About us


Colette  Cohen

Colette Cohen

Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer, Colette is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the Oil & Gas Technology Centre is recognised as the ‘go to’ centre globally for oil and gas technology solutions. Colette started her career offshore in 1991, and she has worked for operators including BP, ConocoPhillips and Britannia in the North Sea, Norway, the US and Kazakhstan, where she received a Jubilee Medal from the Kazakh Prime Minister in recognition of her contribution to the country’s oil and gas industry. Prior to joining The Oil & Gas Technology Centre, Colette was Senior Vice President of Centrica Energy’s Exploration and Production business in the UK and The Netherlands. Colette has also served on the board of the Oil & Gas UK, the Technology Leadership Board, the OGA Decommissioning board and is the Chair of the National College for Onshore Oil and Gas.

Luca  Corradi

Luca Corradi

Innovation Network Director

As Innovation Network Director, Luca works with the oil and gas industry to connect problems with solutions, ensuring that the Oil & Gas Technology Centre is recognised as the place for identifying, adapting, developing and deploying technology to the UKCS, helping to increase efficiency and the economic recovery of reserves. Luca came to the role after more than 20 years of experience in leading transformational projects as a consultant and in developing teams and markets. With extensive experience of leading innovative projects focused on business and organisational change, Luca was responsible for growing the global network of Accenture Energy Hubs. 

Nicola  McIntosh

Nicola McIntosh

Finance and Commercial Director

As Financial Director, Nicola brings strong leadership and a drive for ensuring high quality and transparent management reporting with a focus on performance management and delivery against targets. With more than 20 years of E&P experience, Nicola has worked for Schlumberger, Oryx Energy, Kerr-McGee and Maersk Oil. Latterly based in Copenhagen, Denmark, focussing on delivering a high quality and streamlined Global Finance Function and SAP Solution. 

Stephen  Sheal

Stephen Sheal

External Relationship Director

As External Relationships Director, Stephen is focused on building strong relationships with the Centre’s strategic partners, members and non-member stakeholder communities.  Prior to joining the Technology Centre, Stephen held senior business development and marketing positions within the oil and gas sector and latterly was a Director with an oil and gas focused international executive search firm. He has particular experience of advising a wide range of global companies and organisations including oil and gas operators, international service companies, private equity businesses in various industrial sectors, higher education institutions and economic development. 

David Millar

David Millar

Technology Accelerator Director

As Technology Accelerator Director, David works with entrepreneurs, SMEs and the oil and gas industry to stimulate and accelerate technology innovation. David brings over 14 years experience across operators and service companies such as ABB, Shell, BP, ENI and Wood Group, developing and delivering organisational learning, improvement and innovation programmes with great success. Driven by his passion to make a difference for the industry and the North-East, his leadership of the Technology Accelerator will bring new and exciting dimensions to the Oil & Gas Technology Centre offering. David joins us from Wood Group where he set up and ran the company's global 'Innovation for Growth function', as well developing its eWorking programme. 

Rebecca Allison

Rebecca Allison

Asset Integrity Solution Centre Manager

As Manager of the Asset Integrity Solution Centre, Rebecca is leading the team to identify and appraise the relevance, readiness and accessibility of existing technology in the market place to meet mature basin asset integrity challenges. A highly driven and motivated project manager with more than 20 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, Rebecca is charged with identifying specific technology gaps that remain in asset integrity and designing and delivering programmes to resolve these gaps. Proficient in managing teams of engineers and support staff to deliver complex projects, Rebecca brings excellent strategic planning and communication skills to her role. 

Malcolm  Banks

Malcolm Banks

Well Construction Solution Centre Manager

As the Manager of the Well Construction Solution Centre, Malcolm leads a team that is actively pursuing technology opportunities to enhance well delivery and reduce well construction costs. This includes adopting technology from other sectors, adapting existing technology and developing new technology. Malcolm brings over 30 years of experience with a major integrated international oil company in drilling and completion engineering and operations roles across a broad variety of well and rig types. Having worked in a number of UK and international roles, Malcolm has a track record of successful leadership in both well engineering and rig operations. 

Chris Pearson

Chris Pearson

Small Pools Solution Centre Manager

As Manager of the Small Pools Solution Centre, Chris leads a team focused on identifying and introducing new technologies and techniques that will reduce the cost of marginal field development, improve hydrocarbon recovery and unlock small undeveloped discoveries. Prior to this, Chris held senior roles with global responsibilities and local business delivery at both Tier 1 operating companies and contractors. He is focused on the intelligent development and deployment of technology.

Stephen  Ashley

Stephen Ashley

Digital Transformation Solution Centre Manager

As Manager of our Digital Transformation Solution Centre, Stephen leads a team focused on identifying, developing and deploying advanced and integrated digital solutions that can transform the oil and gas industry. A Geo-scientist by background, Stephen has over 30 years of worldwide industry experience having held various operational, technical and leadership positions with operators and service companies. In his last role Stephen was the business unit CIO for Maersk Oil in Qatar, responsible for delivering and operating safe, efficient, secure and reliable Infrastructure, technical computing, and data services while looking for opportunities to drive additional value from technology. 

Roger  Esson

Roger Esson

Decommissioning Solution Centre Manager

As manager of the Decommissioning, Solution Centre, Roger is leading the team to identify, fund and support the development and deployment of technology that drives down the cost of decommissioning. Roger has more than 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector and has held a variety of leadership positions within companies ranging from SMEs to tier 1 contractors. Before joining the Oil & Gas Technology Centre, he was Chief Executive of Decom North Sea. Roger played an active role in the execution of several of the UK’s most significant decommissioning projects including; MCP01, North West Hutton and Brent Delta. 

Russell  Stevenson

Russell Stevenson

Industrial Director

As Industrial Director, Russell works closely with principal academic partners, the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University, industrial partners and other academic institutions, to establish the two centres, focused on decommissioning and subsea engineering. A chartered engineer, Russell joined the Oil & Gas Technology Centre following a 25-year career at Amec Foster Wheeler, formally known as Worley Parsons. He was most recently Vice President, Asset Support responsible for leading the operations and maintenance project group. Russell also has an MBA and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. 

Gillian  White

Gillian White

Subsurface Solution Centre Manager