Energy Voice | Late subsea stalwart leaves "major sum" for school outreach scheme

A late stalwart of the oil and gas industry has bequeathed a major sum to the National Maritime Acquarium (NMA) in Plymouth.

David Pridden died at the age of 66 in November, following a battle with cancer.

Mr Pridden, the inaugural head of industry body Subsea UK, has left funds to the NMA to boost its national Schools Outreach programme.

The scheme helps children learn about the marine environment and engineering from an early age.

Mr Priddens only stipulation was that the money had to be match-funded by individuals or organisations, in a bid to get the industry more involved in encouraging young people.

For every £25,000 raised, the NMA can draw down funds against Mr Priddens bequest.

He already fully funded two pilot schemes for the project at £50,000 each in Cardiff and Newcastle.

David Pridden had a long an illustrious career in oil and gas, and was most recently chairman of Seanamic Group.

He held a variety of senior positions in both large and small subsea oil and gas and marine renewables companies, including launching and successfully growing his own business.

He was passionate about attracting young people into subsea engineering and in his position as chairman of trustees at the NMA, he helped the organisation increase learning opportunities for future generations.

Roger Maslin, CEO for the National Marine Aquarium, said: Davids legacy demonstrates the affection and esteem in which he held our institution.

He was passionate about the potential of the aquarium to be so much mo....

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