OGA Appoints Interim Chair

Frances Morris-Jones has been confirmed as the interim chair of the UK’s Oil and Gas Authority (OGA).

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) appointed the interim chair to serve for the next 12 months, until March 31, 2019, while a competition takes place to recruit a permanent successor.

Morris-Jones replaces Patrick Brown whose tenure as chairman ended in March after three years of service. 

Serving on the OGA board as a non-executive director since October 2015, Morris-Jones has over 35 years’ experience in the international energy sector, including senior executive positions with oil and gas majors BP and ConocoPhillips.

“Frances brings a wealth of experience to this role and provides continuity to the OGA board, where she has been a great member for the past two and a half years,” OGA Chief Executive Andy Samuel said in an organization statement.

“Frances’ leadership and dedication are most welcome as we continue to work closely with industry and government to deliver the significant value outlined in Vision 2035,” he added.

The OGA was created in 2015 and its role is to regulate, influence and promote the UK oil and gas industry in order to maximize the economic recovery of the UK’s oil and gas resources.


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