Oil & Gas UK Appoints New Chief Executive

Energy industry trade body Oil & Gas UK announced Friday that it has appointed a new chief executive.

Deirdre Michie will join Oil & Gas UK from May 1 from Royal Dutch Shell plc – where she spent 30 years in senior UK and global upstream and downstream management positions. Oil & Gas UK said that she brings significant experience of the upstream oil and gas industry to it, having worked extensively in both operator and supply chain-orientated roles.

Michie commented in a statement:

"I am really delighted to have been appointed to this important industry role and look forward to working with the high-performance team that is Oil & Gas UK. This is a hugely challenging time for the industry that will require us all – industry, government and the new regulator – to work co-operatively and collaboratively to ensure we address the issues that face us.

"This is a great industry, a key part of the British economy and with a UK-based supply chain that is world-class. Oil & Gas UK has a crucial role in helping the industry to emerge from the current downturn on a stronger, fitter and more sustainable footing that will see the UK producing oil and gas from its offshore areas for decades to come. It is a role I will greatly relish."

Oil & Gas UK Co-Chairman Trevor Garlick added:

"Deirdre Michie's strong oil and gas industry background will help her represent the broad spectrum of our membership, whilst also providing the strategic thinking and direction the industry needs from its trade association, especially in these challenges times.

"Oil & Gas UK has been transformed under Malcolm Webb's leadership into a highly-influential trade association widely accepted as the voice of the UK offshore oil and gas industry. With Deirdre Michie at its head, our representative body will be in good hands."

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