Session 5

Thursday 25 March : 9.00 am – 10.10 am


In April 2018, our industry was challenged to step up its focus on hydrocarbon release prevention, to ensure we never again experience a significant incident in the UKCS. This session will review the work that has been taking place since then to address the root causes of hydrocarbon releases, discuss the progress made and introduce the tools and concepts available to help members bolster their own release prevention programmes.

Speakers and Panellists

Gillian Urquhart
Safety and Sustainability Manager
Equinor UK Limited

Gillian is the Safety and Sustainability Manager at Equinor UK Limited and has been on the UK management team for the last three years.  Prior to joining Equinor Gillian spent 12 years at the UK Health and Safety Executive where she undertook a variety of inspector, project and leadership positions covering radiation and nuclear safety, onshore construction, Policy, and offshore.  During this time Gillian experienced the best and worst of safety in practice in all aspects of UKCS operations and wider UK industry.  This gave her a real passion and drive for her beliefs on safety leadership and engagement. Gillian has a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and a Master of Science degree in medical and radiation physics from the University of Aberdeen, UK.  Gillian is currently the co-chair of the OGUK HSE operators’ group and is an active member in UK and Equinor to shape and influence the future of our industry.

Ashley Hynds
HM Principal Inspector – Offshore Process Safety

Ashley Hynds is HSE’s Principal Inspector with responsibility for Offshore Process Engineering. He provides specialist technical support to the assessment of safety cases, investigation of loss of containment incidents, proactive inspections of offshore installations, and development and sharing of good process safety management practices. He has led on Hydrocarbon Release Prevention, and Process Safety Leadership and Assurance, and was instrumental in initiating and developing the Principles of Process Safety leadership, as adopted at the 2019 OGUK conference.

Mark Wilson
HSEA Director
EnQuest PLC

Mark Wilson is the health, safety, environment, assurance (HSEA) Director for EnQuest PLC and in this role he oversees HSEA arrangements for offshore and onshore assets. The first part of Mark’s working career was spent in the defence industry, working in the British Army as a Mechanical Engineer for 24 years. Upon leaving the military, as a commissioned officer, Mark joined ConocoPhillips and for 7 years he held HSE and operational roles both on and offshore. In these roles he built on the military experience by being actively involved as an Operations HSE Manager and offshore installation manager (OIM). Mark’s current role also includes that of COVID-19 lead for EnQuest and he is also part of the industry pandemic steering group, EnQuest Group Enterprise Risk co-ordinator and the chair for a number of industry working groups to contribute to the prevention of hydrocarbon releases. Mark holds a MBA and is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Manager.

Mungo McLeish
Director of Operations
Neptune Energy UK Ltd

Mungo McLeish is the Director of Operations for Neptune Energy UK accountable for safe, efficient gas production from the Cygnus field. With 25 years experience in the oil and gas industry he started out as an apprentice technician and has held various roles offshore and onshore in the areas of maintenance, reliability, operations and asset integrity management.

John Morgan
Senior Principal

John Morgan is a Senior Principal at DNV with over 25 years technical safety experience in the oil and gas industry. With an early career basis in fundamental hazard modelling and assessment, he now provides supports to mainly Aberdeen based operators on MAH issues and regulatory compliance. He is an expert in ALARP and safety regulation, having led teams to develop Ireland and Greece’s offshore major accident hazard regulatory framework, and chaired the OGUK major hazards forum for 5 years. John has a Doctorate in applied mathematics from Oxford University.