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NOPSEMA is comprised of six functional areas which include:

  • Regulatory Operations
  • Strategic Regulation and Improvement
  • Offshore Renewables Regulation
  • Corporate and Business Transformation
  • Strategic Communications and Engagement
  • Legal, Governance and Risk. 

NOPSEMA’s two largest regulatory divisions are headed by Deputy CEO positions which report to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

This provides a sustainable and integrated structure with clear lines of responsibility that supports sound corporate governance, stakeholder engagement, and compliance efforts. 

Our integrated regulatory operations structure enables NOPSEMA to focus on the evolution of regulation and investment in appropriate resources to regulate industry through compliance activities and into the future with strategic regulation and improvement. 

The Regulatory Operations Division places all the expertise for safety, environment and well integrity into one area which administers the regulatory functions that ensures a protected offshore workforce and environment. 

These functions are provided across the entire industry lifecycle, from exploration through development, production and eventual decommissioning.

The division’s workforce of subject matter specialists, spanning Environment, Safety and Well Integrity disciplines, ensures its legislated functions are fulfilled by undertaking structured assessment, inspection, enforcement, promotion and advisory activities across all duty holders. 

The Strategic Regulation and Improvement Division leads NOSPEMA’s analysis, longer term planning and strategy development across its regulatory functions, ensuring we remain a regulator that is fit to oversee a rapidly evolving and changing industry. 

This includes strategic inspection programs and satisfying National priorities for improvement in industry performance, while also providing strategic advice to internal and external decision-makers regarding early-stage approval decisions, such as new offshore petroleum projects, carbon capture and storage licencing.

The Strategic Regulation and Improvement Division has oversight of NOSPEMA’s investigation framework and major investigations and also supports the agency’s technical skills needs through development and maintenance of expertise across key subject matter disciplines.

The Offshore Infrastructure Regulator (OIR) was established under the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Act 2021 to oversee the offshore renewables industry.

The functions of the OIR include the regulation of work health and safety, infrastructure integrity and environmental management for offshore infrastructure activities. 

Corporate and Business Transformation provides corporate support services including finance, planning and business services, information management and technology, digital transformation, and human resources and safety. 

Strategic Communications and Engagement provides advice on external engagement and communication matters, as well as legislative and regulatory affairs, and secretariat and regulatory process improvement.

Legal, Governance and Risk and General Counsel provides advice on matters affecting NOPSEMA's business operations and ensures all statutory and legal obligations are met.

NOPSEMA Organisational Chart, 1 May 2024

 

 

Sue McCarrey, Chief Executive Officer

Sue McCarrey joined NOPSEMA in February 2023 following eight years as the Chief Executive and National Rail Safety Regulator at the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator. Previously, Sue was the Deputy Director General, Policy, Planning and Investment at the Department of Transport in Western Australia. It was during this time that Sue led work on behalf of WA on Commonwealth and state government reforms to establish the single national rail safety regulator. Earlier in her career Sue spent several years in the Department of Education, including working on matters relating to Commonwealth-state relations. Sue is a member of the National Association of Women in Operations and is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration. She holds a Bachelor of Law, a Masters in Education and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Graham Blair, Deputy CEO - Regulatory Operations

Graham joins NOPSEMA as the Deputy CEO of Regulatory Operations having previously worked for Royal Dutch Shell in Australia and overseas and bringing with him extensive experience at an executive level in the oil and gas industry. Graham's previous roles have included driving regulatory compliance of new ventures, high level stakeholder management and he has a technical background across the subsurface area including an understanding of risk. Graham has a Master of Science (Integrated Geoscience) from the University of Aberdeen and a Bachelor of Science (Geology & Applied Geology) (Hons) from the University of Glasgow.

Cameron Grebe, Deputy CEO - Strategic Regulation and Improvement

Cameron Grebe was appointed as NOPSEMA’s inaugural Head of Environment in August 2011, and in May 2021 
the division was expanded to include decommissioning as part of the Australian Government’s agenda to increase 
focus on aging offshore infrastructure. Since 2021, Cameron has also been responsible for leading NOPSEMA’s 
support to the government’s establishment of the framework for the offshore renewables sector, culminating in the 
commencement of the Offshore Infrastructure Regulator in June 2022. Prior to NOPSEMA, Cameron spent 12 years as an environmental engineer, adviser and manager at Woodside Energy and Shell Global Solutions International. In these roles he was responsible for the environmental and social impact assessment and management of largescale upstream exploration, production and liquefied natural gas projects. At NOPSEMA Cameron is responsible for leading the agency’s regulatory oversight of environmental management across all offshore petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters including oil pollution, risk management and emergency planning. Cameron led the inception and implementation of NOPSEMA’s regulation of environmental management, which involved a comprehensive stakeholder engagement and streamlining program. He continues to lead teams of environment specialists to improve environmental management outcomes and NOPSEMA’s regulatory activities, which necessitates substantial stakeholder engagement. Cameron represents NOPSEMA (and Australia) as a member and current Chair of the International Offshore Petroleum Environment Regulators forum. Cameron holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Energy Studies from Murdoch University.

Nicholas Page, Executive Director - Strategic Communications and Engagement Directorate

Nicholas Page leads the Strategic Communications and Engagement directorate following on from his appointment as Director, Office of the Chief Executive in May 2021. Before that, Nicholas spent five years as NOPSEMA’s Legislative Change, Communications and Stakeholder Relations Manager. Leading the the Strategic Communications and Engagement directorate, Nicholas oversees NOPSEMA’s communications, legislative, secretariat, and regulatory improvement functions, and is principal advisor to NOPSEMA’s CEO and executive leadership team. With over 15 years’ experience in the public sector, Nicholas has a strong record for government relations and ministerial liaison, including roles representing the Australian Government overseas. Prior to joining NOPSEMA, Nicholas held communications leadership roles with the Australian Federal Police and the CrimTrac Agency (now the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission). Nicholas holds Certified Practising Marketer and Chartered Manager accreditations and is a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute. Nicholas’ qualifications include a Bachelor of Communication from Griffith University, a Master of Business from the Queensland University of Technology and is a graduate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Charmain FitzGerald, Head of Division - Corporate and Business Transformation 

Charmain Fitzgerald was appointed as Head of Division for Corporate and Business Transformation in August 2023 following eight years at RAC WA where she led the corporate function, including transformation projects across the organisation. This experience included digital transformation work on customer facing systems. In her role as general manager at RAC – along with her extensive career in in management, strategy and business development – Charmain was well placed to lead the Corporate and Business Transformation team. Charmain is also a Non-Executive Director and Council Member at Disability Assembly WA, volunteering her time to support the mission and vision of DAWA. 

Suzanne Hillier, General Counsel and Director - Legal, Governance & Risk Directorate

Suzanne Hillier was appointed NOPSEMA’s General Counsel in March 2010, following seven years at the Western 
Australian Department of Health where she was the Director responsible for managing the Legal and Legislative 
Services directorate. This included managing the legislative program for the Minister for Health, providing specialist advice on matters within the state’s health system and providing extensive legal support for the coronial inquiry process.
Suzanne is responsible for managing NOPSEMA’s legal and risk functions. This includes providing legal advice 
on contract and commercial issues, statutory interpretation, administrative and employment law, litigation and 
investigation and prosecution proceedings. She also manages the risk, internal audit and assurance functions for 
the agency. Suzanne has regularly presented on best practice legal management at forums for government and 
in-house company lawyers. Suzanne is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a non-executive Director in the not-for-profit sector. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Law from the University of Tasmania and a Master of Environmental Law from the University of Sydney.

 

The NOPSEMA Advisory Board may provide advice and recommendations to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NOPSEMA about operational policies and strategies to which the CEO must have regard.

Under the provisions of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 (OPGGS Act), the Board is established as a separate entity to NOPSEMA and does not have a role in decision-making matters, nor may it direct the operations or individual decisions of NOPSEMA. 

As specified in s654 of the OPGGS Act, the Board also provides advice, and makes recommendations to the responsible Commonwealth Minister; relevant State Ministers and the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), on various “policy or strategic matters relating to:

  • the occupational health and safety of persons engaged in offshore petroleum or greenhouse gas storage operations;
  • the structural integrity of facilities, wells or well related equipment that are in NOPSEMA waters;
  • offshore petroleum or greenhouse gas storage environmental management, and performance by NOPSEMA of its functions.

Considering its functions under the OPGGS Act and allowing for any ministerial and CEO requests for specific advice during the coming year, the Advisory Board’s work programme includes monitoring and advice on:

  • improvements in relation to the transparency of the regulatory approvals process and stakeholder engagement
  • the outcomes and recommendations arising from the review into decommissioning, late life asset transfers and cross-over alignment with other agencies and regulators
  • the implications of changes to NOPSEMA’s scope of responsibilities
  • industry performance in:
    • the four strategic compliance areas of preventing major accident events, preventing loss of well control, effective oil pollution emergency preparedness and responsible asset stewardship
    • process safety, environmental management and the EPBC Act, executive accountability and maintenance and removal of property.

Board members

The responsible Commonwealth Minister has appointed the following members to the Advisory Board. The Board members have been appointed for terms of up to three years, as recommended by the COAG Energy Council. Should you wish to contact any of the Board members please email the Board Secretariat board@nopsema.gov.au.

Ms Anthea Tinney

Anthea Tinney has more than 30 years of experience in the Australian public service. Ms Tinney was a former deputy secretary of the Federal environment portfolio and occupied a number of other roles within the portfolio. It was here where she had oversight responsibility for the operation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. Ms Tinney also spent many years in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Federal Treasury and at the head of the cabinet office. Ms Tinney was awarded a Public Service Medal in 1995 for services to the Australian Cabinet System.

Ms Tinney, has served on a number of boards and advisory committees and has extensive experience in public policy advising. Ms Tinney is currently Chair of the Marine Estate Expert Knowledge Panel (NSW) and a non-executive director of the CRC for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE). Ms Tinney was previously the Chair of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, the Australian National Commission for UNESCO and Land and Water Australia.

Ms Tinney is an experienced international and government negotiator and has led several reviews for the government, including independent reviews of the Port of Gladstone.

Mr Christopher Blackmore

Christopher Blackmore has more than 25 years of experience in a variety of senior management roles in the offshore oil and gas industry. Christopher entered the maritime industry in 1968 as a cadet marine engineer, and since then has worked on a number of vessels in the Australasian region. He has an advanced diploma in marine engineering and a Class 1 Unlimited Chief Engineers Motor Certificate of Competency from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

In addition to this, Christopher has served as the branch secretary, the federal vice president and the federal council member for the West Australian branch of the Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers. Mr Blackmore was also part of the major project to tow the world's first FLNG facility (Prelude) from South Korea to Australia's north west shelf, including positioning the Prelude on the seabed. Mr Blackmore is still actively involved in the marine industry.

Ms Victoria Jackson

Victoria Jackson has more than 30 years of experience in diverse resources sector roles, with extensive public sector experience including in the Northern Territory as Executive Director, Energy, Victoria held oversight of the Petroleum Act NT, the Petroleum Environment Regulations and for energy policy. 

As director of major project approvals in the West Australian State Development portfolio, Victoria managed state environment and indigenous heritage approvals, social impact assessment, including community engagement, for the development of onshore oil and gas major projects.

More recently Victoria served as Executive Director  Western Australia for the Minerals Council of Australia.

Victoria holds a BSc. (Geology) a Dip. Cartography and Engineering Surveying and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Postgraduate education includes public policy, environmental law, business law and business, continuity.

Victoria is Chair of the CDU Energy and Resources Institute Advisory Board and a Non-Executive Director, Deep Yellow Limited. Victoria has also served on other not-for-profit, university and government boards and committees.

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