Our Vision is to be a partner of choice, continuously “delivering the difference” to our customers


Awilco Drilling requires its employees to observe the highest standards of business and personal ethics in the conduct of their duties and responsibilities.

Awilco Drilling shall create shareholder value through the provision of a quality, reliable and customer focused service to the market.

The management team shall safely, efficiently and effectively deliver a mobile drilling rig service to customers, with a view to securing the most lucrative day rate contracts in conjunction with the highest achievable rig utilisations.

Awilco Drilling shall evaluate growth opportunities which best complement the company’s financial and operational aspirations.



Interim Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Jacobs has more than 25 years of experience from the international shipping industry. He currently holds the position as General Counsel in the Awilhelmsen Group. Prior to joining Awilhelmsen in 2011, he held positions as EVP General Counsel in Skuld and General Counsel in Bona Shipholding Ltd. Mr. Jacobs is also a board member of  the Norwegian Shipowner’s Mutual War Risks Assocation. Mr. Jacobs holds a law degree from University of Oslo with specialisation in petroleum law, and is also a qualified lawyer in Norway.

MD UK / Chief Commercial Officer

Mr. Smith has more than 35 years experience in the offshore and marine industries. During this time he has held a range of senior operational, management and executive positions. Mr. Smith holds a licence as a Master Mariner. Mr. Smith is a British citizen.

Awilco Drilling PLC has management agreements in place with Awilco AS (and related companies) for ad-hoc support services.


Non-Executive Director and Chairman

Mr. Thorvildsen is the CEO of the Awilhelmsen Group of companies. He has more than 30 years of experience from the Shipping and Offshore industry. Mr. Thorvildsen has previously held several senior positions, among them the position as CEO of Awilco AS, the Chairman of the Board of Awilco Offshore ASA and Awilco Heavy Transport ASA (later Ocean HeavyLift ASA). He holds an MBA from the Norwegian School of Management. Mr. Thorvildsen is a Norwegian citizen.

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Fougner is the COO of the Awilhelmsen Group. He has more than 30 years of experience from the Shipping, Offshore and Banking industry both in Norway and internationally. Mr. Fougner has previously held several senior positions, among them the position as CEO of Awilco Offshore ASA and CFO of Awilco AS. He holds an MBA from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration. Mr. Fougner is a Norwegian citizen.

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Gold is the CEO of QVT Financial LP, an asset management company with offices in New York and New Delhi. QVT Financial, through its managed funds, is an experienced global investor in the shipping and offshore industries. Mr. Gold holds an AB in Physics from Harvard College. Mr. Gold is an American citizen.

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Simpson has over 35 years experience in banking and in shipping finance. Currently he is an Executive Director of Marine Capital Limited, a shipping investment management company. He also has a number of non-executive roles in the UK, including as Chairman of Sovereign Housing Group. Previously Mr Simpson was CEO of Den norske Bank (now DnB NOR) in London and Regional Director of DnB’s Asia -Pacific operations. Mr Simpson is authorised by the UK FSA. He holds an MSc from the London Business School and a BSc from the University of Southampton.  Mr. Simpson is a British citizen.

Non-Executive Director

Mrs. Syrrist has work experience as an independent consultant to Norwegian companies, and as financial analyst in Elcon Securities ASA and First Securities ASA. She also has extensive non-executive experience from both listed and private companies. She holds a Master of Science from the Norwegian Institute of Technology. Mrs. Syrrist is a Norwegian citizen.



The tasks of the Remuneration Committee is to consider Awilco Drilling’s remuneration policy and programs, including bonus programs, share-based compensation and present recommendations to the Board of Directors for decision. The committee evaluates annually the CEO’s and the Key Management’s remuneration and presents recommendations to the Board of Directors for decision. Current members of the Remuneration Committee are Mr Sigurd E. Thorvildsen (Chairman of the Committee), Mr Dan Gold (member) and Mr Henrik Fougner (member).


The tasks of the Audit Committee are to monitor the financial reporting process, monitor the effectiveness of internal control and risk management, to have regular communication with Awilco Drilling’s external auditor regarding the auditing of the financial statements and evaluate and oversee the auditor’s independence. The Audit Committee is composed of two members of the Board, and its members are currently Mr John Simpson (Chairman of the Committee) and Henrik Fougner (member).


The Nomination Committee nominates shareholder representatives to the Board of Directors. The Directors of the Board are elected by the General Meeting of Shareholders.  The committee has two members who are elected directly by the General Meeting of Shareholders. Current members of the Nomination Committee are Mr Tom Furulund (Chairman of the Committee) and Mr Henrik Christensen (member).


In 2010, Awilco Drilling became a member of the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC).  Awillco  Drilling remains a member of the IADC and the IADC – North Sea Chapter.

IADC 2018 Certificate IADC NS Certificate 2018

Awilco Drilling is also a long standing member of Oil & Gas UK.

OGUK 2019

In 2013, Awilco Drilling became a member of Step Change in Safety.

SCiS 2018