Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Tim Eggar was appointed as Chairman in March 2019.
Tim Eggar is a highly experienced non-executive Chair and Board Director, including in the oil and gas sector and the wider energy sector. He was a government minister for 11 years, and Energy Minister between 1992 and 1996.
Dr Andy Samuel
Appointed: January 2015
Andy is the Chief Executive of the Oil and Gas Authority, the UK’s oil and gas industry regulator set up 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 and increased production forecasts by 45%. Andy is passionate about the urgency and opportunities presented by the global energy transition and has committed the OGA to identifying new offshore energy integration potential and progressing carbon capture in line with the UK's commitment to achieve Net Zero carbon by 2050.
Andy also serves on the boards of the Oil & Gas Technology Centre and ONE Oil, Gas and Energy 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. He lives in Aberdeen with his wife and two sons and loves surfing, yoga, hiking and other outdoor pursuits.
Dr Sarah Deasley
Appointed: October 2020
Dr. Sarah Deasley is a Director of Frontier Economics, one of Europe’s largest economics consultancies, where she focuses predominantly on the energy sector. She is also a trustee of Sustainability First. Sarah holds economics degrees at three levels, having been awarded a PhD from Imperial College, an MSc from the University of Warwick and a BCom from the University of Birmingham. Prior to joining Frontier Economics, Sarah worked for PwC and the Office of Electricity Regulation (now OFGEM). Sarah brings a wealth of experience of the energy sector, including its regulatory processes and the opportunities presented by the challenge to achieve net zero in the UK by 2050.
Appointed: April 2020
Iain Lanaghan is a Chartered Accountant who holds an MA in Economics and Accounting from the University of Edinburgh. He is currently a non-executive director of Scottish Water and the UK Government’s Defence Equipment & Support agency (DE&S).
Following an early career in audit and consultancy, he undertook senior finance roles in a number of FTSE companies including serving as Group Finance Director for FirstGroup PLC and as CFO of PowerGen International. He was also CFO at Faroe Petroleum PLC. Iain’s NED and advisory experience is extensive, and includes a range of companies involved in the energy sector (Cabot Energy PLC, CO2DeepStore and Blaze Manufacturing Solutions).
Director of Corporate and 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: August 2021
Currently Deputy Director for Oil and Gas Exploration and Production at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Helena has ten years of experience developing and delivering energy policy, covering topics ranging from renewable heat to nuclear resilience. Her 20 year career as a civil servant includes time spent in policy and corporate branches of Cabinet Office, communications at 10 Downing Street, and two years working on commercial policy for the New South Wales state government in Australia.
Appointed: 1 October 2021
Currently a non-executive Director of Elexon Limited, which runs the UK electricity industry settlement system, Sara brings 30 years’ experience in the regulated energy sector and a background as a competition lawyer. She was at E.ON until January 2021, where she was Executive Director for Strategy and Regulation and, latterly, for Political and Regulatory Affairs.
Sara is a member of the Energy Advisory Panel at the Energy Institute, where she is a Fellow, and Co-chair of an Advisory Panel in Icebreaker One’s work on Open Energy. She was a Board Member of the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy which later merged into Energy UK, where she was an alternate Board member until 2019.
Appointed: 1 October 2021
A former Senior Executive at BG Group, Malcolm is currently a Crown Representative at the Cabinet Office in the Strategic Partnering Programme. He brings 40 years’ experience in oil and gas markets, culminating in his role as Executive Vice President, Exploration, BG, until 2016. He was an advisor to Westwood Energy until August 2021.
He is a Trustee of the Imperial College Trust, and Chair of the Development Committee of the Geological Society. He was President of the Geological Society of London from 2016-2018.