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Board

Archie Kennedy

Archie Kennedy

Chairman, Non-Executive Director Bibby Offshore

Archie is a Chartered Engineer with over 35 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. He is a Non-Executive Director of Bibby Offshore, having previously served on the board between 2011 and 2012. His previously roles have included Managing Director of Nexen Petroleum UK from 2012 to 2015 and Managing Director of ConocoPhillips UK Ltd from 2004 to 2009. During this time, he also acted as a Director of UKOOA and was involved in the transition to form Oil and Gas UK, the leading trade association for the UK offshore oil and gas industry.

Mike Fleming

Mike Fleming

Co-Vice-Chairman, Representing the supply chain in consultation with Scottish Enterprise

Mike’s business specialism is commercialisation of new technology and company board leadership processes. In the past 30 years, he has held various technical and commercial positions including CEO of Gas2 Ltd, Commercial Director of Petroleum Engineering Services, and Head of Oil and Gas at Scottish Enterprise. Mike also served as CEO of WellDynamics, a global Halliburton Company, and was one of the founding Directors of Venture Production Company which was listed on LSE and subsequently acquired by Centrica. Mike is part of the OGTC's Finance and Audit Committee.

Trevor Garlick OBE

Trevor Garlick OBE

Co-Vice-Chairman, Representing Opportunity North East

Trevor is a geologist and petroleum engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. He is a Director of Opportunity North East (ONE) and Chairs the ONE Oil & Gas Board, and is involved with several companies and charitable organisations in a variety of sectors. His previous roles have included Managing Director of BP Exploration North Sea from 2010 to 2016 and Country Manager for BP in Norway from 2007 to 2009. Earlier in his career Trevor worked offshore in the Norwegian North Sea and onshore in the Middle East before joining Marathon in 1984. Trevor is part of the OGTC's Finance and Audit Committee.

Colette  Cohen

Colette Cohen

Representing The Oil & Gas Technology Centre

Until her appointment the Oil & Gas Technology Centre’s CEO, Colette was senior vice president for Centrica Energy’s exploration and production business in the UK and Netherlands. She has over 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, spanning a number of technical and managerial roles, in the UK and overseas.

Melfort Campbell OBE

Melfort Campbell OBE

Representing Scottish Government Oil & Gas Industry Leadership Group

Melfort is a highly active member of the Scottish business community. Having served as Chairman of CBI Scotland in 2006, and Chaired the Board of Governors of the Robert Gordon University 2008-10, he holds a number of more recent appointments. These include: Scottish Enterprise Board Member, Chair Oil and Gas Expert Commission, Oil and Gas Technology Centre Board and as visiting Professor at Strathclyde University. He founded his first business in 1985 and continues to invest in entrepreneurial businesses. He is currently a director and investor in a number of businesses in the marine, defence and oil and gas industries. In recognition of his services to industry in Scotland he was awarded the OBE in 2005. Her Majesty appointed Melfort as the Regimental Honorary Colonel in November 2014.

Jeff Corray

Jeff Corray

Jeff joined Simmons in 2013 bringing with him over 20 years of international oil and gas industry experience, including leading a private equity owned business and significant knowledge in M&A transactions.  

In 1987 Jeff joined KPMG and went on to become Partner, running their oil services M&A business until 2007. Following this he was appointed as CEO of ITS Energy Services, an international provider of drilling equipment and services, a post he held until June 2012. Jeff graduated in Economics from the National University of Malaysia and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Bill Dunnett

Bill Dunnett

Bill Dunnett is a chartered engineer with more than 30 years’ experience. Graduating in 1984 with a First in Engineering, he joined Mobil North Sea as a petroleum engineer, then was a project manager for the Shell Brent Redevelopment Project for five years, before joining Halliburton to lead their Production Services. He was then promoted to SVP for Global Offshore Capital Projects, based in Houston and Brazil, where, amongst other responsibilities, he led the turnaround of the Baracuda/Caratinga project.

In 2007, Bill joined Petrofac, then Repsol Sinopec Resources UK in 2015 as MD, becoming CEO in 2018. Bill currently also holds two OGA appointments – as a member of the MER UK Board and chair of the Technology Leadership Board.

Prof. Paul  de Leeuw

Prof. Paul de Leeuw

Representing Robert Gordon University

Paul has worked for nearly 30 years in the oil and gas industry, for companies including Shell, Marathon Oil, Amoco, BP, Venture Production and Centrica Energy. He is currently the Director of the Oil and Gas Institute at Robert Gordon University, Chair of the Oil and Gas Innovation Center and a Professor at Robert Gordon University. He is also Vice-Chair of Robert Gordon’s College and a board member of ACSEF (Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Future). Paul is part of the OGTC's Finance and Audit Committee.

Prof. Karl Leydecker

Prof. Karl Leydecker

Representing Aberdeen University

Professor Karl Leydecker took up the role of Senior Vice-Principal in March 2019.  He is responsible for providing direct line management to all Heads of School and ensuring the delivery of ambitious School plans and budgets. He has strategic oversight of the People, Digital and Estates Strategies and also the institutional strategic planning processes, including the Outcome Agreement with the Scottish Funding Council.

Ray Riddoch OBE

Ray Riddoch OBE

Representing Oil & Gas UK

Ray has more than 30 years of upstream oil and gas experience in the UK, Europe and Africa. Prior to joining Nexen, he had a lengthy career with Elf and Total, including several leadership positions. Ray holds board positions with OPITO, the Offshore Training Foundation, Oil & Gas UK and the Scottish Chamber of Commerce.

Andy Samuel

Andy Samuel

Representing the Oil & Gas Authority

Andy brings a wealth of relevant experience, having previously held senior positions within the oil and gas industry, including 20 years with BG Group. Since January 2015, Andy has overseen the establishment of the OGA, setting in place a team with the necessary expertise, capacity and capability to deliver its principal objective of maximising the economic recovery of the UK’s oil and gas resources.

Neil Sims

Neil Sims

Representing MER UK Supply Chain, Export and Skills Board

Neil joined Expro in 1986 as a field technician, and developed his experience across a range of operational positions within the company’s global portfolio before becoming Vice President of Europe CIS – Expro’s largest region. In 2015, Neil was invited to join the Board of Oil and Gas UK and is also Co-chair of the OGA’s Supply Chain and Exports Board.