Step Change in Safety is governed by a board of directors, membership of which is drawn from senior executives within member companies or organisations, all of whom are committed to working to make safety improvements in the oil and gas industry.
The board of directors provides leadership that guides and shapes the vision of Step Change in Safety as it continually works for members and their staff to deliver continuous improvements in the oil and gas industry’s safety performance. Board members assist the Support Team, Leadership Team and Workgroups to develop and deliver events and resources for members, shape policy, facilitate research and engage with external organisations such as governments, local authorities, educational institutions, and non-member companies and associations, nationally and internationally.
Step Change in Safety and its board of directors are governed by articles of association.
Our board comprises a maximum of ten people and includes one representative of the Health & Safety Executive, one representative of the trade union members, the Executive Director of Step Change in Safety and up to seven representatives from member companies.
The current members of our board are listed below.
- Bob Fennell
- Operations Director/ General Manager
- Chrysaor Limited
Bob joined Chrysaor in late 2016 as Operations Director. He is a Chartered Engineer with a MSc/DIC in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College and a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering from Leeds University.
Bob spent the first twenty years of his career working in increasingly senior drilling and completion roles within BP, Elf, Transocean and finally Nexen. At Nexen he moved into Operations Management and over the next ten years served in a variety of senior positions initially as VP Operations, Yemen followed then by three years as Director, UK Operations; where from 2010 to 2013 he was responsible for over 200mboepd of gross production and $2billion of annual expenditure.
From September 2013 to early 2015 he was VP, Global Deepwater supporting all Nexen’s and CNOOC’s international deepwater operations. He was then appointed VP, Oil Sands for Nexen in Canada where, as with the UK, he was responsible for over 1,000 direct employees and contractors.
Not only has Bob significant operational experience but he has also led or been closely involved in a number of successful transformational initiatives from the nationalisation of the Yemen operations, through the growth of Nexen UK from 20 people to being the largest UK oil producer and more recently with delivering fundamental changes to the Canadian Oil Sands operating model.
- Rhona Flin
- Professor of Industrial Psychology
- Robert Gordon University
Rhona Flin is Professor of Industrial Psychology, Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University and Emeritus Professor of Applied Psychology, University of Aberdeen. She began to conduct psychological research with the offshore oil and gas industry in 1987 and has studied various aspects of safety and emergency response, such as OIMs’ and supervisors’ safety leadership, risk perception and safety culture on offshore installations, situation awareness in drillers.
She also led a five-year multi-centre research project on patient safety in Scottish hospitals. She was a member of the Safety Advisory Committee for the Military Aviation Authority of the UK Ministry of Defence and is on the Board of Directors for the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Human Factors Technical Section.
Her work examines human performance in high risk work settings, such as healthcare, aviation and the energy industries, with studies focusing on leadership, safety culture, team skills and cognitive skills. Current projects include psychological factors in the introduction of new technology on the UKCS, managers’ safety leadership and non-technical skills in safety-critical tasks. She has published eleven books and 150 peer-reviewed articles.
- Steve Rae
- Executive Director
- Step Change in Safety
Steve Rae has more than 35 years’ experience in the international oil and gas industry. Having entered the industry as an Offshore Technician, he was onboard Piper Alpha on July 6th, 1988. Having survived the horrific events of that night, Steve chose to continue working in the Industry where he went on to become an accomplished executive.
Throughout his time in industry, Steve has held several senior positions such as Vice President (VP) QHSE, VP International Drilling Operations, Country Manager & VP Business Development. He also served IADC as Chairman and Ex – Officio of the North Sea Chapter.
In 2013 he received the IADC “Val Hood” award for services to the drilling industry. Steve was a member of the Step Change in Safety Leadership Team from 2007 - 2011 and was then Chairman of Statoil’s (Brazil) Aiming High Group in 2014/15. The experience gained throughout his time in Industry has provided him with a unique perspective on safety culture, effective team leadership and workforce engagement from “boardroom to coalface”.
Steve returned to the UK in 2018 and became Operations Manager with Well-Safe Solutions - a Tier One company which specialises in well plug and abandonment services. Steve is also Chairman of the Pound for Piper Charity who provide support towards the up-keep of the Piper Alpha Rose Gardens and Memorial located in Aberdeen.
Steve qualified as an Electrical Technician through a traditional City and Guilds program. In 1996 he returned to Robert Gordon’s University, Aberdeen, graduating in 2000 with an International MBA.
- Craig Shanaghey
- President of Operations Services, Europe and Africa
- Wood Plc
Craig drives Wood’s strategy to increase customer and shareholder value in the UKCS, Norway and Africa. He leads a team focused on delivering safe and sustainable solutions to support facilities and producing assets across multiple sectors.
With more than three decades of multi-industry experience, Craig has held senior operational, strategic and project director roles across Europe. He joined Wood from Amec Foster Wheeler where he led projects and operations across both new and mature asset infrastructure in the upstream sector.
Craig is committed to addressing the challenges and opportunities in the oil and gas industry and in 2019, was appointed as chair of Oil & Gas UK’s diversity and inclusion task group.
A chartered engineer and fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, Craig also chairs the ECITB’s Connected Competence programme and is a board member of Step Change in Safety. He previously held board positions with the Offshore Contractors Association and Oil & Gas Authority’s decommissioning group.
- Craig Wiggins
- Senior Vice President, Global Head of HSSE
- Aker Solutions
Craig Wiggins has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry. He has vast knowledge and experiences from front line operations to the board room. He is passionate about simplification and efficiency of processes due to strong experiences in lean manufacturing and is focused on making sure the people in the front line has the highest safety standards.
Craig has been at Aker Solutions since October 2015, holding different roles in maintenance, modification and operations as well as production asset services in the United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He took on his current role as the senior vice president of global health, safety, security and environment in August 2018.
He spent over 25 years in Shell early in his career and has also worked with companies such as Petrofac and BP in operations and lean deployment leadership roles.
Craig has an MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute in the United Kingdom.
- Peter Wilson
- Vice President
Peter Wilson is Vice President, Europe & Mediterranean, at Valaris – one of the world’s largest drilling contractors.
Peter became Vice President of the EUM business unit upon the merger of Ensco and Rowan in 2019. Prior to that, he served as Vice President, International Operations for Rowan. He returned to the UK to join Rowan in 2011 after a period running safe and efficient drilling contractor operations in deep-water Brazil and Gulf of Mexico.
With a strong foundation in subsea, well engineering and offshore operations starting in the UK.