Professor Paul de Leeuw
Paul has worked in the oil and gas industry for over 26 years for a number of companies, including Shell, Marathon Oil, Amoco, BP, Venture Production and Centrica Energy. His broad business and deep commercial background include senior roles in strategy, commercial, business development, planning and supply chain.
He is currently the Director of the Oil and Gas Institute at Robert Gordon University, Chair of the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre and a Professor at Robert Gordon University. He is also Vice-chair of Robert Gordon’s College and a board member of ACSEF (Aberdeen City & Shire Economic Future).
Ian was appointed as Chief Executive in August 2014. He has over 30 years of oil and gas experience including nearly 20 years with various oil companies (Shell, BP, Marathon, Ramco), 6 years with a major service company (Halliburton) and 6 years with a start up carbon capture and storage operator (CO2DeepStore).
Ian is a Chartered Petroleum Engineer, a Fellow of the Energy Institute, and holds an M.Eng in Petroleum Engineering and an MBA.
Stephen-Mark Williams is the Executive Director of the Energy Technology Partnership which is an alliance of 12 Scottish universities with world class strengths in energy research, development and demonstration. Stephen-Mark has a particular expertise in B2B technology communication and marketing, and has worked in a number of high-tech innovation companies around the world.
As Head of Upstream Policy for Oil & Gas UK, Michael Tholen seeks to promote the competitiveness of this mature oil and gas province and enhance the value proposition for operators and supply chain alike. His team is responsible for managing industry’s relationship with the British Government and the EU regarding licensing and production operations from exploration through to decommissioning as part of the shared objective to deliver MER (maximisation of economic recovery). The team’s remit also includes fiscal and energy policy.
Michael Tholen was seconded to the “Wood Review” and co-authored the report which has fundamentally reshaped the regulatory framework on the UKCS with the creation of the Oil and Gas Authority.
Prior to joining Oil & Gas UK he worked with Shell for 20 years, both in the UK and internationally, in a variety of engineering and commercial roles. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a regular commentator on the energy scene.
Neil is EnQuest’s North Sea President. He is a graduate of Cambridge University and Heriot Watt University and holds a Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering. He began his career as a graduate trainee with British Gas E&P and from 1996-2001 worked in a variety of technical consultancy and investment banking roles. He then went on to spend 11 years with BG Group in a range of senior UK and international roles, latterly as Vice President & Asset General Manager, UK Upstream, with accountability for the delivery of BG’s UK North Sea business. Neil joined EnQuest in April 2014 from international oil and gas company OMV AG, where he held the global role of Senior Vice President Production & Engineering.
Professor Gillian Hogg
Professor Gillian Hogg is Deputy Principal (External Relations) for Heriot-Watt University. She joined in 2007 as Head of School of Management and Languages and became Deputy Principal in March 2013. Her current responsibilities include working with HWU’s various campuses including Scottish Borders campus, Dubai and Malaysia; embedding the Athena Swan Charter throughout the University and leading the establishment of the Scottish Confucius Institute for Business and Communication at HWU.
David is CEO of Proserv: an international energy services company specialising in the provision of life-of-field solutions to the drilling, production, marine and subsea market sectors.
David has over 30 years of industry experience and has held various technical and senior management positions around the world: he was previously President of Eastern Region and Global Subsea Systems for Vetco International, Senior Vice President of the Eastern Region, Europe, CIS and Africa at Vetco Gray, and has also held various senior operational positions at Schlumberger. Prior to joining Proserv, David was CEO at Batewin Litwin for 2 years. David joined Proserv in January of 2011 and assumed the CEO role in March of the same year.
Observer to Board
David Rennie is the International Sector Head for Oil and Gas, Thermal Generation and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) at Scottish Enterprise, the economic development agency for Scotland. SE played a leading role in the development of the successful bid to the Scottish Funding Council which led to the development of OGIC.
SE is an observer on the OGIC board.
Observer to Board
Keith McDonald is a Senior Policy Officer in the Scottish Funding Council for Further and Higher Education’s (SFC) Research and Innovation Policy Team. The SFC is the core funder of the Innovation Centre programme which aims to deliver ‘university/industry collaboration and the exploitation of research’. SFC is an observer on the OGiC Board.