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.
Director of Strategy
Appointed: June 2015
Hedvig Ljungerud is responsible for the OGA’s policy, performance, economics and communication, legal and governance, and external affairs teams. She joined the OGA in June 2015 from HM Revenue and Customs, having held a series of senior policy and strategy roles in government.
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.
Director of Operations
Appointed: January 2020
Scott Robertson is responsible for the OGA’s Exploration, Production, Technology and Carbon Capture and Storage regulatory activity and stewardship. He joined the OGA in June 2015 after 20 years of upstream operator experience, including a number of leadership roles, predominantly in the UK North Sea.
Scott was Co-Chair of the OGA-Industry Asset Stewardship Taskforce and is now a member of the North Sea Transition Steering Group. In his previous role at the OGA, Scott developed and implemented the OGA’s Asset Stewardship Strategy and was responsible for stewarding the large portfolio of oil and gas activity in the Central North Sea.
Director of Supply Chain, Decommissioning and HR
Appointed: January 2015
Stuart Payne is responsible for the OGA’s activities in support of decommissioning and he leads our work with the UK service sector, in addition to this, he is accountable for the OGA’s HR function.
Stuart co-chairs the industry’s Supply Chain & Exports Task Force and is a member of the Scottish Government’s Energy Transition Leadership Group. Stuart joined the OGA in January 2015 having held a variety of leadership positions in the oil and gas industry in the UK and overseas. Away from the OGA, Stuart is Chairman of the Brightside Trust and a member of the Advisory Board of Barnardo’s Scotland.
Stuart was awarded a CBE for services to the oil and gas sector in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2020
Director of Regulation
Appointed: March 2017
Tom Wheeler is responsible for the OGA’s licensing and regulatory functions. Tom became Head of Commercial for DECC’s upstream oil and gas team in 2014 and then moved to the OGA when it was established in 2015. He previously trained as a solicitor and spent seven years working in private practice before taking a role as in-house counsel in the oil and gas industry
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.