ITF Board Members


ITF is a not-for-profit organisation that serves its members.

The Board will therefore comprise a few executive Directors and a majority of non-executive Directors who together bring the relevant skills and experience required.

Non-executive Directors will often be from current or recent Member companies' employees and current or recent employees of developers. All Directors act as individuals rather than as representatives of any group or organisation and have a duty to execute their duties in the best interests of ITF.

It is recognised that current and recent employees of member companies and developers will usually not fulfil the requirements of independence set out in the UK Corporate Governance Code. However the Board are not involved in the selection of joint industry projects to be supported (this is the decision of individual members). Accordingly it is believed that the above selection criteria will ensure the most effective governance of the company.

To further ensure the avoidance of actual or potential conflicts of interest, the Board will:

  1. Seek to have some Directors with a greater degree of independence
  2. Avoid situations where a Director is also the ITF Member company representative
  3. Rigorously declare and consider all potential conflicts of interest and avoid situations where such conflicts could affect the judgement of the Board

john wishart

John Wishart

Chairman

John leads the Energy business of Lloyd’s Register, the world’s oldest technical authority on safety and risk management working around the world across 237 locations to help organisations comply with regulations and industry best practice so they can operate safely and productively.

Before joining Lloyd’s Register in December 2011, John was President of GL Noble Denton responsible for the organisation’s growth strategy and leading the integration of multiple heritage businesses. In 2008 he was Group MD of Noble Denton guiding the organisation through the
merger with GL. 

John has held a wide range of leadership positions across the consulting, contracting and operator sectors with John Brown, BP, Genesis Oil & Gas Consultants which he helped to establish. He spent 10 years in Houston rising to the position of President and CEO at Technip Americas and in 2007 he was accountable for Technip’s regional E&C business covering the Americas. He has a strong industry network and has gained exposure to the nuclear, power and renewable energy industries. He is accustomed to developing business with a range of stakeholders including government, IOC’s, NOC’s and service companies around the world.

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Dr Patrick O'Brien, FREng

Chief Executive
+44 (0)1224 222410
p.obrien@itfenergy.com

A Chartered Engineer with 30 years’ oil and gas industry experience, Dr O’Brien started his career with riser design specialist MCS, where he helped to lead the business through successful product commercialisation, international growth and subsequent integration into Wood Group Kenny.  Dr O’Brien is a recognised expert in subsea riser mechanics, riser design and flexible pipe technology and has established an international reputation for his contributions to the industry.

In April 2013, Dr O’Brien joined ITF as Chief Executive and is responsible for driving forward ambitious global growth plans for the organisation, while strengthening the development and deployment of innovative technology for the oil and gas industry’s most pertinent challenges through collaborative projects among its members.

Dr O’Brien is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng); he is an Honorary Professor of Engineering at the University of Aberdeen and an Adjunct Professor of Engineering at the National University of Ireland, Galway.  Up until recently, for a period of close to ten years since its formation in 2004, Dr O’Brien served on the board of industry body Subsea UK.

steve garrett

Steve Garrett

Non-Executive Director

Steve Garrett is currently Manager of Chevron's UK Global Technology Centre (GTC) in Aberdeen, Scotland. The UK GTC provides multi-functional support for major projects worldwide.

Following a BSc in Geology from University of Bristol (1980) and an MSc in Applied Geophysics from the University of Birmingham (1981), Steve joined the British Antarctic Survey to lead three seasons of fieldwork investigating the crustal structure of the Antarctic Peninsula and West Antarctica, leading to a PhD (1987). He joined Chevron in exploration in London, with further assignments in Calgary, Southern California (twice) and Aberdeen (twice). Most of his energy industry work has involved leading teams applying technology in field development and reservoir management for gas, water flood and heavy oil steam flood fields in NW Europe and North America, together with people development for earth scientists in Chevron.

Steve has published over 20 papers on geophysics, tectonics, earth modeling, regional stratigraphy and reservoir characterisation. He was the first Vice-President of the gOcad research consortium at the start of successful commercialisation of this modeling environment. He was quoted by the New York Times in the 2007 article on the application of technology to sustain production from mature fields. He is a director of the Centre for Research into Earth Energy Systems (CeREES) at Durham University, and is 2011 President of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB).

neil kavanagh

Neil Kavanagh

Non-Executive Director

Originating from Leeds, Yorkshire in UK, Neil graduated From University Of Manchester with Honours Degrees in Engineering and Management in 1986.

An International oil and gas career followed working with Shell in various production and engineering roles in North sea, Brunei and Oman in middle east. Subsurface development roles followed in Australia (Melbourne) and later Woodside (Perth) where Neil has been based since 1999 working as Production Technologist, Well Integrity Authority, Completions and Subsea Systems Manager and then Chief Science and Technology Manager.

Passions include deepwater development technology, operational excellence, continuous improvement and bringing cost effective gas development to Australia.

Out of work: Enjoys a weekend organic farm, plays guitar and has four children.

jeremy cutler

Jeremy Cutler

Non-Executive Director

Jeremy Cutler is currently Head of Technology Innovation within the Geoscience Research Centre (GRC) at Total Exploration & Production in Aberdeen. Following a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Exeter University Jeremy served a three year Short Service Commission with the British Army as a platoon commander in The Light Infantry.

In 1985 he joined BP Exploration as a petroleum engineer in Aberdeen working first as an economist and then offshore on well logging and testing operations before moving to Stavanger, Norway as a production engineer on the ULA platform. In 1989 he was assigned to BP Exploration Frontiers International (XFI) in London where he worked on the evaluation of prospects and the economics for the east coast Canada and deep water Angola exploration acreage.

After studying a full time MBA at Warwick University Jeremy joined Total Oil Marine in London as a development architect working on North Sea assets before moving to Aberdeen and further afield to Bergen, Norway on secondment to Norsk Hydro’s Troll subsea project. In 1996 he transferred to Paris to work for three years in Total’s Advanced Technology Department. In 1999 he assumed responsibility for the deepwater Nigerian Akpo Field development studies which he led through prospect evaluation to project sanction before moving with his family to Thailand in 2003 on secondment to PTTEP’s Bongkot South asset team. In 2005 he returned to Aberdeen to head up the development studies for Total’s west of Shetland Laggan-Tormore development. After sanction of the project he spent four years working on the Laggan-Tormore pipeline construction contracts after managing the overall project FEED studies in London.

Outside of work Jeremy has a keen interest in the countryside and enjoys fishing and shooting as well as singing with a local choir. He is married with three children.

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Tamara Sebire

Non-Executive Director

Tamara has a Masters degree in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College (University of London) where she was the first female to complete the course back in 1987. She has also completed a Diploma of Engineering Management with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (UK).

Tamara joined Conoco (UK) after graduating and held various Reservoir and Petroleum engineering positions in Theddlethorpe and Aberdeen working on both oil and gas developments.

In 1994 she moved to Dubai to work on Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR). In 1998 she moved New Zealand where she became Group Development Manager for Fletcher Challenge Energy before the company was taken over by Shell in 2001. She then returned to the UK to work for RDS where she was responsible for managing assets for clients such as BP. Tamara moved to Australia in 2004 to take up the position of Chief Reservoir Engineer with Santos. She joined Woodside in 2006 and held senior positions, firstly as Vice President (VP) Reservoir Development and eventually as VP Technology.

Tamara has been working at Premier Oil since February 2012 and earlier this year took up her current role as Catcher Area Development Project Manager.

Martin McCormack

Martin McCormack

Non-Executive Director

Martin McCormack has recently taken up the role of BP’s Middle East Technology Manager for their oil business and is based in Abu Dhabi. He is a Petroleum Engineer by background, with over 25 years of international and UK experience with BP in technical, operational, project management, supply chain management, people development and technology management positions.

Prior to arriving in Abu Dhabi he was BP’s North Sea Region Technology Manager, a role he held for four years. Martin has been a non-Executive Director of ITF since 2010. 

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Neil Poxon

Non-Executive Director

Neil graduated from Sheffield University in 1988 with an honours degree in Chemical Process Engineering with Fuel Technology.

After university he joined TR Oil Services as the company's first graduate employee. In 1989 TR posted Neil to the Middle East and in 1990 Neil joined Baker Petrolite where he rose to the position of Middle East District Manager, before leaving to become Middle East Regional Manager for Champion Technologies.

In 2000 Neil returned to the UK as Regional Manager of CETCO Oilfield Services. As the only UK based employee Neil was tasked with launching and developing the business in the UK, as well as creating a wider Eastern Hemisphere market for the US based company.

In 2006 CETCO Oilfield Services had 42 people based at its regional HQ in Aberdeen servicing clients in the UK, Norway, Kazakhstan, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific Regions.

In June 2006 Neil was appointed as Managing Director of ITF. During his six years at ITF, Neil was responsible for bringing a global vision to the organisation, successfully creating and delivering a service company engagement programme, increasing ITF membership by more than 50% and pro-actively ensure ITF effectively delivers its members technology needs.

In October 2012 Neil returned to the front line of technology development, taking up the position of CEO at PWA (ProSep).  Following PWA’s acquisition of ProSep assets in late 2013, the combined organization now known as ProSep, offers an unparalleled portfolio of oil, gas & water separation technologies and services to the global oil & gas industry.

Tom Tilton

Tom Tilton

Non Executive Director

Tom Tilton is Vice President of Research and Engineering and Chief Technology Officer for Weatherford International, an international oil and gas service company. Tom graduated from the University of Houston in 1976 with a B. S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and he began his career in the energy industry as a design engineer with Baker Hughes.

During his career with both Baker and Weatherford, he has led teams in the design of innovative new technology in drilling, well construction, completion, and production. He holds 29 patents in these technology areas and at Weatherford he has led the development of an international technology organization that provides solutions to challenges in the exploration and production of oil and gas resources globally. This has involved maintaining strong relationships with key universities and clients located around the world.

Tom serves as a board member of ITF, a global technology facilitator company based in the U.K. For many years, he has served as a member and he is also a former chairman of the Engineering Leadership Board at the University of Houston. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and is a board member of the R&D Technical Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Tom is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.

bill cattanach

Bill Cattanach

Observer

Bill is Head of Industry and Technology Development for upstream Oil and Gas. His team sits within DECC`s Licensing and Consents unit and is based in Aberdeen. He is a chartered surveyor and joined the Energy Department some 10 years ago after working in the Scottish Executive's Rural Affairs Department.

In addition to the above the section deals with all supply chain and Technology issues and maintain strong links with Sectoral and Regional trade associations. As part of this Bill sits on the board of ITF, NOF Energy, EEEgr, Subsea UK and Decom North Sea, he is an active member of the Industry Supply Chain forum.

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