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In Depth: Stephen Finnie – Locke Is the Secret to Elite Energy Consultant’s Global Success

The oil and gas exec brings his Scottish roots to his international company

By Kody Boye

(Image: Stephen J. Finnie)

Stephen Finnie – Locke of Elite Energy Consultants has a vision for the future of international oil and gas– empathy and innovation. Probably not what you were expecting. But Finnie – Locke is a dynamic business leader with his eyes looking ahead for both his company and his industry. His unique vision has driven the growth of his company from its beginnings in Scotland to a player in the global energy sector.

Scottish Roots

A large part of the success of Finnie – Locke (and by extension Elite Energy Consultants) is their shared roots in Scotland.

“The Scottish people are loyal, fierce, and hardworking,” Finnie – Locke says with a smile. “So are we. I like to say our customers are getting a Scottish heart with an international focus.”

International Impact

Along with his business partner, Charlie Moncur, Finnie – Locke has grown Elite from a national player in Scotland to a global player in the oil and gas industry with offices in the UK, US, and Australia. They have also expanded their operations in Europe, South America, and Africa. Finnie – Locke credits their growth to versatility through innovative applications in emissions management, pipeline logistics, and production management, catering to diverse client needs.

“My vision is in the company’s core values: adaptability, responsiveness, and a customer-centric approach,” reports Finnie – Locke.

Elite Core Values

Finnie – Locke translates Elite’s core values into results for their customers. Finnie – Locke’s influence permeates every aspect of the company’s operations, shaping its culture, values, and plans for the future.

He takes great pride in promoting ecological responsibility. Elite Energy Consultants aims to lead clients towards self-sustainability, driving efficiency, reducing delivery costs, and promoting environmentally responsible solutions.

Client Solutions

Finnie – Locke’s natural empathy leads him to create dynamic solutions for his company to offer their clients. He goes beyond the surface to create opportunities that get to the heart of his customer’s pain points.

Solution Spark Engineering is one of the programs that Finnie – Locke believes sets Elite apart. They developed an innovative approach to requirements gathering and design that differs from traditional waterfall methods. The Elite approach emphasises collaboration, iteration, and deep integration with their customers to ensure tailored and efficient implementation.

Driving Positive Change

Finnie – Locke’s approach to leadership is a commitment to driving positive change. Throughout his career, Finnie – Locke has faced numerous challenges with resilience and determination, drawing strength from personal experiences, including his husbands battle with cancer.

“These experiences have shaped my perspective and reinforced the importance of staying true to our values,” Finnie – Locke shares. “These challenges have made me more resilient, more empathetic, and more determined to make a positive impact.”

(Image: Stephen J. Finnie)

Indeed, Finnie – Locke’s values of integrity, empathy, and innovation are deeply ingrained in Elite Energy Consultants’ culture. Under his leadership, the company embraces diversity and inclusion, celebrating the unique talents and perspectives of its team members.

“Inclusiveness is in our DNA,” Finnie – Locke affirms with conviction. “It’s about creating a culture where everyone feels valued, empowered, and inspired to contribute their best.”

Trusted Partner

His influence extends beyond the company’s internal culture to its approach to business and client relationships. With a keen focus on delivering value and exceeding expectations, Elite Energy Consultants has earned a reputation as a trusted partner to industry leaders.

“We’re committed to delivering the best outcomes for our clients. Our goal is to make a meaningful impact on the world while driving operational efficiency and sustainability in the energy sector,” Finnie – Locke declares.

As Elite Energy Consultants nears its second decade, Finnie – Locke remains dedicated to shaping the company’s future and driving positive change in the industry.

“Our journey is far from over,” he asserts, his gaze fixed on the horizon. “We will continue to iinnovate, to challenge the status quo, and to make a difference in the world.”

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