Decom North Sea appoints permanent new chief executive

Roger Esson
Roger Esson

Decom North Sea (DNS), the trade association for the offshore decommissioning industry, has appointed a new chief executive in succession to interim post-holder Karen Seath.

Roger Esson brings over 20 years highly relevant experience as DNS continues to play a part in the development of the £50-billion North Sea decommissioning sector.

He previously held a number of leadership positions within companies ranging from SMEs to tier 1 contactors – including roles at Stork Technical Services and Amec Foster Wheeler’s decommissioning division.

Esson has also played an active role in the execution of several of the UK’s most significant decommissioning projects – including the MCP01, North West Hutton and Brent Delta installations – and is widely known and recognised for his stewardship of the oil and gas sector

Callum Falconer, DNS chairman, said: “We have no doubt that Roger’s combination of knowledge and experience will prove invaluable in addressing the challenges inherent in this fledgling industry – ensuring that our members, as well as those in the wider oil and gas industry and beyond, have the ability to grasp the opportunities within decommissioning.

“On behalf of Decom North Sea, sincere thanks go to interim chief executive, Karen Seath, and the wider operational team for the work they have undertaken during the past six months. They have successfully built upon our key objective to deliver value to our members, whilst working collaboratively with our strategic partners.”

Roger Esson said: “This is a challenging time for the North Sea industry and it is vital that we focus upon helping our members understand and prepare for the opportunities  – and challenges – ahead.

“With our members’ requirements firmly at the forefront of our minds, DNS has created the Late Life Planning Portal (L2P2) – a toolkit designed to encourage the all-important sharing of knowledge and the opportunities available within this phase.”

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