Professor Richard Neilson is director of the National Decommissioning Centre and a Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Aberdeen. He has 31 years’ experience in engineering research and development within the University sector, during which he spent four years part-time industrial secondment to an oil services company. He has led or had substantial involvement in 11 major joint industry/University projects and has initiated or led the development of 3 major industry focused research/knowledge exchange centres (the Scottish Sensor Systems Centre, the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre and the most recently the NDC). He has been researching in aspects of decommissioning since 2008 and was one of the instigators of the MSc in Decommissioning run by the University.
Russell Stevenson is industrial director at The Oil & Gas Technology Centre and a member of the Steering Group. As industrial director, Russell works closely with principal academic partners, the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University, industrial partners and other academic institutions, to establish the two centres, focused on decommissioning and subsea engineering. A chartered engineer, Russell joined the Oil & Gas Technology Centre following a 25-year career at Amec Foster Wheeler, formally known as Worley Parsons. He was most recently vice president, asset support responsible for leading the operations and maintenance project group. Russell also has an MBA and a PhD in mechanical engineering.
John Warrender has more than 30 years’ experience in the energy business, across major international oil companies, independent operators and national oil corporations. He has a demonstrable track record in evaluating, developing and materially improving the performance of upstream and midstream organisations, built up in senior governance roles. John is currently chief executive for Decom North Sea, the single topic, multi region membership organisation which connects capability with opportunity across the oil and gas decommissioning sector. Outside his business roles John is a former OGA regional development and infrastructure board member, and currently serves on the Decommissioning Task Force and Asset Stewardship Task Force.
Joe Leask is Oil & Gas UK’s decommissioning manager. He works closely with regulators and the UK and Scottish Governments to develop an efficient cost-effective decommissioning capability, sharing best practice and promoting that expertise at home and abroad. Joe has gained considerable experience in decommissioning, working at Repsol Sinopec Resources which has a significant portfolio of fields at various stages of decommissioning from planning through to execution. They include Beatrice which has a decommissioning programme currently under public consultation and Buchan which was towed off-station in 2017. Prior to RSRUK, Joe worked for Jee limited and was a member of the BP North West Hutton decommissioning team and was BPs client representative on the offshore subsea decommissioning execution phase for the project and subsequently responsible for writing the North West Hutton Decommissioning Programme Close Out Report. Joe is a chartered engineer and member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.