Session 4

Tuesday 24 November : 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm
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The process of offshore decommissioning is shaped by the regulatory framework. It is vital that the sector is fully aligned with the requirements of the regulators and any developments in regulations is fully understood and anticipated. This session is designed for those who work directly within the decommissioning regulatory framework and will describe and discuss the current issues being addressed by regulators and the potential direction of future regulation.


Speakers and Panellists

Professor John Paterson
Professor of Law

Aberdeen University

John trained as a solicitor in the Office of the Solicitor to the Secretary of State for Scotland before pursuing an academic career. After studying at the EUI, Florence, Italy, he was a Research Assistant at the Centre de Philosophie du Droit, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, where he worked principally on the Governance Project with the Forward Studies Unit of the European Commission. He was Senior Lecturer and then Reader at the University of Westminster between 1998 and 2004 when he joined the University of Aberdeen as a Reader. He was appointed Professor of Law in August 2011. He has previously been co-director of the Centre for Energy Law, Acting Head of the School of Law and University Vice-Principal for Internationalisation. He co-ordinates Aberdeen's involvement in the North Sea Energy Law Programme (a joint LLM with the Universities of Copenhagen, Groningen and Oslo). His research has covered systems theory, the regulation of risk, governance in the EU, corporate governance and energy law. He has been involved in a number of international projects in research, teaching, training and capacity building, has provided consultancy to international organisations and expert advice in an international arbitration. He is series editor (together with Professor Julian Webb) of the Law, Science and Society series published by Routledge-Cavendish. The third edition of Oil and Gas Law in the UK: Current Practice and Emerging Trends (co-edited with Greg Gordon and Emre Usenmez) was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2018.

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

Dr Richard Brooks
Director for Decommissioning


Dr Richard Brooks began the role of Director of Decommissioning at OPRED in December 2019. A role that he previously held between 2010 and 2013. In the interim period, Richard worked with OPRED’s Offshore Inspectorate leading more than 100 offshore environmental inspections and investigations. Previously, Richard was Head of Business Development for offshore wind at DECC and Head of Knowledge Transfer at the Office of Science and Technology.  Prior to Government he spent a number of years in the private sector working in the automotive and aerospace sectors. Richard began his career at the TUV NEL carrying out research within the materials technology area. Richard is an engineering graduate with an MBA from Imperial College

June Calder
Offshore Decommissioning & Dismantling Lead
Health & Safety Executive

June has been in the Decommissioning & Dismantling Lead post since 2018 setting HSE's strategic direction for decommissioning activities and providing support to industry in achieving compliance in this area. Prior to this June worked for a number of years in Operation Policy working with Government Legal Advisors and Operational Inspectors to progress challenging operational issues, produce guidance and provide support to HSE Senior Management amongst other things. June was closely involved in the transition to the 2015 Safety Case Regulations and was responsible for the associated statutory guidance produced. Prior to moving into broader policy roles June worked as a Regulatory Inspector and has worked in the offshore Health & Safety Environment for 12 years and in onshore Health & Safety for 8 years prior to that.

David Ogilvie
Decommissioning Regulatory Hub Project Lead


David Ogilvie is the Sector Team manager for SEPA. He is currently seconded into the role of lead officer for the Decomreghub initiative, which facilitates collaboration between the agencies responsible for regulating the offshore oil and gas decommissioning Sector.

David is also lead officer responsible for SEPA’s Offshore Oil and Gas Sector Plan and delivery of its aims and objectives.

As Sector team manager David leads the team overseeing SEPA’s development of all sector plans.

David’s background is as an environmental regulator for SEPA. He managed the teams in the north east of Scotland responsible for the application of pollution control legislation covering protection of the water environment, atmospheric discharges and waste management.

Prior to being an environmental regulator David was a hydrologist responsible for river flow measurement to support flood forecasting and low flow estimation.

Gaute Erichsen
Deputy Director General

Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

Head of Section for Development and Production in the Oil and Gas Department in the Minestry. Working on development, production and decommissioning of oil and gasfields on the NCS.