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Industry unites to celebrate best and brightest amid challenging year

10 December 2020

The winners of OGUK’s Awards 2020 were honoured in virtual style this evening as industry came together to watch the ceremony digitally for the first time ever.

The night was the highlight of industry’s cultural calendar, with hundreds attending the event through YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook live and the prestigious first-time Audience Award receiving over 19,000 votes.

A total of 27 finalists, from more than 90 entrants, contended for the ten awards presented at the event.

Renowned industry expert John Hogg, HSSEQ Director TAQA Bratani Ltd, received Mentor of the Year for the vital role he has played and his extraordinary commitment to aiding learning and improvement across the industry.

Meanwhile Connor Robb, Project Manager at Baker Hughes, took the Graduate of the Year trophy for making his mark in the UK oil and gas industry, delivering tangible benefits to his employer, and being identified as a future leader by peers.

OGUK’s own health, safety and environment director Trevor Stapleton was also recognised for his outstanding teamwork this year in supporting the industry through the efforts of the Pandemic Steering Group, helping to deal with the challenges brought on by COVID-19 and protecting our people while maintaining safe operations.

The coveted first-time Audience Award was awarded to Omniscient Safety Innovations for their standout performance after receiving over 3,000 votes.

Commenting after the event, OGUK’s chief executive Deirdre Michie said:

“Congratulations to all our winners and finalists for their phenomenal achievements. It was an amazing event, with the offshore oil and gas industry coming together to celebrate its best and brightest in what has been one of the strongest headwinds our sector has ever had to face.

“Although we could not be together in person, it is so important to highlight the progress our supply chain and businesses have made, and the continuous hard work of the people throughout our industry.

“The celebration is a super way to acknowledge great people, achievements and delivery, despite the current challenges we face.

“Looking to 2021, I believe the North Sea grit the people in our industry are known for will continue to help us move forward, with courage, co-operation and commitment.

“Thank you to everyone who participated, and to our members for their great support and the OGUK team for once again raising the bar to deliver such an excellent event that the whole industry can be proud of.”


Individual award winners:

  • Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by OPITO) – Scott Milligan, Trainee Mechanical Technician, CNOOC International
  • Graduate of the Year (sponsored by ECITB) – Connor Robb, Project Manager, Baker Hughes
  • Mentor of the Year – John Hogg, HSSEQ Director, TAQA Bratani Ltd

Company award winners:                           

  • Workforce Engagement (sponsored by Wood) – Spirit Energy
  • Business Innovation SME – Omniscient Safety Innovations Ltd
  • Business Innovation Large Enterprise – Petrofac
  • Diversity & Inclusion (sponsored by Apache) – Baker Hughes
  • Energy Transition (sponsored by Fairfield Decom Limited) – TOTAL E&P UK Ltd
  • Excellence in Decommissioning – Fairfield Energy Ltd



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