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

Luca works to bring “the outside in”, connecting innovators and academics across sectors and disciplines, to explore the latest technologies that could be adopted to address oil and gas industry challenges. Leading the OGTC’s horizon scanning activity, he identifies emerging technology trends, cutting through the hype to identify potential areas of impact and application. With a background in business and organisational change leadership, Luca has developed a strong network and is passionate about harnessing this to deliver the next generation of the net zero energy industry.

Outside work Luca loves reading, music and travel. He is married with two young daughters and a dog. He enjoys the rare motorbike ride in Scotland and even rarer ski trip on the Alps.

Nicola  McIntosh

Nicola McIntosh

Finance and Commercial Director

As Finance and Commercial Director, Nicola brings strong leadership and drive to deliver high quality and transparent management reporting at the OGTC. With a strong background in performance management, Nicola has over 20 years’ experience working in finance and commercial roles, including Maersk Oil where she held a range of senior management positions including Chief of Staff for the COO. She is also passionate about corporate responsibility, supporting a range of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) engagement with schools, alongside diversity in the work place initiatives through the Powerful Women network.

Outside work, Nicola is a keen swimmer and is aiming for an impressive 13,000 lengths this year.   She is married and has two teenage children and two mad dogs.   She also loves her champagne and nice food!

Stephen  Sheal

Stephen Sheal

External Relationship 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 experience in 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.

Outside work, Stephen loves reading and travelling (ideally together). He is married with two hockey mad teenage daughters. He watches a lot of hockey!

David Millar

David Millar

Technology Accelerator Director

As Technology Accelerator Director, David works with entrepreneurs, SMEs, academia and the oil and gas industry to stimulate and accelerate new technology innovation. David brings over 15 years' experience across start-ups, operators and service companies such as ABB, Shell, BP, ENI and Wood, developing and delivering organisational learning, improvement and technology innovation programmes with great success. Driven by his passion to make a difference for the industry and the North-East, his leadership of the TechX programme is bringing an award winning and world class support offering to start-ups looking to break into the UK energy sector. David joined us in 2017 from Wood where he held several senior operational contract roles, was awarded their Global Innovation Core Value Award in 2016 and set up and the company's global 'Innovation for Growth function' which pioneered their digital focused eWorking programme. 

Outside of work David spends quality time with his family and two dogs as well as enjoying gardening, golf and working out to keep the ‘Dad bod’ at bay.

Rebecca Allison

Rebecca Allison

Asset Integrity Solution Centre Manager

Rebecca is passionate about delivering innovation to asset integrity, for a maturing North Sea basin. This includes identifying and appraising existing technology readiness and accessibility to the marketplace, while championing the latest advancements in robotics and automation.   A highly driven and motivated project manager with more than 20 years' experience in the energy sector, Rebecca harnesses her strong strategic planning and communications skills to manage complex projects. 

Outside work Rebeca spends most of her time at the Ellon Scout Hut, coaching and mentoring over 80 young people on developing their outdoor skills. If she’s not camping in all weathers then she enjoys time with her two children, her patient husband and a very mad black Labrador.

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 Marginal Developments 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

Stephen’s Digital Transformation Solution Centre is 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 both operators and service companies.

Outside work Stephen does a bit of gaming, watches a lot of rugby, and also enjoys walking, gardening and being outdoors. He is married with three grown up children.

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 two centres focused on decommissioning and subsea engineering. A chartered engineer, Russell joined the OGTC following a 25-year career at Amec Foster Wheeler (latterly 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.

In his spare time, Russell is a keen runner, dog walker and taxi driver for his two young children.

Gillian  White

Gillian White

Subsurface Solution Centre Manager

As manager of the Subsurface Solution Centre, Gillian leads a team to develop and deploy new reservoir-related technology to discover, develop and recover hydrocarbons as part of the UK offshore energy transition. Prior to joining the OGTC in 2018, she spent 25 years in various technical and leadership positions with Shell International, Hess and Maersk Oil in the UK and Denmark. This included subsurface team lead for developments and non-operated assets at Maersk Oil UK North Sea Ltd. She also has MSc and a PhD in applied geology.

In her spare time Gillian likes running and hill walking and has recently taken up coastal rowing. She is married with three teenage girls.