Decom North Sea welcomes new General Manager

first_img[mappress]August 20, 2014 Decom North Sea (DNS) has announced Karen Seath will join the organisation in September, in the role of General Manager.Karen Seath will join Decom North Sea in September, in the role of General Manager.With the total cost of UKCS decommissioning expected to reach approximately £4.5billion in the next five years, these are strategically critical times for the North Sea decommissioning industry.This has been amply demonstrated by the publication of the Wood Review and the more recent “Scotland’s Independent Expert Commission on Oil and Gas: Maximising the Total Value Added”. Both reports urge the industry to find “game changing” solutions to the challenges of decommissioning.Karen therefore joins DNS at an exciting time for the industry, Decom North Sea said in a press release. With significant experience in both the public and private sectors, Seath has spent over 20 years ensuring that collaboration, strategic development and risk and regulatory management are top of the agenda.With a background in academic research and consultancy, Seath spent 14 years with drinks giant Diageo, before taking responsibility for commercial business development at the University of St Andrews.DNS CEO Nigel Jenkins said: “Karen holds an impressive range of skills which will prove invaluable in her new role. Her experience in building collaborative partnerships, management of stakeholder relationships at all levels and her focus on strategic policy development and solutions ensures that she has the toolkit which will help me continue developing an already successful DNS.“I am certain that Karen will bring a new perspective to Decom North Sea, where innovation and successful collaboration are central to our activity with members, stakeholders and the oil and gas industry at large.”Commenting on her appointment, Karen said: “I am delighted to be joining Nigel and the team at Decom North Sea – this is an exciting time for the North Sea decommissioning sector. The promotion of solutions and delivery of effective cross-sector working relationships is a substantial challenge for any industry.”As time progresses, the work of DNS becomes ever more critical to the success of the decommissioning industry and I look forward to facilitating these relationships within the current membership and beyond.”Seath will join an organisation that is already part of a significant collaborative network delivering solutions for the industry. CEO, Nigel Jenkins and DNS Director Nigel Lees will be in the new OGUK Decom forum, and thus into the INSITE programme and MASTS, DNS Board Member Paul Charlton is Chairman of NOF Energy, while DNS Chairman Callum Falconer sits on the OGP and SUT decommissioning committees.last_img read more

Food for thought

first_img James Morton is a writer and former criminal defence solicitor The news that supermarkets have put withdrawn hamburgers back on the shelves reminds me of the days very early in my career when I did a bit of prosecuting for a small chain of supermarkets. I always had to ask for costs and a few shillings compensation for the spoiled item and one day I prosecuted a lady who had taken a piece of steak from the counter, put it between her thighs and, penguin-like, waddled out. Outside on the pavement she was tapped on the shoulder and, as it were, gave birth. I was surprised when there was no claim for costs. ‘We just rinsed it and put it back on the shelf,’ I was told. Prosecuting, even in this limited way, taught me a good deal. One of the things was never to be sarcastic or unpleasant for the sake of it. I once prosecuted a middle-aged lady accused of stealing a tin of salmon which, she said, had leaped off the shelf and into her bag. ‘Spawning time?’ I asked wittily. She was convicted and went to prison for 14 days. I’m not sure if she even had any convictions but life was a lot rougher in those days. I felt bad about it, and even worse when her husband made an appointment to see me a couple of months later. I thought he was going to complain but no, she had been caught again – and he wanted me to defend her. ‘Ask her what day it is,’ he said. She could not tell me, nor the month, nor who was on the throne. When I was being so clever at her expense the poor woman had been in the early stages of fast-developing dementia. On a happier note, after I had prosecuted one woman who had a number of children, she came to the office that afternoon and put £10 on the desk saying, ‘this is a retainer so you can’t get at any of my sons’. They became regular clients. My early prosecuting career came to a shuddering halt when I was asked to prosecute a man charged with fraud at the local greyhound track. It was something to do with switched tickets and I got absolutely nowhere on my cross-examination. It was only after I sat down that I realised too late how he had worked the trick.last_img read more

DAPD appeals for financial rescue

first_imgLocalNews DAPD appeals for financial rescue by: – November 13, 2013 Tweet DAPD’s Vice President, Michael MurphyThe movement charged with the responsibility of advocating for the rights of persons living with disabilities, has appealed for greater financial assistance from the private sector to help sustain it. Vice president of the Dominica Association of Persons living with Disabilities (DAPD) Michael Murphy said the Association continues to grapple with a major financial constraint. The movement, which depends solely on grants for its survival, has not been able to meet salary obligations for its staff for over seven months.“The survival of any non-governmental organization particularly one like the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities, where our main consumers are persons with disabilities depends on its ability to procure or obtain the necessary funding either from external resources or local resources”.According to Mr. Murphy, resources from all areas have been dwindling, and they are now dependent on capable citizens for survival. “In recent times this both areas have been dwindling, as a matter of fact external resources have been almost cut off completely so we depend to a very large extent on the population of Dominica for our survival.” Although government makes a yearly subvention to the Association, Murphy said it is not sufficient to cover all their operational costs and obligations. “We conduct the operations of the organizations for a year, I think that can only pay the staff for about two months and we are left with a deficit throughout the year, we have had to carry forward a deficit at the end of each year for the past few years,” Murphy said.He indicated that several of its planned projects had to be cut back due to lack of funds to implement them.“The financial meltdown has affected us here; I think it has affected not only our organization but all other organizations including the government”.Although the continue resources received from the government “is not very much”, he said, the Association “use it very wisely”.Mr. Murphy is hoping that there will be improvements to its operations during the next year as they are this year celebrating 30 years of existence. “I’m hoping that some persons in the private sector will come to our rescue at some point but I don’t think that sufficient corporate citizens are assisting in that direction,” he noted. Meanwhile, he said fund raising activities are continuing this month with a Barbeque scheduled for 29th of November and a talent show with a difference on November 30th at the Arawak House of Culture.Tickets for the talent show with a difference costs $20.00 before and $25.00 as the gate. Murphy is hopeful that these events will help defray some of the Association’s expenses.On Monday, November 11, the Association was part of nine charitable organizations which received EC$14, 750.00 each from the President’s Charities Foundation at the Public Service Training Centre in Roseau.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring!center_img 15 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more