Meet the Team

Meet a few of our client-facing team members, here…

Laura Claxton
Managing Director

While we joke that many of our employees have Claxton in their blood, in Laura’s case, it’s true! As the daughter of the founder of the business, Laura grew up in Claxton and knows the company inside-out. An accomplished MD, Laura has led Claxton through many years of successful growth and remains directly involved in all aspects of the business. Laura’s warm management style is self-evident in the way the company operates and deals with clients. In 2015 Laura was a finalist for the prestigious Business Woman of the Year Award 2015.

Dannie Claxton
Technical Director

Dannie has vast oilfield experience with over 25 years in the industry. He provides the expertise and skill behind a great many of our products and innovations. Having worked within Claxton alongside his father since the early days of the company, Dannie has unparalleled understanding of the challenges our clients face and because of his experience, is often uniquely positioned to offer timely, cost-effective solutions. Dannie's innate ability to offer credible, workable, fast solutions is what the entire business strives for on every project.

Mark Shaw
VP Finance

Mark joined Claxton with a fascinating background - having worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, he's applied his trade on global accounts including Kellog's and Esso. He's also worked as a Financial Accountant in a direct marketing agency and for a freight business. Mark has a keen eye for detail and often assists departments right across the business.

John Scott
VP Sales and Operations

John has over thirty years of experience working in the Oil and Gas industry. A focused and highly accomplished Operations professional he thrives on driving business objectives and optimising company performance. Drawing on experience gained at Schlumberger - where he worked for 5 years in various roles and M-I SWACO, UK Regional General Manager and Executive Board Director. John joined Claxton in April 2015 as Vice President of Sales and Operations.

Nick Marriott
Region Manager - Middle East

Nick, being responsible for Claxton's fast growing Dubai operation, where he's the general manager for our operational base - a role that he fills with talent and an abundance of acerbic wit. An oilfield veteran; Nick has worked for Schlumberger, Weatherford and Sperry-Sun during his career. As a result, Nick has a deep understanding of the operating needs of our clients and is focused on ensuring our bids and proposals will really deliver the results they need.

Jason Moyles
Business Development Manager - Europe

Jason has over 20 years of experience working in the Oil and Gas industry. His career started in drilling for Rowan and then moved to Ensco as a roughneck and derrickman. He then changed his overalls and gained valuable experience as a slickline trainee and then supervisor for Halliburton. Jason has worked for Claxton for 12 years in numerous roles. He started out as an offshore service technician and subsequently became a project engineer. Due to his experience and knowledge of the portfolio he joined the sales team in December 2015, where he is responsible for sales activity, growth and customer service for the whole of Europe.

Vegard Dale
Business Development Manager - Norway

Vegard heads up Claxton’s ongoing Norwegian growth plans and has worked in the oilfield for 23 years. Drawing on experience gained at Baker Hughes - where he worked for 17 years in various technical and sales roles and AGR as Regional Sales Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Vegard provides in-depth support to Claxton’s clients in Norway.

Nick Wood
Regional Business Development Manager

Nick has over twenty five years of experience working in the Oil and Gas and Renewable Energy industries. Nick’s career has spanned Drilling, Subsea and Decommissioning whereby he has gained invaluable international operational and business development experience working for both Halliburton and Baker Hughes. More recently Nick has been responsible for the sales activity, growth and customer service in Claxton’s Aberdeen and Norwegian bases.

Derrick Heskins
Sales Manager

Derrick has nearly four decades of experience, gained working on a wide variety of oilfield equipment, including decommissioning, slot recovery and wellheads. Having worked in the oilfield all around the world, for some of the biggest names in the industry, Derrick is able to offer high levels of technical support to his clients.

Michael Horton
Business Development Manager - Canada, Central and Southern America

Michael assists clients with our rental and camera products. Having a background in ROV’s and electrical engineering means Michael can quickly get to grips with our customer’s needs and problems, ensuring they get the right equipment for their project.

Sarah Tarrant
HR Business Partner

Sarah comes from an Oil and Gas background, with 20 years’ experience in the HR field and talent management. She brings a wealth of knowledge and support to Operations, ensuring the management team have the right tools to get the best out of their people. Recognising that Competence Assurance is key for our clients, Sarah ensure we make this happen.
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