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Industry talent to be recognised at OGUK Awards as finalists announced

© SYSTEMDeirdre Michie, CEO of Oil and Gas UK
Deirdre Michie, CEO of Oil and Gas UK

Some of the North Sea oil and gas industry’s biggest players, including Neptune Energy, BP and TotalEnergies, are in the running to pick up a gong at the OGUK Awards.

Organised by trade body Oil and Gas UK (OGUK), the shortlist for the prestigious event, sponsored by Shell, has been revealed.

A total of 27 entrants have made the cut after an expert panel whittled down a list of over 90 nominees for the eight different award categories.

Those selected have made an “extraordinary impact” on the oil and gas industry in the past year.

The event is due to take place both virtually, via livestream, and physically on Wednesday, December 8, at the P&J Live in Aberdeen.

Commenting on the announcement, OGUK chief executive Deirdre Michie OBE said: “From an impressive list of submissions, these finalists are a real reflection of the great talent and expertise of our energy communities – those that personify the North Sea grit and innovation this industry has become known for.

“I am delighted to see this recognition for their accomplishments in keeping the UK’s lights on, our hospitals running, and transport systems going – all while really driving industry toward its net zero goals and transitioning the UK towards a sustainable future.”

The full list of categories and nominees is as follows:

Apprentice (sponsored by Opito):

  • Joel Murray, ASCO Group
  • Sam Tinning, BP
  • Grant Finnigan, Swagelok Scotland

Graduate of the Year (sponsored by ECITB):

  • Emma Farquharson, BP
  • Kushagra Kohli, Shell
  • Callum Thomson, Shell

Mentor of the Year:

  • Dr Ollie Folayan, PD&MS Group
  • Lee MacLean, Proserv Controls
  • Kate Fraser, TotalEnergies

Workforce Engagement (Sponsored by Spirit Energy):

  • ChampionX
  • Oil Spill Response
  • Stork


  • FutureOn
  • Imrandd

Business Innovation – Large Enterprise:

  • TotalEnergies E&P UK
  • BP, Baker Hughes, Odfjell Drilling
  • Neptune Energy, National Grid, Perenco and Shell

Diversity and Inclusion:

  • EnQuest
  • Worley
  • Spirit Energy

Energy Transition (sponsored by The Oil and Gas Authority):

  • Equinor
  • Worley
  • Repsol Sinopec Resources UK

Excellence in Decommissioning:

  • AGR Well Management
  • Petrofac
  • Shell

Those tasked with judging the awards ceremony are:

Apprentice of the Year:

  • Francesca Bell, OGUK
  • Scott McDonald, OPITO
  • Scott Milligan, CNOOC International

Graduate of the Year:

  • Mitch Flegg, Serica
  • Connor Robb, Baker Hughes
  • Lisa Williamson, ECITB

Mentor of the Year:

  • José Luis Muñoz, Repsol Sinopec
  • Diana Samulewicz
  • Jenny Stanning, OGUK
  • Erica Smart, Shell

Business Innovation – Large Enterprise:

  • Colin Black, Carjon-NRG
  • Sophie Guy-Pearson, OGUK
  • Sian Lloyd Rees, Aker Solutions

Business Innovation – SME:

  • Matthew Brodie, Noble Drilling (Land Support)
  • Mikki Corcoran, Schlumberger
  • Emily Taylor, OGUK

Diversity & Inclusion:

  • Dr Ollie Folayan, AFBE UK Ltd
  • Katy Heidenreich, OGUK
  • Craig Shanaghey, Wood

Energy Transition:

  • Jennifer Craw, ONE
  • Scott Robertson, OGA
  • Mike Tholen, OGUK

Workforce Engagement:

  • Bob Egan, HSE
  • Scott McGinigal, CNOOC International
  • Alix Thom, OGUK
  • Jessica Thomson, Spirit Energy

Excellence in Decommissioning:

  • Joe Leask, OGUK
  • Lorna Ramsey, OPRED
  • Neil McCulloch, Spirit Energy

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