ISCO is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Sommerville as a new member of its Executive Committee. ISCO President, David Usher, commented, “Knowing Matthew’s abilities, his wide experience in our industry and his strong interest in contributing to the future development of the organization, I very much welcome his joining in our efforts on behalf of the spill response community”. ISCO Secretary, John McMurtrie, said “I am very glad to have Matthew on board and look forward to working with him in continuing to build the value of ISCO membership.
Matthew Sommerville has more than 34 years’ experience in the oil spill response industry. Following service with the British Army (Royal Armoured Corps) and Navy (Royal Fleet Auxiliary) he worked with the UK Government's Warren Spring Laboratory for nine years on spill response research projects. He has attended numerous incidents including Sea Empress, Aragon, Rosebay, Seki, Braer, Aegean Sea, BP Trent, Exxon Valdez, Freja Svea, Kymia, and the Gulf War oil spill. Over the years he has gained considerable industry experience having held senior positions with Briggs Marine, NRC, OSRL, Aramco, IOPC Funds and Shell. Currently he acts as an independent consultant. He is Chairman of the IMarEST Marine Pollution Special Interest Group and represents ISCO at IMO (MEPC and PPR meetings) and IOPC Funds.