Keynote Speakers

The OGUK Industry Conference will welcome a number of leading industry figures to speak on both days of the event.

The conference will be chaired by:

Deirdre Michie

Deirdre was appointed CEO of OGUK in May 2015. She has an LLB Hons in Scots Law and extensive experience as a senior business leader in the oil and gas industry; covering upstream, downstream and globally. As well as being a Non-Executive Board member of Scottish Water, she is also a board member of Opportunity North East and Chair of Common Data Access Limited. Deirdre is a member of MER, the UK Government and oil and gas industry forum; HMT’s Oil and gas industry Fiscal Forum; the Scottish Government’s Energy Advisory Group, and of the Women’s Business Council, a UK Government body focused on increasing women’s contribution to economic growth.

Deirdre was awarded a Fellowship from the North East of Scotland College and an OBE for her services to the Oil and Gas industry in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018. Deirdre is also a Burgess of Aberdeen.

Our keynote speakers include:

Dr Gabrielle Walker

Dr Gabrielle Walker is an expert strategist, speaker and moderator, with a focus on sustainability and climate change and their impacts on the energy, finance and transportation sectors.

Gabrielle works as an advisor at boardroom-level with a wide range of companies, helping to broker cross-sectoral collaborations and turn good intentions into real action on the ground. She is also a keynote speaker to corporate audiences globally and moderator of high-level debates, has hosted many international meetings and guided panels involving global CEOs, former heads of state, government ministers, military generals and global humanitarian leaders.

Gabrielle has presented dozens of TV and radio programs for the BBC, reporting from all seven continents, and has written very extensively for international newspapers and magazines, including The Economist, Prospect, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. She is author of four books including co-authoring the bestselling book The Hot Topic, how to avoid global warming while still keeping the lights on, which was described by Al Gore as “a beacon of clarity” and by The Times as “a material gain for the axis of good”.

She has a PhD from Cambridge University and has taught at both Cambridge and Princeton Universities.”

Michael Matheson MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity

He was born in Glasgow in 1970 and educated at St John Bosco Secondary School. He went on to study at Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh, where he obtained a BSc in Occupational Therapy. He also holds a BA and a Diploma in Applied Social Sciences from the Open University.

Prior to becoming an MSP, Mr Matheson practised as a Community Occupational Therapist with Stirling Council, Central Regional Council, and Highland Regional Council.

He was elected as the MSP for Falkirk West following the May 2007 elections. Previous to that he was a Regional MSP for Central Scotland from 1999 to 2007. Before being appointed Minister for Public Health and Sport, Mr Matheson was Vice Convenor of the European and External Relations Committee. He also sat on the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee, and previously served on the Justice and Enterprise and Culture Committees. Michael Matheson was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Justice in November 2014 and reappointed in May 2016.

He was re-elected in May 2011 and thereafter appointed as Minister for Public Health.

Lord Duncan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Lord Ian Duncan was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Scotland Office in June 2017. He was also appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in October 2017.

Ian was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales between June and October 2017.

Her Majesty The Queen has been pleased to signify Her intention of conferring a peerage of the United Kingdom for Life on Dr Duncan.

Sian Lloyd Rees
UK Country Manager
Aker Solutions

With a career spanning more than 25 years, Sian has held a number of leadership roles in both blue chip and start-up companies. She joined Aker Solutions in 2014 to lead the strategy, marketing and business development functions at Aker Solutions across Europe and Africa.

In her current role, Sian is Country Manager for the UK and leads the customer management function for Europe and Africa as Senior Vice President. With her leadership team, Sian is committed to growing the company’s operations in the UK, with a focus on increasing front end, early customer engagement and developing a world-class services business.

Torgrim Reitan
Executive Vice President Development & Production International

Position: Executive Vice President Development & Production International from 17 August 2018.

From August 2015 to August 2018 he held the position as Executive Vice President Development & Production USA

From January 2011 to August 2015 he held the position as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Statoil (Equinor)  (CFO).

Has held several managerial positions in Statoil (Equinor), including Senior Vice President (SVP) in trading and operations in the Natural Gas business area (2009 – 2010), SVP in performance management and analysis (2007 – 2009) and SVP in performance management, tax and M&A (2005 – 2007).

From 1995 to 2004, he held various positions in the Natural Gas business area and corporate functions in Statoil.

Education: Master of Science degree from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.

Gordon Ballard
Executive Director
The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP)

IOGP Executive Director Gordon Ballard joined the Association in January 2016 after spending 34 years working with oilfield services company, Schlumberger, on four continents.

He became Schlumberger’s UK Chairman in 2005. He has also served as Chairman of the UK Government’s Oil and Gas Industry Council and was co-Chairman of the industry trade association, Oil & Gas UK.

He is also Chairman of OPITO International, the upstream oil & gas skills organization, an independent Board Director of Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) and a Director of The Royal Automobile Club Ltd.

Gordon graduated from the University of Glasgow with a B.Sc. Hons in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot‐Watt University. He also holds honorary doctorates from Heriot-Watt and Robert Gordon Universities.

Sam Laidlaw
Executive Chairman
Neptune Energy

Sam is a founder of Neptune Energy and became its first Executive Chairman in 2015. His strong international operational track record in the oil and gas sector spans more than 30 years.

Previously, Sam served as CEO of Centrica plc, the integrated energy company engaged in sourcing, producing, trading and supplying energy and a range of related services. Sam has also been a member of the UK Government’s Energy and Advisory Panel, President of the UK Offshore Operators Association, a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group, the Senior Director for the Department of Transport and a Non-executive Director of both HSBC Holdings plc and Hanson plc. Sam is a Non-executive Director of Rio Tinto plc and Chairman of the National Centre for Universities and Business.

Andy Samuel
Chief Executive
Oil and Gas Authority

Andy was appointed Chief Executive of the Oil and Gas Authority – the new UK oil and gas industry regulator – in late 2014. The OGA co-created Vision 2035, highlighting a £920 billion value opportunity and has set out a strategic approach for the basin. In a short space of time, the OGA has worked closely with industry and government to secure over 2 billion additional barrels of oil and gas.

Andy also serves on the boards of the Oil & Gas Technology Centre and ONE Oil & Gas and co-chairs Maggie’s Aberdeen charity fundraising board.

Andy previously held a number of international leadership positions during a 20-year career with BG Group. He was Managing Director of Europe Exploration and Production, with a diverse portfolio including daily production of 110,000 barrels of oil, major capital development projects and exploration licences. In the United States he led a joint venture developing the prolific Marcellus shale play. Prior to this he was Chief Operating Officer in Trinidad and a Board Member of Atlantic LNG. Earlier in his career he held leadership roles in Egypt and the UK as exploration manager. Andy holds a BA from University of Cambridge and PhD from University of London.

Sinead Lynch
Shell UK Limited

Sinead joined Shell in the role of UK Country Chair in September 2016. She is Chair of the Board of the Shell UK Pension Trust, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Shell Foundation and a Trustee of the Shell Centenary Scholarship Fund. In 2018 she became a Fellow of the Energy Institute.

Prior to her appointment to Shell, Sinead worked at BG Group where she was EVP Safety and Sustainability, and was responsible for the leadership and integration of Health, Safety & Asset Integrity, Security, Environment & Climate Change, Social Performance & Human Rights, Government & Policy Affairs and Communications disciplines.

Sinead worked for BG since 1993, holding a wide variety of roles across business segments and disciplines. She began her career as a Geophysicist specialising in seismic processing and modelling before taking on roles in Exploration and Development Geophysics. From 2001, Sinead worked as an Economist in the UK assets before moving into a series of senior Commercial and Business Development roles. From 2005-2007, she was VP Commercial for BG Nigeria, leading the company’s upstream entry. From 2008-2011, Sinead worked as Area Commercial Manager for BG’s Africa Middle East and Asia assets before taking on the role of Head of Investment Appraisal for BG. She then spent two years in Bangkok as Asset General Manager for the Thailand asset.

When the proposed combination between Shell and BG Group was announced in April 2015, Sinead took on the additional responsibility of heading the Integration Planning Team on the BG side and supported the ongoing transition of BG into Shell.

Jean-Luc Guiziou
Managing Director

Jean-Luc Guiziou, is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie de Nancy (1985) and Stanford University (MSc, 1988). He is currently Managing Director of Total E&P UK Ltd.

He joined Total in 1988 as a Research & Development project manager in geophysics. In 1993 he was transferred to Buenos-Aires as a Senior Geophysicist for Total Austral (Argentina). From 1996 to 1999, Mr Guiziou spent three years at Total’s Corporate Finance in Paris, before taking the position of Vice-President, Americas, as a coordinator for Total’s Exploration & Production activities in the Southern Cone. From 2002 to 2006 he served as President of Total E&P Canada in Calgary. From 2006 to 2008, he was Vice-President, Financial Operations for Exploration & Production at Total’s Corporate Finance in Paris. He then was President of Total United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi from 2009 to 2013 and later Senior Vice-President M&A for Total until end 2014. From 2015 to 2017 he served as Senior Vice-President, Subsidiaries Operations at Total’s Corporate Finance.

Vision 2035 – Reflections from the Next Generation

Facilitated by

Gareth Wynn
Stakeholder and Communications Director

Gareth Wynn is Stakeholder & Communications director with OGUK.

His remit includes OGUK’s communications strategy and includes political stakeholder engagement, media relations, our event portfolio, digital and social media activity, production of reports and publications as well as the member engagement programme. He has previously served as Communications Director for several large international companies, including EDF Energy where he led communications for the nuclear new build division including Hinkley Point C. At global consultancy, FTI he was responsible for its energy & natural resources practice in Strategic Communications, supporting companies active in oil & gas, renewables and energy utility sectors.  He currently sits on the board of CIPR’s Energy Leadership Platform think tank.

Ryan Fernando
Electrical Technician – Level 3
Aker Solutions

and OGUK Apprentice of the Year

Ryan Fernando, the winner of Oil & Gas UK’s Apprentice of the Year and Subsea UK’s Young Emerging Talent Award is currently employed as an Electrical Technician at Aker Solutions. Ryan started out his career in the industry as an Electronics Apprentice and now after completing his apprenticeship is studying further towards a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Ryan also heads up Aker Solutions young professionals network globally.

Sophie Guy-Pearson
Lead Business Adviser

Sophie joined Oil & Gas UK in 2016 and is now Lead Business Adviser in their Aberdeen office, working as part of the Market Intelligence team.  Sophie is engaged with several industry initiatives which are working towards improving the competitiveness of the UKCS and achieving MER.  She also co-authors some of Oil & Gas UK’s flagship reports, such as the Business Outlook and Economic Report.  Sophie holds a degree in Geology from the University of Leicester and an MSc in Integrated Petroleum Geoscience from the University of Aberdeen.