We’re lucky to be supported by a Board with extensive experience in health and safety, project management, media and communications, and strategic planning.
With our Board behind us, we’re ready to take on anything.

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Les Linklater is the Chairman of our Board. You’ll know Les from his one-man crusade to improve health and safety for the offshore community as the Executive Director of Step Change in Safety. His drive and relentless approach to safe operations is an asset to the Absafe team.

Duncan Peter is the Communications Manager at Bibby Offshore providing insight into both comms and corporate relations. In a previous life, Duncan worked in the third sector bringing valuable know-how for social enterprises, business development, volunteer recruitment and retention, as well as fundraising.

Bryan Fleming is Chief Exec of FJ Philanthropy with tip-top experience of working in highly sophisticated and successful fundraising teams, and supporting organisations to grow by creating and embedding new strategies and fundraising activities.

David Forsyth is QHSE Director for Bibby Offshore providing a wealth of experience gained in both the oil & gas industry and the fire service. David’s role in safety leadership training has led him to help shape the next generation of the workforce with Absafe.

Kirstin Gove is a freelance journalist and former News Anchor on STV. After 15 years in the newsroom at Grampian TV/STV, Kirstin held the position of Account Director at global PR firm Weber Shandwick, AVC Media and at Citrus:Mix, before going freelance and launching her own business in 2014. Kirsten brings communications know-how and unrivalled media relations experience.

Wayne Henderson is the Managing Director of Kaizah Limited, a consultancy focusing on supporting businesses develop strategy, business improvement and growth opportunities. Wayne brings skills in project management, commercial and strategic planning to the Absafe board.

Donald Napier joined us initially as an Absafe volunteer, but was recently welcomed onto our Board of Trustees. In his previous role, Donald was the Occupational HSE Supervisor for Marathon Oil, with valued experienced in occupational health and safety, safety training and nursing. Donald is one of our most dedicated volunteers, and brings high energy and fun to his lesson delivery.

Mike Skitmore is the former UK Business Unit Manager of Premier Oil. Mike has extensive know-how in HSE performance, production operations, projects, development, business growth and leadership.