OGUK Board

Responsibility for setting OGUK’s position on policy matters lies with the Board, whose members represent a cross-section of the industry.

The Board comprises 20 senior industry representatives from operator and contractor companies; a non-operator or independent oil company; and the chief executive of OGUK. Vice co-chairs have been reassigned as co-chairs of the Advisory Councils, who are supported by small steering groups to help shape the agenda.

Members are appointed for two years, at which point they are required to stand down and offer themselves up for re-election, with the ability to serve for a total period of five years. This ensures a rotation cycle and a broad representation of the membership on the Board.

View the full list of Board members below

updated January 2022

  • Alexandra Thomas, Managing Director UK, Operations, Neptune Energy
  • Andy Hessell, Managing Director, Kellas Midstream
  • Arne Gurtner, Senior Vice President UK & Ireland offshore, Development & Production International, Equinor
  • Bob Drummond, Chief Executive Officer, Hydrasun
  • Deirdre Michie, CEO, OGUK
  • Emeka Emembolu, Senior Vice President North Sea, BP
  • Jean-Luc Guiziou, Managing Director, TotalEnergies
  • John Pearson, Chief Operating Officer – New Energy Services, Petrofac
  • José Luis Muñoz, CEO, Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Ltd
  • Kenny Dey, Managing Director (UK), Vice President Platform Drilling, Archer
  • Mark Abbey, Regional Director, Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA), CHC
  • Matthew Brodie, General Manager – Eastern Hemisphere, Noble Drilling (Land Support) Limited
  • Mikki Corcoran, General Manager Europe, Schlumberger
  • Mitch Flegg, Chief Executive Officer, Serica Energy Plc
  • Neil McCulloch, Executive VP, Technical & Operated Assets, Spirit Energy
  • Phil Kirk, President and Chief Executive Officer Europe, Harbour Energy
  • Phil Simons, Executive VP – Projects & Operations, Subsea 7
  • Scott McGinigal, VP Business Services, CNOOC International
  • Sian Lloyd-Rees, UK Managing Director, Aker Offshore Wind
  • Simon Roddy, Senior Vice President and Upstream Director, Shell UK

Board Co-Chair

Arne Gurtner, Senior Vice President Equinor

Board Co-Chair

Phil Simons, VP North Sea & Canada Subsea 7

Board Vice Co-Chair

Sian Lloyd Rees, UK Managing Director at Aker Offshore Wind


There are two councils which meet four times a year (twice separately and twice jointly). Every member may send a representative to one of the two.

Both councils act as advisory bodies which review and advise on any matters relating to the business of OGUK referred to it by the Board or by member companies.


Member companies may nominate a representative to attend any of our forums. The forums provide the focal point between our member companies and OGUK. They also ensure that the association is aware of company member positions on particular issues and provide guidance on policy options and proposals. Forums are also a vehicle for specialist engagement with external stakeholders such as the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), Departments for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), HM Treasury, government agencies, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), academics and consultancies.

Chief Executive Biography

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive, OGUK

Deirdre was appointed CEO of OGUK in May 2015. She has an LLB Hons in Scots Law and has extensive experience as a senior business leader in the oil and gas and energy industry, covering upstream, downstream and globally. Having held a number of Board positions, Deirdre is currently a Non-Executive Board member of Scottish Water and a Board Member of Opportunity North East. Deirdre is a member of the UK Government’s North Sea Transition Forum; HMT’s Oil and gas industry Fiscal Forum; the Scottish Government’s Energy Advisory Group, and the Women’s Business Council, a UK Government body focused on increasing women’s contribution to economic growth.

Deirdre was awarded an OBE for her services to the Oil and Gas Industry in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018, an Honorary Degree from Robert Gordon University and a fellowship from the North East of Scotland College. Deirdre is also a Burgess of Aberdeen.