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Melissa Clare

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Melissa Clare

Awards: Rising Star Award, 2006; 35 Under 35, 2007

Biography

Melissa was only 30 years old when she became the first female rig manager with GlobalSanteFe, one of the largest drilling companies in the world.
Born in Shetland where her father was a helicopter pilot, her early years saw a move to Aberdeenshire and then the west coast of Scotland where Melissa completed her secondary schooling at Plockton High School.
After a year at Napier University Melissa returned to the North East and graduated from the Robert Gordon University with a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical and Offshore Engineering.
Melissa’s career began with GlobalSantaFe in 1998.  This involved four years offshore as a Roustabout, a Roughneck, Wellsite Drilling Engineer and Night Drilling Supervisor.   In 2003 she was posted to Newfoundland Canada where she worked offshore as a Performance Engineer for a large field development.  In 2005 Melissa was promoted to rig manager.  
Melissa is currently responsible for the GSF Galaxy 3, one of the largest jack-up drilling rigs in the fleet.  She is responsible for the 112-strong crew, all aspects of the rig’s safety and operational performance and management of the rig’s multi-million dollar budget.
Since leaving university Melissa has continued her professional development, completing the GlobalSantaFe Monitoring Professional Development Scheme and becoming a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.
In 2006 Melissa’s achievements were recognised when she won the “Rising Star” award, at the prestigious Scottish Offshore Achievement Awards.

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