Tony Branch, a former President of Weatherford’s Regional Operations, will lead Westerton Access, an industry leader and technical innovator in the provision of subsea and topside inspection solutions, and the recently-launched Westerton SplashZone Integrity Specialists (WSIS), a company specifically formed to tackle the highly corrosive and problematic area immediately above and below the water line.
The companies are part of the wider Westerton portfolio, which includes Westerton’s fishing and intervention service.
Robin Porter, Founder of Westerton, said, “We are pleased to have Tony on board, and look forward to working with him. He is experienced in executive leadership roles and has led companies through transitional periods, including the launch of new product lines, so his skillset is well-suited to the newly structured Westerton group of companies.
“He has a proven track record in merging different operations into one cohesive team and I am excited at the prospect of increased growth and collaboration we will see across our specialist companies.”
Branch, who has more than 30 years worth of experience in the industry, commented, “I am excited to be joining a talented, dynamic and client focused team with a strong technical offering. The business has a strong foundation, and I am looking forward to working with the team to help deliver results for our valued clients.
“Building on our recent and successful expansion into the Middle East, we have further growth aspirations, both in terms of geography and the size of the organisation, and I look forward to playing a part in that, along with the rest of the team. Our Access and WSIS services both solve significant problems, not only in our traditional industry of oil and gas, but also in other sectors such as offshore wind."
Branch added, "All structures that are in the ocean are subject to harsh operating conditions and need to be inspected and repaired, regardless of whether they are oil and gas platforms or a wind farm. These assets need to be inspected quickly, efficiently and more cost effectively than traditional vessel-based services currently offer, and with the skills, technology and experience we possess, that is something we are more than capable of doing, saving operators money.”
The appointment of Branch comes after the company has expanded its footprint in the Middle East with new offices in Dubai.