Session 1

Tuesday 23 November : 9.00 am – 10.15 am


Session Champion

After a testing couple of years for the industry, this session will take stock of the current state of affairs for the UK’s offshore energy industry. The session will discuss high level investment appetite, the energy transition and understand where decommissioning fits in a post-COVID world. This session is aimed at law-makers, regulators, market analysts, energy sector operators, supply chain businesses and finance communities and will appeal to those interested in understanding high level sentiment in the UK offshore industry. 

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.

David Whitehouse
Managing Director & Vice President Development Operations

CNR International (U.K.) Ltd

Dave Whitehouse is the Managing Director for CNR International.

From Aberdeen, CNR International operate fields in the North Sea and also manage West Africa properties in Ivory Coast, Gabon, and South Africa. CNR are focused in the North Sea on late life operations, and have built extensive decommissioning expertise in recent years.

Dave joined CNR International in 2002, working in a variety of operational roles, including drilling and production operations. Prior to CNR International, Dave spent the first 12 years of his career working in various production and development roles overseas for Shell in the Netherlands, United States, and the Philippines.

Pauline Innes
Head of Decommissioning
Oil and Gas Authority

Pauline Innes is Head of Decommissioning for the Oil and Gas Authority. As late-life entrant to the oil and gas industry she has worked in decommissioning for five years, initially as Director for Decommissioning in the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for the Environment and Decommissioning before joining the OGA in late 2019. She has a background in the public sector, spending most of her career dealing in social and economic policy for the Scottish Government before joining UK Government’s offshore oil and gas decommissioning team in 2015.  She is an experienced leader and has worked with multi-disciplinary teams to deliver innovative and collaborative projects across Scotland.

Donald Taylor
Managing Director

Donald Taylor was appointed Managing Director for TAQA's European oil and gas business in November 2016. Joining TAQA in July 2009, Donald previously held the roles of Operations Director, HSSEQ Director and Production Manager. During his 38-year career in the oil and gas industry, he has held various key positions both offshore and onshore working for Maersk, BHP Petroleum and Conoco (UK) Ltd. Donald is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with a Bachelors in civil engineering from the University of Glasgow.

Walter Thain
Chief Executive Officer
THREE60 Energy

Walter Thain is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of THREE60 Energy Group. As a senior leader with three decades of experience in the energy industry, he leads the strategic growth of the group’s five service lines spanning subsurface, wells, engineering, construction and operations across the UK, Norway and Southeast Asia.

His proven leadership skills, passion for innovation, and dedication to addressing industry needs, has seen the group deliver a flexible, value-driven service to a growing global customer base since its inception.

This has seen the group support some complex, challenging and important projects in the energy sector under Walter’s leadership, from late life operations to decommissioning, with a continual focus on differentiated contractual models that ultimately deliver added value for their customers. In addition, the group is actively delivering low carbon solutions to support a net zero economy.

He has significant experience both in the UK and international market, which is coupled with an (Hons) degree and a professional qualification in Civil Engineering.