NOPSEMA is comprised of five functional areas: Corporate and Business Transformation Division; Environment, Renewables and Decommissioning Division; Safety and Integrity Division; Legal, Governance & Risk Directorate; and Strategic Communications & Engagement Directorate. The heads of these functions report to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – this structure provides NOPSEMA with clear lines of responsibility that support sound corporate governance, stakeholder engagement, and compliance efforts.
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.
Environment, Renewables and Decommissioning regulates the management of risks and impacts to the environment arising from offshore petroleum and greenhouse gas storage activities and oversees ongoing development of a regulatory framework for the emerging offshore wind energy sector.
Safety and Integrity regulates the management of health and safety risks to people at or near offshore petroleum facilities and well integrity.
Legal, Governance & Risk provides advice on matters affecting NOPSEMA's business operations and ensures all statutory and legal obligations are met.
Strategic Communications & Engagement provides advice on external engagement and communication matters, as well as legislative and regulatory affairs, and secretariat and regulatory process improvement.
Sue McCarrey, Chief Executive Officer
Sue McCarrey was appointed NOPSEMA’s CEO 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. During this time, Sue led work on Commonwealth and state government reforms to establish the single national rail safety regulator. Sue’s early career included several years in the Department of Education, including working on matters relating to Commonwealth-state relations. Sue is a member of the CEO Advisory Group for National Women in Transport, holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Masters in Education, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Nicholas Page, Executive Director - Strategic Communications & Engagement Directorate
Nicholas Page was appointed as Executive Director of Strategic Communications & Engagement in May 2021 after five years as Manager of Legislative Change, Communications and Stakeholder Relations, where he was responsible for engagement activity driving regulatory reform and strengthening external relationships. Leading the Strategic Communications & Engagement Directorate, Nicholas oversees NOPSEMA’s communications, legislative, 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 Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK), and a Master of Business from the Queensland University of Technology.
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 (DoH). At DoH, she was responsible for managing the Legal and Legislative Services Directorate which included managing the legislative program for the Minister for Health, providing specialist advice on matters associated with the state’s health system and providing extensive support during a 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, employment law and investigation and prosecution proceedings. She also manages the risk, internal audit and assurance functions for the agency. Suzanne regularly presents 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, holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Tasmania and a Masters of Environmental Law from the University of Sydney.
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.
Cameron Grebe, Head of Division - Environment, Renewables and Decommissioning
Cameron Grebe was appointed NOPSEMA’s Head of Division for Environment in August 2011, and in May 2021 the Division was expanded to take on decommissioning as part of the government’s agenda to increase focus on aging offshore infrastructure. 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. As the Head of Division for Environment, Cameron is responsible for leading NOPSEMA’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, this has included substantial stakeholder engagement. Cameron represents NOPSEMA (and Australia) as a member of the International Offshore Petroleum Environment Regulators group. Cameron holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) from RMIT University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Energy Studies from Murdoch University.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Mr Ken Fitzpatrick - Chair
Ken Fitzpatrick brings more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in Australia and overseas, holding a range of senior positions responsible for drilling, development and production. Ken is currently Chair of the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Growth Centre for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
Ken was CEO of PTTEP Australasia from 2011 to 2014 and has worked in senior positions in Ampolex, Mobil, Nexen and Woodside. He is a past WA State Chairman for Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) and was a member of the APPEA Montara/Macondo task force steering committee.
Ken has been appointed Chair of the NOPSEMA Advisory Board for a three year term from 5 September 2020.
Professor Andrew Hopkins
Andrew Hopkins is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the Australian National University in Canberra. Prior experience includes being an expert witness at the Australian Royal Commission in 1998 for the Exxon gas plant explosion near Melbourne; a consultant with the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) with its investigation into the BP Texas City Refinery disaster of 2005; and a consultant to the CSB in its investigation into the BP Gulf oil spill in 2010.
Professor Hopkins has a BSc and an MA from the Australian National University, a PhD from the University of Connecticut and has written books about the accidents noted above, and others. More than 100,000 copies of his books have been sold.
He has been involved in various government reviews of Work Health and Safety regulation and regulators, and has undertaken consultancy work for major companies in the mining, petroleum, chemical and electrical industries, as well as for Defence. He speaks regularly to audiences around the world about the human and organisational causes of major accidents.
Professor Hopkins has been awarded multiple honours throughout his career, including the 2008 European Process Safety Centre safety award, the first time it was awarded to someone outside Europe; an honorary fellowship of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in recognition of "outstanding contributions to process safety and to the analysis of process safety related incidents"; and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in recognition of his "distinguished service to industrial safety and accident analysis".
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.