IAGC & PESGB Joint Webinar (Virtual Event)

Applying oil and gas skills to new energies: A conversation on overall workforce strategy in the post COVID-19 environment and the Energy Transition

26th May 2021


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Event Information

Oil markets coupled with the coronavirus pandemic prompted significant reductions in the industry workforce, shrinking as much as 20% at the end of 2020. Amidst these challenges, the industry is now fully engaged in the energy transition. Decarbonization and digitalization provide both challenges and opportunities for industry companies and those employed by them.

The IAGC and PESGB’s joint webinar, Applying Oil and Gas Skills to New Energies:  A Conversation on Overall Workforce Strategy in the Post COVID-19 Environment and the Energy Transition discusses the talent and skills that the industry will need in the energy transition and how the current workforce can leverage their experience and adapt their skills and apply them to new energies to meet those needs, stabilizing the current workforce during this period of  “just transition” (a path or plan for workers displaced by transformations in the economy).

The session will also explore “the great crew change” and implementing systemic and sustainable workforce approaches that enable companies to emerge with a more agile, innovative talent ecosystem which uses a mix of experienced workers and is attractive to younger talent.


15:00-15:10 – IAGC Opening Remarks/Presentation: Ross Compton – EAME Consultant, IAGC

15:10-15:20 – PESGB Opening Remarks/Presentation: James Churchill – President, PESGB

– IAGC/PESGB Panel Discussion:

Will Bradbury – Director, Business Development New Energy Solutions, TGS
Shereen Nairne – Geophysicist and Energy Transition Consultant (PESGB Representative)
Deborah Byers – Americas Sector Leader, EY

16:15-16:30 – Q&A Session followed by Closing Remarks

Speaker Biographies

James Churchill is currently the President of the PESGB and a Senior Production Geologist at Shell.  As President of the PESGB he has the principle responsibilities of providing leadership to the organisation and the PESGB Council by ensuring that everyone remains focused on the delivery of the organisation’s charitable purposes in order to provide greater public benefit.  He has over 20 years global industry experience, within both operator and service companies, and a long-standing fellow of the Geological Society and AAPG.






Will Bradbury is the Director of Business Development for New Energy Solutions in TGS, responsible for developing new investment opportunities for TGS in renewable energy and net zero initiatives in the Eastern Hemisphere. In this role Will engages with various stakeholders including energy companies, technical partners and vendors. Wills background is in structural geology focusing on fault and top seals for the oil and gas industry at Rock Deformation Research from 2002. In 2011 Will moved to TGS working various technical and business unit leadership roles including VP Africa Middle East and VP UK & Russia before joining the New Energy Solutions team in early in 2021.





Shereen Nairne is a Geophysicist and Energy Transition professional with 15 years industry experience. She is currently pursuing an MBA in Sustainability and Energy Transitions and an ICF accreditation in Business and Personal Coaching. Shereen is a former council member of the PESGB where she worked with young professionals during the 2016 industry downturn. Last year, she co-founded ReNew You, a community group connecting and empowering energy professionals seeking to thrive in a rapidly changing industry. Shereen values the power of interdisciplinary thinking and the innovation of inclusive environments.





Deborah Byers currently serves as EY’s Americas Sector Leader.  Previously she was the Houston Office Managing Partner, Managing Partner of the Strategy & Transactions practice in the Southwest Region where as Americas Energy leader she focused on Energy transactions.

Deborah is a member of the Americas Markets Executive Committee and leads our Industry Markets leaders across our Americas region. Her core responsibilities include setting strategic growth goals informed by economic and industry trends in each of the key market sectors, advising the EY executive board to shape near term and long-term investment decisions on resources and technology solutions, and recruiting and developing leadership talent for client serving teams.

Deborah continues to directly serve clients in strategic transactions and has significant experience working with US and non-US based global firms, private equity funds, and sovereign wealth funds. With over 34 years of experience, she is also highly versed in cross border transactions, reviewing tax and economic considerations in transactions involving complex Joint Ventures and corporate structuring projects, including initial review related to proof of concept, structuring and execution of initial IPOs and other capital transactions. She brings a deep knowledge in tax and economic issues surrounding global energy systems and the looming social, financial and business challenges around the Energy Transition.

Deborah is a frequent speaker (and writer) on oil and gas industry issues, as well as on the the challenges in our new era of energy transition. Deborah has been published and/or has appeared in Oil and Gas Investor, Oil & Gas Journal, Oil & Gas Financial Journal, Platts, Forbes, Bloomberg, Fox News, New York Times, Houston Chronicle’s FuelFix, the Houston Business Journal, Oil & Gas Monitor, Petroleum Intelligence Weekly and others.

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