The Oil Industrys Best-kept Secret - A book full of inspiration and advice

Diane Wood

Section Manager Society of Petroleum Engineers, Aberdeen Section

My earliest ambition was to work with animals. I wanted to be a vet, but then I changed tack and wanted to be a driver! I loved driving – I used to build and race Stock Cars. I was a member of a racing club and got involved in marshalling and rallying at events. I guess that sense of enjoying a challenge has never left me. Applying your own unique capabilities can have striking results. When I was at the Rowett, my specialism was electron microscopy. Because I had small, delicate fingers – and am also quite arty – I was well suited to this area of work and absolutely loved it.

After 16 years as a Scientific Officer at the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen, specialising in electron microscopy, Diane joined the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), where she was responsible for Member Services and Customer Care across Scotland. It was a part-time job that suited her other role as a young mum and it gave her the experience to make a natural transition to the oil & gas industry,

as Secretary for the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section Board. After five years as Secretary, Diane became Aberdeen Section Manager in January 2014. In her spare time Diane is an ambassador for the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects. She is also Committee Member for Breast Cancer Now Oldmeldrum Group, Chairwoman of PR and Marketing at the Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum and Trustee and Area Representative of Canine Concern Scotland Trust.

Scotland Co-ordinator, Society of Chemical Industry

Scientific Officer Rowett Research Institute

Therapet organizer of the year



Postgraduate Diploma of the Royal Microscopical Society Oxford

HNC Biology, Immunology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Robert Gordons University





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