Session 2

Tuesday 21 November : 10.30 am – 11.45 am


Session Champion

Representatives from some of the regulatory bodies will provide an overview on their role in decommissioning, along with their priorities/objectives and key focus areas. They will look to share some insights on the current decommissioning opportunities and challenges from a regulatory perspective and how they engage and interact with each other, and industry.

Speakers and Panellists

Pauline Innes
Director of Supply Chain and Decommissioning
North Sea Transition Authority

Pauline Innes is the Director of Supply Chain and Decommissioning for the North Sea Transition. She has worked in decommissioning for seven years, initially as Director for Decommissioning in the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for the Environment and Decommissioning before joining the NSTA in late 2019. She has a background in the public sector previously working for the Scottish Government.

Alastair Bisset
Head of Decommissioning
North Sea Transition Authority

Alastair is the Head of Decommissioning for the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA). Prior to taking on this role in April 2023, he spent the last 16 years in industry, working for Chevron and then Ithaca Energy. Having originally joined Chevron as a Subsea Engineer, he took on a number of roles – primarily supporting different operational and project activities – during his time with Chevron, with several years spent leading their Turnaround (Shutdown) team for their UKCS operated assets. Following the sale of those assets to Ithaca Energy, he was their Lead Project Engineer and then the Asset Integrity Team Lead for that organisation for several years, before joining the NSTA. Alastair has a Mechanical Engineering with Management (MEng) degree and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the IMarEST. He is involved with several local charities, and is a Board Member (and Treasurer) for Aberdeen Cyrenians.

Samantha Hewson
Director for Decommissioning

I joined OPRED in April 2023.

I have been in the civil service for 14 years spanning a range of departments, Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, Home Office and the Environment Agency where I regulated the EU Emissions Trading System and the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme. .

Prior to this I did a short stint as an environmental consultant. I have a degree in Chemistry and a Masters in Physics of the Earth and Atmosphere.

June Calder
Offshore Operational Policy Advisor
Health and Safety Executive

June started her career with HSE in 2001 as an onshore Inspector regulating a broad range of industries. She then re-located to Aberdeen to take up a safety role with an Oil & Gas Operator focussing on decommissioning, crisis management and platform support. Later returning to the HSE, initially as an offshore Inspector, before taking up a role in Operational Policy advising on application of regulations and compliance expectations. In 2013 June undertook a secondment to deliver the 2015 safety case regulations including developing the existing L154 guidance material. June later undertook a 3 year role as Offshore Decommissioning Lead developing internal arrangements for regulation of decom and working with industry and co-regulators to support this fast developing sector. More recently June has moved across to focus on energy transition, again developing internal arrangements to deliver effective regulation in the areas of re-purposing & re-use, CCS, offshore H2 and electrification.