Transforming the Oil and Gas Industry

Tuesday 1 June 2021
10 am – 12 noon

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We kicked off with leading figures from the sector explaining how we create a sustainable oil and gas industry that will help the UK and the world meet its net zero targets.  This session also explored the important actions companies within the industry are already taking on a local, regional and global scale, demonstrating our industry’s net zero commitments in this, the year of COP26.

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Session chaired by Deirdre Michie OBE, Chief Executive, OGUK.

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.

Our speakers include:

Bernard Looney
Chief Executive Officer

Bernard Looney was appointed chief executive officer in February 2020. He previously ran bp’s Upstream business from April 2016 and has been a member of the company’s executive management team since November 2010.

As chief executive, Upstream, Bernard was responsible for bp’s oil and gas exploration, development and production activities worldwide. The Upstream segment included some 17,000 people operating across almost 30 countries producing around 2.6 million barrels equivalent of oil and gas a day.

In this role, Bernard oversaw improvements in both process and personal safety performances and production grew by 20%. There were also significant improvements in both gender and global diversity. Bernard initiated a group-wide dialogue on mental health in hope of ‘ending the stigma’ associated with the issue – a subject he remains passionate about today.

He led access into new countries, high-graded the portfolio and created innovative new business models.

Bernard also encouraged bp to lead on methane detection methods as well as driving sustainable emissions reductions of almost 3 million tonnes CO2 equivalent over two years.

In earlier Upstream executive roles, he was responsible for all bp-operated oil and gas production worldwide and for all bp’s drilling and major project activity. He led the creation of central drilling and projects functions following the Deepwater Horizon accident.

Bernard joined bp in 1991 as a drilling engineer and worked in operational roles in the North Sea, Vietnam and the Gulf of Mexico, including as drilling engineer on the discovery of the giant Thunder Horse field. After a period in bp Alaska, he became head of the group CEO’s office, working directly for bp CEO’s Lord Browne and then Tony Hayward.

An Irish citizen, Bernard grew up in County Kerry and in 1991 gained a degree in Electrical Engineering from University College Dublin. In 2005, he gained a MS in Management from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Bernard is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the Energy Institute and is also a mentor in the FTSE 100 Cross-Company Mentoring Executive Programme. He was elected a director of Rosneft in June 2020.

Andy Samuel
Chief Executive
Oil and Gas Authority

Andy works with leaders to create meaningful change and has been Chief Executive of the UK Government’s Oil & Gas Authority since 2015.

He was brought in to set up the new organization and maximize value with industry and the government. In a short space of time, the OGA created a new vision for the UK Continental Shelf and has delivered on its strategies from exploration to decommissioning through agile and collaborative workstreams.

Andy is passionate about the urgency and opportunities presented by the global energy transition. The OGA strategy now fully incorporates net zero and the OGA’s energy integration project highlights the massive carbon abatement potential of the North Sea, including carbon capture and storage, hydrogen and offshore wind.

Andy serves on a number of boards and co-chaired the Aberdeen Maggie’s cancer charity for five years. Andy held a variety of executive and leadership roles at BG Group over 20 years, including Managing Director Europe Exploration and Production. Andy holds an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and a PhD from London University and is an accredited coach through Meyler Campbell Mastered executive coaching.

Following an international career, he recently moved to a North Devon coastal farm that he is rewilding with is wife. He loves to surf and hike with his two sons.

Hari Vamadevan
Regional Director UK & Ireland, Energy Systems

Hari Vamadevan is a Senior Vice President and Regional Director of DNV’s Energy Systems UK & Ireland operations. He leads a 700-strong energy team with a focus on safety, efficiency, innovation, and digitalization. In particular, Hari is focused on balancing the short-term challenges of cost and production efficiency versus the long-term challenges of an energy transition to a deep decarbonized future.

Hari has over 30 years’ experience in both technical, management and leadership positions – onshore and offshore, upstream, midstream and downstream. He has worked at DNV for 16 years. Prior to this he was Managing Director for Jardine & Associates in London.

Hari has a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, University of London.

John Knight
Senior Partner

Mr. Knight joined HitecVision as a Senior Partner in 2018. Previously, he held the position as Executive Vice President, Global Strategy & Business Development at Equinor. He has 16 years’ experience from Equinor, where he has held several central managerial positions in International Operations, mainly in business development. Between 1987 and 2002, Mr. Knight held various positions in energy investment banking. From 1977 to 1985, he qualified and then worked as a barrister/lawyer, after which he worked for Shell Petroleum in London from 1985-1987.
Mr. Knight has first and post-graduate degrees in law from Cambridge University and the Inns of Court School of Law in London.

The session will conclude with a panel discussion where conference attendees can pose their questions to our expert panel.

We are delighted that the following individuals will join the panel in addition to the morning’s speakers:

Emeka Emembolu
Senior Vice President, North Sea

Emeka Emembolu is currently bp’s Senior Vice President for the North Sea region.

Emeka was born in Glasgow, Scotland. After receiving a degree in Biochemical Engineering from the University of Sheffield, he joined bp in 1998. Emeka’s first role with bp was working offshore as a Production Engineer on the bp North Sea ETAP asset on the start-up and commissioning of the project.

Emeka has since worked in a range of technical and leadership roles in key bp regions across the globe including the UK (offshore & onshore), Angola, US (Alaska), Algeria, Egypt and most recently in the US (Texas) as the Vice President, Reservoir Development – Gulf of Mexico & Canada.

Emeka now lives in Aberdeen, Scotland with his wife and their four children. He is passionate about STEM education and a keen proponent of technology to move our industry forward to the future.

Phil Simons
Executive Vice President Projects and Operations
Subsea 7

Phil Simons has more than 20 years’ experience in the subsea pipelines business. His career began in 1992 as an engineer in London for pipeline installation contractor European Marine Contractors.

In 2004 Phil joined Subsea 7 in Aberdeen as a senior project manager. In 2011 Phil was appointed Vice President for Canada, Mediterranean and Russia. In 2013 he was appointed Vice President UK & Canada, before taking up the role of Vice President for North Sea Canada in 2016. In 2018 Phil was appointed Senior Vice President Global Projects and Operations.

Phil was appointed Executive Vice President Projects and Operations in January 2020.

Phil is a graduate of Leeds University where he studied Mining Engineering.

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.