Leadership & Governance
A determined team leading change
Our Leadership Team and Board are responsible for the overall strategic direction and long-term success of the Net Zero Technology Centre.
Chief Executive Officer
Colette Cohen OBE
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 currently sits on the Boards of the National Strategy for Economic Transformation Delivery, Deep Ocean, NORECO, Technip Energies and the Technology Leadership Board. 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.
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.
Solution Centre Director
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.
She is a non-executive board member of FirstGroup, non-executive board member of the Centre for Process Innovation, an advisory board member for the Association of Black and Minority Engineers and sits on the Technology Leadership Board.
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.
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.
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 has two children and in her spare time studies mathematics, is a keen cat lover, and gamer.
Finance and Commercial Director
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!
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.
Innovation Network Director
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.
Head of Offshore Energy 4.0
Graeme is a Chartered Aeronautical Engineer, with over 25 years’ experience in industry, having held various technical and leadership positions within the aerospace, power, and energy sectors. As a Chief Engineer for Siemens and Doosan Babcock he has focussed on process improvement and digital technology, which he has leveraged to drive innovation and improved ways of working within engineering.
He has a keen interest in cross-sector knowledge sharing and is committed to applying solutions from other industries, such as aerospace and automotive, to accelerate the adoption of digital tools within the energy sector. He has a deep understanding of data science, process integration, and method development, which he has used to deliver IoT solutions, cloud-based applications, integrated processes, data analysis, and visualization. Passionate about delivering digital-based systems that meet industry challenges and continuously, Graeme keeps himself up to date with new technology developments and is keen to promote the potential benefits of new technology, seeking opportunities to get personal experience wherever possible.
He co-chairs the NSTA Common Data Toolkit Task Group, which forms part of the Digital Strategy Group outlined in the 2022 “Digitalising Offshore Energy Systems” strategy document. This group’s objective is to establish a common data toolkit that facilitates controlled and automated data sharing across the offshore energy sector. The focus is on leveraging existing operational, asset, decommissioning, and emissions data to drive innovation, cost reduction, and net zero.
Graeme is a strong advocate for the energy transition and recognizes the critical role that digital technologies play in accelerating the transition. He provides thought leadership and strategic focus to the Offshore Energy 4.0 team, which comprises a multidisciplinary group of experts that are passionate about data, digital systems, remote operations, robotics, and autonomous systems.
Head of Emissions Reduction
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.
Head of Industry & Partner Network
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 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.
Head of External Relations
Stephen is Head of External Relations at the Net Zero Technology Centre, where his mission is to enable the development and deployment of technology for an affordable net-zero energy future.
He has extensive interaction with Scottish and UK Government officials on the subjects of energy transition, innovation and policy. He is vice president of the Scottish Energy Forum, a member of the North East SCDI committee and a member of the SCDI Policy Committee.
Stephen is passionate about achieving the energy transition, reducing fuel poverty, and making Scotland thrive. He is convinced that City Regions will be major agents for change, reshaping our lived experience and redesigning our city spaces to become sustainable net zero environments. He is a regular writer, podcaster and commentator on net zero technologies and issues.
Stephen has a BA degree in Communication Studies from Glasgow Caledonian University and an MSc in International Marketing from the University of Strathclyde.
Chaired by Martin Gilbert, our Board is responsible for the overall strategic direction and long-term success of the Net Zero Technology Centre. It is responsible for making sure we have the resources, controls, and governance we need to deliver our goals.
Industry Advisory Panel
Chaired by Sian Lloyd Rees, our Industry Advisory panel provides independent expertise and advice to the Net Zero Technology Centre Board, offering strategic oversight and validation of trends, shape and impact of our technology portfolio. The Panel also reviews our portfolio to ensure it is aligned with our strategy to develop and deliver technologies for an affordable net zero energy system.
Chaired by Jeff Corray, our Audit Committee advises our Board on the effectiveness of our management procedures. It receives reports on risk, control and governance of the Centre, offers advice to the Board and monitors the resulting actions. The Audit Committee oversees the development and implementation of key policies on behalf of the Board.
Chaired by Martin Gilbert, our Nomination Committee reviews the structure, size and composition of the Net Zero Technology Centre Board to ensure the Board is appropriately represented in terms of skills, knowledge, experience and diversity. The Nomination Committee also works with the executive to ensure a robust succession plan for the executive is in place. The Nomination Committee will also ensure appropriate representation on other Board related committees and Panels.
Academic Advisory Panel
Chaired by Andy Samuel , our Academic Advisory Panel provides independent expertise and advice to the Net Zero Technology Centre Board through strategic oversight of research trends and validation of research activities. The Panel will also ensure that our activity is aligned to our strategy to develop and deliver technologies for an affordable net zero energy system.