Board of Directors

Sir Patrick Brown

Sir Patrick Brown

Chairman

Appointed: March 2015

Sir Patrick Brown held various positions in the Department for Transport and the Department of the Environment, becoming Second Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive of the Property Services Agency in 1990. He was Permanent Secretary of the Department for Transport from 1991 to 1997. He is currently a director of Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd.

Dr Andy Samuel

Dr Andy Samuel

Chief Executive

Appointed: January 2015

Dr Andy Samuel joined the OGA as Chief Executive in January 2015. He previously held senior positions within the oil and gas industry, including 20 years with BG Group – the last two as MD, Europe Exploration and Production.

Robert Armour

Robert Armour

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: October 2015

Robert Armour is a solicitor with 30 years’ experience in the energy sector, starting in private practice before becoming General Counsel at Scottish Nuclear and British Energy Group plc. He is currently Non-Executive Director of Albion Community Power plc and The Nuclear Liabilities Fund and Deputy Chair of NuGeneration Limited.

Mary Hardy

Mary Hardy

Non-Executive Director and Audit and Risk Committee Chair

Appointed: November 2015

Committees:
Audit and Risk Committee Chair

Mary Hardy is a chartered accountant and former partner at Ernst and Young with 20 years’ experience as Director of Internal Audit for Diageo, Transport for London and the London Olympics. She is currently a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Royal Navy and chairs its audit committee. She is a non-executive member of both the Ministry of Defence and the HM Treasury Audit Committees. Mary is also a Trustee and chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at the Chartered Accountants Benevolent Association.

Nic Granger

Nic Granger

Chief Financial Officer

Appointed: November 2016

Nic joined the OGA from the Falkland Islands Government, where her previous role was Strategic Executive Director & Deputy Chief Executive, which included responsibility for Finance as well as a number of other corporate and policy functions. Previously she worked as a chartered accountant in both the private and public sectors.

Frances Morris-Jones

Frances Morris-Jones

Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director

Appointed: October 2015

Frances Morris-Jones has over 30 years’ experience in the energy sector, largely in international oil and gas. She is currently a member of the Standards Policy and Strategy Committee of BSI Group and a Governor of the University of Portsmouth, where she sits on the Audit and Quality Committee and Ethics Committee. She is also a Trustee of Anti-Slavery International and of Public Concern at Work, and is an independent Consulting Director at Lyndon Energy.

Dr Russell Richardson

Dr Russell Richardson

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Russell is an experienced competition and regulatory lawyer who has managed various dispute resolutions and multi-discipline litigation before the UK, EU and Grand Cayman courts. Previously, he was General Counsel and Deputy Director Industry Affairs for the Information and Communications Technology Authority in the Cayman Islands. Prior to that, he was a Principal Lawyer at the UK Office of Communications.

Rebecca Vallance

Rebecca Vallance

Shareholder Representative Director

Appointed: December 2016

Rebecca Vallance is Deputy Director of Upstream Oil and Gas at BEIS (formerly DECC).