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Executive leadership

Stuart Smith - Chief Executive Officer

Stuart Smith was appointed NOPSEMA’s CEO in September 2014, following six years as Director General of the Department of Fisheries in Western Australia.

At the Department of Fisheries, Stuart managed the sustainable use of aquatic resources in Western Australia and in adjacent Commonwealth waters. Stuart also worked as a Deputy Director General (DDG) and Acting Director General for the Department of Mines, Industry and

Resources (DOIR) in Western Australia. As the DDG for State Development, he was responsible for facilitating major mining and petroleum projects, attracting investment and promoting trade and economic expansion opportunities in Western Australia. As the DDG for Resources he was responsible for promoting resources exploration in the state, regulating mining activity, managing resources sector royalties and regulating petroleum activity including onshore and offshore safety and environmental management.

Prior to DOIR, Stuart spent 14 years with the Australian Public Service (APS) in Canberra, Melbourne and Perth. During this period, he held various industry development and regulatory roles including positions with the industry portfolio and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, together with a secondment to Parliament House as an Inquiry Secretary and adviser. Stuart holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Economics from the Australian National University.

Derrick O'Keeffe - Head of Division for Safety and Integrity

Derrick O’Keeffe was appointed NOPSEMA’s Head of Division for Safety and Integrity in December 2016, following a successful 34 year career in the oil and gas industry.

Derrick possesses a comprehensive understanding of the objective-based regulatory regime having worked in Australia as a Country Manager for Murphy Oil, Chief Operating Officer for Strike Energy, and Business Manager for Woodside Energy. He also has significant international experience, including working in the United Kingdom (UK), US, Asia, and the Middle East with companies such as Blade Petroleum, British Gas, Schlumberger, and Marathon Oil.

Derick’s career has involved building multi-cultural cross-exploration-and production teams to develop and deliver growth opportunities. His expertise includes strategy, business development, commercialisation, operations and regulatory management, governance and control, executive crisis management, and stakeholder and media relations. His goal is to assist teams to achieve outcomes they had not thought possible.

Derrick holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Loughborough University of Technology and a Masters of Business Administration from Cranfield University.

Cameron Grebe - Head of Division for Environnment

Cameron Grebe was appointed NOPSEMA’s Head of Division for Environment in August 2011, following 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 environmental management specialists to improve environmental management outcomes and NOPSEMA’s regulatory activities, this has included substantial stakeholder engagement and reforms to improve transparency and consultation processes. 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.

Karl Heiden - Head of Division for Regulatory Support

Karl Heiden was appointed NOPSEMA’s Head of Division for Regulatory Support in August 2015, following four years as an Environment Manager assisting the inception and implementation of NOPSEMA’s regulation of environmental management.

Prior to joining NOPSEMA, Karl spent 12 years working in Canberra, the Australian Capital Territory, in a number of senior advisory roles for various federal government departments and ministers.

At the Department of Fisheries and Forestry, Karl was responsible for the administration of the $250 million Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement to enhance the protection of Tasmania’s forest environment and assist the Tasmanian forest industry to adjust to changes in forest resources. In the Office of the Minister for the Environment, he provided advice on the implementation of the EPBC Act and other EPBC-related matters. Karl also held roles in a number environmental consultancy firms primarily providing advice on large-scale oil and gas projects.

As the Head of Division for Regulatory Support, Karl is responsible for overseeing NOPSEMA’s corporate functions including human resources, finance and budget management, and information technology. He is also responsible for delivering regulatory support including independent investigations, stakeholder relations, legislative change and statutory reporting.

Karl holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Tasmania and a Masters in Environmental Science from Monash University.

Suzanne Hillier - General Counsel

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 function. This includes providing advice on contract and commercial issues and matters relating to audit and risk management. She also provides counsel on statutory interpretation, employment law and investigation and prosecution proceedings.

Suzanne provides guidance to NOPSEMA staff in her capacity as the Ethics and Fraud Control Officer and 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 or Laws from the University of Tasmania and a Masters of Environmental Law from the University of Sydney.

 General Counsel Suzanne Hillier, Head of Division for Environment Cameron Grebe, Chief Executive Officer Stuart Smith, Head of Division Regulatory Support Karl Heiden and Head of Division for Safety and Integrity Derrick O'Keeffe.
NOPSEMA executive leadership 2018-19: (from left to right) Suzanne Hillier, Cameron Grebe, Stuart Smith (seated), Karl Heiden and Derrick O'Keeffe.