Deirdre is the chief executive of Oil & Gas UK. She has extensive experience as a senior business leader in the oil and gas industry, upstream, downstream and globally. Deirdre joined Shell in 1986, moving to Shell Exploration and Production UK as senior commercial negotiator where she was responsible for commercial and legal negotiations including acquisitions and divestments. She subsequently moved into external affairs where, as business advisor, she played a leading role in a pan-industry group developing codes of conduct for commercial, contracting and procurement activity. Following four years as head of communications for the UK with Shell Europe Upstream, Deirdre was appointed contracting and procurement manager for Europe in 2007, where she was responsible for a multi-billion annual contracting and procurement strategy across Shell’s European exploration and production business.
From 2011 to 2014, Deirdre successfully managed a global team to deliver a business plan and significant savings in relation to a multi-billion annual strategic sourcing programme for Shell International Petroleum Company Limited. In 2014, she developed and implemented a revised sustainable operating model for Shell’s UK upstream operations, heading up a multi-disciplinary team.
A former vice-president and current council member of Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, Deirdre takes an active role in local business and in the community. She is chair of the board of Aberdeen Science Centre, a board member of North East of Scotland College and of Aberdeen Skills and Enterprise Training, and a Burgess of Aberdeen City. Deirdre has an LLB Honours degree in Scottish law.