Leadership team

Dr Andy Samuel

Dr Andy Samuel

Chief Executive

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.

Hedvig Ljungerud

Hedvig Ljungerud

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.

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 HR function as well as work with the UK service sector, supporting MER UK as well as exports; all as part of Vision 2035.

Stuart co-chairs the industry’s MER UK Supply Chain & Exports Task Force and is a member of the Scottish Government’s Oil and Gas Industry 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 a non-executive director of the Brightside Trust and a member of the National Advisory Board of Barnardos Scotland.

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