Meet the team - Gro Lunde

By Gro Lunde - October 27, 2022

Meet Gro Lunde, our QHSE Manager.

With over 25 years of experience in the oil service industry, Gro has been with Hydrawell since our early years in 2010, delivering first class service to all of our clients.

Get to know Gro a little more in our latest staff interview below...

What’s your career background?

I have been in the oil service industry for most of my working life, apart from the very first years, when I worked as a hotel receptionist. That’s more than 25 years in the oil service industry, roughly equally divided between one of the industry's largest companies and HydraWell. Work assignments have been within logistics, inventory control, finance and customer support before the recent years where the role as QHSE Manager has led to new knowledge, a different focus and content of the days.

What do you like about working at HydraWell?

First and foremost, it is because of the people who work at HydraWell; both those who have been here from the start and those who have joined later. I am constantly impressed by the knowledge and enthusiasm as well as the human qualities of both the very young and those who are a little more experienced when they start. We are very lucky to have so many people who show not only tremendous commitment, but also commitment to areas of responsibility and colleagues and eagerness to constantly improve. In this respect, a positive consequence of the pandemic is the forced implementation of Teams, which means that we can interact to a much greater extent and get to know new colleagues every time the company expands in both numbers and geographical extent. Otherwise, the development of HydraWell has been exciting to be part of, so I am very grateful that I got the opportunity. For many years there have been very varied tasks and rewarding working days in a safe and inclusive working environment with a relatively flat organizational structure and open doors right to the top.

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

The development in my professional life is to a certain extent characterized by coincidences and opportunities. If there had been more of a plan for education and career, it would probably have been something in business economics and administration. However, if I were to choose again today, I would probably go for work that involved more direct contact with people, something useful for society and meaningful to me in the field of public services or healthcare.

Where is your favourite place in the world?

I am not particularly well-travelled. Been to a few big European cities and to typical holiday destinations around the Mediterranean a few times. But I lived for a decade in the far north of Norway growing up, and I must say the surroundings with natural phenomena such as the northern lights and the midnight sun as well as the people's humour and demeanour in the north have influenced me and are something I am very happy to have experienced. Otherwise, I have always been very fascinated by Australia, and hope to visit that continent one day. Apart from that, I believe in thinking of the place you live as your favourite place, so you don't have to dream away from where life is mainly lived.

What’s the last book you read?

I have always been very fond of reading and enjoy the variety between a lot of different genres. The last one I finished was “The disappearance” by Kathrine Webb. The plot is set in Bath during the Second World War and weaves together historical knowledge and psychological insight into a tale of guilt, love and choosing to dare to face the truth no matter how painful it might be.

I’ve just started on a book by Renita D’Silva, “A mother’s secret”. It is my first book by this author, but after only a few chapters I can understand what her loyal readers mean by her ability to portray characters and evoke images, sounds, and smells from the Indian culture and traditions.

What are you currently watching on Netflix?

It’s not on Netflix, but currently I’m looking forward to the 5th season of the “Yellowstone” series being released in November by Paramount, which I discovered and watched the first four seasons of over the course of a few weeks last spring. Some of the content is more brutal than I usually prefer, but that is offset by suspense, good acting, and the great Montana scenery. Can also recommend the prequel "1883" which gives a credible description of the challenges the European immigrants faced more than 100 years earlier

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