The Press and Journal celebrated the North Sea oil and gas industry’s resilience at a headbanging Gold Awards ceremony in Aberdeen this week.

And a new member crowdsurfed into the industry Hall of Fame at the awards bash, run in association with the paper’s sister web- site Energy Voice and title sponsor Aberdeen Asset Management.

The Gold Awards, in their second year, recognised the companies and individuals who continue to forge a path ahead for the sector, despite varying headwinds.

Guests were treated to a packed mix of entertainment, including the awards themselves, mouth-watering food and an after-dinner speech from heavy metal legend Bruce Dickinson.

Bruce Dickinson, frontman of one of the world’s biggest bands, Iron Maiden, set guests’ pulses racing with his all-action presentation at the Marcliffe Hotel on Thursday night.

Mr Dickinson, who is also a commercial pilot, discussed how his firm, Cardiff Aviation, has helped regenerate parts of South Wales, and his ambitious plans to bring Zeppelin-style airships back into use.

The ceremony’s host, Steph McGovern, who is part of the BBC Breakfast team, had the 212-strong audience in stitches with her account of a meeting with US presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Damian Bates, editor-in-chief of Aberdeen Journals, set the ball rolling at the event, saying: “Tonight is about celebrating success. You are the people that drive the industry, you are the people who make it the most amazing, challenging, fascinating and re- warding sector that it is. You are the people who will help give it a future and will continue to ensure it is a success for decades to come.”

Emerging Industry Leader Award

Murray Kerr, founder and managing director of SengS, lifted the trophy for Emerging Industry Leader

Murray Kerr, 35, founded his engineering firm SengS in 2012 after re-mortgaging his house to fund it. Since then SengS, which provides engineering, testing, control and hydraulic systems and tooling to the energy industry, has grown on the back of £3.5million of investment in its facilities in Ellon.

Mr Kerr said: “I’m ecstatic. It’s the second time I’ve been up for this award so it’s a great privilege to receive it this time. I’m getting married in a week so it’s a good start to the month for me. Our team of engineers have achieved great success the last two years, we’re really bucking the trend and that comes from the guys’ innovation and the way we approach things. We keep costs down while retaining high quality for our customers.”

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