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Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety announce Safety Awards finalists

2 July 2018

The finalists for this year’s Offshore Safety Awards are announced today (2 July).

The awards – jointly organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety with TOTAL as principal sponsor – celebrate the outstanding individuals and companies going the extra mile to ensure safe operations on the UK Continental Shelf.

Les Linklater, Executive Director with Step Change in Safety said: “We had an overwhelming response to our call for entries which is a fantastic reflection of our industry’s continued focus on maintaining safe operations. Our judging panel had a strong field to choose from and I’d like to extend my congratulations to all our finalists for being shortlisted, a fantastic achievement.”

Matt Abraham, Health, Safety and Environment Director with Oil & Gas UK: “In the 30th year since the Piper Alpha disaster, discussions around safety come with a particular poignancy. These awards are an important part of ensuring we never lose focus on improving safety in the UKCS and we never become complacent. Well done to all our finalists and we look forward to celebrating their achievements in August.”

The finalists and the six categories are:


Safety Rep

Martin Barnes WorleyParsons
William Davidson Nexen
Paul Parkes Wood


Safety Leadership

James Ellerton WorleyParsons
Brian Miller Shell
Carolyn Smith Sodexo


Workforce Engagement

ETAP Safety Reps BP
Theddlethorpe Gas Terminal Team ConocoPhillips (U.K.) Limited
Buzzard Offshore Team Nexen


Innovation in Safety

ConocoPhillips (U.K.) Limited


Sharing & Learning

Jim Brand Total E&P UK Limited
Alan Dickson and Fiona Fleming BP
Process Safety Barrier Team ConocoPhillips (U.K.) Limited


Operational Integrity

Marcin Nazaruk BP
Wayne Fletcher ConocoPhillips (U.K.) Limited


The finalists will attend an interactive awards ceremony like no other at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) on Wednesday 29 August where they will pitch their safety initiative directly to attendees, who will get the chance to cast their vote and ultimately decide on the winners of this year’s awards.


To book your place at the event visit: Offshore Safety Awards.


Notes to Editors: ​

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

About Oil & Gas UK

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.

About Step Change in Safety (SCiS)

Launched in 1997, Step Change in Safety was created to continue post-Piper Alpha safety improvements and drive sustained safety performance improvement and workforce engagement.

As a tripartite member-led safety body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, the membership and leadership of Step Change in Safety is made up of oil and gas operators, contractor companies, the Health and Safety Executive, and the Trades Unions.



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