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Meet the Team: Joanna Hord

This month, meet Joanna Hord, who leads a key Business Development initiative in the US.

Joanna Hord joined Competentia a year ago to focus on the Argonauta consulting division. Originally from the UK, but settled in the US, Jo is a long term industry specialist with a passion for the job and reputation for straight talking.


What was it that first motivated you to join Competentia?
Building the Argonauta business sounded like an interesting challenge. They have a superb network of seriously talented engineers. Reconnecting and catching up with these consultants sounded like a very pleasant task!

What are you up to at the moment?
My main goal for the year is to build the business. We need to increase our land based portfolio while maintaining the long-established relationships in the offshore world. Putting it in simple terms; I need jobs and I need experienced candidates to fill those jobs.

Why is Argonauta different?
Argonauta has been successful at attracting the very best candidates from the market place. I work with some seriously experienced and well respected engineers.

What do you do when you’re not working?
I have three very pampered, very unruly rescue horses. I’d like to say that they are a joy to ride but they aren’t. I’m bucked, catapulted and thrown off daily. Breaking in a horse is less fun the older I get. At least I’m providing some live entertainment for my daughter who thinks the whole process is hilarious.

Who would most benefit from using Argonauta?
Clients that are looking for true subject matter experts to help on either a short or long term basis. We also offer some fabulous training courses. Anyone who spots a knowledge gap amongst their staff would benefit from our services.

Could you describe one of your typical workdays?
Lots of e-mails, lots of calls and lots of cups of coffee!

What skills are required in your position on a day-to-day basis?
Perseverance and a dash of bravery. Sometimes it’s hard work to track down the right line manager and make that call, but it’s worth the time and effort.

What parts of your job do you find most challenging?
It’s always a sad day when we find out that a project is being cancelled. It’s obviously far harder on the people who are losing their jobs than it is on us here, but after a couple of thin years in the industry, I think we’re all ready for things to bounce back. But there’s cause for optimism at the moment, and I think it won’t be long before we start to see more project activity.
And there’s always the commute! Houston drivers are mean. Maybe I need a big truck instead of a tiny toy car, but I’m ready for self-driving vehicles.

What’s the best part of the job?
That’s easy. Meeting the candidates. I wouldn’t do the job if it weren’t for them. It’s a true pleasure getting to speak, meet and build relationships with them. Their lives, experiences and projects are fascinating to hear about.


If you’d like to meet Jo, and hear more about Argonauta, visit argonenergy.com.

Joanna Hord

Joanna Hord

Business Development Manager - Argonauta

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My main goal for the year is to build the business. We need to increase our land based portfolio while maintaining the long-established relationships in the offshore world. Joanna Hord

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