Leadership team

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.

Hedvig Ljungerud

Hedvig Ljungerud

Director of Strategy

Appointed: June 2015

Hedvig Ljungerud is responsible for the OGA’s policy, performance, economics and communication 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.

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.

Gunther Newcombe

Gunther Newcombe

Director of Operations

Appointed: June 2015

Gunther Newcombe is responsible for the OGA’s Exploration and Production agenda. He joined the OGA in June 2015 after a long and diverse career in the oil and gas industry, holding a number of exploration, operational and business leadership roles.

Stuart Payne

Stuart Payne

Director of HR and Supply Chain

Appointed: January 2015

Stuart Payne leads the OGA’s People, HR and Change activities. Stuart joined the OGA in January 2015 having held a variety of HR leadership positions in the oil and gas industry in the UK and overseas.

Tom Wheeler

Tom Wheeler

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