Executive Search ¦ Clean Energy ¦ Oil & Gas ¦ Energy Transition

A Successful Strategy For Your Business

Since 2000, we’ve been helping UK and International Clean Energy and Oil & Gas companies to thrive.

You Need the Best Advice

At GTL Search, we help you to make confident decisions on organisational and people strategy, and to put the right talent in the right place to drive your business forward.


You get straight-up, no-nonsense, expert advice based on 27 years knowledge and experience of the key players and drivers in the Energy Sector.  You also get a guarantee-backed commitment to delivering what you need.  We won’t take on a mandate unless we know we can deliver.

Our Services

Executive & Professional Search
Life, the world, the way we do business – it’s all changing. The global energy mix is rapidly changing too. These are exciting, pioneering times in the Energy sector, but our society can’t (yet) function without the energy and feedstocks derived from oil & gas.

We’re proud of our expertise in O&G, and of the industry champions who are leading the drive to Net Zero. We’re proud of our work in Clean Energy too, that tracks back to our first Renewable Energy assignment in 2008.

We’re specialists in hiring talented senior people. Now in our third decade, we hire UK and International Board executives, regional and functional leaders and occasionally gurus too. We help O&G companies to grow in O&G, and we help them to diversify into Clean Energy. We help Clean Energy firms to develop the capabilities they need to meet the sector’s hugely ambitious growth targets, and to address the acute skills shortages they face. We are expertly placed to advise on talent transfer between the two.

Is repeat business an indicator of success over time in the Executive & Professional Search market? We think so, and our longest running client relationship is heading towards 15 years.
Consulting Projects
These projects are complex and diverse, but we approach them in a consistent and standardised way. We help clients to understand what their challenges are, and work out how to address them.

Our consulting work focuses on the People and Organisational issues that arise as a result of a shifting market, or a change in company circumstances such as growth or diversification.

Whether a one-off, stand-alone engagement or a pre-cursor to an Executive or Professional Search process, the common denominator is that our input will underpin and inform the important decisions you need to make on your People and your Organisation.

Our consulting projects have addressed matters such as:
  • People Due Diligence
  • Organisational Planning
  • Position Profiling & Benchmarking
  • Psychometric Evaluation – Measuring Personality and Cognitive Ability
  • Succession Planning
  • Talent Mapping
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Compensation & Benefits Studies
  • Competitor & Market Entry Profiling
  • Acquisition Target Profiling and Engagement

Our Clients

“Dave approached me back in 2016 when I was living in Houston, at the time I was Asset Director managing Equatorial Guinea for Hess. The role was Senior Vice President of Operations and Engineering for Petrofac, based in Aberdeen. Having spent the previous six years in Houston I made the decision to accept the role and we moved back to the UK. Since then I have used Dave and GTL Search on several occasions to fill critical senior management and leadership roles in my teams.

I have been both a candidate of, and a client to GTL Search – and I have no hesitation in recommending them as a professional, no-nonsense firm, who operate with the highest integrity.”

Dave Blackburn
Energy Executive
“We asked GTL Search to support us building the Executive team for a disruptive start up in the Offshore Wind sector. Dave Allan led the assignments to appoint our Chief Technology Officer, and our Chief Operating Officer.

On both assignments, GTL Search gave us expert support to define the parameters of the Search, and delivered efficient and professional processes – in doing so landing two highly regarded industry experts to join the team.

I can and do confidently recommend GTL Search as expert in Energy Sector Executive Search.”

Jon Oliver Bryce
CEO, Confidential Company

“I worked with Dave on a search process for Helix Energy Solutions Group Ltd. Having known him for a while, I was fully expecting a wide and eclectic mixture of candidates and sure enough, Dave delivered on that. His network and reputation is unimpeachable. What was even more useful however was how Dave is able to read your mind and formulate what it is you are ACTUALLY looking for. That’s a skillset I’ve rarely come across.”

David Carr
Senior Vice President, Helix Energy Solutions Group

“GTL Search has successfully delivered a critical hire for dCarbonX, identifying top-calibre candidates and managing a very professional executive search process. Dave’s communications throughout have been exemplary. Highly recommended.” Angus McCoss CTO & Founder of dCarbonX

Principal Advisor

Dave Allan

Principal Consultant
I’m Dave Allan, the principal consultant at GTL.  Since 2000, I’ve been helping UK and International Clean Energy and Oil & Gas companies to thrive. 
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