Quanta strengthens senior management team with appointment of two energy leaders

Source: press release, 25 October 2022

Ian Clifford and Catherine Earl join Quanta EPC
Ian Clifford and Catherine Earl join Quanta EPC (photo: Quanta EPC)

Specialist oil and gas engineering firm, Quanta EPC, has announced two senior level appointments to help drive forward its growth ambitions and support the UK’s energy security and transition to renewables.

Experienced business leader, Ian Clifford has been appointed as Chairman and Non-Executive of the Board and Chartered Accountant, Catherine Earl will take up the role of Strategic Finance Director.

Both Clifford and Earl have a deep knowledge of the global energy industry.

Part of the management buy-out team for PX Group, Clifford went on to become the Group’s CEO in 2013. Under Ian’s tenure, PX Group grew substantially, making it the North East’s fastest growing company in 2015 and leading to a private equity buy-out in 2016. Clifford joins Quanta from Axiom Engineering, where he will remain as a Non-Executive Director.

Catherine Earl began her financial career at PWC and, after leaving in 2011, has more than a decade of experience working for several leading energy supply chain companies in senior financial roles helping to successfully boost growth and attract private equity investment.

Earl will be responsible for the financial management of Quanta, including building robust financial processes and providing accurate financial intelligence to help the company as it enters its next growth phase. Clifford will oversee the general management of the business and provide guidance and help with strategic growth decisions.

Earl and Clifford join Quanta at an exciting time. The company, which was formerly known as Fabricom Offshore Services (FOS), has just attracted multi-million-pound private equity investment and is gearing up to create dozens of new jobs and increase its presence in the hydrogen, carbon capture and offshore wind markets.

Clifford says, “Right company, right market, right time, right place. Quanta has a fantastic reputation in the energy industry and is perfectly placed to support the UK’s energy security strategy and help the sector become cleaner and greener in its drive towards net zero. I am looking forward to supporting the team and its clients through the energy transition and beyond.”

Earl says, “I am genuinely delighted to join Quanta at a truly exciting time for the company. I’m passionate about the North East region and Quanta is a fantastic North East success story. The company has been providing engineering excellence for more than 30 years and, as well as strong private equity backing, boasts an extremely talented and committed team. It’s great to now be part of this team and I’m looking forward to helping Quanta continue its inspirational growth journey.”

Quanta CEO, Nick Oates, says, “We are delighted and honoured to welcome Ian and Catherine to the senior management team at Quanta EPC. Both individuals are extremely well known and well respected within the energy sector and will be an enormous asset to the company moving forward. We are very much looking forward to benefitting from their proven expertise, financial acumen, drive and energy.”