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Ray Riddoch named as The Prince’s Ambassador for Scotland

Ray Riddoch, UK Managing Director and Senior Vice President Europe of Nexen Petroleum U.K. Limited has been appointed as The Prince’s Ambassador for Scotland.

Each year, HRH The Prince of Wales personally appoints an inspirational business figure in each of the UK’s regions and nations to represent the responsible business movement and lead other businesses to take action to address key issues. Ambassadors are chosen for their personal impact and for demonstrating leadership within their own business.

Ray Riddoch, who lives in Aberdeenshire, has over 30 years’ experience in the global oil and gas industry.  He was appointed Managing Director of Nexen, a global upstream oil and gas company, in July 2015 and is responsible for overseeing the company’s UK interests and operations. Ray is actively involved in many industry associations and is currently Energy Director at Scottish Chamber of Commerce; Vice Chair of Oil and Gas UK; a member of Scottish Energy Jobs Taskforce; Co-Chair of the Asset Stewardship Task Force, Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) and Director of the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC).  He is also a Fellow of the Energy Institute, positions which are awarded to industry leaders and influencers who play a key role in driving the profession forward.

In a recorded video to announce the Princes’ Ambassadors to guests at the Responsible Business Awards Gala at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 4 July, HRH the Prince of Wales said: “Over the years my Ambassadors have shown that with the right leadership, creativity and persuasive determination, people can work together to solve problems, to meet challenges and to create constructive change.

“There is certainly no shortage of challenges needing their talents and vision. It still remains the case that in many communities opportunities and resources are not accessible to all. In such a situation business has a unique and essential role to play in creating resilient communities where talent can be discovered, incubated and developed.”

Ray Riddoch, said: “It is a great honour to be appointed as The Prince’s Ambassador for Scotland.  I personally believe in giving back to society, and as an industry I strongly believe there is much we can do together to help tackle some of the key issues facing society; so it is with great enthusiasm that I look forward to fulfilling my role with Business in the Community”.

Commenting on the appointment, Jane Wood, Executive Director of Membership and Nations, Business in the Community said: "We are delighted that Ray has accepted this role, and he will make a huge contribution to the responsible business cause in Scotland. The oil and gas sector face challenging times, so there is no better time to benefit from his wide-ranging experience."