Industry leader to join panel

Trevor Stapleton, Health and Safety Manager, Oil & Gas UK
Trevor Stapleton, Health and Safety Manager, Oil & Gas UK

A leading figure in the battle to reduce hydrocarbon escapes in the oil and gas industry has been announced as a panellist for The Press & Journal’s next Morning Briefing.

Trevor Stapleton, health and safety manager for trade body Oil and Gas UK (OGUK), will appear alongside Kelvin Top-Set managing director David Ramsay, Burness Paull partner Rona Jamieson and Step Change in Safety (SCiS) head of communications Kirstin Gove at the event on Thursday February 21.

The Morning Briefing – Oil and Gas Industry Safety: Preventing Accidents Through Better Communication – at the Marcliffe Hotel will look at why communications can break down offshore and explore how they can be improved to ensure safer operations.

Mr Stapleton, who is also co-chairman of SciS’s safety alerts and moments work group, said: “I’m looking forward to this event, which will highlight the importance of effective communication in our industry.

“It’s important to have a constructive debate about the issues which can affect safety performance.

“I’ve seen first-hand the problems that can arise when we don’t communicate effectively, and I welcome the opportunity to hear more about what people feel industry can do to address this challenge.”

Mr Ramsay added: “The Press and Journal has assembled a wealth of experience on the panel.

“Our combined experiences of communication should make for a thought-provoking Briefing.

“Delegates will leave with some good ideas to take back to their workplace, and with a clear message that effective communication does result in safer and more efficient operations.”

Mr Stapleton is a civil engineer, with masters degrees in construction engineering and business administration.

He is also a chartered safety professional and practitioner member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.

His 36 years of industry experience were largely spent at BP, where he acquired skills in health, safety and environment, supply chain, engineering and operations management.