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Colette Cohen OBE

Colette  Cohen OBE

Chief Executive Officer

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 Oil & Gas UK and the OGA Decommissioning Board. She is now the Chair of the National College for Onshore Oil and Gas, sits on the Technology Leadership 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 the 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, the Institute of Directors and a Trustee of Springer Rescue for Scotland.