MER UK Forum & Task Forces

MER UK Forum

The MER UK Forum brings together the OGA, government and industry. It is the principal platform for driving tripartite action in support of MER UK and maximising UK value from the oil and gas industry as a whole. Government ministers, industry leaders and representatives of the OGA attend the meeting which take place twice a year.

The objectives of the forum are:

  • Encourage discussion between government, industry and the OGA
  • Provide Strategic direction, oversight and support
  • Drive alignment, accountability, action and delivery on priorities

Acting on feedback received from industry, the Forum meetings are now following a new format which introduced a smaller more efficient membership, allowing for more focused discussion.

MER UK Steering Group

The MER UK Steering Group was established and met for the first time in January 2017. The Steering Group has oversight and co-ordinates the work for the six MER UK Task Forces, discusses and reviews strategic matters and ensures that key topics are discussed at the MER UK Forum.

MER UK Task Forces

There are seven MER UK Task Forces, each led by an industry representative with support from OGA and Oil & Gas UK and representatives from across industry.  The task forces are important vehicles for driving innovation and improvements in support of MER UK.

The MER UK Forum and Task Force annual review was published in 2019, this outlines the highlights from 2018 and the priorities for 2019.

MER UK Annual Update 2018

The six Task Forces are:

Industry Cultural Champion

Steve Phimister, VP and Director, Shell UK was appointed Industry Cultural Change Champion in 2017, this role alongside the task force leaders, is to act as a catalyst for behaviour change to embed, sustain and accelerate the cultural change of the industry through the integration, prioritisation and sponsorship of change activities.