The Board

The Board comprises a Chairman, Vice-Chairman and representatives from industry and academia.

Archie Kennedy

Archie Kennedy, Chairman

Non-Executive Director Bibby Offshore

Archie is a Chartered Engineer with over 35 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. He is a Non-Executive Director of Bibby Offshore, having previously served on the board between 2011 and 2012. His previously roles have included Managing Director of Nexen Petroleum UK from 2012 to 2015 and Managing Director of ConocoPhillips UK Ltd from 2004 to 2009. During this time, he also acted as a Director of UKOOA and was involved in the transition to form Oil and Gas UK, the leading trade association for the UK offshore oil and gas industry.

Mike Fleming

Mike Fleming, Co-Vice-Chairman

Representing the supply chain in consultation with Scottish Enterprise

Mike’s business specialism is commercialisation of new technology and company board leadership processes. In the past 30 years, he has held various technical and commercial positions including CEO of Gas2 Ltd, Commercial Director of Petroleum Engineering Services, and Head of Oil and Gas at Scottish Enterprise. Mike also served as CEO of WellDynamics, a global Halliburton Company, and was one of the founding Directors of Venture Production Company which was listed on LSE and subsequently acquired by Centrica.

Trevor Garlick

Trevor Garlick OBE, Co-Vice-Chairman

Representing Opportunity North East

Trevor is a geologist and petroleum engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. He is a Director of Opportunity North East (ONE) and Chairs the ONE Oil & Gas Board, and is involved with several companies and charitable organisations in a variety of sectors. His previous roles have included Managing Director of BP Exploration North Sea from 2010 to 2016 and Country Manager for BP in Norway from 2007 to 2009. Earlier in his career Trevor worked offshore in the Norwegian North Sea and onshore in the Middle East before joining Marathon in 1984.

Colette Cohen

Colette Cohen

Representing The Oil & Gas Technology Centre

Until her appointment the Oil & Gas Technology Centre’s CEO, Colette was senior vice president for Centrica Energy’s exploration and production business in the UK and Netherlands. She has over 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, spanning a number of technical and managerial roles, in the UK and overseas.

Andy Samuel

Andy Samuel

Representing the Oil & Gas Authority

Andy brings a wealth of relevant experience, having previously held senior positions within the oil and gas industry, including 20 years with BG Group. Since January 2015, Andy has overseen the establishment of the OGA, setting in place a team with the necessary expertise, capacity and capability to deliver its principal objective of maximising the economic recovery of the UK’s oil and gas resources.  

Elisabeth Proust

Elisabeth Proust

Representing Oil & Gas UK

Elisabeth joined Elf Aquataine (now Total) group as a Junior Drilling Supervisor in 1980, and subsequently worked in various affiliates of Total in Cameroon, Brazil, Angola, France, Russia and the Netherlands. In 2004, she was appointed Vice President Development Engineering and Head of Petroleum Engineering Competence for Total worldwide, and then in 2008, President & General Manager for Total E&P Indonesia, and President of the Oil & Gas Association of Indonesia. Prior to taking up her current role in 2015, Elisabeth served as the first female Managing Director & Chief Executive of the Total Upstream companies in Nigeria. In April 2014 the French Government awarded her the Légion d'Honneur.

Ray Riddoch

Ray Riddoch

Representing Oil & Gas UK

Ray has more than 30 years of upstream oil and gas experience in the UK, Europe and Africa. Prior to joining Nexen, he had a lengthy career with Elf and Total, including several leadership positions. Ray holds board positions with OPITO, the Offshore Training Foundation, Oil & Gas UK and the Scottish Chamber of Commerce.

Prof Paul de Leeuw

Prof Paul de Leeuw

Representing Robert Gordon University

Paul has worked for nearly 30 years in the oil and gas industry, for companies including Shell, Marathon Oil, Amoco, BP, Venture Production and Centrica Energy. He is currently the Director of the Oil and Gas Institute at Robert Gordon University, Chair of the Oil and Gas Innovation Center and a Professor at Robert Gordon University. He is also Vice-Chair of Robert Gordon’s College and a board member of ACSEF (Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Future).

Prof Paul Hagan

Prof Paul Hagan

Representing Robert Gordon University

Paul’s independent research career spans the Medical Research Council (UK) Unit in The Gambia, the National Institute for Medical Research in London, Dean of the Faculty of Biomedical and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow, and Director of Research and Innovation Scottish Funding Council. He is also a member of the World Health Organization’s Expert Advisory Panel on Parasitic Diseases, an Honorary Member of the British Society for Parasitology and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

John Scrimgeour

John Scrimgeour

Representing University of Aberdeen

John joined the University of Aberdeen in 2013 after a career of over 30 years in the oil industry, initially in Petroleum Engineering and then in General Management. He has worked across the petroleum value chain in exploration, field development, production, mergers and acquisitions for companies including Suncor, Perenco and Occidental, and boasts extensive international experience.

Jeremy Kilburn

Jeremy Kilburn

Representing University of Aberdeen

Jeremy joined the University of Aberdeen in 2015 to take on the role of Senior Vice-Principal. His previous positions include Head of the School of Chemistry and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics at the University of Southampton, and Professor of Organic Chemistry and Vice Principal Science and Engineering at Queen Mary. He has had several research interests including, most recently, the development of modified electrodes for bio-sensing and fuel cells.

Melfort Campbell

Melfort Campbell

Representing Scottish Government Oil & Gas Industry Leadership Group

Melfort is a highly active member of the Scottish business community. Having served as Chairman of CBI Scotland in 2006, and Chaired the Board of Governors of the Robert Gordon University 2008-10, he holds a number of more recent appointments. These include: Scottish Enterprise Board Member, Chair Oil and Gas Expert Commission, Oil and Gas Technology Centre Board and as visiting Professor at Strathclyde University. He founded his first business in 1985 and continues to invest in entrepreneurial businesses. He is currently a director and investor in a number of businesses in the marine, defence and oil and gas industries. In recognition of his services to industry in Scotland he was awarded the OBE in 2005. Her Majesty appointed Melfort as the Regimental Honorary Colonel in November 2014.

Neil Sims

Neil Sims

Representing MER UK Supply Chain, Export and Skills Board

Neil joined Expro in 1986 as a field technician, and developed his experience across a range of operational positions within the company’s global portfolio before becoming Vice President of Europe CIS – Expro’s largest region. In 2015, Neil was invited to join the Board of Oil and Gas UK and is also Co-chair of the OGA’s Supply Chain and Exports Board.

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Paul W. White

Representing the Technology Leadership Board

Paul is a professional manager and technologist with over 25 years of leadership, management and engineering experience in the upstream oil and gas industry. In his current role as Director Subsea Technology at Baker Hughes, a GE Company, Paul is responsible for new product development and investment for a broad-based technology portfolio. He is co-Chair of the UK Technology Leadership Board and contributes to industry dialogue through journals, papers, and often speaks at conferences and events.

Maggie McGinlay

Maggie McGinlay

Observer representing Scottish Enterprise

Maggie leads Scottish Enterprise's support for the growth of the Energy sector in Scotland, working closely with the public and private sectors to deliver an integrated response. Having worked in the field of economic development for over 20 years, she has experience of supporting a range of industries in Scotland. Maggie represents Scottish Enterprise on the Scottish Government Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Board, Scottish Energy Advisory Board and the MER UK’s Boards for Oil and Gas Decommissioning and Supply Chain and Exports.  She also plays a key role in the Energy Jobs Taskforce set up by the First Minister of Scotland in response to the challenges within the oil and gas sector.