TotalDECOM has carefully curated our Virtual International Conference agenda to feature the most prominent speakers in the industry today. We aim to ensure that delegates have access to network with cross-industry key players and topics that offer the opportunity for personal and professional advancement.

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8:55  - Introduction hosted by Keith Parker, Director at TotalDECOM


'Chairman's Welcome'

Rt Hon Lord Hutton of Furness, Chairman of TotalDECOM


"Keynote Presentation"

Presented by David Peattie, Chief Executive Officer for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority 

9.30 - Space Session Introduction hosted by Keith Parker, Director at TotalDECOM


‘Decommissioning of energy assets powered by space.’

Presented by Giulia Manzetti, a Space Applications Engineer at European Space Agency.

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Giulia works in the Space Solutions department of the European Space Agency (ESA).
The aim of ESA Space Solutions is to support businesses from any sector, which intend to use space assets to develop new commercial services. Giulia supports companies in the development of feasibility studies and demonstration projects, she is involved in the preparation of new Invitations to Tender and in the establishment of new partnerships.
Before joining ESA, she worked in Lamborghini and in a nanosatellite company. She has a master’s degree in aerospace engineering and a post-academic master in space institutions and policies.
The European Space Agency is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to provide for and promote, for exclusively peaceful purposes, cooperation among European states in space research and technology and their space applications.


‘Decommissioning Satellites’

Presented by Harriet Brettle, Head of Business Analysis at Astroscale and Chris Newman, Professor of Space Law at the University of Northumbria

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Harriet Brettle is working to develop a commercial solution to the threat of space debris. She is a co-founder of the London Space Network, organising monthly networking events to strengthen the UK space community. Harriet is also an active member of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) – a global non-profit that supports students and young professionals connect to the wider space industry. Harriet recently completed a masters in planetary science at the California Institute of Technology. Prior to Caltech, Harriet worked in finance at the Bank of England and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, undertaking risk analysis of global financial institutions. Harriet has a keen interest in public engagement with space science, interdisciplinary collaboration, and the future of the new space economy.

Astroscale  is a private Japanese company with a mission to secure long-term spaceflight safety and orbital sustainability for the benefit of future generations. Founded in 2013, Astroscale is developing innovative and scalable solutions for satellite end-of-life and active debris removal services to mitigate the growing and hazardous buildup of debris in space. Headquartered in Japan with offices in Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States, Astroscale is a rapidly expanding venture company, preparing to solve a growing environmental concern.

Professor Christopher Newman, BA(Hons), PhD is Professor of Space Law and policy at Northumbria University in Newcastle. He has been active in the teaching and research of space law for over two decades. He has published numerous articles on space law, in particular the intersection of regulation, ethics, law and policy in the space industry. He has co-written the book “Frontiers of Risk in Space" on the variety of risks involved in human space activity. Chris is currently working with a variety of industrial partners including Astroscale on various space law projects. He is Visiting Professor of Space Law at the Open University and works within the AstrobiologyOU project.


“The Shetland Space Centre Development, using skills from other industries”

Presented by Scott Hammond, Director and COO at the Shetland Space Centre

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Scott Hammond is a highly qualified former RAF Fast Jet and Commercial Airline Pilot.  As a Qualified Weapons Instructor he was responsible for teaching RAF Aircrew of all  ranks.  He  assisted  Thales  by  running  courses  for  RAF  Aircrew  at  RAF Lossiemouth whilst also being a Reserve Services Officer.  Scott has also worked in the  Oil Industry, having been headhunted as part of an initiative by the Oil Industry to  recruit RAF Aircrew as  Consultants to train operators on the Command and Control Systems for Offshore Drilling Packages. Scott is the Operations   Director for  Shetland Space Centre and is tasked with negotiating  partnership arrangements, government contracts and building the space station in Shetland. Scott has a keen understanding  of the technical detail that is required to ensure the site becomes fully operational.

11.15 - Oil & Gas Session Introduction hosted by Nils Cohrs, Former Head of Decommissioning for the Oil and Gas Authority



"Next Generation Decommissioning – Time to THINK Different, Time to ACT Different!"

Presented by Ronald van Waaijen, Commerical Director at Fairfield Decom Limited.

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Ronald is a business development professional with almost 25 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry. He has held the position of Vice President Sales & Business Development for the North Sea for Heerema since 2014.

A civil engineer by background, Ronald has been involved in the execution and tendering of a broad range of offshore installation and removal projects. He has been instrumental in securing a number of landmark contracts and frame agreements for Heerema, one of which was the largest EPRD Contract ever awarded to date.

With international business experience in the Netherlands, Malaysia and the United States, Ronald has mastered the art of trust-building in business relationships and the development of client-focused contracting solutions.

Fairfield Decom Limited are an decommissioning operator that brings together the unrivalled combination of a highly experienced operator and the world's leading contractors.

Their technical, financial and commercial strengths help to respond to the market's need for a new kind of decommissioning operator, providing an all-encompassing solution for the end of the life asset portfolio of clients.


“Decommissioning in a global perspective

Presented by Sara Sottilotta, Analyst - Oilfield Service Research at Rystad Energy

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Sara Sottilotta is an analyst in the Oilfield Services team at Rystad Energy. She brings work experience from Deloitte Consulting. She holds a Master of Science in Economics, specializing in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Barcelona and the University of Copenhagen.

Rystad Energy is an independent energy consulting services and business intelligence data firm offering global databases, strategy advisory and research products for E&P and oil service companies, investors, investment banks and governments.


‘Six trends in decommissioning in the last 18 months.’

Presented by Martha Vazquez, Associate Director, Upstream Oil & Gas and Phillip Whittaker, Partner & Director, Oil & Gas of BCG

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Martha Vasquez has spent more than 15 years in Upstream including 10 years at Schlumberger. Passionate about performance improvement, decommissioning and oilfield services. She is also an Associate Director at BCG. Martha has an MBA from London Business School and a degree in Physics from Tec de Monterrey in Mexico.

Philip has 25+ years in E&P, including 8 years in Shell's Wells team. He co-leads BCG’s Upstream Business Line. His focus is on strategy, organization, contracting models and partnerships across operators and countries.

13.10 - Nuclear & Renewables Session Introduction hosted by Gerry McGill, Director at TotalDECOM


'Offshore Wind Decommissioning.'

Presented by Axel Laval, Assets Manager at The Crown Estate


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Mr Laval has been working in the renewable energy industry for more than 10 years. He studied mechanical engineering at University of Edinburgh, and specialised in Renewable Energy. After his studies he managed onshore wind farms for seven years before taking a new role at The Crown Estate, where he manages the offshore wind fleet off the coasts of England & Wales. His mission is to work alongside operators, regulators and government to maximise the output of offshore wind farms, as well as managing the decommissioning of offshore energy assets on the continental shelf.


"Fukushima Dai-ichi, Restarts and Decommissioning - The Current Status of the Nuclear Industry in Japan"

Presented by Dr Keith Franklin MBE, Nuclear Counsellor, Department for International Trade, British Embassy Tokyo

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Keith has been at the British Embassy in Tokyo since September 2011, providing a focus for UK support to Japan following the accident at Fukushima Dia-ichi following the earthquake and tsunami in March of that year.  He has over 20 years experience working in the nuclear industry, and prior to joining the Embassy in Tokyo he was the UK National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) Business Leader for Reactor Chemistry and Materials, based at the NNL’s Stonehouse site in Gloucestershire. In his presentation, Keith will talk about the latest situation at Fukushima Dai-ichi, and the broader situation in the Japanese Nuclear Industry as it relates to nuclear decommissioning.


"Advanced Technologies for Fission Product Removal and Legacy Radwaste Packaging"

Presented by Tracy Barker, Chief Technical Officer and a founding member of AVANTech


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Tracy Barker is Chief Technical Officer and a founding member of AVANTech. Tracy has been in the nuclear industry for over 30 years and has worked on numerous commercial power and governmental projects, both nationally and internationally, involving liquid treatment. He has been the technical lead on projects for: recovery and reuse of wastewater, selective removal of radionuclides, packaging of decommissioning waste, waste stabilization and solidification, and salt waste treatment. Tracy played a key role in developing and implementing processes for treating highly contaminated reactor cooling water, reverse osmosis brine, and sub-drain water at Fukushima. Tracy is currently the lead process engineer on the Hanford Tank Side Cesium Removal (TSCR) System and the ETF Modular Grout System.

14.45 - Commercial Session introduction hosted by Keith Parker, Director at TotalDECOM


Analysing New Forms of Contract Models Opportunities in new forms of contracts for decommissioning

procurement strategies: small or big contracts?

Presented by Rupert Cowan, Solicitor and Director at Vectlaw

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With nearly 40 years’ experience working as a lawyer in energy, construction and infrastructure projects, recently Rupert has concentrated on advising the nuclear energy and decommissioning industries. He is now exclusively advising the nuclear industry and is a recognised expert on contracting strategies, procurement, nuclear development, decommissioning, waste, reprocessing, transport storage and disposal of nuclear materials.  Rupert is currently working with nuclear generators and decommissioning service providers seeking to identify and implement contracting strategies that both allow effective and economic decommissioning and dismantling of nuclear facilities while attracting new entrants to the market for supply of decommissioning services in UK, EU and other markets.


‘Decommissioning – Introduction to the legal framework for oil & gas and nuclear new build’

Presented by Nicholas Ross-McCall, Energy Finance Partner, CMS


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Nicholas Ross-McCall is a Partner at leading international law firm CMS, with over fifteen years’ experience representing sponsors and lenders on the development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects globally. He focuses on:

  • Power projects, both renewables/green energy and thermal (including nuclear).
  • Upstream oil and gas, including reserve based lending where he has advised on deals including assets in most of the major oil & gas basins.

He has significant expertise relating to the UK legal and regulatory regimes relating to oil and gas and nuclear decommissioning. With more than 450 energy and climate change lawyers, including over 100 partners, the CMS Energy and Climate Change practice is one of the largest of its kind in the world covering over 75 offices globally


‘Cross-sectoral approaches to decommissioning.’

Presented by Karl Sanderson, Head of Cross-Industry Learning at the NDA

Karl Sanderson, Head of Cross-Industry Learning

Karl is Head of Cross-Industry Learning at the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), formerly also Head of Assurance. His portfolio involves sponsoring engagement between the UK’s nuclear industry and other sectors, in order to share insights across the decommissioning landscape.

Prior to joining the NDA, Karl steered a variety of upstream oil & gas mega-projects ranging in size from US$3 to $50 Billion, for deployment in Angola, Kazakhstan, the US Gulf of Mexico, and the Danish sector of the North Sea, on behalf of operators such as Chevron, Total and Maersk Oil. His experience covers the full range of mega-project maturation, from concept through engineering and construction to operations.

Before focusing on the energy sector, Karl was a management consultant and entrepreneur, having been a Partner at marchFIRST -a global eCommerce consultancy, and prior to that a decade at Accenture.  Consequently, he has experience across a wide range of industries, and has often been involved in helping blue-chip organisations navigate the most challenging of circumstances.  He was a founding member of a number of high-tech start-ups and consultancies and has held office as managing director and company secretary.

16.20 -  Closing comments from Keith Parker, Director at TotalDECOM