Session 10

Wednesday 25 November : 4.15 pm – 5.00 pm
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Session Champion

The ‘Champions’ from all the conference sessions will join Mike Tholen, OGUK’s Sustainability Director in a discussion about what the future of decommissioning may look like, reflecting on the discussions that have taken place over the previous two days. 2020 has changed the present and inevitably the future, so what can we expect for our industry after the COVID induced ‘industrial reboot’.

Speakers and Panellists

Mike Tholen
Sustainability Director

As Director of Sustainability within OGUK, Michael Tholen seeks to help the UK’s oil and gas industry manage the Energy Transition and achieve a “net-zero” carbon goal by 2050.  In this role he works closely with industry to reduce their own emissions from exploration and production activities and supports the development and deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage and hydrogen to reduce the carbon impact from the use of oil and gas.   His team is responsible for managing industry’s relationship with the UK, and Scottish Government and the EU on energy, carbon policy, economics and fiscal matters and he was previously head of Upstream Policy within OGUK,. He formerly worked for Shell for 20 years, in the UK and internationally, in a variety of engineering and commercial roles. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a regular commentator on the energy scene.

Kenny McAllister

SPE Aberdeen
and Managing Director, Seal-Tite UK LLC

Kenny is the Managing Director of Seal-Tite UK LLC where he leads this well integrity business’ interests in Europe, The Middle East and Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics from the University of Strathclyde and Master of Science degree in Information Technology from the University of York. He began his career as a Research Scientist and Product Development Project Leader with large chemical multinational. Since then he has spent over 20 years involved in the development and commercialisation of new well and near-well technology. He has been involved in new technology developments in electronic downhole gauges, fibre optic downhole measurement, intelligent completions, multi-phase metering, innovations in software based fiscal metering, completions hardware and well integrity solutions. He is passionate about the science and art of new technology adoption. He is an active member of the SPE and is currently Chair of SPE Aberdeen.

Paul de Leeuw
Director 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.

Pauline Innes
Head of Offshore 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.

Roger Esson
Head of Membership & Industry Engagement

As Head of Membership & Industry Engagement, Roger spearheads our solution centre connection to members, technology developers, supply chain and stakeholders. Roger has more than 25 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector, having has held a variety of supply chain leadership positions within companies ranging from SMEs to tier 1 contractors. Before joining OGTC, he was Chief Executive of industry trade organisation, Decom North Sea.

Roger is an active member of the GlobalScot community and is a Chartered Surveyor, as well as a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Wendy Brown
Environment Director
International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP)

Wendy is currently Environment Director for the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), based in London, where her role involves directing the Environment and Decommissioning Committees, and undertaking regulatory advocacy and engagement on behalf of the upstream industry.  She originally trained as a biologist and has 30 years' experience with the oil and gas industry.  Wendy initially worked for 12 years as an environmental consultant, before joining the international energy major TOTAL in 2001 where she has held a variety of positions in environment or sustainable development based in Aberdeen, Calgary and Paris, including leading the global Upstream Environment team at TOTAL’s headquarters until 2017, when she was seconded to IOGP.

Will Rowley
Interim Managing Director
Decom North Sea

Will Rowley is an internationally recognised and connected energy market specialist of >22 yrs experience who creates and delivers opportunities for strategic growth and structural change & development. He has worked for global service companies and major operators with a focus on integrated service development across major market sectors. Will previously led Infield Systems (now Wood MacKenzie) and Douglas-Westwood (now Westwood Global), supporting Governments, businesses and financiers with major investment & acquisition decisions and market development. With >15yrs global experience of the late life and decommissioning market, Will has worked with most of the major contractors and key operators to deliver innovative projects and commercial models.