Energy Transition Speakers

There are three opportunities to join the Energy Transition conference stream at the 2019 OGUK Industry Conference. View the full agenda here.

Our speakers in this stream include:

Transformational Technologies

Chaired by Colette Cohen, CEO, The Oil & Gas Technology Centre

Muhammad Atif
Director of Customer Service

Cognite is a fast-growing global technology company headquartered in Oslo, Norway. We have built an industrial data platform that empowers companies in Oil and Gas industry to extract value from their wealth of existing data by transforming it into useful information.

The Cognite Data fusion liberates data from separate, siloed systems and collects it as a comprehensive set in the cloud, automatically, securely, and without space limitations. The CDF then structures sensor data in relation to process diagrams, production information, 3D-models, and event data (maintenance, incidents). Cognite calls this exclusive functionality Contextualization. Everything linked in the real world is also linked in the platform.

That’s what the Cognite Data Fusion reveals: A full, virtual view of industrial reality–both past and present–made accessible and meaningful for humans and machines.

Charlotte Hartley
Regulatory Pilot
Pale Blue Dot Energy

Charlotte joined the team at Pale Blue Dot Energy in 2016 and has worked in several areas of the business including communications, administration and regulatory affairs in low carbon energy. Her current role is working to deliver the various permits and consenting requirements of the Acorn CCS and Acorn Hydrogen projects, Charlotte is passionate about engaging young people to act on climate change and engage in the low carbon energy transition. She is a member of 2050 Climate Group and currently sits on the Scottish Government’s Just Transition Commission and the IPPR UK-wide Environmental Justice Commission. Charlotte has an MA in Economics from the University of Dundee.

Jonathan Minnitt
Senior Manager – Business Development
Aker Solutions

Jonathan is a process engineer by first trade and has held a number of technical and managerial roles across the oil and gas industry supply chain. He is responsible for business development of the Front End and Greenfield platforms and floaters for Aker Solutions out of London. He is passionate about key enabling technologies and collaborations which allow the industry to thrive.

Vision 2035

Chaired by Mike Tholen, Upstream Policy Director, OGUK

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.

Graham Bennett
Vice President, UK and West Africa, Business Development

Graham is a Vice President of DNV GL, with specific responsibility for Business Development for DNV GL’s UK & West Africa Region. He has been employed by DNV GL for the last 25 years.

Graham holds a 1st class honours degree in Mechanical engineering. He left the aerospace industry 25 years ago to work within a consultancy environment, where he has been developing and applying risk management techniques for a wide range of clients in the oil & gas sector. He has been retained by both industry and regulators to provide advice on risk management in major hazard industries. He has also written and provided training courses in risk and reliability assessment, and he is the author of many papers. He is a primary author of the recently released DNV GL Energy Transition Outlook.

Graham has led several incident investigations in the major hazard industries, and subsequently assisted the companies concerned with recovery programmes. He has also supported several clients in both the industrial and financial segments in purchaser and vendor due diligence reviews for mergers, acquisitions and disposals.

Bjørn Johansen
Project Manager – Business Development

Bjørn Johansen works as Project Manager for early phase offshore wind projects in Equinor, currently focusing on new opportunities in Scotland. Previous work experience includes project and technology development in Equinor, both within offshore wind and oil & gas. Mr. Johansen holds a master’s degree in marine technology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.

Carlo Procaccini
Head of Technology
Oil and Gas Authority

Carlo Procaccini has over 20 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry.  He is currently the Head of Technology of the UK Oil and Gas Authority, and his remit covers technology and innovation in UKCS, from R&D to field deployment.  He started his career in technical roles in project and operations in oil and gas downstream.   In upstream, he held several management roles at Schlumberger, including business and operational advisory at key upstream clients and internal group strategy.  Carlo has matured a long experience in projects to develop and improve the performance of assets in mature offshore basins, both in the UK and internationally, applying best-in-class technologies.   Carlo holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT and is a Chartered Petroleum Engineer.


Chaired by Roger Esson, Decommissioning Solution Centre Manager, The Oil & Gas Technology Centre

Sian Ferguson
Trust Executive
Ashden Trust, JJ Charitable Trust and Mark Leonard Trust

Sian Ferguson is the Trust Executive for the Ashden Trust, JJ Charitable Trust and Mark Leonard Trust and is a member of the trusts’ Impact Investment Committee. She also manages the Climate Change Collaboration—a group of four Trusts formed in 2011 to support pilot and research projects to find ways of reducing CO2 emissions quickly. Sian has worked with other trusts and partners in the US and Europe to establish Europeans for Divest Invest. Sian has a background in Natural Science and 25 years’ experience working in environmental sectors. She is chair of the Yorkshire and Humber Forestry and Woodland Advisory Committee, and sits on the board of Centre for Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity.

David Wilson
Director, Oil, Gas & Energy
Opportunity North East Limited

As Director of Opportunity North East’s Oil, Gas and Energy Team, David Wilson is responsible for working with partners to anchor NE Scotland’s regional oil, gas and energy supply chain through internationalisation, diversification, decommissioning programmes and ensuring we build on our competitive advantage in the energy industry to play a major role in the energy transition, particularly offshore wind, carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS), and hydrogen.
David has spent over 35 years working in the upstream oil and gas industry with international operators Amoco, Hess Corporation, BP, Venture Production, Centrica and TAQA in a variety of roles including petroleum engineer, subsurface manager, asset manager, regional director and technical director covering a range of exploration, subsurface, production operations, commercial, engineering and project responsibilities in the UKCS and Norway.

Claire Mack
Chief Executive
Scottish Renewables

Claire has been Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, the representative voice of Scotland’s renewable energy industry, since October 2017. She is responsible for leading the organisation’s work to grow Scotland’s renewables sector and sustain its position at the forefront of the global clean energy industry.

Claire is a member of the First Minister’s Energy Advisory Board and the Renewables Industry Advisory Group, co-chaired by Scotland’s Energy Minister. She is also a Commissioner on the independent Commission on Economic Growth and sits on the Advisory Group of the Centre for Work-Based Learning.

Before joining Scottish Renewables, Claire was Director of Policy and Place at the Scottish Council for Development. She has previously worked in various roles at Ofcom in Scotland, focusing on economic regulation of telecoms, radio spectrum and the mail market while also looking at developing digital participation of individuals and businesses. Prior to this Claire worked in retail and the construction industry as well as on regulation of regional broadcasting in the Borders and North East of England.

Sinead Lynch
Shell UK Limited

Sinead joined Shell in the role of UK Country Chair in September 2016. She is Chair of the Board of the Shell UK Pension Trust, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Shell Foundation and a Trustee of the Shell Centenary Scholarship Fund. In 2018 she became a Fellow of the Energy Institute.

Prior to her appointment to Shell, Sinead worked at BG Group where she was EVP Safety and Sustainability, and was responsible for the leadership and integration of Health, Safety & Asset Integrity, Security, Environment & Climate Change, Social Performance & Human Rights, Government & Policy Affairs and Communications disciplines.

Sinead worked for BG since 1993, holding a wide variety of roles across business segments and disciplines. She began her career as a Geophysicist specialising in seismic processing and modelling before taking on roles in Exploration and Development Geophysics. From 2001, Sinead worked as an Economist in the UK assets before moving into a series of senior Commercial and Business Development roles. From 2005-2007, she was VP Commercial for BG Nigeria, leading the company’s upstream entry. From 2008-2011, Sinead worked as Area Commercial Manager for BG’s Africa Middle East and Asia assets before taking on the role of Head of Investment Appraisal for BG. She then spent two years in Bangkok as Asset General Manager for the Thailand asset.

When the proposed combination between Shell and BG Group was announced in April 2015, Sinead took on the additional responsibility of heading the Integration Planning Team on the BG side and supported the ongoing transition of BG into Shell.