Building a 21st Century Energy Industry

Thursday 3 June 2021
10 am – 12 noon

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The third and final session was an introspective look at our sector, showcasing the home-grown energy supply chain of the future, considering the opportunities, jobs, careers, and skills it will create at home and abroad. This session focussed on the recently agreed groundbreaking North Sea Transition Deal, and its impact on our industry’s people, and their communities.

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Session chaired by Sian Lloyd Rees, Head of UK and SVP Europe & Africa, Aker Solutions

With a career spanning more than 25 years, Sian has held a number of leadership roles in both blue chip and start-up companies. She joined Aker Solutions in 2014 to lead the strategy, marketing and business development functions at Aker Solutions across Europe and Africa.

In her current role, Sian is Country Manager for the UK and leads the customer management function for Europe and Africa as Senior Vice President. With her leadership team, Sian is committed to growing the company’s operations in the UK, with a focus on increasing front end, early customer engagement and developing a world-class services business.

Our speakers include:

Colette Cohen OBE

Colette Cohen is the Chief Executive Officer for OGTC, an organisation committed to the research and development of technology to accelerate the Oil and Gas industry’s transition to an affordable net zero future. Colette has worked in the industry for more than 25 years, both in the UK & Internationally for BP, ConocoPhillips & Centrica E&P, where she was the regional VP for the UK & Netherlands before joining OGTC. Colette has a degree in Chemistry from Queens in Belfast, a masters in Project Management & Economics from CERAM in France and an honorary PhD from Aberdeen University. Colette was also awarded the Order of the British Empire by the Queen for services to the Oil and Gas industry.

She is the Chair of the National Composites Centre and sits on the boards of OPITO, NORECO and the Lloyds Advisory Board. She is also a Commissioner for the Just Transition Commission for Scotland, a Trustee for Springer Rescue for Scotland and an ambassador for Powerful Women. Colette is an active champion for the industrial transition of the oil and gas industry to a net zero future and a committed role model for women in industry.

Johnathan Reynolds
Director and Co-Founder
Hydrogen East

Johnathan is Director and Co-Founder of Hydrogen East, a new body bringing together interested parties and key stakeholders on hydrogen across the East Anglia region, focussed on stimulating production, supply and demand sectors. Hydrogen East has recently published its initial collaborative scoping study on the potential role of the Bacton Terminal as Energy Hub, working with OGTC, ORE Catapult, North Norfolk Council, and New Anglia LEP.

Johnathan is Managing Director of the Opergy Group, a specialist consultancy working across the energy and clean technology space; Co-Founder of Net Zero East; Non-Exec Director of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership; Chair of the Norfolk and Suffolk Innovation Board.

Grant Spence
Project Director – Decarbonisation

Grant Spence is responsible for the development and delivery of integrated energy decarbonisation solutions at Costain, adding value through combining and/or contrasting electricity and hydrogen as energy vectors for electricity, heat and transport systems. Grant is particularly focused on energy efficiency and decarbonisation in the power and industry sectors (e.g. with H2 and CCUS), exploring renewables with storage (e.g. hydrogen, compressed air or batteries) to improve the overall value proposition, and decarbonisation of transport including freight (both rail and HGVs) and marine sectors, as well as for consumers.

Suzanne Ferguson
Carbon Capture Technical Lead

As Carbon Capture Technical Lead in Wood’s Consultancy group, Suzanne has worked on a wide range of CCS Studies and FEED projects over the last 13 years. She has provided technical expertise to many clients including Saudi Aramco, SGN, BP, Vitol, OGCI CI, Ervia, BEIS, ETI and CCP, as well as working in process design roles on Humber Zero Project, Net Zero Teesside Project, SGN North East Network and Industrial Clusters Project, 2Co Don Valley Power Project FEED, EOn Kingsnorth Capture Plant FEED and Hydrogen Power Abu Dhabi FEED.

Suzanne has a detailed knowledge of a wide range of capture plant technologies having undertaken due diligence and novel technology evaluation for a range of potential investors including the UK government.  Most recently Suzanne has be involved in a number of blue and green hydrogen and ammonia projects and has been deeply involved in the development and deployment of Wood’s rigorous SCORE methodology for decarbonisation projects.

Russell Stevenson
Operations Director

A highly qualified oil and gas professional with over 27 years industry experience. Russell has senior operations, portfolio management and stakeholder management experience in the Upstream CAPEX and OPEX projects environment, on support contracts in the Downstream and Chemicals sector, as well as in Late Life and Decommissioning.

As Operations Director with Petrofac Russell leads the Project Management Office and Owners Engineer support services to Pale Blue Dot, focussed primarily on the Acorn Project.

Graeme Wilson
Business Development Director

Graeme has over 10 years’ experience in the oil and gas and defence industries and has held a variety of engineering, project management and business development positions both on and offshore.

He has a Masters Degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and is a member of the Association of Project Management. Graeme has amassed experience in delivering engineering, procurement and construction modifications, with varying degrees of complexity, across a multitude of customers in global locations.

Graeme was appointed Managing Director for Scopus, a wholly own subsidiary of Worley in 2018 where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations; driving delivery excellence across multi-discipline engineering and leading survey capability; and for growing the business across all sectors in the UK and internationally.

His current role is part of Worley’s leadership team in the UK Energy business as Business Development Director. Graeme plays an instrumental part in the growth of the business, guiding it through the energy transition to secure a bright future for the energy industries. He is passionate about the new possibilities of tomorrow and is proud to lead Worley’s local efforts in promoting STEM learning and encouraging diversity and inclusion through all aspects of the business.

Gunther Newcombe OBE
Project Coordinator

Gunther has over 40 years experience working in the energy sector spending 35 years working with BP, in areas ranging from exploration right through to decommissioning in a number of senior leadership positions, followed by 5 years as Operations Director with the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA), including working on the development of energy hubs.

At the end of 1Q 2020 Gunther stepped down from the OGA and started working on the development of an energy hub project called ORION, centred around the Shetland region, with an ambition to electrify the offshore, transform Shetland to renewable energy, and develop green H2 for use on Shetland and export.

Gunther is married with four children and lives in Aberdeen and was awarded an OBE for his services to the oil & gas industry in the Queens 2021 New Year’s Honours list.

Dr Alix Thom
Workforce Engagement and Skills Manager

Dr Alix Thom joined Oil & Gas UK in December 2011 as Skills and Employment Issues Manager. In her current role at Oil & Gas UK, Alix is responsible for facilitating the development of an industry-wide workforce engagement strategy including both on and offshore workers, and trade union liaison. Alix also covers any skills challenges the UK oil and gas sector faces which involves both efforts to retain talent in the industry but also support those who are displaced as well as playing a key role on the Steering Group of the Oil and Gas Technician Apprenticeship Programme. In addition Alix formulates policy on other employment issues such as immigration, working time and other areas of employment law.

Alix is an experienced employee relations specialist with a proven track record in major and independent exploration and production companies, including BP and Cairn Energy as well as Wood Group and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA).

A Fellow of the CIPD (awarded the Distinguished Badge of Merit), Alix is also a member of the Executive Board of the IPA (Involvement and Participation Association) and an Alumni of the Advanced HR Executive Programme, Michigan University. Alix lives in Aberdeen with her two children and beloved westie called Ollie.

Professor Paul de Leeuw
Director of Energy Transition Institute
Robert Gordon University

Paul is a senior industry leader and executive with over 30 years’ experience in the global energy sector.

He has worked in a wide range of companies, including Shell, Marathon Oil, Amoco, BP, Venture Production and Centrica.

He is currently the Director of Robert Gordon University’s Energy Transition Institute, a Professor at Robert Gordon University, Chair of PlanSea Solutions, a board member of the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) and a member of the Opportunity North East (ONE) Energy sector board.

Paul is an experienced non-executive director, with over 20 years of involvement in public, private and voluntary sector organisations.

Paul is also a regular contributor to industry events and a commentator on issues and developments in the international energy sector.

Erin Ingram
Commercial Advisor

Erin started her career with TAQA in 2016, after graduating from RGU with a BA (Hons) degree in Law and Management. Erin joined TAQA as an associated within the Commercial team and was promoted to Commercial Advisor in 2018. Erin now acts as the commercial focal point for the totality of TAQA’s Northern North Sea assets, which consists of 4 platforms and a variety of joint ventures and tie-backs.

Deirdre Michie OBE

Deirdre was appointed CEO of OGUK in May 2015. She has an LLB Hons in Scots Law and extensive experience as a senior business leader in the global energy sector; Deirdre is a Non-Executive Director of Scottish Water, a Board member of Opportunity North East, a member of the Scottish Government’s Energy Advisory Board and a member of the Women’s Business Council, a UK Government body focused on increasing women’s contribution to economic growth.

Previously Deirdre was a Board member of the North East of Scotland College (NESCOL) and Chair of the Aberdeen Science Centre.

In 2018, Deirdre was awarded an OBE for her services to the Oil and Gas industry in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Deirdre was also awarded a Fellowship from NESCOL in 2018 and is a Burgess of Aberdeen.