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AXIS Network Virtual Catch Up - 17.04.2020

In April 2020, AXIS Network hosted our first virtual networking session.  With 20 attendees we shared out physical distancing situations and our top tips for staying positive during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gender balance is a leadership issue - 15.11.2019

In collaboration with Shell, AXIS Network hekld an "In conversation with Caroine Criado-Perez; OBE, Campaigner, Write, Consultant" 


This was followed by a Panel Discussion with Steve Phimister; Vice President Upstream (Shell UK) & Craig Shanaghey; President Operations Services Europe (Wood) and recently appointed as OGUK Diversity & Inclusion Focus Group Lean, and Caroline Criado-Perez; Author of bestselling book "Invisible Women" - exposing data bias in a world designed for men. 

Event video can be seen here -

Delivering a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce in a Transitioning Industry 05.09.2019

Delivering a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce in a Transitioning Industry

Fostering a diverse and inclusive working culture is a moral and business imperative that is key to ensuring a competitive and sustainable oil and gas industry that supports the UK's transition to a net zero economy - and delivers Vision 2035.


Over the years, this sector has thrived and survived because of our talented and pioneering colleagues. However, if our industry is to remain relevant in a changing and challenging environment, it will need to attract and retain a diversity of talent, skills, experience and thought as well as ensure inclusive and collaborative ways of working.

To consider what is working well and what more could and should be done in our industry, AXIS, the OGTC, OGUK and POWERful Women hosted a key lunch at Offshore Europe on Thursday, September 5.

Serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Green & Blacks, Jo Fairley, will present a thought-provoking address that acknowledges the challenges and opportunities of thriving as a female leader, while sharing the lessons she has learned as her career has developed. Jo will also provide insights as to what more needs to be done to move the agenda forward to achieve a sustainable, diverse and inclusive working environment.

An exciting line-up of leading industry figures will then discuss some of the key issues during a panel session that will be moderated by Colette Cohen CEO at OGTC and includes:


• Jo Coleman OBE, UK Energy Transition Manager Shell

• Ariel Flores, Regional President for BP North Sea

• Gretchen Haskins, CEO HeliOffshore

• David Isaac, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP

• John Pearson, COO Petrofac


The event will be opened by Deirdre Michie OBE and chief executive of OGUK.

At the close, AXIS made a specific request of all attendees in terms of committing to attract, retain and develop a diverse workforce.

Benefits of a Diverse Workforce - Retention & Networking, 20.06.2019

Kindly sponsored by Oceaneering, we were delighted to host our 3rd event of the year at the Sandman Signature Aberdeen hotel.


The AXIS Network joined Director of the Oil and Gas Institute, Professor Paul de Leeuw and Business Analyst Sumin Kim for a fascinating insight into the data behind the UKCS Workforce Dynamics Skills Landscape report. Professor de Leeuw discussed the importance of maximising the talent pool and retaining a diverse workforce with particular focus on the gender disaggregated data from their research and what this tells us about where the industry is in relation to diversity and where we are likely to be by 2025.

This was followed with a panel question and answer session before we move into the second part of our evening where Campbell Urquhart of White Cube Consulting will facilitate speed networking amongst our delegates drawing on our evening’s theme of the benefits of a diverse workforce.

Men as Change Agents 28.03.2019

Recognising that men have a pivotal role to play in changing our industry’s culture, this event focused on the male perspective on gender balance.

Our sponsor Deidre Michie set the scene, making the business case for attracting, retaining and developing talented women to our industry  in the context of Oil and Gas UK’s Vision 2035.  Stuart Payne then shared his aspirations for Inclusion 2.0: making workplaces awesome for everyone, and building line manager competence in critical conversations.   Claire Scott explained why some men are reticent to mentor women in the post #MeToo world, and what organisations and women themselves must do to increase the number of male gender balance advocates.  The theme of becoming an ally was further developed by Neil McCulloch, who highlighted a number of practical things male leaders can do to drive change: intervene when colleagues make sexist remarks; support men taking shared parental leave; take a lead in showcasing our dynamic and innovative industry to the next generation of women engineers.  Our final speaker of the evening, Mike Adams, rejected the notion that success in the 21st century is linked to stereotypical masculine traits, asserting compassion and competition are of equal importance for all leaders, regardless of their gender.  The panel discussion covered a wide range of topics including targets, transparency (gender pay gap reporting), staying humble, hold leaders to a higher standard and role models.  The evening closed with a commitment to action via a pledge card, plus a poll on who should be driving change  - organisations (52%) - government(18%) - younger men(1%8) - all men (10%) - women (2%).

Wood & AXIS Network D & I Collaborative Event, 21.02.2019

Our invite only event for energy sector D&I leaders, to come together for a collaboration session so that we could all share best practice and be able to move further forward on our D&I goals in 2019.

Sponsored by WOOD.

The Oil Industry's Best Kept Secret, 02.11.2018

Brunch and book launch, joint event with O&GUK, sponsored by Spirit 

Speed Networking, 20.09.2018

"What I wish I knew earlier" Sponsored by Shell Woodbank

Glass Ceiling or Choice? 07.06.2018

The AXIS Network, which promotes gender balance in the Oil and Gas Industry in Aberdeen, combined forces with ICAS, the professional body for Chartered Accountants, for this thought provoking event. 

Gender Pay Gap - One Year On, 25.04.2018

As the name suggests, this event was a follow on from our 2017 Gender Pay Gap event and analysis what this all means to us, employees and companies!As the name suggests, this event was a follow on from our 2017 Gender Pay Gap event and analysis what this all means to us, employees and companies!

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