Decom North Sea, the membership organisation for the oil and gas decommissioning sector, has appointed Dr Tom Leeson as interim Chief Executive Officer.
Commencing his role with immediate effect, Tom brings almost 30 years' industry experience to the role, 15 of which have included activity within the decommissioning sector. Since 2014, Tom has focused solely upon decommissioning, most recently as Well Abandonment Global Business Manager for Halliburton, and as Principal Consultant: Well Abandonment for Aberdeen-based Reverse Engineering Services.
A former Vice Chair of Decom North Sea's Board, Tom's relationship with the organisation dates back to 2011, when he initially took on the role of Board Director. In addition to holding an excellent understanding of the operational aspects of Decom North Sea, he is a well-known figure to the 350-plus member organisations.
Commenting on his new role, Tom said: “I am delighted to have been appointed interim CEO of Decom North Sea; the challenges facing the sector are very well known to me and I will be working directly with our strategic partners as we continue to play a vital part in solution development, cross-sector learning and in building supply chain capability.
“I look forward to meeting our members at next week's Offshore Decommissioning Conference and during the coming months, as we lead the development of efficient and effective decommissioning within the context of Maximising Economic Recovery in the North Sea.”
Nigel Lees, Chairman of Decom North Sea's board of directors added: “Tom provides a depth of industry-wide - and sector-specific - knowledge and experience, which will ensure Decom North Sea continues to connect supply chain capability with opportunity.
“The Decom North Sea board looks forward to working closely with Tom to achieve our fundamental objective; maximising business potential for our members, whilst ensuring a safe, innovative and cost-effective decommissioning sector via the enhancement of knowledge transfer and facilitation of collaborative activities.”
Decom North Sea is the single topic, multi region membership organisation which connects capability with opportunity across the oil and gas decommissioning sector.
As a not for profit organisation, Decom North Sea is working to enhance knowledge transfer and facilitate collaborative activities to deliver “innovative models” that minimise decommissioning costs, ensuring best value for tax payers and maximising business potential for its member companies.
Decom North Sea has grown since its inception in 2010 to more than 350 members drawn from operators, major contractors, service specialists and technology developers.
With decommissioning spend alone being forecast at an estimated £17.6 billion over the next decade (Oil & Gas UK Decommissioning Insight Report 2016), Decom North Sea play a vital role in solution development, cross sector learning and helping to build supply-chain capability. Decom North Sea work with a number of strategic partners including the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Oil & Gas UK to achieve these objectives.
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