Sarah-Alice Davies (pictured), whose father is Stuart Davies, landed the title of Graduate of the Year in the 2016 Oil and Gas UK Awards the winners of which were announced in Aberdeen.A former pupil of Ysgol Bryn Collen and Ysgol Dinas Bran in the town, 27-year-old Sarah-Alice graduated with a first class masters degree in Chemistry from Bath University in 2010.
She is currently an engineer working for the design department of Shell UK Ltd.Awards judges heard how she became one of the first graduates to attain two international postings in difficult, remote locations.
Her competence has given her the opportunity to deliver the first shale oil to the Middle East from Jordan’s deserts and supervise rig and interventions operations in the jungles of Gabon.At the presentation evening, she described how while managing a team of local operatives in Gabon she identified the high level of competence shown by one man and helped secure his promotion after 20 years, adding: “It was pretty amazing to see his reaction.”
She also spoke of having to cope with elephants and gorillas along with leopards sleeping on pipelines while based in Gabon.Sarah-Alice said: “As a young person finishing university you’re full of excitement and energy and you need to utilise every day.
“If you have the opportunity to go international I think you should definitely see the world.“Experiencing different cultures, languages and religions is the way to win people over.”