Session 1

Wednesday 24 March : 9.00 am – 10.45 am


Our keynote sessions will set the scene for the conference, with industry leaders, regulators and other prominent figures providing their own perspective on where the last year has left us, and sharing insights on what the future holds as industry steps up to meet the challenges of recovery from the pandemic and leading a once-in-a-generation move to a low carbon economy. Join us to learn more about how industry will meet society’s needs without ever losing focus on maintaining safe operations and security of supply.

Speakers and Panellists

Trevor Stapleton
HSE Director

As OGUK’s HSE Director, Trevor Stapleton brings more than 36 years of industry experience to the role, mainly from BP where he acquired extensive skills in areas including HSE, supply chain, engineering and operations management in both its downstream and upstream businesses

Trevor is a civil engineer with an MSc in Construction Engineering from Leeds University and an MBA from Aberdeen Business School; he is also a Chartered Safety Professional with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (MIOSH) and a Practitioner member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).

He has held senior HSE and Offshore Installation Manager positions and is a graduate of BP’s MIT Operations Academy where senior managers were trained to lead a more systematic and rigorous approach to the management of operations.

As OGUK’s HSE Director, Trevor’s responsibilities currently include spearheading the Pandemic Steering Groups work on industry preparedness for and response to the coronavirus pandemic, and directing the industry response to the hydrocarbon reduction challenge set by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Trevor is currently the co-chair of Step Change in Safety’s Alerts & Moments Work Group and is a member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s Offshore Safety Committee.

Deirdre Michie OBE

Deirdre was appointed CEO of OGUK in May 2015. She has an LLB Hons in Scots Law and extensive experience as a senior business leader in the global energy sector; Deirdre is a Non-Executive Director of Scottish Water, a Board member of Opportunity North East, a member of the Scottish Government’s Energy Advisory Board and a member of the Women’s Business Council, a UK Government body focused on increasing women’s contribution to economic growth.

Previously Deirdre was a Board member of the North East of Scotland College (NESCOL) and Chair of the Aberdeen Science Centre.

In 2018, Deirdre was awarded an OBE for her services to the Oil and Gas industry in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Deirdre was also awarded a Fellowship from NESCOL in 2018 and is a Burgess of Aberdeen.

Sarah Newton

Sarah has thirty years’ experience of strategic planning, leadership and change management, dealing with complex issues across the business, voluntary and governmental sectors. She has considerable experience of building partnerships between diverse people and organisations to deliver shared aims. She has served on a wide range of boards and is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust.

Between 2010 and 2019 she was an MP and served for three years as a Member of the Science and Technology Select Committee before becoming a Minister in the Home Office and latterly at the Department of Work and Pensions, where she had the honour of working with the HSE and leading the Health and Work unit. Amongst other responsibilities while at the Home Office she led work on tackling modern slavery, human trafficking and human exploitation.

Before entering the House of Commons, she was Director of the International Longevity Centre – UK, Age Concern England and American Express Europe. She also served as a Councillor in the London Borough of Merton.

Sarah was educated at Falmouth Comprehensive School and Kings College London. Sarah won a Rotary International postgraduate scholarship in the USA.

Dr Fawaz Bitar (Fuzzy)
Senior Vice President HSE & Carbon

Fawaz was appointed Senior Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment and Carbon in March 2020.

Fawaz has been with BP for over 30 years and worked in the UK, US, Azerbaijan, Colombia, Egypt and Indonesia. During this time, he held key leadership positions in operations, engineering and project management.

More recently, he held the position of Head of the Upstream Executive Office and prior to this he was BP’s Head of Global Operations, Upstream for eight years. In this role he was directly accountable for the delivery of all aspects of operations performance and strategy.
Fawaz has a Doctor of Engineering degree on human performance in safety management from the University of Aberdeen and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Newcastle University. He is a chartered UK and European Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Fawaz is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and is Chairman of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP). He is also a member of the McKinsey Crisis Advisory Board.

Steve Hunt
Regional Director UK

With a career operating around the globe in the nuclear, thermal, petro-chemical, process, industrial and manufacturing industries spanning almost 40 years, Steve has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience.Steve started his career path on the tools by undergoing an ECITB Engineering Apprenticeship, with a global leader in advanced energy and environmental technologies. Steve progressed rapidly through increasingly senior management roles to senior executive level positions, with a number of major energy companies both within the UK and internationally.Technically minded, Steve graduated from Dudley and Reid Kerr Technical Colleges, as well as The Welding Institute in Cambridge. Furthermore, he attended Cranfield University where he studied Project Management.As Stork’s Regional Director for the UK, Steve is responsible for overseeing Stork’s strategic business growth into new and existing markets, operational excellence and outstanding HSEQ performance.For anyone who knows Steve, no matter the task, he starts and ends with safety. This has been his down to earth, practical approach for many years and he truly believes in leading from the front. Driving this core value throughout all levels of Stork’s organisation is extremely important to Steve, while also embedding a positive and empowering employee-led culture within the company.