John Gilley, just like Kentech, the oilfield services and engineering contractor he has led since April, has his roots and heart in Ireland.

But both the company and its new chief executive have stretched their wings beyond.

Gilley, from Cork, moved up to chief executive from chief operating officer just as the twin storms of the Covid-19 pandemic and the Saudi Arabia-Russia oil price war were engulfing the oil and gas industry.

Kentech, which since 2009 has been based in Dubai, traces its origins to the MF Kent & Co family electrical instruments business that started in Clonmel in 1919.