Previous Oil Barons
2013: Jim Watson, Certified Oilfield Rentals
Jim Watson, the 10th Oil Baron started his career as an Apprentice Deckhand in 1975 and now runs Certified Oilfield Rentals. As part owner and board member of six companies in the UAE (all related to Oilfield Services), Jim is a member of: Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) American Society for Non-Destructive Testing (ASNT) International Pipe Inspection for Engineers (IPE)
2011: Alistair Davidson
Alistair was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1963. He attended school in Turriff in the North East of Scotland. At Turriff Academy, Alistair was a hard working successful student and representative and captain of a variety of school sports teams. He studied Engineering Technology at Robert Gordon's University in Aberdeen, graduating with a First Class Honours degree in 1984 when he also won the Institute of Mechanical Engineers prize for top engineering student and the Mobil student award. Whilst a student, Alistair was Chairman of the engineering faculty events committee and secretary of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers student body.
Voted for by readers of Pipeline magazine and you – the movers and shakers of the region's energy industry – the Oil Baron for 2010 is a man of great experience, probably known to most of you here this evening. Born in North Wales in 1959, Kevin Robert grew up in a Welsh-speaking family of four. He began his career in England in 1975, working for Rolls Royce, undertaking a four year apprenticeship, which helped form a lifelong interest in engineering. Visiting a friend in Aberdeen in 1981, he was introduced to the offshore diving industry, and from there came a career in commercial diving systems and diving support vessels. Like many Barons before him, his career took him all over the world, from the North Sea to South America, West Africa, Mediterranean, Far East, India, Middle East and ending up here in Dubai in 1989.
2009: Charlie Sinclair
Born in the small fishing hamlet of Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire in the North East of Scotland, around the time that dinosaurs roamed the Earth, he first joined the oilfield early 1974 working for Odeco offshore in the North Sea. After a year working for the drilling side of the industry he joined Baker Oil Tools as a trainee Technical Specialist in Completions. Apart from two breaks of service when he worked for Otis in the Middle East and then Petroleum Engineering Services (PES) back in Aberdeen, he stayed with Baker Oil Tools for the next 31 years in various operational and management capacities.
2008: Colin Finnegan
Colin Finnegan supports several charitable initiatives and he donated a car to Friends of Cancer Patients (FOCP) at the Oil Barons Charity Ball in 2008.
2007: Bobby Stevens
Born in the small town of Laurel in Mississippi where his father was the principal of the local school and his mother was a teacher, and where he dreamed of one day owning his own business. Business was in our oil baron's blood. His parents may have worked in education, but his grandfather owned a farm and a country store. From an early age, our baron knew he wanted autonomy and independence and realised that the best way to get these were through owing a business. Yet he had to start somewhere.
2006: Nabil Al Alawi
Nabil Al Alawi, CEO of Al Mansoori Specialized Engineering, a wholly owned Private Company in the Oil and Gas services business that was established in 1977 by Nabil Al Alawi and two other partners. Today, its geographic footprints expand from Scotland, Europe to Uganda, Africa to Bangkok, Thailand with over 2000 Employees.
2005: Frank Rooney, Haliburton
For most of his professional career, spanning across almost four decades, Rooney has worked with oilfield services company Halliburton. (Yes, the same Texan company once headed by US Vice-President Dick Cheney.) Frank Rooney was crowned Oil Baron in 2005 when at the time he was the UAE Country & Business Development Manager for Halliburton having then spent 15 years in the Middle East regional energy industry in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
2004: Charlie Topp, BJ Services
Charlie Topp was crowned the second Oil Baron in 2004. He currently serves as the Regional Director of EnerMech – a mechanical engineering company. During a 30 year career in the oil and gas industry Charlie has held a number of senior positions with major operators in the North Sea, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates. Charlie Topp was appointed PSL's Regional Manager for the Middle East were he lead the Company's strategic growth in the Middle East from 2006 till 2007. He was Regional Manager for BJ Services Company Middle East, based in Dubai, for nearly 10 years from 1996 till 2005. Later in 2005 he joined the Hydrolink Group of Companies as Operations Director responsible for all operational activities in the Middle East and the Caspian Sea. Prior, he was the Operations Manager at Chorley Engineering from 1992 till 1996.
2003: John Allison, Unique Wellube
John Allison is the Managing Partner of Unique Wellube FZC. He acquired the company in 2000 and subsequently formed a partnership with the Unique Maritime Group. He was instrumental in expanding the range of specialist services provided by Wellube, now recognized as one of the leaders in their field of expertise. Unique Wellube is a provider of specialist engineering products and services to a diverse range of industries. Range of services are directed at maintaining plant and pipeline operability by allowing intervention work to be carried out with minimum loss of production, in a safe and cost - effective manner.