24 March 2022 | County Hall, Belvedere Road London

Steve Rae

Job Role

Executive Director, Step Change in Safety


Steve Rae is the Executive Director with Step Change in Safety, he 35 plus years’ experience in the International Oil and Gas Industry. Having entered the industry, as an Offshore Technician, he happened to find himself onboard Piper Alpha on July 6th, 1988. Having survived the horrific events of that night Steve chose to continue working in the industry where he went on to become an accomplished executive.
Throughout his time in Industry Steve has held several senior positions such as Vice President (VP) QHSE, VP International Drilling Operations, Country Manager & VP Business Development. He also served IADC as Chairman and Ex – Officio of the North Sea Chapter. In 2013 he received the IADC “Val Hood” award for services to the Drilling Industry. Steve was a member of the UK “Step Change in Safety” Leadership Team from 2007/2011 and Chairman of Statoil’s (Brazil) Aiming High Group in 2014/15. The experience gained throughout his time in Industry has provided him with a unique perspective on Safety Culture, effective Team Leadership and Workforce Engagement from “boardroom to coalface”.

Steve qualified as an Electrical Technician through a traditional Apprenticeship City and Guilds program. In 1996 he returned to Robert Gordon’s University, Aberdeen, graduating in 2000 with an International MBA.