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:

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.

Speaker to be confirmed
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Torgrim Reitan
Executive Vice President, Development & Production International

Gordon Ballard
Executive Director

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.

Dr Andy Samuel
Chief Executive

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

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.