Peter Howell, SPE, has been appointed drilling and wells excellence manager for the Oil and Gas Institute at Robert Gordon University. He will be working toward strengthening the connection between the university and the oil and gas industry, focusing on the wells sector. Howell was previously wells manager at TAQA. He has experience in drilling, well engineering, operations, supply chain, and business management in several countries from his previous roles, which include vice president at Applied Drilling Technology International UK and integrated services manager at Noble Drilling. A fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Howell has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Southampton.