Session 1

Tuesday 21 November : 9.00 am – 9.45 am


Session Champion

Opening the conference, this session includes an industry keynote address, launches OEUK’s Decommissioning Insight for 2023 and will allow delegates to hear from our Principal Sponsor, TAQA.

Speakers and Panellists

Jenny Stanning
External Relations Director
Offshore Energies UK

Jenny Stanning is responsible for leading OEUK’s external affairs, events and membership teams.

In this role her responsibilities include working with Governments, Parliaments, industry leaders, business and industry organisations and regulatory bodies to ensure that members’ interests are well represented.

Prior to joining OEUK, Jenny worked in politics and stakeholder management for ten years, including the Scottish Parliament and Westminster.

David Whitehouse
Chief Executive
Offshore Energies UK

David joined Offshore Energies UK (OEUK) on 1 January 2023 as Chief Executive. David is an established industry leader with 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He has extensive knowledge of the North Sea sector, and most recently spent 7 years as the Managing Director of CNR International. David is respected across the sector for his strategic and hands-on leadership in the North Sea and around the world, including the USA, Netherlands, and Philippines. His passion for energy, engineering and innovation is built on a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from Cambridge University and a degree in Chemistry from Manchester University. He is currently studying at the University of Aberdeen for a Masters in Renewable Engineering.

Ricky Thomson
Decommissioning Manager
Offshore Energies UK

Richard (Ricky) Thomson joined OEUK as Decommissioning Manager in April 2022. He leads the OEUK’s focus on decommissioning, taking an action-orientated approach to communicating the voice of the UK’s offshore energies decommissioning sector.

Ricky joined OEUK from Houston where he was Project Manager / Decommissioning Manager for OXY Gulf of Mexico as well as a consultant for OXY’s Low Carbon Venture / Enhanced Oil Recovery work.  He has 20 years’ experience in the energy sector in multiple leadership, management, and technical roles for both operating and contracting companies worldwide. Ricky has worked in a multitude of global locations including Middle East, United Kingdom, Australia, America and South East Asia.

Ricky is a Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and recently held the post of Chairman of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in Texas. He is also a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

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 34-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 bachelor’s in civil engineering from The University of Glasgow.