Session 3

Wednesday 24 March : 1.15 pm – 2.45 pm


Session Sponsor

The industry has adapted exceptionally well to changes brought about by COVID-19, but it’s imperative we keep this momentum going and focus on what is required to effectively manage the recovery. This session will highlight the challenges posed by increasing manning levels, resuming suspended workscopes, and ask when and how it will be possible to remove COVID barriers.

Speakers and Panellists

Giles Mackey
Head of HSE & Carbon, North Sea


Giles brings 22 years’ experience in HSE roles within the oil and gas industry.  He began his career as an HSE Advisor in the North Sea and has held HSE leadership roles in projects, operations, renewable energy and corporate strategy in the UK and North Africa. Giles returned to the North Sea in 2009 and he is currently the Head of HSE & Carbon for bp Scotland.  Giles is passionate about improving HSE performance; he developed bp’s global methane strategy, has been driving human performance strategies within the business; and is leading bp’s COVID-19 response.

Giles holds degrees in Occupational Health & Safety, Ecology, and Environmental Management and he is chartered with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (CIEMA). Giles is married to Johana, with two children, Daniel and Aila and is passionate about cycling and the exploring the outdoors in his campervan, though there’s’ not been much of that lately!

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.

Megan Brown
Operational Safety Manager

Megan Brown is the Operational Safety Manager for Total E&P UK, responsible for setting the standards and maintaining consistent approaches to Occupational Health and Operational Safety Practices across TEPUK. She has a BSc Hons in Psychology and MSc in Ergonomics. Megan spent move than 15 years in risk management and human factors consultancy, working with a variety of high hazard industries worldwide, specialising in culture change, human behaviour and safety leadership. In 2011 Megan joined Maersk Oil UK to manage their safety culture change programme, before being appointed as HSE Operations Manager in 2017. With the Total buy-out of Maersk Oil in 2018, Megan joined TEPUK. Her team have been instrumental in the design and management of the TEPUK COVID response during the pandemic.

Paul Ness
Director HES & Performance Auditing
Ithaca Energy 

Paul joined our industry in 2005 following ten exciting years in the British Army as a Royal Engineer. He spent five years at Marathon Oil as a Reservoir then Production Engineer. In 2011 he joined Chevron as a Production Engineer and was Alba Asset Manager at the time of the Chevron to Ithaca transition in November 2019. In November 2020 he moved into the role of Director HES and Performance Auditing. Paul has a BEng (Jt Hons) in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde; was Commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst; and has a MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot Watt University. He is married to Giulia (“Julia”), who is a flow assurance consultant, and has four children.

Maurice Thomson
Senior Vice President HSEQ

Maurice Thomson is senior vice president HSEQ for Chrysaor. He is accountable for leading and developing HSEQ culture and for HSEQ assurance of the company’s operated assets, well operations, capital projects and decommissioning programmes. He is also line manager for all UK-based operational and functional HSEQ personnel. Maurice has held a variety of roles including manager, Southern North Sea where he delivered effective late-life operations and workforce engagement to achieve safe cessation of production and preparation for decommissioning in August 2018. He has also held senior positions in Asset and Operating Integrity, Brownfield Modifications, Engineering Management and as offshore installation manager. He has over 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and started his career by completing a mechanical marine apprenticeship before gaining a MENG Degree in Mechanical Engineering and later a Post Graduate MSC Degree in Asset Management. He is a Fellow and Chartered member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and is active in supporting the UK oil and gas industry through a variety of specialist industry work groups.

Neil Grace
HSE Offshore Specialist Inspector – Industrial Hygiene

Neil Grace is a Chartered Fellow and Past President of the British Occupational Hygiene Society and a Chartered Member of IOSH, he has a wealth of experience across various industries including Pharmaceuticals, Nuclear and over 13 years within the Oil & Gas sector. Within his current HSE role he leads the Energy Division’s Industrial Hygiene team, who provides specialist input to investigation, permissioning and inspection of offshore oil and gas installations situated in the UK continental shelf. In addition to the operational delivery role, the team engages with industrial, academic and collaborative bodies to develop and improve standards and guidance that support ED’s strategy on health risks. Neil represented HSE to work collaboratively with OGUK and other key stakeholders to form the industry-led Pandemic Steering Group (PSG), making significant contributions to a risk-based strategy to allow operations to continue safely and taking a permanent regulatory consultation role within the Health PSG.