Meet the Team

Andrew Corse

Environmental Advisor

 


What is your role and department within Fairfield?

I am an Environmental Advisor within the HS&E Department.

How long have you been with Fairfield and how has your role evolved since joining the company?

I joined Fairfield in June 2013. My main responsibilities at that time were to develop and maintain the Fairfield Environmental Management System and to provide operational support to the drilling and subsea departments. My role and responsibilities remain the same; however there has been a steep learning curve as the company transitions towards decommissioning.

Andrew Corse

What are you currently working on?

I am currently managing the delivery of each of the pre-decommissioning seabed survey and drill cuttings survey reports, the subsea infrastructure decommissioning (SID), environmental impact assessments (EIAs) and environmental studies required to support both the EIAs and the SID comparative assessment process. I am providing day to day operational support to the Dunlin Alpha well plug and abandonment (P&A) campaign as well as working with the drilling department to plan for the subsea well P&A campaigns taking place in 2017 and 2018.

What is your biggest achievement or what have you learned since working at Fairfield?

There is a great sense of teamwork at Fairfield – I have learned a lot about the value and the benefits of integrating with the various business functions in order to achieve common project goals effectively, efficiently and in a collaborative manner.

What do you enjoy about working for Fairfield?

Feeling part of a team which is pulling in the same direction and focused on project delivery. This decommissioning project is one of the largest to be undertaken and has many unique issues for which there are not simple solutions. All in all, it makes for a challenging but satisfying and enjoyable working environment.

What do you like doing away from work?

Most of my spare time, and annual leave for that matter, is spent touring around the UK and Europe playing guitar in a band. I try to keep in shape by running and going to the gym and I like to go snowboarding when the weather permits.

What advice would you offer those considering a career in the area of decommissioning?

Working in decommissioning represents a significant career opportunity and also provides invaluable insight and learnings which can be carried forward into the design of developments and the delivery of projects in the future. I can honestly say that I have learned more in the last year than I did in the previous eight.

Andrew Strachan

Senior Contracts Analyst

 


What is your role and department within Fairfield Energy?

I am a senior contracts analyst in the supply chain & logistics department.

How long have you been with Fairfield and how has your role evolved since joining the company?

I’ve been with Fairfield for around two and a half years. I’m not sure it has evolved too much, however it’s probably busier now as the company is focusing on different activities in the area of decommissioning.

What are you currently working on?

In terms of contractual support, my remit is pretty much all business areas with the exception of drilling. I deal with the contracts for the likes of scaffolding support, engineering support and transportation including flights and boats. I also handle the contracts for the decommissioning services which includes the studies and engineering for the eventual removal of the platform.

Andrew Strachan

What is your biggest achievement or what have you learned since working at Fairfield?

I have a much deeper understanding of how an oil company works due to my time at Fairfield. My background was predominantly with service companies before I joined a large operator, where I had a small scope of work in my discipline. At Fairfield, you see it all. I now work in business areas that were previously unfamiliar to me.

What do you enjoy about working for Fairfield?

I enjoy the exposure to the various aspects of the company as well as the working relationship with senior management. I also like the fact that no two days are ever the same because you’re never too sure what might be coming into your inbox. One day you could be dealing with a multi-million pound contract and the next day you could be looking at a contract for the office photocopier!

What do you like doing away from work?

I have two young children and I’m also a football fan so it’s no surprise that I’m getting them interested in football too through coaching. I like motor sport too - just watching however, as I don’t have enough money to do it!

What advice would you offer those considering a career in the area of decommissioning?

There is no doubt that decommissioning will be a growth area in Aberdeen and the UK with excellent opportunities for clever engineering. If you’re looking for a career which offers interesting and varied work as well as longevity and job satisfaction then a role in decommissioning may be for you.

Graham Lonie

IT Analyst

 


What is your role and department within Fairfield Energy?

I am an IT analyst in the HR and business services department which means I support the IT infrastructure for the office onshore as well as the Dunlin platform.

How long have you been with Fairfield and how has your role evolved since joining the company?

I’ve been with Fairfield for almost three years and my role hasn’t really changed during that time however I probably support the other departments on a more regular basis than before.

Andrew Corse

What are you currently working on?

At the moment it’s the general day to day user problems and requests, following some major projects at the beginning of the year. The start of the year is always the busiest time for me as that’s when the company objectives are set.

What is your biggest achievement or what have you learned since working at Fairfield?

My biggest achievement was probably swapping out the IT infrastructure in a day on the Dunlin platform following the change of duty holder. During the morning, the IT belonged to another company and we had to clear it all out. We then had the Fairfield IT up and running within six or seven hours. It was a major project which required thorough planning and it all happened just a few months after I started. With Fairfield being a smaller company, I can see how equipped we are to deal with incidents through the efficient processes we have in place.

What do you enjoy about working for Fairfield?

I enjoy working with the people here. At bigger companies you could get lost in the crowd but at Fairfield you’re recognised at all levels and management take the time to speak with you and listen to any queries. It’s a friendly place to work.

What do you like doing away from work?

My two kids take up a lot of that time and at the moment there seems to be a long list of children’s parties at the weekends. I enjoyed playing football before an injury put a stop to that so now I try and play golf when I have some spare time.

What advice would you offer those considering a career in the area of decommissioning?

I’m probably not the best person to ask! From an IT point of view, I’d say you have to be willing to adapt to new ideas and fresh technologies.

Jerry Bennett

Shared Services Team Lead

 


What is your role and department within Fairfield Energy?

I am the Shared Services Team Lead at Fairfield Energy.

How long have you been with Fairfield and how has your role evolved since joining the company?

I have been with the company almost six months. As you might imagine, in that short time my role has not evolved much, however I have reshaped the shared services team to meet our new reporting and processing commitments.

Andrew Corse

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently reviewing many of the processes carried out within the finance shared services area, ensuring that they are efficient, appropriate and meet the requirements of the business.

What is your biggest achievement or what have you learned since working at Fairfield?

The biggest eye-opener for me has probably been the scale of the decommissioning project and the level of planning required to be done before a lot of the work can actually start.

What do you enjoy about working for Fairfield?

The size and structure of Fairfield enables you to be close to the business, and to have the opportunity to be part of the decision-making process. I like the fact that there is a proactive approach to making Fairfield an engaging, positive and rewarding place to work.

What do you like doing away from work?

I’m a very keen football and cricket fan and like following sport in general. I enjoy spending time outdoors - walking the dog, a bit of fishing or perfecting my barbeque skills (ribs are my speciality).

What advice would you offer those considering a career in the area of decommissioning?

North Sea decommissioning will be prominent over the next few decades. Working in the area of decommissioning not only provides some mid-term security of employment, but there is also the potential for the north of Scotland to become a centre of excellence from where expertise and technology can be exported worldwide.

Lalit Bhamare

Certification Engineer

 


What is your role and department within Fairfield Energy?

I am Certification Engineer working with the Make Safe and Handover (MS&H) team.

How long have you been with Fairfield and how has your role evolved since joining the company?

I started working for Fairfield in 2014 as a Graduate Petroleum Engineer before working in a production engineering capacity. After Cessation of Production of the Dunlin asset, I joined the MS&H team.

Lalit Bhamare

What are you currently working on?

I am currently developing a certification system which is suitable for decommissioning projects as well as assisting the plug and abandonment (P&A) team with any reservoir related queries.

What is your biggest achievement or what have you learned since working at Fairfield?

I started working with Fairfield as a graduate, thus each day was challenging and I learned a lot in a short space of time. In my three years I have worked on completely different aspects for the same project which has given me a wide range of knowledge and experience.

What do you enjoy about working for Fairfield?

I enjoy working with the people at Fairfield. I get to work on various projects with different teams and Fairfield has always been flexible in this regard. Working here is always challenging and exciting in equal measure.

What do you like doing away from work?

I like outdoor activities. I have completed a few Himalayan trails and plan on taking on more in the near future. It has been four years since I moved to Aberdeen and I am still exploring Scotland.

What advice would you offer those considering a career in the area of decommissioning?

Decommissioning is still at an early stage which means there are great opportunities to solve problems related to decommissioning. This is an ideal time to build your career in the North Sea.

Linda Kennedy

PA and Senior Administrator

 


What is your role and department within Fairfield Energy?

I am the PA and senior administrator for the HR and business services department.

How long have you been with Fairfield and how has your role evolved since joining the company?

I’ve been with Fairfield for five and a half years and my role has changed significantly in that time. I began as an administration assistant before a new role was created as senior administrator for the senior management team.

Lalit Bhamare

What are you currently working on?

The end of year in an administration role is always a very busy time. We are working on the holiday distribution and planners for next year as well as planning for board meetings and staff events, such as the company Christmas lunch. There is always a lot of variety in the role which is an aspect I enjoy.

What is your biggest achievement or what have you learned since working at Fairfield?

I’ve been involved in the planning of a lot of company events over the years so ensuring that everything goes to plan, personnel get there on time and everyone has a good time is always an achievement. The HR side of business is definitely something I’ve learned a lot more about since coming to Fairfield, which is interesting.

What do you enjoy about working for Fairfield?

The people - everyone is friendly and easy going. I also enjoy the variety of my role at Fairfield which means you can never get bored.

What do you like doing away from work?

I like to try and keep fit as well as spending time with my friends and family. I have a young granddaughter so I try to spend as much time as I can with her when I’m not working.

What advice would you offer those considering a career in the area of decommissioning?

There is going to be a lot of business in this area so now is a great opportunity to get involved in decommissioning. It is still at a relatively early stage so it will be a learning curve, but it’s an opportunity to get into this area from the beginning.

Moira Ross

Job-Share Receptionist

 


What is your role and department within Fairfield Energy?

I work as a job-share receptionist in the HR and Business Services department within Fairfield Energy, with occasional full-time cover for holidays and busy periods.

How long have you been with Fairfield and how has your role evolved since joining the company?

I have been with Fairfield for over six years. During that time we have gradually taken over some tasks from office services to expand our remit.

Lalit Bhamare

What are you currently working on?

The day to day general reception duties and any other tasks which are allocated to us.

What is your biggest achievement or what have you learned since working at Fairfield?

The office move from Dyce to Westhill several years ago was the most challenging thing I have taken part in during my time here. We moved staff from four separate buildings into one. It was an extremely busy time but it was satisfying as the staff felt the move seemed effortless, whereas behind the scenes we knew just how much work had gone into it all.

What do you enjoy about working for Fairfield?

There are many things I enjoy. The organisation is small enough to know everyone, but large enough to be varied. I have met lots of different and interesting people during my time here and enjoyed many social nights and company events. We have a cohesive team within HR and Business Services and pull together and help each other out when things get busy.

What do you like doing away from work?

Working in a job share position allows me time to follow quite a number of pursuits outwith work. I volunteer at the Cyrenians homeless shelter, helping to serve hot food to those sleeping rough in Aberdeen and also work as a befriender for the Violence against Women project which is linked to the charity. I keep fit by hillwalking, running, swimming, yoga and attending various other exercise classes. I am currently also studying for a COSCA Counselling Skills certificate, attending Aberdeen University part-time for this.

What advice would you offer those considering a career in the area of decommissioning?

Given the current industry climate, it is a rapidly growing area. Experience in this area is likely to be invaluable for those seeking employment in the North Sea oil industry long term.

Sarah Humphries

Technical Assistant

 


What is your role and department within Fairfield Energy?

I work as a Technical Assistant in the well & subsea abandonment department.

How long have you been with Fairfield and how has your role evolved since joining the company?

I have been with Fairfield for four years, primarily in the wells team but assisting other departments when required. When I started, the focus of my role was mainly on well intervention and workover operations, but this has now moved towards well abandonment operations.

Lalit Bhamare

What are you currently working on?

I am assisting the team with the current Dunlin plug and abandonment (P&A) operations and the planning for the Osprey and Merlin subsea abandonment as part of the overall decommissioning project. This includes scheduling, performance tracking and reporting and document control.

What is your biggest achievement or what have you learned since working at Fairfield?

The biggest achievement has probably been implementing new processes, procedures and systems to improve the efficiency within the department, regarding data and information management. I have certainly learned more about the different types of well operations, as my previous role didn’t involve workover or abandonment operations.

What do you enjoy about working for Fairfield?

The team I work with on a daily basis.

What do you like doing away from work?

I like spending time with my family as well as weight training and boxing at the gym (I’m a level 2 qualified gym instructor). I also enjoy learning new skills and I’m currently studying anatomy and physiology for my remedial and sports massage diploma.

What advice would you offer those considering a career in the area of decommissioning?

It’s a great opportunity to learn something new and to challenge yourself. There will be a big requirement for it in the years to come so if it’s something you’re interested in and would like to be part of, go for it.