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Wendy Brown passes on the baton: IOGP welcomes Harvey Johnstone as new Environment Director

Harvey Johnstone has been appointed the Association’s new Environment Director starting 1 September 2021. He follows Wendy Brown, who returns to TotalEnergies after her 4 years’ secondment to IOGP.

“We are honoured to welcome Harvey to our team. His expertise and experience will help us to successfully implement our new strategy and to continue the fantastic work of the Environment Directorate, that under Wendy’s leadership has achieved incredible results. On behalf of the entire IOGP team, I would like to thank Wendy for her commitment and dedication and wish her all the best for her next assignment,” says Iman Hill, IOGP Executive Director.

“Wendy’s knowledgeable advocacy on behalf of the industry and enthusiastic communications gave IOGP a voice on many regional seas and international conventions – OSPAR, Barcelona, Abidjan, London, ACCOBAMS, and many more. During her tenure, the Environmental Committee published important industry resources to improve environmental management, a key report was Environmental Management in the upstream oil and gas industry, published in four languages. Also, under Wendy’s leadership, the Decommissioning Committee as well as the Sound & Marine Life Joint Industry Programme achieved outstanding results.“

Harvey joins IOGP after a 34-year career spanning both the Government and the Oil and Gas Sectors.  He spent 14 years with the Western Australian Government’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).  His roles with the DEP spanned air quality monitoring, industry licensing, pollution management and finally contaminated sites.  During his time in the DEP he was instrumental in the implementation of many regulatory changes.

From there Harvey was recruited into bp within the Remediation Management Function (RM) in Perth.  In this role, he oversaw the management of bp’s soil and groundwater liabilities in the Western and Southern parts of Australia, extending into South-East Asia and the Middle East where he oversaw large remediation projects.

Harvey moved to London with bp in 2010 where he undertook roles in environmental liability prevention dealing mainly with E&P Businesses and took on increasing responsibility for decommissioning. In his role as Global Manager, Decommissioning, Prevention & Waste in RM he oversaw the development of a decommissioning training programme, an Onshore Decommissioning Guideline, a Legacy Wells P&A Practice and was responsible for bringing efficiencies in cost and reduced risk to onshore decommissioning projects.  He also worked closely with the bp offshore decommissioning programme and was part of the due diligence team providing assurance on decommissioning Asset Retirement Obligations.  He was also responsible for the environmental liability prevention programme and the waste management advisory programmes.

Harvey was trained as a screening facilitator in environmental and social screening within the bp Group, aimed at the early identification of environmental and social issues associated with major new projects. He has managed projects and issues in many countries including Australia, Canada, China, Iraq, Oman, Vietnam, Singapore, UK and the USA.

Harvey has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Australia and a Certificate in Governance Practice from the Governance Institute of Australia.

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