution. Increasing our presence will help OPITO establish stronger links to ensure the industry’s safety, skills and workforce development challenges are addressed.”
Graham said: “I look forward to the challenges this new and exciting role will bring. I am confident that using my experience and knowledge, to work closely with industry will ensure the highest safety training standards and workplace competencies are in place and are being delivered consistently across the industry. ”
In addition to Graham’s appointment, James Robertson has joined OPITO as marketing and communications executive, part of the organisation’s policy and external affairs team. James joins the business from Petrofac Training Services where he held the position of Marketing Manager for the Europe Region.
Prior to this, James spent a total of 5 years at Robert Gordon University, so he brings with him a sound understanding of cross education and industry initiatives and an understanding of the skills and training areas of the industry. He will be responsible for all marketing, communications and PR activity for the UK business, showcasing the breadth of OPITO’s work and operations with industry, education and government. He will work with colleagues to ensure the full range of OPITO driven and developed initiatives and programmes, are communicated, recognised and supported throughout the industry.