Meet the MD: Ben Knight of RCP

Meet the MD: Ben Knight of RCP

Ben Knight's day-to-day job as managing director of RCP Ltd sees him manage staff from Aberdeen to Singapore. We caught up with him to find out how he manages to balance the workload and how he relieves the stress that comes with the job.

Describe your role in no more than 100 words.

As managing director, my role is to report to the shareholders and ensure the entire business runs smoothly, efficiently and profitably.

I have overall responsibility for the running of RCP LTD in Aberdeen and RCPAT PTE LTD in Singapore.

A large part of my role is spent on sales tasks such as negotiating major contracts, whilst keeping in close contact with our existing clients.


What is it the company does?

RCP produces control and instrumentation technology, such as helideck monitoring systems, drill floor technology and well control equipment for the exploration drilling rig market.

We are an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), therefore we send our offshore engineers to install and commission our systems and provide service visits as required.

Our longest serving engineers have worked in the industry for over 25 years and have designed and implemented some of the first successful electronic drilling systems still in use today.


What do you believe makes a great leader?

Someone who has sight of the overall picture of the business.

They need to understand and appreciate every aspect of the business from beginning to end, but also be hands on and have a deep understanding of their chosen field. 


What has been your biggest challenge in your current position?

In the boom times of the oil and gas industry, it definitely has to be the recruiting and retention of the skilled engineers that are at the very core of our business.

In the current market we are working even harder to win and retain the contracts which are more difficult to find and secure.


How do you alleviate the stress that comes with your job?

I am currently refurbishing a Georgian Manse. If there is any spare time left, then I can be found in my garden which is a never ending task.


When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An airline pilot with British Airways as I love the thrill of flying!


Any pet hates in the workplace?

Lateness has to be my number one pet hate.


Where do you see the company in five years time?

With less activity in the North Sea, our business over the next five years will mainly come from the Middle East and South East Asia markets. We are also looking at the expanding and developing African marketplace.  However we will still manufacturer our products from our Aberdeenshire headquarters.


What advice would you give to an aspiring business leader?

You can never stop learning; there are excellent leadership courses available from numerous agencies and organisations. And take a (calculated) risk every now and then - nothing ventured, nothing gained.


Where did you start your career?

At an internationally renowned UKAS test laboratory in Hampshire, southern England, as a test engineer.


Give us a brief timeline of your career so far.

I completed my BSc and MSC degrees at Portsmouth University. 

From there I moved into my first engineering role with an internationally renowned UKAS test laboratory.

I spent nine years with this company, and travelled extensively, working overseas in numerous locations, and moving into increasingly senior management roles.  

I relocated to Aberdeen in 2007 to work for a satellite communications company.

Then joined RCP in 2008 as operations manager and took over as MD in December 2010.