All OGIC’s activity is overseen by our Board which has senior members from both industry and academia. Our Board members bring excellent experience, skills and connections to what we do, and undertake financial and governance reviews of project applications seeking OGIC’s support.
OGIC’s Board comprises six non-executive directors plus the OGIC Chief Executive and observers from our funding partners.
Board members work on an independent, voluntary basis.
Should you be interested in joining our Board, please contact OGIC Chief Executive Ian Phillips on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professor Paul de Leeuw
Paul has worked for over 30 years in the oil and gas industry and has worked 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 leadership roles in strategy, commercial, business development, planning and supply chain.
Before joining Robert Gordon University in July 2014, Paul was the Strategy and Commercial Director for Centrica Energy’s upstream business. He is currently the Director of the Oil and Gas Institute at Robert Gordon University, Chairman of the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre, Chairman of PlanSea Solutions Ltd, Board member of the Oil and Gas Technology Centre and a member of the ONE Oil and Gas Board. Paul is also a regular commentator on developments in the oil and gas industry.
Paul holds a Master’s degree (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Twente (Netherlands) and an MBA from the City University/CASS Business School (UK).less...
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.less...
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.less...
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.less...
Neil McCulloch is the Technical & HSE Director for Spirit Energy based in Aberdeen. Neil 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 then worked with international oil and gas company OMV AG, where he held the global role of Senior Vice President Production & Engineering before joining EnQuest as President North Sea in 2014. Neil served as Operator Co-Chair of Oil and Gas UK from 2015 to 2017 and is a Board member of Opportunity North East Oil Gas and Energy.less...
Professor Garry Pender
Professor Garry Pender is Deputy Principal (Research and Innovation) at Heriot-Watt University, with responsibility for implementing the university’s research and innovation strategy across the whole organisation, including its Dubai and Malaysia Campuses. His background is in civil engineering and prior to taking up his current role, he acted as Head of the School of the Built Environment from 2006 to 2016. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Academy of Engineering.less...
David has over 35 years of industry experience and has held various technical and senior management positions around the world, most recently as the CEO of Proserv, an international energy technology and services company, where he served for 7 years before departing in May of 2018. 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 held various senior operational positions at Schlumberger. Prior to joining Proserv, David was CEO at Batewin Litwin for 2 years. David has an honours degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Western Australia and is a dual citizen of Australia and the UK.less...
Observer to Board
David Rennie is the Head of Oil and Gas at Scottish Enterprise, the main economic development agency for Scotland. His main focus is ensuring that Scottish Enterprise, and its international arm Scottish Development International, help the sector to grow and evolve through close working with partners to deliver business support measures to over 350 companies.
His current priorities include developing Scotland’s approach to decommissioning and also leading an ambitious programme to grow Scotland’s Subsea Engineering sector.
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. David is a member of the Technology Leadership Board and also an observer on the Subsea UK board.
Observer to Board
Gary Bannon 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.less...