UK’s oil and gas regulator makes three new appointments

UK’s oil and gas industry regulator, Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), has made three new appointments to its leadership team. 

Left to right: Alistair Macfarlane, Scott Robertson and Pauline Innes. Source: OGA

The OGA said on Tuesday it had appointed new Director of Operations, Head of Decommissioning, and Area Manager – SNS & EIS.

Scott Robertson has been promoted to Director of Operations. Robertson will be responsible for the OGA’s Exploration, Production, Decommissioning and Technology agenda. He joined the OGA in June 2015 after 20 years of upstream operator experience gained predominantly in the UK North Sea.

In his previous role at the OGA, Robertson 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. Robertson replaces Gunther Newcombe who will be retiring in March 2020.

In December 2019, Pauline Innes was appointed as Head of Decommissioning. Innes has a background in the public sector, working for Scottish Government in social and economic policy before joining the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in 2015 to work in offshore oil and gas decommissioning.

In October 2019, Alistair Macfarlane was promoted to Area Manager – SNS and EIS. Macfarlane has been with the OGA since May 2016 as Business Development Manager for the Central North Sea Team and was primarily involved in shaping and delivering the OGA’s work on Area Plans and providing commercial guidance to industry. He has held senior leadership and director roles for a variety of upstream E&P companies and oil service businesses both in the UK and internationally.


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