The new chief executive of Oil & Gas UK has taken up her position with the industry body.
Deirdre Michie was appointed by the board of Oil & Gas UK in February and has today formally taken over from Malcolm Webb.
Following a brief handover, Malcolm will formally retire on May 31st.
Deirdre said:“I am really pleased to be taking on the role of Oil & Gas UK chief executive. Our industry has a tough journey ahead, but I hope by working together, this sector will become stronger, safer and have a brighter future with a thriving supply chain, for decades to come.
“I am very impressed by the team here at Oil & Gas UK. I now look forward to meeting our many members across the operator community, the oil and gas supply chain, and throughout the country, to ensure that as the leading representative body, we focus and align on the key challenges and opportunities facing us.
“This is a difficult time for the offshore oil and gas sector. We need to ensure a step up in its performance to deliver a positive and sustainable future. I look forward to working with industry, Unions, Governments and the regulators in moving this industry forward.
“Malcolm Webb’s contribution to this sector has been immense, and I will work closely with him over the coming weeks to ensure a smooth transition.”
Having worked extensively in both operator and supply chain orientated roles, she brings significant experience of the upstream oil and gas industry, with a strong and proven background in strategic contracting and procurement, commercial negotiation and communications.
Malcolm Webb said:“I am very confident that Deirdre Michie, as chief executive, along with the rest of the excellent team at Oil & Gas UK, will support this truly impressive sector and its world-class supply chain to great success.
“The North Sea has led the world before, and I believe that under Deirdre’s leadership, and through the guidance of our accomplished Board, it can be there again.”
Malcolm Webb will formally retire from Oil & Gas UK at the end of May after more than 40 years in the oil and gas industry, both in the UK and abroad. He joined the UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) as chief executive in 2004.
He was subsequently instrumental in the opening up of membership to all companies working on the UK continental shelf, both operator and contractor, transforming UKOOA into Oil & Gas UK in 2007, the industry’s leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry.