June 2023: the latest people moves in the sector

The latest round up of people moves from around the industry.

The latest round up of people moves from around the industry.


DESNZ advisor Mike Mackay has been appointed as Chief Transformation Officer to head up transformation at Essar UK with Mike also joining the company’s Executive Leadership Team.

With over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, Mike also has extensive knowledge of refining and the downstream oil sector in the UK. He recently returned to Essar from a successful secondment in the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero as the UK downstream oil sector’s advisor to Government.

Essar chief executive officer, Deepak Maheshwari, said: “We would like to welcome Mike back after his secondment. This is an important appointment to a senior position within the company. Mike will work closely with me to improve business performance and reliability across Essar Oil UK.”

Essar has also announced the appointment of Tony Fountain, managing partner at Essar Energy Transition, as a non-executive board director to support the delivery of Essar Energy Transition (EET) ambition to lead the UK energy transition.

Prashant Ruia, Non-Executive Chairman of Essar, said: “We would like to welcome Tony to Essar’s Board. He brings over 40 years of operational, regulatory and executive experience that will enhance our business at this vital stage in our transition.

“We are committed to leading the energy transition and Tony’s appointment will play a crucial role in achieving this ambition.”

Tony commented: “I am pleased to be invited to Essar’s Board. The company is committed to be amongst the first low carbon refineries globally and to play a key role in the decarbonisation of the North West.

The Prax Group

The Prax Group has appointed Ben Lahnstein, who previously worked for Prax as Acting Chief Financial Officer and as Global Head of Corporate Finance and Treasury, as Chief Financial Officer.

With more than twenty years of investment banking experience focusing on debt structuring and debt capital markets across a wide range of industries and geographies, Ben brings a wealth of knowledge to the role and a proven track record of financial leadership.

Dunraven Systems

Gerry Jones retired from Dunraven Systems at the end of April after 20 hugely successful years. Having founded the company in 2003, Gerry managed the monitoring solutions provider through rapid expansion of solutions, services and operations to become the self-made market leader in the industry it is today.

The Chemical Business Association

Anthony Robertson CBA

The Chemical Business Association (CBA) has announced the appointment of Anthony Robertson as its Financial and Administration Lead.

Robertson commented: “I am delighted to be joining the CBA at such an exciting time.

The team have clearly defined plans for the future, and I am excited to help them deliver on their vision.”

The Solent Cluster

The Solent Cluster has appointed of Zoë Colbeck as its new Project Manager to provide a focal point for Cluster activity and help drive the vision for the Solent to become a leading centre for low carbon investment.

Suttons International

Suttons International has announced the appointment of Jonathan Mackie to the role of Commercial Director, as part of the business’ growth strategy.