Oil and gas industry veteran Denis Pinto is appointed to inspirational role on AFBE-UK board

Leading oil and gas industry figure Denis Pinto has been appointed to the advisory board of social enterprise AFBE-UK.

The Caledonian Flow Systems managing director has supported the AFBE-UK’s Scottish chapter since 2012 as it inspires young people, particularly those from a black and minority ethnic background, to consider a career in engineering.


He is a leading flow measurement and hydrocarbon allocations expert who was chairman of the Aberdeen, Highlands and Islands Branch of the Energy Institute. He developed the Energy Institute’s Young Professional Network and is helping young members in the organisation’s UK and international branches.

Pinto is also a member of Robert Gordon University Industry Board for the School of Engineering where he has been involved with helping to develop industry-relevant courses.

Dr Ollie Folayan, chairman of not-for-profit Aberdeen-based AFBE-UK Scotland, said: “Denis has consistently supported and advised our programmes in the past few years.

“Few people in the energy industry possess the breadth and depth of business experience and technical know-how that Denis can bring to bear in the areas of organisational development, STEM promotion, event planning and career building. Denis is true veteran of the industry and is respected nationally and beyond. It therefore gives us great pleasure to welcome Denis to the AFBE-UK advisory board. “

Pinto said: “I’m delighted to receive this honour. The work AFBE-UK does is truly inspiring and I know that many young people are grateful for the time and advice given to them at the organisation’s events. I’m flattered to be invited to join the advisory board and look forward to using my industry experiences to help AFBE-UK continue its good work.”


On the advisory board, Pinto joins James Smith CBE, former chairman of the Carbon Trust; Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle Central and shadow minister for industrial strategy, innovation and science; Patrick Clarke OBE, director of network operations, UK Power Networks; Professor David Mba, vice-chancellor and dean of computing, engineering and media at De Montfort University; Dr Safia Barikzai, associate professor at London South Bank University; Sandra Kerr OBE, race equality director at Business in the Community and Myrtle Dawes, transformation director, planning and dispatch at Centrica.

AFBE-UK Scotland works in schools, with further education students and recent graduates, and giving young engineers the opportunity to engage with industry veterans. It has engaged with more than 2,000 young people in Aberdeen since being launched in the city in 2011.


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