Colette Cohen is the Chief Executive Officer for The Net Zero Technology Centre and has worked in the oil and gas industry for more than 25 years. Colette successfully launched The Centre in 2017 and has established it as the ‘go to’ technology centre for the industry. Since starting her career offshore with bp in 1991, Colette has worked for ConocoPhillips in the North Sea, Norway, the US and Kazakhstan, where she received a Jubilee Medal from the Kazakh Prime Minister in recognition of her contribution to the country’s oil and gas industry. Prior to joining the centre, she was Senior Vice President for Centrica Energy’s Exploration and Production business in the UK and The Netherlands.
Colette has previously served on the board of Offshore Energies UK and the OGA Decommissioning Board. She is now the Chair of the National College for Onshore Oil and Gas and unmanned aviation firm Flylogix, sits on the Technology Leadership Board, the National Strategy for Economic Transformation Delivery Board, the Deep Ocean Board and is a Non-Executive Director for both OPITO and NORECO. She is also a Commissioner for the Just Transition Commission for Scotland, an active champion for the industrial transition of the oil and gas industry to a net zero future and a committed role model for women in industry.
In October 2021, Colette was nominated for appointment as a non-executive director for Technip Energies, acting as an observer at the meetings of the Board of Directors until after the company’s 2022 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders.
Colette is a chemistry graduate from Queens University Belfast, has a Masters in Project Management and Economics from Ceram University, an honorary doctorate from the University of Aberdeen, and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Institute of Directors.
Myrtle Dawes is Solution Centre Director at the Net Zero Technology Centre where she leads the development of technology for net zero in the energy sector. A Chartered Chemical Engineer, Myrtle is an established leader with extensive experience in the energy sector both in the UK and overseas. Respected as a prominent voice on the energy transition, she began her career 30 years ago as an offshore engineer for BP, before delivering on leadership roles in engineering, project management, technology and digital transformation. Myrtle’s passion for innovation and technology galvanises her colleagues, government and industry to take action and push boundaries.
In 2017, Myrtle received recognition for her contribution to business, having featured in Breaking the Glass Ceiling and being selected as one of 100 Women to Watch in the Cranfield FTSE Board Report 2017. In 2021 she was recognised by TE:100 as one of the Women of the Energy Transition.
Myrtle holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology from Imperial College. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, Fellow of the Energy Institute, Fellow of the Forward Institute and Honorary Fellow of the Association of Project Managers. She is a non-executive board member of the Centre for Process Innovation, a member of the Board of Governors at University of Lincoln and sits on the Technology Leadership Board.
Myrtle has two children and in her spare time studies mathematics, is a keen cat lover, and gamer.
As Finance and Commercial Director, Nicola brings strong leadership and drive to deliver high quality and transparent management reporting at The Net Zero Technology Centre. With a strong background in performance management, Nicola has over 20 years’ experience working in finance and commercial roles, including Maersk Oil where she held a range of senior management positions including Chief of Staff for the COO. She is also passionate about corporate responsibility, supporting a range of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) engagement with schools, alongside diversity in the work place initiatives through the Powerful Women network.
Outside work, Nicola is a keen swimmer and is aiming for an impressive 13,000 lengths this year. She is married and has two teenage children and two mad dogs. She also loves her champagne and nice food!
Mary joined the Net Zero Technology Centre from Vestas, the world leading wind turbine manufacturer, where she led Public Affairs for Northern & Central Europe. Mary has spent over 10 years in the wind industry, previously at the Swedish utility Vattenfall, building support in governments and society for sustainable, long term growth in wind and renewables to drive the journey to Net Zero. She holds a number of Board positions, including at Renewable UK and the Aldersgate Group, and participates in a number of initiatives such as Women in Wind, to support the long term strategic direction of the industry.
Mark Anderson is TechX Director at the Net Zero Technology Centre, where he leads the Centre’s activities to create, grow and develop start-up companies, to help accelerate the transition to net zero. Mark began his career with Procter & Gamble in 1991, before spending 25 years in strategy consulting and corporate advisory. For the last 20 years Mark’s focus has been on low carbon energy, climate change and sustainable technology. Before joining the Net Zero Technology Centre in March 2021 Mark co-founded two technology businesses alongside his advisory work, in which he focused on raising funds for start-ups and developing their business strategies, leading commercial due diligence for finance houses and advising large corporates on strategy and M&A.
Mark is passionate about entrepreneurship, and about helping to catalyse the transition to a net zero world and the role start-ups can play. Mark is an experienced mentor, and a seasoned chair and speaker at energy and cleantech conferences. He holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from Oxford University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Technology and Energy Policy from Imperial College, London.
Outside work, Mark enjoys golf, tennis, skiing and hillwalking, and is a keen singer.
Luca works to bring “the outside in”, connecting innovators and academics across sectors and disciplines, to explore the latest technologies that could be adopted to address oil and gas industry challenges. Leading The Net Zero Technology Centre’s horizon scanning activity, he identifies emerging technology trends, cutting through the hype to identify potential areas of impact and application. With a background in business and organisational change leadership, Luca has developed a strong network and is passionate about harnessing this to deliver the next generation of the net zero energy industry.
Outside work Luca loves reading, music and travel. He is married with two young daughters and a dog. He enjoys the rare motorbike ride in Scotland and even rarer ski trip on the Alps.
Laura Paterson is a highly commercial Global HR leader with a passion for Organisational Development and a strong background in diversity and inclusion. Laura has over 20 years' experience in strategic HR roles, most recently for Shell where she held a range of Global HR Leadership roles across a variety of businesses over the last 13 years.
As an experience coach, Laura has supported TEDxGlasgow for a number of years, coaching speakers to deliver the talk of their lives. Laura is also a board Trustee of Scotland Women in Technology (SWiT) where she champions diversity and gender equality in the technology sector in Scotland.
Outside work Laura has recently reignited her passion for cycling (both indoor and outdoor). She is married with two primary school aged children which is also a driving force for her passion to inspire Scotland’s future talent pipeline into STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) roles.
Stephen is focused on building strong relationships with the Centre’s strategic partners, members and non-member stakeholder communities. Prior to joining The Net Zero Technology Centre, Stephen held senior business development and marketing positions within the oil and gas sector and latterly, was a Director with an oil and gas focused international executive search firm. He has experience in advising a wide range of global companies and organisations including oil and gas operators, international service companies, private equity businesses in various industrial sectors, higher education institutions and economic development.
Outside work, Stephen loves reading and travelling (ideally together). He is married with two hockey mad teenage daughters. He watches a lot of hockey!
Rebecca is passionate about delivering innovation to support emissions reduction in a maturing North Sea basin. This includes identifying and appraising existing technology readiness and accessibility to the marketplace, while championing the latest advancements in field development, operations, late life and decommissioning in the transition to a net zero future. A highly driven and motivated senior manager with more than 20 years' experience in the energy sector, Rebecca harnesses her strong strategic planning and communications skills to manage complex projects.
Outside work Rebecca spends most of her time at the Ellon Scout Hut, coaching and mentoring over 80 young people in developing their outdoor skills. If she’s not camping in all weathers then she enjoys time with her two children, her patient husband and a very mad black Labrador.
Head of Energy System Integration
A chartered engineer who has worked in both the oil & gas and renewable energy sectors over the last 20 years, Martyn has the privilege of leading a team that is passionate about ensuring that the oil and gas industry helps enable the transition to a low carbon future. He believes firmly that the skills, experience and infrastructure established over the last four decades in NE Scotland and the wider UK oil and gas industry will have a pivotal role to play if we are to meet our net zero targets. The Energy System Integration team covers three industrial sectors that offer huge growth potential – offshore renewables, hydrogen and CCUS.
Away from work Martyn enjoys coaching his two primary school age sons’ football and rugby teams, reading, running and spending time with friends and family.
Interim Head of Offshore Energy 4.0
A Geoscientist by background, Steve joined BP in 1978 and held various technical and leadership positions while working in many worldwide locations during a 36-year international career covering exploration, appraisal, field development, information technology & services and technology roles.
In 2008 Steve was appointed as Vice President of Digital Technical Solutions for BP’s Upstream IT where he led the standardisation and adoption of digital solutions for technical and engineering disciplines in the Upstream Segment. He worked closely with senior BP leadership, particularly the heads of the technical functions of Geoscience, Drilling and Engineering, to agree process improvements facilitated by digitally based standard solutions.
Steve was then appointed as VP, Field of the Future Technology flagship program in January 2011, where he was responsible for setting and executing the strategic direction of BP’s R&D investments in Digital Oil Field technology across Upstream Functions.
Steve retired from BP in 2014 to provide independent advice to operating, service and supply chain companies. He advises on the selection, development and adoption of digitally based information technologies that help manage safety, improve equipment reliability and optimise daily operations. He is a member of the Institute of Directors.
Steve is currently Interim Head of Offshore Energy 4.0 at the Net Zero Technology Centre, leading the team to enable digital data, information, robotics and autonomous systems projects.
As Head of Industry & Partner Network, Roger spearheads our solution centre connection to members, technology developers, supply chain and stakeholders. Roger has more than 25 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector, having has held a variety of supply chain leadership positions within companies ranging from SMEs to tier 1 contractors. Before joining The Net Zero Technology Centre, he was Chief Executive of industry trade organisation, Decom North Sea.
Roger is an active member of the GlobalScot community and is a Chartered Surveyor, as well as a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
Vinay is a Chartered Chemical Engineer with 15+ years of experience in providing benchmarked global solutions tailored for local environments across the low carbon energy generation sector. Prior to joining The NetZero Technology Centre, Vinay led the Business Development team for the low carbon power generation sector at Doosan Babcock (UK) and served as a Research Scientist in Heavy Oil & Oilsands division at Alberta Research Council, Canada.
As Chief Technologist, Vinay is focused on nurturing the next generation of net zero technologies by leveraging fundamental research expertise provided by higher educational institutions and maximising collaborative research with industry, thereby positioning The Centre as a lead research and technology organisation for delivering UK's 2050 targets.
Vinay has previously served as a Board member of Scottish Energy Advisory group (SEAB), chaired by the First Minister. He is a Non-Executive Advisor to Energy Technology Partnership (ETP), the largest power and energy research partnership between academia, government and industry in Europe. Vinay is also an Advisory Board member at Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS), the largest CCS research group in the UK.
Vinay holds a PhD degree in post-combustion carbon capture technologies from the University of Ottawa, Canada, a MSc degree in Process Engineering (in French) from ENSGTI, France, a BEng degree in Chemical engineering from Bangalore University, India and has published eight journal papers.