Board of Directors
Interim Chair and non-executive director
Frances was appointed as a non-executive director of the OGA in October 2015. She is currently serving as interim Chair.
Frances 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 chairs the Audit and Quality Committee. She is also a Trustee of Anti-Slavery International and of Public Concern at Work.
Dr Andy Samuel
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.
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.
Non-Executive Director and Audit and Risk Committee Chair
Appointed: November 2015
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.
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.
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.
Shareholder Representative Director
Appointed: March 2018
Emily Bourne is the Director for the Energy Development and Resilience Directorate at BEIS, with responsibility for upstream oil and gas policy, shale gas policy, offshore oil and gas environmental regulation, energy planning consents and coal liabilities, energy Cyber security and Emergency resilience