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Energy Transition Leadership Network: Oceans of Opportunity: Ride the Career Wave

Energy Transition Leadership Network: Oceans of Opportunity: Ride the Career Wave

23 March 2023
Venue: Global Underwater Hub, 1 Abercrombie Court, Westhill, AB32 6FE | 17:30


The first in a new series of events from Global Underwater Hub that forms part of our inclusive new leadership community, the Energy Transition Leadership Network.

‘Oceans of Opportunity: Ride the career wave’ is aimed at those in the early to mid-phase of their career.  This evening event will discuss and debate how everyone can play a part in shaping the long-term career opportunities in the underwater industry – home to a diverse range of roles, based both onshore and offshore.

  • Are you motivated by technological, people and or strategic challenges? 
  • Do you aim to be at the forefront of driving the underwater industry towards and beyond net-zero?
  • Are you interested in being part of big conversations about the long-term career opportunities offered by the underwater sectors and how you can shape their future?

If so, join us hear from a panel of industry professionals and share your own thoughts, experiences and ideas, and discuss how we, as an industry, can engage and retain the existing talent in the underwater sectors and harness their potential for a successful future.

Our knowledgeable and experienced panel of industry professionals will share their career stories, experiences and suggestions to help lead the conversation in the room.  The panel includes:
  • Dr Roy Bitrus, TenzorGEO
  • Ian Phillips, Energy Consultant
  • Beena Sharma, Chief Executive Officer, CCU International
  • Obo Idornigie, Vice President – Sub-Saharan Africa, Welligence
  • Donald MacLeod, Engineering and SHEQ Director, Boskalis

The evening is an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues working across this diverse sector and for you to play a part in shaping its future, as we all journey along the road to net-zero.

Arrive from 17:30 for a 18:00 start, with refreshments on arrival, and contribute to the conversations within this vibrant new community.

To book, click the link at the top of the page.

Sponsored by:


Ian Phillips | Independent Consultant (Energy Transition)

Our inaugural speaker Ian Phillips is passionate about developing people at all professional career stages in both Learning and Business contexts.

Since his own
M.Eng. in Petroleum Engineering Ian has built an excellent reputation for his engaging teaching on the RGU and Dundee University MBA programmes. Ian’s rich career path has included senior leadership roles and entrepreneurialism with Pale Blue Dot Energy.

He has significant experience in the upstream oil and gas and climate change industries, with several operating companies and a global service company.
He is now a recognised authority in energy transition consultancy.

Donald Macleod | Engineering and SHEQ Director, Boskalis

A member of the senior leadership team at Boskalis Subsea Services, Donald is a civil engineer by trade with over 20 years’ experience working across onshore construction and oil and gas.

For the last 10 years, Donald has held senior management roles in an engineering consultancy, fuel distribution and retail, and latterly subsea construction, IRM and decommissioning.


Dr Roy Bitrus | TenzerGEO

Roy is an Enterprise Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Unlocking Ambition Programme and an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) aficionado with over 12+ years of experience in leadership, business development, technical sales and entrepreneurship.

Roy is the Director of sales with TenzorGEO working to advance and promote its unique micro seismic technology and services to the energy industry, with the aim of maximising economic recovery and providing a sustainable CO2monitoring technology to help deliver on net-zero targets.

Roy is the co-chair of AFBE UK Scotland and is also responsible for leading the AFBE Leadership team where he is the host of the leadership talk series and coordinates the TRANSCEND training programme which is a series of sessions aimed at inspiring effective leadership while unearthing the barriers to progression into corporate leadership.


Beena Sharma | CEO, CCU International 

A multi award-winning, results-driven CEO with experience in various industries including oil & gas, renewables, manufacturing, construction, cleantech, and healthcare. Focussed primarily on driving innovative approaches towards net zero including technology focussed start-ups in Biotechnology and Carbon Capture and Utilisation.

Proven experience in managing high growth and innovative businesses, developing behavioural change, change management, climate change programmes and driving net zero strategy for businesses. The ability to develop, strengthen and inspire teams to maximise company profitability and efficiency. With excellent communication and interpersonal skills, strong diplomatic skills, and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and building consensus amongst diverse individuals.

With a training background Beena spends much of her time educating businesses in Net Zero strategy and climate technology adoption. She contributes regularly to conferences as a panellist and speaker. Professional with a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Postgraduate in Psychology and qualified Carbon management specialist.

Obo Idornigie | Welligence 

Obo Idornigie joined Welligence in 2020 to lead Welligence’s upstream coverage of Nigeria and Ghana, and support business development efforts across West Africa. Prior to joining Welligence, he spent 12 years with Wood Mackenzie as an Africa-focused analyst and later as a corporate analyst. Obo holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Geology and Mining from the University of Jos, Nigeria and an MSc in Oil and Gas Economics from the University of Dundee, Scotland.


Kirstin Gove | Head of Communications, Global Underwater Hub

A seasoned communications professional, Kirstin has nearly three decades of experience in the media, marketing and corporate communications sectors. 
A former STV news anchor and broadcast journalist, Kirstin has gained knowledge working across various sectors of the energy industry including oil and gas, drilling and decommissioning, and was most recently Head of Communications at Step Change in Safety, the UK’s oil and gas safety organisation.

Karen Summers | Network Convenor