The OGIC Team
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).
He has seen technology development as an oil company JIP manager, as the Commercial Director of a multi-million pound development project, as CEO of a university spinout and in his current role where he sees many concepts and ideas.
Ian is a Chartered Petroleum Engineer, a Fellow of the Energy Institute, and holds an M.Eng in Petroleum Engineering and an MBA. Ian is Chairman of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section.
Laura studied for a BA in Entertainment and Events Management and started her career working as the Office Manager/ PA to the regional director of a full service welding company. Before joining OGIC, Laura ran the Moray Chamber of Commerce where she was in charge of everything from member relationships and recruitment, marketing and events and everything in-between. During her time there, Laura significantly grew the membership, developed partnership working and created and ran the largest career fair in the area involving all 8 secondary schools which has now become an annual event.
After a stint living in the Outer Hebrides and a career break to have her daughters, Laura worked with a small, start-up business in the whisky industry setting up their office and processes.
Chief Operating Officer
Ernie was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in February 2015. He has more than 35 years of experience in upstream oil and gas activities including business, technical and technology management, technical consultancy, brown and green field engineering, operations support and process engineering.
Ernie holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering, is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, and holds an MSc in Technology Management. He is an experienced company director and holds both the Certificate and the Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.
Rebekah (Becky) MacAngus was appointed as Project Manager in March 2018 after working as OGIC’s Office Manager for over 3 years. Becky brings an extensive knowledge of OGIC’s process and activities from her previous role and immediately took on an extensive portfolio of OGIC projects at various stages of progression.
Before joining OGIC, Becky worked at the University of Central Lancashire, where she helped coordinate the set-up and refurbishment of their multimillion-pound conference and special-event venue. As well as coordinating all marketing efforts for the venue, Becky was also responsible for event management, including weddings, special events and conferences.
Most recently, Becky worked with RLG International, providing support for executives and project managers across North America, Europe and Russia. She organised training workshops for the team, became a figurehead for health and safety procedures, and provided general administration assistance.
Becky studied a BTEC National Diploma in Business and her interest in marketing then led her to study for a Diploma in Digital Marketing.
Mhairi Begg was appointed as Project Manager with OGIC in July 2014, and is a first point of contact for universities and companies in facilitating and developing collaborative R&D projects. Mhairi is an experienced Project Manager with a strong track record in managing technical projects with Scottish Universities which meet the needs of the oil and gas industry, working with the companies and universities to bring new technologies to reduce costs in sector.
Having 15 years’ experience as an economic development professional, Mhairi has worked with Scottish Enterprise and the strategy consultancy Cogent Strategies International. As a result, Mhairi has been an integral part of strategic projects within the oil and gas, offshore wind, chemicals, pharmaceutical and biotech sectors.
Mhairi is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen and has a MA Hons in Economic Science.
Paul joined the OGIC team in October 2017 as Project Manager, supporting companies interested in innovating in any area of oil and gas industry activity, through collaborative research and development with Scottish Universities.
He has over 25 years of oil and gas experience as part of a large service company working across the globe, firstly as a field engineer, progressing to operations management, product development, business development and geoscience. More recently, Paul has experience of co-founding and developing a reservoir engineering start-up in the oil and gas sector.
Paul is a graduate of the Robert Gordon University, holding a BEng Hons in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, and an MSc in Oil and Gas Innovation.
Mark Robertson was appointed as Project Manager with OGIC in September 2016.
He has over 25 years of experience leading teams in the development and support of industrial control and data acquisition systems across a range of industries; the last 17 years in Oil & Gas, in both surface and subsea production and processing.
Mark comes to OGIC from Aker Solutions where he headed up the software execution team as a Senior Operations Manager
Mark holds a BSc in Mathematical Sciences with Computing from Robert Gordon University.
Audrey Sheal joined OGIC in August 2014 as Marketing Manager. Audrey’s role ranges from building the brand and industry profile to managing and successfully executing OGIC’s events calendar.
Audrey has over 20 years of experience working within the public and private sector in account management, project management and marketing roles. She has worked within various sectors including food and drink, tourism sector, high tech and energy and has freelanced as an independent marketing consultant. Most recently, Audrey worked with BP, providing communications and organisational learning support for the Andrew project.
Audrey is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde and has a MSc in International Marketing.
Nicole is OGIC’s Marketing Assistant and works alongside the Marketing Manager to complete an array of different tasks, from graphic design to managing events and overseeing the company website and digital marketing activity.
Nicole is currently studying towards her BA (Hons) in International Business Management at Robert Gordon University and has joined OGIC for a year’s industrial placement which replaces her third year of study. Combining this with previous practical marketing and design experience gained during her semester abroad in Canada and various internships within oil and gas companies, Nicole is enjoying turning theory into practice in an exciting, yet challenging, working environment.