Session 7

Thursday 25 March : 1.00 pm – 2.15 pm

JOURNEY TO A NET-ZERO BASIN – THE BIG PICTURE

Join the experts shaping the country’s route to a net-zero economy and learn more about the role that the offshore oil and gas industry will play in ensuring the goals are met. The session will move from an overview of the wider low-carbon framework to explore future regulation and governance for offshore oil and gas.

Speakers and Panellists

Paula Webber
Corporate HSE & ESG Manager
NEO Energy (New European Offshore)

Paula has extensive experience as an HSE manager within the oil and gas sector, alongside a proven track record as an entity risk management consultant. Before joining NEO in April 2020, Paula was a Project Manager at Wood, responsible for helping deliver a single hosted management system following the acquisition of AmecFosterWheeler. Prior to this, she spent over six years at BP working in various HSE roles, rising to become Petrochemicals Safety Director and later GOO North Sea HSE Manager. She has also worked for Koppers Europe, Windsor Insurance Brokers, Aon and Courtaulds Chemicals, and began her career as a Chemical Engineer for Leigh Environmental. Paula holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Bradford and a masters in European Health & Safety and Environmental Law from the University of Salford.


Martin Valenti
Head of Climate Enterprise & COP 26
Scottish Enterprise

Dr Martin Valenti is a serial disruptor and award-winning sustainability practitioner with extensive experience in strategic business engagement and innovation. For over 30 years he has worked in a variety of senior management roles shaping and delivering inclusive growth initiatives including project managing major collaborative projects. He has successfully delivered high profile projects for the Scottish Government on climate change and sustainability and transformative ESG. He played an instrumental role in setting up Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group and co-created the award winning 2050 Young Leaders Climate Group. In 2018 he created the Vacant & Derelict Land taskforce to transform how Scotland deals with its post-industrial legacy. Martin is head of climate enterprise on secondment at Scottish Enterprise, leading on COP 26 and driving forward an ambitious new direction to make climate emergency a climate opportunity for solutions.


Paul de Leeuw
Director Energy Transition Institute
Robert Gordon University

Paul is a senior industry leader and executive with over 30 years’ experience in the global energy sector.

He has worked in a wide range of companies, including Shell, Marathon Oil, Amoco, BP, Venture Production and Centrica.

He is currently the Director of Robert Gordon University’s Energy Transition Institute, a Professor at Robert Gordon University, Chair of PlanSea Solutions, a board member of the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) and a member of the Opportunity North East (ONE) Energy sector board.

Paul is an experienced non-executive director, with over 20 years of involvement in public, private and voluntary sector organisations.

Paul is also a regular contributor to industry events and a commentator on issues and developments in the international energy sector.


Richard Simon
Senior Consultant
Element Energy

Richard is a Senior Consultant at Element Energy and works predominantly on Industrial Decarbonisation and CCUS. This has included modelling pathways for UK-wide and regional industrial decarbonisation, evaluating the technical potential of hydrogen for use in industrial sites and process equipment, and assessing the value of emerging technologies for CCUS. He has technical expertise on deep decarbonisation technologies for industry, assessing options such as hydrogen, electrification, CCS and industrial BECCS and their role in the net zero industrial sectors/clusters of the future. Richard holds a first-class master’s degree in Physical Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.


Lola Okunrinboye
Environmental and Sustainability Manager
Ecolola Sustainability

Lola Okunrinboye is a Chartered Environmentalist and sustainability professional. She is the founder of Ecolola Sustainability, an environmental and sustainability consultancy with experience across various industries. She leads the Women in Sustainability network hub in Aberdeen. She is a self-motivated leader, inspiring speaker and facilitator. She is a change maker, innovative thinker, goal focused with proven achievements. Lola’s passion for engagement has encouraged her to leverage technology as a tool for connecting and building a strong network of women who develop each other, grow their network, nurture their purpose and inspire action.