NOIA announces new staff changes


The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) recently hired Richard England and Ashley Parkins. England is the new NOIA vice president of Government Affairs, while Parkins is joining NOIA as the director of Meetings and Events. In addition, Justin Williams has been promoted to vice president of Communications.

“I am very pleased to welcome Rich and Ashley as the newest members of the NOIA team and congratulate Justin on his expanded role,” said NOIA President Erik Milito. “Their experiences will enable them to hit the ground running in their respective roles. I am excited for them to strengthen our voice and brand and help NOIA reach our strategic objectives.”

England spent nearly seven years as a staffer for U.S. Rep. Pete Olson (Texas-22), most recently as Olson’s Deputy Chief of Staff. Among his broad responsibilities, England oversaw Olson’s policy team for the House Energy & Commerce Committee and helped strengthen the energy and environment portfolio. Before joining Olson’s staff, England was an Energy Policy Analyst for Washington Analysis, LLC. England is a graduate of the George Washington University.

Parkins brings strong event and meetings experience to NOIA. Past stops include the District of Columbia Bar and, most recently, the American Petroleum Institute (API).

Parkins’ experience includes planning and executing dozens of meetings and events every year, ranging from intimate events to large-scale, multi-day conferences and receptions. Parkins is a graduate of the Georgia State University J. Mack Robinson College of Business.

Williams joined the NOIA communication’s team in 2015 as the director of Digital & Public Affairs. Prior to NOIA, Williams worked for the trade consulting firm, International Development Systems, and the multinational engineering and construction firm, Fluor Corporation. Williams earned his B.A. from the University of South Carolina and his Masters of Public Policy (MPP) from American University.