Two North Sea oil and gas veterans picked up gongs in this year’s postponed Queen’s Birthday honours list.

Robin Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen-based contractor giant Wood and Stuart Payne, supply chain, decommissioning and HR director at the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA), have each been appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).


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Watson joined then-Wood Group in 2010 and took over as chief executive from Bob Keiller in 2015, before leading the service company’s $2.7 billion all-shares acquisition of UK rival Amec Foster Wheeler in 2017.

Payne joined the OGA, the industry regulator, in 2015.

Before that he worked in a variety of HR leadership positions, including at Dana Petroleum and before that at Shell in Houston. Watson said: “I am delighted and humbled to receive this honour.

“My family, friends and colleagues have provided great support throughout my career and have helped me realise my ambitions over the years. For this, I am truly grateful."

Payne said: “I’m honoured and humbled to receive this award, and of course very proud to work as part of this fantastic, innovative industry alongside many talented people.”

The list, which was due to be published in June, was postponed in order to add nominations for people playing key roles in the early months of the coronavirus outbreak.

The honours have been awarded since Queen Victoria’s reign in the 19th century and aim to recognise those who have contributed to national life.