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Finalists announced for OGUK annual awards following record number of entries

11 September 2019

The shortlist for this year’s prestigious OGUK Awards, sponsored by Shell U.K. Limited, is revealed today.

The annual awards ceremony is a highly regarded event within the UK oil and gas industry calendar which celebrates the brightest and best talent from across the North Sea sector.

30 individuals and businesses, selected from a record number of over 100 entries, have been nominated across nine award categories, including a new Energy Transition accolade. The winners will be crowned at a black-tie event on Thursday 7 November at the newly opened P&J Live.

Commenting on the Awards, Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive OGUK said:

“The OGUK Awards showcase the best our industry has to offer. In one of the most competitive years yet, our judging panel of industry heavyweights had a particularly tough job, with the frontrunners for each of the categories separated by the smallest of margins.

“In recognition of a changing energy landscape and the key role the UK oil and gas industry will play in achieving net zero I’m particularly pleased to be able to offer a new Energy Transition category for this year’s awards. I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge well done to all our finalists and we look forward to seeing the results on 7 November.”

Steve Phimister, Vice President Upstream Shell U.K. Limited added:

“We are proud to continue our longstanding relationship with the OGUK Awards.  The awards present a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate the undoubted talent and achievements of the people working in our dynamic and diverse industry.  I am pleased that the awards this year are recognising the role the industry can play in supporting the UK’s net-zero ambitions through the addition of the new Energy Transition Award.”

The awards, which fall into two categories, provide the opportunity to recognise outstanding performance at a company level as well as recognising the contribution of high-performing individuals in the industry.


The finalists for the OGUK Awards 2019 are:


Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by OPITO

  • Liam Marr – BP
  • Ashley Thomas – BP
  • Abbey Thomson – Shell U.K. Limited

Graduate of the Year – sponsored by ECITB

  • Victoria Allan – CNOOC International
  • Erin Ingram – TAQA
  • Eleanor Richmond – Shell U.K. Limited

Mentor of the Year (sponsorship available)

  • Attila Balázs – Sword – Venture Information Management
  • Richard Kidd – TAQA
  • Teresa Waddington – Shell U.K. Limited

Workforce Engagement (sponsorship available)

  • PD&MS Group
  • Repsol Sinopec Resources UK
  • Stork

Business Innovation (sponsorship available)

  • Deep Casing Tools (SME)
  • Swagelining Ltd, a Subsea7 Company (SME)
  • WFS Technologies Ltd (SME)
  • CNOOC International (Large Enterprise)
  • TOTAL E&P UK Limited (Large Enterprise)
  • TWMA (Large Enterprise)

Diversity and Inclusion – sponsored by Spirit Energy

  • BP
  • CNR International
  • Premier Oil

Oil and Gas Authority MER UK Award

  • Neptune E&P UK Limited
  • Shell U.K. Limited
  • TOTAL E&P North Sea UK Limited, TAQA, Sojitz, Apache and Nobel


Energy Transition – sponsored by Fairfield Decom

  • Aker Solutions
  • BP
  • Premier Oil

Excellence in Decommissioning (sponsorship available)

  • ConocoPhillips
  • Repsol Sinopec Resources UK
  • Shell U.K. Limited

Reservations for the celebratory awards night are now being taken at the OGUK awards website here



Notes to Editors:

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Communications Adviser Lucy Buglass 020 7802 2404 / [email protected]

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

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