Conference Chairs

We are delighted to announce the following industry leaders will chair sessions at the OGUK Industry Conference.

Business Transition

Ariel Flores
Regional President
BP North Sea

Ariel joined the North Sea as Regional President in April 2018, after previously holding the role of General Manager for the Rumaila field and Head of Country for Iraq. He served as Vice-President for BP and was a member of the Middle East Regional Leadership Team.

He brings a diverse array of subsurface, operations and business experience to the role. He has an extensive background in running large operating assets, developing reservoirs in major hydrocarbon basins and a deep passion for building capability in people.

He joined BP in Houston, Texas.  Since then, he has held a variety of technical and business roles in the US, Russia, UK, Azerbaijan and Angola.  He has spent time in the BP and TNK-BP executive offices working with executives to establish technical and functional ways of working to improve safety, efficiency and delivery. 

Ariel has a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Rice University and is a graduate of the Operations Academy.

David Stewart
CEO, Asset Solutions – Europe, Africa, Asia & Australia

Dave Stewart is CEO of the Asset Solutions business across Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, bringing 40 years of oil & gas industry experience to the role, which focuses on the development and execution of the business’ strategy and future growth.

Since joining Wood in 1997, Dave has led the business to notable achievements. He was the driving force behind the strategic acquisitions of Pyeroy in 2013 and Infinity Group in 2015, which respectively brought industrial services and downstream construction and maintenance capabilities into the company’s global service offering.

He established Wood’s duty holder capability in 2007 and broadened the service offering in the UK Continental Shelf after being appointed UK managing director of Wood Group PSN in 2012. In 2015, he was then appointed CEO of the company’s global brownfield business Wood Group PSN. Dave also serves in active roles in some of the UK’s key oil & gas industry organisations. He is a board member of Oil & Gas UK, trustee of the UK Oil & Gas Chaplaincy and until recently was an active member of Step Change in Safety’s Leadership team.

John Pearson
Chief Operating Officer – EPS

John joined Petrofac in October 2017 as Chief Corporate Development Officer and Group Managing Director, Western Hemisphere, responsible for the regional delivery of its Engineering and Production Services (EPS) business.

As Corporate Development Officer John worked alongside the Petrofac Board to further develop the Group’s reimbursable services strategy, with particular focus on growth initiatives.

In August 2018 John was appointed Chief Operating Officer of EPS globally. In this role he is accountable for the overall growth and delivery of EPS’ Operations, Projects, Engineering and Consultancy Services, Well Engineering and Training Services capabilities.

Prior to joining Petrofac, John spent 28 years with AMEC Foster Wheeler and five years with Chevron, in the UK and the US. His previous roles have included president of global oil, gas and chemicals, and multi-market roles running the Americas, Northern Europe and CIS region. John holds a degree in Engineering from Aberdeen University.

Energy Transition

Colette Cohen
The Oil & Gas Technology Centre

As Chief Executive Officer, Colette is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the Oil & Gas Technology Centre is recognised as the ‘go to’ centre globally for oil and gas technology solutions. Colette started her career offshore in 1991, and she has worked for operators including BP, ConocoPhillips and Britannia in the North Sea, Norway, the US and Kazakhstan, where she received a Jubilee Medal from the Kazakh Prime Minister in recognition of her contribution to the country’s oil and gas industry. Prior to joining The Oil & Gas Technology Centre, Colette was Senior Vice President of Centrica Energy’s Exploration and Production business in the UK and The Netherlands. Colette has also served on the board of the Oil & Gas UK, the Technology Leadership Board, the OGA Decommissioning board and is the Chair of the National College for Onshore Oil and Gas.

Stephen Sheal
External Relations Director
The Oil & Gas Technology Centre

As External Relationships Director, Stephen is focused on building strong relationships with the Centre’s strategic partners, members and non-member stakeholder communities. Prior to joining the Technology Centre, Stephen held senior business development and marketing positions within the oil and gas sector and latterly was a Director with an oil and gas focused international executive search firm. He has particular experience of advising a wide range of global companies and organisations including oil and gas operators, international service companies, private equity businesses in various industrial sectors, higher education institutions and economic development.

Roger Esson
Decommissioning Solution Centre Manager
The Oil & Gas Technology Centre

As manager of the Decommissioning, Solution Centre, Roger is leading the team to identify, fund and support the development and deployment of technology that drives down the cost of decommissioning. Roger has more than 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector and has held a variety of leadership positions within companies ranging from SMEs to tier 1 contractors. Before joining the Oil & Gas Technology Centre, he was Chief Executive of Decom North Sea. Roger played an active role in the execution of several of the UK’s most significant decommissioning projects including; MCP01, North West Hutton and Brent Delta.

People Transition

John McDonald

John is the CEO of OPITO, the global, not-for-profit skills body for the energy industry.

Working closely with governments, national oil companies, operators and contractors, John drives safety and competency improvements across the industry to meet international skills needs and support workforce development. He took up the role in 2017 and previously held posts with OPITO as UK managing director and director for international workforce development. Prior to joining OPITO, John was a director at ACTVET, the government body charged with creating a vocational education and training system in Abu Dhabi. He was previously a director at the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and led the development of new products and services and created new markets in Asia and the Middle East.

Jennifer Craw
Chief Executive
Opportunity North East