A senior figure in the energy sector has been honoured for his long service.
Wallsend-based Barrier Group chairman Robert Bowles was presented with an award in recognition of his service to NOF Energy and the UK energy sector supply chain.
Robert has been heavily involved with the organisation for more than 25 years though its incarnations as the Northern Offshore Federation, NOF and, since 2007, NOF Energy.
Robert said: “I was overwhelmed to receive this honour.
“I am very proud to have been recognised by my peers and an organisation that means so much to me and my business. NOF Energy has been integral to the success of Barrier Group.
“The contacts it has helped us establish and the support it has provided have been invaluable.”
George Rafferty, chief executive of NOF Energy, said: “Robert has been a staunch and active supporter of NOF Energy throughout its history and fully deserves to be recognised for the role he has played in the organisation.”
“As a member, and as part of our board, he has been an exceptional advocate for NOF Energy and helped the organisation continually evolve for the benefit of our members.
“The success he has achieved in business with Barrier Group and the level of respect in which he is held by the energy sector supply chain is outstanding.
“He is always happy to offer advice to other members and his positive attitude is very infectious.”