This week we spoke to Greg, who told us about the work he does at EPI, having a ‘normal’ job and an unexpected swim! He also found a fantastic photo of him heading into Rio on the CGG Symphony in 2004.
What is your role at EPI? And what do you do?
Marine Operations Manager. I am responsible for the QC operations on the marine side of the business. This is from ITT to project completion. I liaise with the various clients to get them a proposal, and then, if successful, to manage the logistic of the projects. I manage the expectations of the consultants as best I can around the conditions we need to work with to win work – the industry has improved markedly in the last few years, but there is still a need to compete for contracts, and therein lies the challenge. I also work closely with the finance team in EPI to try to ensure all invoices are correct before sending.
What brought you to EPI group?
I spent the best part of 18 years in the offshore role – with my last job working as Party Manager for Seabird on a 2D/Source vessel in the Far East. I was approached by a recruitment company EPI had hired to fill the role, and met Richard Thompson (Ops Director) in a café in Heathrow on my way home from what then became my penultimate trip on the boats. The rest is history…
What is your favourite part of your job/working at EPI?
Working with the rest of the EPI team. This was my first ‘normal’ job, so I am not sure if I was lucky in my co-workers or not, but the atmosphere in the office has always been very relaxed and a good place to work.
Tell us a fun/interesting fact about you.
I was one of the CGG Mistral ‘jumpers’. In 2002 the vessel CGG Mistral caught fire offshore Trinidad and Tobago, It was not possible to get the fire out, so an evacuation was ordered. For various reasons, this took a very long time, and around an hour after that evacuation order was given there were still a fair few of us on board. As things were getting somewhat hairy, the option was then given for people to jump (6-7m or so) and swim to the support vessels if they wanted. I was one of those!