Session 1

Tuesday 24 November : 9.00 am – 10.30 am
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This session adopts a global outlook bringing together industry leaders with a stake in oil and gas decommissioning to discuss the impact of Covid-19, the downturn plus the implications of 2020 events from both an international and UK perspective. Aimed at law-makers, regulators, energy sector operators, supply chain businesses and finance communities, this session will appeal to those interested in decommissioning within a global context.

Speakers and Panellists

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.

Joe Leask
Decommissioning Manager

Joe Leask is the Decommissioning Manager at OGUK.  As part of his remit he works closely with industry, regulators and the UK and Scottish Governments to develop an efficient cost-effective decommissioning capability, sharing best practice and promoting that expertise at home and abroad. He is also custodian of the Industry’s decommissioning standards and guidelines and leads OGUK’s industry forums and workgroups to deliver incentives, respond to government consultations and promote industry dialogue.

Joe graduated from Heriot Watt University in 2011 with a 1st class Masters degree in Civil Engineering with International Studies. Joe is now a chartered engineer and member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Prior to working for OGUK, Joe gained experience in decommissioning with Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited (RSRUK), working on a significant portfolio of fields at various stages of decommissioning from planning through to execution.

Alexandra Thomas
Managing Director
Neptune Energy UK

Alexandra Thomas is Neptune Energy’s UK Managing Director, based in Aberdeen. She joined Neptune in March 2020 from Tullow Oil plc, where she most recently held the position of Head of Exploration, Development and Commercial for Ghana. With 18 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector and a strong academic background, Alexandra began her career with assignments in Shell and Equinor before joining Tullow as a result of its acquisition of the Vattenfall assets in 2011. Alexandra has held a number of senior leadership roles in the UK, Netherlands, Norway and, most recently, in Ghana where she was responsible for both new venture exploration and development. She is an ardent supporter and promoter of diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace, including championing for more women in engineering and technical roles. She also actively mentors a number of men and women within the UK business, to support their career development. Alexandra has a PhD in Applied Fluids Dynamics and a First Class Master of Physics with Honours from the University of Edinburgh.

Bob Davenport
Managing Director - North Sea

EnQuest PLC

Bob has a degree in Mineral Engineering and an MBA. He began his early career in 1984 as a field engineer with Schlumberger and then gained broad international experience in petroleum engineering, operations and management with Texaco, Shell, BP and Apache Corporation.

In previous roles, he has worked in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Egypt, UK North Sea and the US Gulf Coast. Prior to joining EnQuest, Bob served as North Sea operations director for Apache and general manager, Khalda where he led the largest oil and gas producer in Egypt’s western desert. He joined EnQuest in 2015 as Managing Director – Malaysia.

Dave Stewart
CEO Asset Solutions Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia

Dave Stewart is CEO of Wood’s Asset Solutions business in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. He brings more than 40 years of oil & gas industry experience to the role, leading capital projects and operations services for an ever-broadening range of energy and industrial clients across 40 countries.

Since joining Wood Group in 1997, he has led the business to notable achievements.  Dave was instrumental in the successful creation of Wood, through the integration of Wood Group and Amec Foster Wheeler in October 2017, as well as leading several other strategic acquisitions.

Dave is active in key oil & gas industry organisations as a board member of Oil & Gas UK and trustee of the UK Oil & Gas Chaplaincy.

Dave is passionate about the community. Sitting on the board of cancer charity, Maggie’s, he spearheaded the fundraising of £250,000 to help them open a new cancer caring centre.