Our team comprises over sixty internationally renowned experts and practitioners drawn from the fields of petroleum engineering, drilling, marine science, petroleum economics, law, policy and regulations, offshore risk assessment, health and safety systems, oil spill clean-up methodologies and decommissioning.
SECTION 1: EHS PRACTICE BASED ON NORTH SEA EXPERIENCE AND FUTURE CHALLENGES
William J. Cairns, MCP (MIT), DLD (Dunelm), FLI, FRSA, ISOCARP
International strategic planner and pioneering environmental practitioner with 40 years oil and gas industry experience. William Cairns is a Former President of the International Professional Association for Environmental Affairs, Brussels, Rapporteur General, World Congress in Planning, Warsaw. Directed over 750 planning, environment and development projects including Strategic Environmental and Infrastructure Planning for Kazakhstan (Kashagan) offshore oil and gas developments and major projects including Flotta Oil Terminal, Sullom Voe Terminal, the Trident Missile Program at CSB Faslane and RNAD Coulport. Government advisor, author, visiting professor, CEO of Cairns-ICL and Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of ICOE.
SECTION 2: ECONOMIC IMPACTS AND OUTLOOK TO 2040
Professor Alex Kemp, OBE, FRSE, University of Aberdeen
Professor of Petroleum Economics and Director of Aberdeen Centre for Research in Energy Economics, (ACREEF) Alex Kemp has specialised in petroleum economics since the early days of North Sea exploitation and has over 200 publications in this field. He has acted as adviser on petroleum licensing and taxation issues to many governments and companies, the World Bank and the House of Commons Select Committee on Energy. Author of The Official History of North Sea Oil and Gas, commissioned by the Cabinet Office, he is a member of the Council of Economic Advisers to the First Minister.
SECTION 3: EHS LEGISLATION, REGULATIONS AND GLOBAL IMPLICATIONS
Dr. Sergei Vinogradov, LLB, PhD Moscow, CEPMLP, University of Dundee
Sergei Vinogradov is a Senior Lecturer at CEPMLP and Director of the LL.M program. His main field of expertise includes international environmental law, international law of natural resources, law of the sea, as well as environmental and natural resource law of Russia and the CIS. Sergei’s current research interests are in the areas of environmental regulation of offshore petroleum activities, trans-boundary water resources, the legal status and regime of the Caspian Sea and shared petroleum resource.
John Vercoe, LLB, Consultant—Energy, Oil & Gas
John Vercoe qualified as a barrister and solicitor with 40 years working in oil and gas at an IOC, international laws firms and international IT. John has acted as in house counsel for AIM listed oil companies relating to oil and gas assets in Africa. In 2009/2010, John worked on a major EC funded project, “Enhancement of environmental protection measures in the oil/gas industry of Central Asia”. John was Head of Legal of British Gas (BG) E&P for 16 years. John worked in Kazakhstan for over 6 years. John has followed business school programs at Cranfield University & Nottingham Law School.
SECTION 4: ECOSYSTEM IMPACTS AND FUTURE PROTECTION MEASURES
Professor Jonathan Side, BSc, PhD, FRICS, Heriot Watt University
Jonathan Side led the establishment of ICIT as its Director in 1989. With a first class honours degree in Marine Biology and a PhD in Marine Resource Management from Heriot-Watt University, Jon’s research interests are centred on environmental conflicts and conflicts between sea-users. He has been responsible for a number of research awards and industrial contracts from a wide range of industry, government and EU sources.
Dr Kate Gormley, BSc (hons), PhD, University of Aberdeen
Kate Gormley has worked in the marine energy industry for over 12 years, working within consultancies, oil and gas operators and regulators. Kate holds a degree in applied marine biology and a PhD in marine planning and conservation from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. She is currently a research fellow and a NERC funded knowledge exchange fellow for oil and gas at the University of Aberdeen. Her research focusses are in the field of marine environmental monitoring and assessment of marine energy projects; marine spatial planning; data management/mapping; and marine growth on offshore structures.
SECTION 5: TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN OPERATIONS AND DRILLING
Professor John Ford, BSc, MEng, PhD, Heriot Watt University
John Ford has worked for eight years as a Drilling Engineer in onshore and offshore operations in Brunei, Tunisia and Holland for Shell International. Returning to the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot Watt University in 1988 he has been involved in industry led training initiatives, supervised research projects in Drilling and Completions, and delivered courses in Drilling Engineering for the industry in many worldwide locations. John Ford initiated development of the MSc Distance Learning course in Petroleum Engineering in 1997. Since 2009 he has occupied the position of Deputy Head of Institute and Director of Distributed Learning in the Institute.
SECTION 6: SUBSEA TEACHNOLOGY IN OFFSHORE OPERATIONS
Craig Porter, BEng (Hons), CEng, FICE, MIStructE
Craig Porter initially worked as a Bridge Engineer in onshore Civil Engineering. He moved into the Oil and Gas Industry with Brown and Root as a Structural Engineer working on topsides modifications. In early 2000 he moved into the Subsea side of the industry with Rockwater. Since then he has over 16 years of Subsea experience (as part of over 18 years of Oil and Gas industry experience) working as a Structural Engineer, Project Engineering Manager, Manifolds and Structures Manager, Departmental Manager and UK and Canada Engineering Director for Subsea 7. Craig has always had an interest in the development and education of engineers within and for the industry and sits on the University of Aberdeen MSc Advisory Boards for Subsea Engineering and for Renewable Energy. In 2009 he was awarded the Oil and Gas UK award for mentoring.
SECTION 7: DECOMMISSIONING: SAFETY AND ECOLOGICAL IMPACTS, REMOVAL & DISPOSAL
Paul Dymond, BSc (Hons), MBA, CEng, Operations Director, Oil & Gas UK
Paul is in-house consultant for operational issues within Oil & Gas UK. He is also Managing Director of Oil & Gas UK subsidiary company Leading Oil and Gas Industry Competitiveness (LOGIC) and a Trustee of the UKOOA Pension Fund. With nearly 40 years of upstream industry experience, mainly based in the UK, Paul started as a Petroleum Engineer with BP, before moving into a variety of commercial and external affairs roles within the same company. Prior to his move to UKOOA he held the position of General Manager of Sullom Voe Oil and Gas Terminal in Shetland following a period as the Manager of Government and Public Affairs in Aberdeen. In 2002 he was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list for his services to the UK oil and gas industry.
SECTION 8: INCIDENTS, CAUSE, EFFECTS AND IMPERATIVES
Professor Colin MacFarlane, BSc, FIMarEST, FRINA
Colin MacFarlane is Emeritus Professor of Subsea Engineering at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde. His teaching and research interests included subsea engineering, maintenance and reliability engineering and oceanography and operations. He is now actively involved in consultancy work for the energy, marine and offshore industries, but retains a strong interest in safety management and incident analysis. He is Engineering Team Leader with Clear Well Subsea, Managing Director of MOSIS International Systems Limited and Technical Director of McNair, MacFarlane, and Kerr.
SECTION 9: COMPARATIVE RISK MANAGEMENT
Deborah L. Grubbe, BSc, CPGS, P.E., CEng, Operations and Safety Solutions, LLC
Deborah Grubbe is Owner and President of Operations and Safety Solutions, LLC. She is the former Vice President of Group Safety of BP plc. She has held corporate director positions in safety, operations and engineering throughout her 27 years career at DuPont. Deborah is a member of the NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, and served as a consultant on safety culture to the Columbia Shuttle Accident Investigation Board. She is a Trustee of the National Safety Council, former Chair of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Visiting Committee for Advanced Technology and currently serves on the Purdue University College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council. She is an Emeritus member of the Center for Chemical Process Safety, and has worked with the National Academy of Sciences to support the Demilitarization of the US Chemical Weapons Stockpile. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of AIChE and is the current chair of the AIChE Institute for Sustainability.
SECTION 10: ACHIEVING EHS BEST PRACTICE IN CORPORATE MANAGEMENT
Christopher Bird, EurIng, CEng, MSc, FIMechE, FIoD, FAPM, Former Managing Director for MOL Energy UK
Chris Bird has 39 years experience with 10 years in the process industries and 29 years in the Oil and Gas/Energy sector. Awarded with the Norwich Engineering Society Award, Boots plc prize and Centrica Energy award for pioneering spirit. Chris has also lectured at the University of Aberdeen at Masters level and has been the external examiner for Robert Gordon University. Chris’s most recent roles include Managing Director for Aker Kvaerner, Technical Director for Centrica, Britian’s and was responsible for capital development, Wells/ drilling, engineering and HSEQ and now Operations Director for Endeavour Energy with responsiblility for the UK and International operations including Asset Managers, Finance and HSEQ across the business. Furthermore, Chris was elected to the board of Oil & Gas UK in 2015.
Ann G Wilkie, MA, MSc, LLB, MRCTPI, MRTPI, Director ICOE Research Limited
Ann Wilkie is a Director of Cairns ICL and Vice-President, Environment and Planning, CBCL. She has been the Canadian representative of ICOE since 1980. She is an Environmental Lawyer, Environmental Scientist and Land-Use Planner with over 30 years of related experience in the public, private and academic sectors in Canada, the UK and overseas. She is engaged on a wide range of regional land-use and socio-economic planning, institutional strengthening, environmental assessment and public consultation projects. Ann Wilkie has gained international recognition for her work over 100 major mineral and oil gas projects.