Session 6

Wednesday 25 November : 9.00 am – 10.30 am


Technology is a key component in any discussion around optimising the decommissioning process. OGTC will lead this session providing an update on the technology landscape while also showcasing examples with the most potential to positively impact the sector. In a dymamic style of presentation, OGTC will cover all aspects of decommissioning including technologies aimed at increasing safety and efficiency.

Speakers and Panellists

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.

Dawn Robertson
Global Business Development Director

Bureau Veritas

Dawn Robertson is the Global Business Development Director, Offshore and Services, for Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore.  Dawn is MBA and BA(Hons) qualified, with extensive experience in Senior Management and Director roles, and throughout her career, she has been responsible for matching external business challenges with talent. With over seventeen years strong commercial and business improvement experience,  Dawn excels at providing vision and leadership through her role as the Global Business Development Director, whilst implementing innovative and proactive business strategies with strong performing and collaborative teams.

Dawn is driven to support growing business and meet targeted objectives, backed by an infectious passion for the work she does.  Having worked in the oil and gas industry for a number of years, Dawn has a comprehensive understanding of the needs and demands of those working within the industry.  In recent years, Dawn has worked in conjunction with industry experts to provide Bureau Veritas with the management required to support the needs of those in the decommissioning industry and has consolidated all the required BV service lines into a cohesive decommissioning portfolio.  Dawn has a particular interest in the innovative pursuit of cost efficiency through the advancement of technology in the decommissioning sector for example digital twinning in the decom space which through forensic analysis savings of up to 15% of total decommissioning project costs could be achieved.

Dawn has been actively involved with Decom North Sea since May 2018 as a member of the Decommissioning Leadership Group and Chair of the Market Intelligence Special Interest Group. Her passion and energy has been a catalyst to appoint her as the Decommissioning Leadership Group Chair and Vice Chair to the Board of Directors in August 2019.

Lisa Zardoni
Decommissioning Engineer

Oil and Gas Authority

Lisa Zardoni is the Decommissioning Engineer at the Oil & Gas Authority with focus on the SNS and EIS areas. She works closely with operators, supply chain, other regulators and trade associations to promote cost effective decommissioning, sharing learnings and technology implementation.

Lisa holds an MSc in Aerospace Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano University and an MSc by Research in Cavitation Modelling for DYNA3D from the Cranfield University. She is chartered and member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Prior to joining the OGA she worked in different engineering roles, both on international and UK projects, with the most recent work experience as principal engineer (verification and certification) with DNV-GL.

Vikki Thom
Business Development Manager

Boskalis Subsea Services

Vikki has over 15 years’ client relationship management experience working for a variety of Engineering Consultancies and Contractors, most recently in the subsea field involving IRM, construction and decommissioning services.

Current role, as part of Boskalis Subsea Services (BSS), Vikki manages the UK Business Development and Client Relationship Management function.

She is passionate about delivering first class customer service and obtaining feedback to ensure a clear understanding of client service requirements to work in a collaboration manner to deliver safe, efficient projects.

Vikki has a BA Hons in Business Studies and sits on Decom North Sea’s Decommissioning Leadership Group.