Tom Leeson, Interim CEO
Tom started his career with Shell after completing a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham. After well operations management roles in Oman, the Netherlands and on the Brent field, he joined the service sector and worked for a number of companies in a variety of sales, product development, engineering and project management roles. During this period he got his first exposure to well abandonment with Acteon and working with subsea wells in the UK and overseas.
More recently, Tom has filled well abandonment engineering and project management roles for Halliburton, followed by the position of Global Business Strategist for well abandonment and decommissioning working on projects in Norway, UK, Denmark, Indonesia, Brazil and in the US. For the last 3 years Tom has specialised in the decom sector, working as a consultant on a number of decommissioning projects in UK, Norway, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, Timor Leste, South Africa, Canada and Brazil, including developing local regulations, operator decommissioning strategies and planning processes, and abandonment methods, compiling market analysis, identifying cost reduction opportunities and training regulator and industry personnel.
In this time he has built an enviable knowledge of the range of requirements and approaches considered internationally along with a detailed understanding of the constraints, technical challenges and the decision processes associated with decommissioning.
Tom now brings the combination of market knowledge, project delivery and technical understanding to the role of Interim CEO at Decom North Sea, connecting capability with opportunity.