• Mike Healy, Director, Scotland, Institute for Collaborative Working

  • John Scrimgeour, Director of the Aberdeen Institute of Energy, University of Aberdeen



Mike Healy, Director, Scotland, Institute for Collaborative Working

Mike Healy is Founder of MultiMutual, an organisation which specialises in designing, engineering and orchestrating collaborative working methods. He is also Director, Scotland, of the Institute for Collaborative Working, promoting the value of collaboration and providing awareness and educational programmes on collaborative working and the BS11000/ISO44001 standard.

He holds a Bachelor degree and an MBA from Glasgow University, is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute for Personnel and Development and is a Member of the Institute for Collaborative Working. 

He is an experienced main Board director and has held international executive level positions with responsibilities and accountabilities for functions in the UK, USA, South America, Middle East and Europe. His experience includes: guiding companies and individuals on process, culture and behaviours required for Collaborative Working; International Human Resources Management and its supporting systems; and Executive level Leadership and Management Development. He acts as a sounding board for MD’s/CEO’s and as a coach for line managers needing to achieve business objectives through collaborative leadership, trust and effective communications. He has worked in a number of sectors including the Energy ( Power & Oil & Gas), Engineering, Manufacturing and Public Sectors.


John Scrimgeour, Director of the Aberdeen Institute of Energy, University of Aberdeen

John Scrimgeour was appointed Director of the Aberdeen Institute of Energy at University of Aberdeen in September 2013 having come from a career in the Oil Industry spanning some 35 years.  He started his career as a Petroleum Engineer progressing into technical leadership roles with Occidental and Sun Oil. He then moved into management spending the last 10 years in industry with Petro-Canada/Suncor as Regional Manager Northwest Europe.  Approximately one third of his career has been spent overseas in South America and Africa mainly in Country Manager roles.

John started his working life as a Civil Engineer and holds a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Aberdeen and a Masters Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College, London


Gunther Newcombe, Director of Operations, OGA

Gunther joined OGA on June 1st 2015 from Indonesia where he was President and CEO of VICO, a joint venture upstream business owned by BP and ENI focused on both conventional onshore oil and gas and coal bed methane. Gunther is a graduate of Manchester University and started his 35 year career with BP as a geologist. Assignments followed in London, Germany, China, Aberdeen, Norway, Indonesia, Houston and Venezuela. In the UK North Sea, Gunther’s leadership roles have included operating an FPSO in the Atlantic Frontier, running BP’s onshore terminals and pipeline business and finally as VP Decommissioning for BP. Gunther is married with four children and based in Aberdeen.


David E Hawkins: ICW Operations Director

David has an extensive career in projects and procurement within the construction industry. For over 40 years he has been associated with the development and implementation of major projects in many parts of the world, which has provided an insight into the many organisational and cultural challenges that projects and global operations can generate. He has been an active promoter of collaborative concepts and the development of extended enterprises through the building of alliances. He is the architect of the CRAFT programme and was the technical author of the British Standards Institutions’ PAS 11000 collaborative business relationship standard, world first published in 2006 and chairman of the BSI committee that developed BS 11000, published in October 2010. He lead the development of ISO 44001 is now leading the future developments

Sun Tzu and the Project Battleground: Creating Project Strategy using the Art of War published by Palgrave Macmillan 2004

The Bending Moment: Energising corporate strategy published by Palgrave Macmillan 2005.

Corporate Social Responsibility; Balancing Tomorrows sustainability with Today’s profitability published 2006 published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Raising the standard for collaboration; Published by British Standards 2013


Norton Bertram Smith, Honorary Executive Fellow with Aberdeen University’s Business School; and, Managing Director of On Purpose Ltd. 

Norton, as founding director of On Purpose Ltd., has facilitated strategic change and leadership development programmes in the North East of Scotland for over 10 years. Norton focuses on understanding the context in which change and leadership exists and bringing authentic relationships into the workplace. 

He became an honorary executive fellow within Aberdeen University’s Business School in 2016 as a member of their MBA faculty.

Norton left the corporate world in 2003 as Managing Director of Aberdeen Airport; having originally joined Sir John Egan’s executive development team in 1995, to help prepare for the design, procurement and construction of BAA/Heathrow’s Terminal 5. He was also a member of BAA’s Leadership Development board, IT board, and Organisational Development board. Prior to joining BAA, Norton was an associate with ARUP and spent four years in Athens as General Manager of ARUP (Hellas), as part of a team monitoring Greece’s 8 billion$USD Introduction of Natural Gas Project on behalf of the EU. He started his career as a professional quantity surveyor in Johannesburg, graduating from the University of Witwatersrand, moving to the UK in 1986. Norton is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, the Society of Organisational Learning and has an MSc in Mindfulness from the University of Aberdeen.


Mark Richardson MBA MSc MAPM, Apache North Sea Projects Group Manager

Mark is a qualified project manager, holds an MSc in Offshore Engineering with distinction and an MBA, both from the Robert Gordon University.  In 2013 he was presented with the SUT Award of Merit, and also won the Oil and Gas UK Business Efficiency Award for his Forties Alpha Satellite Platform Project.  In 2015 Mark was awarded the Industry Emerging Leader Award at the P&J Gold Awards.  In support of the Industry Mark led the Co-operation, Culture and Behaviours work stream for the Efficiency Task Force for Oil and Gas UK and is a member of the Subsea UK Board and the Engineering and Construction and Industry Training Board.

Mark joined Apache in 2003 as part of the acquisition of the Forties Field and since the Apache takeover he has been a member of the Apache North Sea Management Team.  With the 2011 acquisition of the Exxon Mobil North Sea Assets he was appointed the Projects Group Manager, with responsibilities for all topsides and subsea brownfield project and operations work and all green-field developments from concept to completion.

Prior to joining Apache, Mark worked for; BP, Lloyds Register and numerous contractors in various roles.  The first 12 years of his working career were spent in the military as a Captain in the Royal Engineers, serving with the Commando Brigade and specialising in military diving operations.


Alec Harley, Portfolio Director - Energy, Leidos

A graduate of Edinburgh university Alec has over 25 years experience in high hazard process industries.  With his background in control engineering Alec is Portfolio Director for Energy, with responsibility for driving forward the business within UK/Europe.
Prior to the merger between Leidos and Lockheed Martin’s IS&GS business in 2016, Alec formed the partnership with ScottishPower to develop Lockheed Martin’s successful Process Safety offering.
Alec’s previous roles included leading the global consultancy business in Energy, specifically Power Generation and O&G  and was directly involved in a number of high profile Process Safety projects, including GDF SUEZ, DONG Energy, Centrica Storage, Oil & Pipeline Agency, and Contact Energy.
Alec has authored and co-authored a number of papers on Process Safety, presenting and chairing events around the world.   His extensive business and programme management expertise, along with a strong consultancy and engineering/technical skillset, enable Alec to lead the Energy business and build on our Leidos engineering heritage.


Stephen Marcos Jones, Director of Business Excellence, Oil & Gas UK

Leading Oil & Gas UK's Efficiency Taskforce, Stephen Marcos Jones works with Oil & Gas UK members such as Shell UK, BP, Maersk and Nexen to make the UK Continental Shelf more efficient through behavioural change and bold action. Committed to high quality engagement with the association's broad and diverse membership, Stephen is also responsible for ensuring Oil & Gas UK is well-placed to strengthen the success of its members throughout the supply chain at home and aboard, and leads the programme to gain support and understanding for the industry's vision from the wider workforce. Stephen also runs the commercial arm of the association, providing oversight of the association's extensive events programme. With 13 years' experience gained through diverse stakeholder engagement roles, he has worked internationally for much of his career. Before joining Oil & Gas UK, Stephen worked on projects for the UK Government's Department for Education. Previous to that, he spent five years leading the communications department of a European scientific organisation. Stephen holds a Masters' Degree from the University of Oxford and an MBA from Imperial College, London.


David Anderson, BAM Nuttall Ltd

David Anderson is a qualified civil engineer with over 25 years’ experience in construction. He has extensive experience in delivering complex civil engineering projects where collaboration was vital to achieving success. As Head of Business Process and Quality at BAM Nuttall he has been instrumental in the embedment of their collaborative ethos into their business processes. BAM Nuttall were the first construction organisation within the UK to gain certification to BS11000 for their whole business management system.

As a fervent advocate of the benefits of collaborative working David has been driving forward knowledge share, research, teaching and professional standing within this field through his work with the Institute for Collaborative Working, the Chartered Quality Institute and the British Quality Foundation.

David is a Fellow of the CQi, a Chartered Waste Manager, a Chartered Environmentalist and a Member of the Institute for Collaborative Working. He chairs both the ICW Membership Committee and the Lean workgroup of the European Network of Construction Companies for Research and Development.


Steven Petrie, Head of Procurement - Projects, Centrica E&P

Steven has over 15 years’ experience both national and international in the oil and gas industry for both service companies and operators across a range of categories within wells, projects and O&M.

He joined Subsea 7 in 2000 and held a variety of roles within the Contracts and Procurement function supporting activity across a wide range of projects in both West Africa and the North Sea gaining valuable experience and understanding of the industry, procurement and contracts.

In 2010 joined Centrica as the Supply Chain Manager for Wells supporting all drilling activity across the E&P portfolio which included UK/NL, Norway, Trinidad & Tobago and North America. In 2014 was appointed the Supply Chain Manager for Projects in Norway and lead the development of the Strategic Partnership Alliance to support the operated development projects of the company. Recently appointed the interim Head of Procurement for Capital and Engineering managing a team that supports the procurement activity across the E&P and DE&P businesses of Centrica.


David Connolly, Head of Site Posit Operational Clean Out (POCO) for Sellafield


David has over 15 years of leading projects in 14 countries for the aerospace, renewables and Oil & Gas industries. He has a Masters in Engineering from Kingston University and an MBA from Liverpool University. David started his career in the aeronautical industry developing aircraft test facilities and software, before moving into Computational Fluid Dynamics research and consultancy for renewables and cooperatively funded oil & gas technologies. After his time as Operations Director of the Zeta Group and Managing Director of Zeta Dynamics, providing production enhancement consultancy and equipment to a number of industries, David moved to Aberdeen to join Wood Group where he has worked for the last 11 years delivering brownfield projects and portfolios around the globe, and more recently as the Vice President of Wood Group's study group. He is about to take up a new role in the nuclear decommissioning industry at Sellafield where he hopes to bring across his collaboration and innovation expertise.

David has pleasant memories of working on collaborative projects and hard earned scars from the more confrontationally inclined teams.

David is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management, a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, and a Registered Project Professional. Until recently he has served as the Chairman of the APM Aberdeen Chapter and sat on the ECITB Offshore Project Management Steering Group where he was involved in the development of the Project Collaboration Toolkit. He also guest lectures at a number of universities.

David is married to Joanna and has one daughter, Freya, with one more daughter on the way, and they are all looking forward to their move to Cumbria and the opportunity of living on the doorstep of the Lake District.

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