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Future-proofing your Career: Role of IOCs in the Energy Transition

Young Professional Network event
  • London and Home Counties
  • <p>Intercontinental London Park Lane<br />One Hamilton Place<br />Park Lane<br />Mayfair<br />London<br />W1J 7QY</p>
  • 27-02-2019
  • 19:00 - 22:00

The industry is in a state of flux. So what role can oil and gas play in the future of energy supply in a wider energy mix, and in developing the careers of young energy professionals?

The energy mix continues to diversify with an increase in low carbon investment influenced by growing environmental concern, changing energy policy, and advancing technology. Mention of “Peak Oil” has been replaced with a renewed focus on improving efficiency and productivity, and innovative ways to de-carbonise and diversify portfolios. Fossil fuels still provide for most of our energy needs, and there is growing demand globally that cannot be met with renewable energy sources alone, or at least with today’s technology. We also know that historically, energy transitions have taken time, but the pace of future change remains uncertain. All of this, while the oil industry is setting itself up for success in the UKCS, by becoming more resilient to the tumultuous oil price and market changes, with improving behaviours, efficiency, and increasing project investment, as part of the industry’s shared ambition for “Vision 2035”.

Come along to this speaker panel event to hear senior industry leaders debate the main opportunities and challenges facing the oil and gas industry in the next 10 years, and to engage in discussion and networking with peers over a few drinks.


19.00 - 19.30 - registration
19.30 - 20.30 - panel discussion
20.30 - 21.30 - networking reception

Free tickets are limited, and allocated on a first come, first served basis.


We are pleased to confirm the following speakers:

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive, Oil & Gas UK

“Oil and gas a force for good in supporting the energy transition to a lower carbon economy.”

Deirdre was appointed CEO of Oil & Gas UK in May 2015. She has an LLB Hons in Scots Law and has extensive experience as a senior business leader in the oil and gas industry; covering upstream, downstream and globally. As well as being a Non-Executive Board member of Scottish Water, she is also a board member of Opportunity North East and Chair of Common Data Access Limited. Deirdre is a member of the Women’s Business Council, a UK Government body focused on increasing women’s contribution to economic growth and is also sponsor of AXIS. Deirdre was awarded an OBE for her services to the Oil and Gas industry in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018.

Charlotte Wolff-Bye, Vice President Sustainability, Equinor

“Our industry faces a dual challenge – to meet the world’s demand for oil and gas and reduce climate emissions. To be successful, we must be part of the response to the great challenges facing the world.”

Charlotte Wolff-Bye joined Equinor (formerly known as Statoil) in 2014 as Vice President Sustainability in the company’s Global Strategy and Business Development division. She is also Equinor’s representative on the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Executive Committee and the Steering Committee of the World Bank’s Global Gas Flaring Reduction Initiative. From 2007-2014, she was General Manager Corporate Responsibility for the global steel and mining company ArcelorMittal. Prior to her career in the extractives and manufacturing sectors Charlotte spent a decade in the telecommunications industry holding several different positions, most notably in Telefonica and O2. Previous experiences include working in multilateral lending, music marketing and diplomatic affairs. In 2011 Charlotte entered the prestigious group - ‘Top 40 under 40 International Development Leaders in London’ by Devex. In 2018, Charlotte joined the Board of Trustees of UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre.

Charles Furness-Smith, Managing Director, Lambert Energy Advisory

“Energy Majors are likely to be the driving force behind delivering a pragmatic approach to decreasing pollution while sustaining human prosperity.”

Charles is a Managing Director at Lambert Energy Advisory focussed on upstream M&A and running the company’s commodity markets and macroeconomic research team. He has been at Lambert Energy for 7 years having previously worked at BNP Paribas in the London oil & gas M&A team. He has a degree from the University of Oxford.

David Gilmour, Vice President Business Development, BP Technology Ventures

“It’s not a race to renewables, it’s a race to lower greenhouse gas emissions. As fast as renewables and clean energy can grow, the world is going to require oil and gas for some decades to come.” – Bob Dudley, Chief Executive, BP

After graduating with MA, D.Phil. in Inorganic Chemistry from Oxford University in 1986, David joined ICI Paints as a chemist formulating paint for use in the automotive crash-repair industry. In 1996, David joined Burmah Castrol to run the Marine lubricants business in the UK and stayed for the next 12 years as the business was acquired by BP. David held a number of different roles as Marketing and Technology Director, Strategy Director, Performance Unit Leader and Global Sales Director. In 2009, David joined Air BP the leading aviation fuel supplier as Chief Operating Officer. From 1 October 2016, David joined Technology Ventures, with responsibility for technology commercialisation & venturing as well as strategy, planning and communications activities.

We look forward to seeing you there!

EI London and Home Counties YPN Committee.

The Energy Institute Young Professionals Network works alongside the EI’s branches, to provide support to graduates, students, and anyone else in the early stages of their career in energy. For more information on the benefits of EI membership, please click here.

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