Tony Laing was appointed director of research and market acceleration at the National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI), replacing Gordon Drummond who has returned to Subsea 7 following his 3-year secondment to NSRI. Laing has more than 35 years’ experience, and has been an independent consultant since 2015 in commercial technology projects as well as academia. Before this appointment, he was global director of integrated solutions at Schlumberger and OneSubsea. He also held positions at Marathon, Boreas (Atkins), and Aker. Laing is a member of the Society of Underwater Technology and treasurer of its Aberdeen branch.