OGUK appoints new health, safety & environment director

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK oil and gas industry, has announced that it has appointed EnQuest HSEA Director Mark Wilson as its incoming health, safety and environment director, taking up the position in early 2022.

A history of industry support

Having spent the first part of his career with the British Army as a mechanical engineer, Mr Wilson joined ConocoPhillips and for seven years he held HSE and operational roles both on and offshore, including as an offshore installation manager. He moved to his current role at EnQuest in 2018, which also included being the COVID-19 lead, the Group enterprise risk co-ordinator, and emission management focal point.

Mark has supported the oil and gas industry in several areas – namely the development of the Safe Working Essentials toolkit with Step Change in Safety, and also chairing OGUK working groups to contribute to the prevention of hydrocarbon releases. Mark is also the Energy Ambassador for the Aberdeen and Grampian Branch of the Institute of Directors.

Retiring after tireless work

Mr Wilson replaces outgoing health, safety and environment director Trevor Stapleton who is retiring in early 2022.

Mr Stapleton, who has been with OGUK since 2018 has supported the industry’s constant focus on safe operations and continuous improved performance. Most recently, Mr Stapleton led OGUK’s response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak as Chair of the OGUK Pandemic Steering Group, formed to ensure effective and coherent responses to COVID-19 across the sector.

Commenting, OGUK chief executive Deirdre Michie said: “I’d like to express my sincere thanks to Trevor for his tireless work for OGUK and the industry as a whole. His unwavering commitment to upholding the highest health and safety standards has been admirable, especially in light of the incredibly challenging circumstances we still find ourselves in.

“I wish Trevor all the best for a long and happy retirement.”

On the appointment of Mark Wilson, Ms Michie said: “We’re delighted to have Mark join OGUK. Mark brings with him a wealth of HSE experience, from his time with organisations like ConocoPhillips and EnQuest, and I wish him great success in his new role”