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UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) is the representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its members are companies licensed by the Government to explore for and produce oil and gas in UK waters.

UKOOA's Mission

Through co-operative solutions across industry, government and all stakeholders, to strengthen the long term health of the UK offshore oil and gas industry.

Operations Directorate

"Delivering solutions to increase the efficiency and lifespan of UKCS operations (cost, production and new reserves) whilst ensuring overall integrity."

Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Directorate

"Supporting Step Change in Safety, managing safety issues, seeking real and meaningful improvement in environmental practice, and sustaining a skills base for the future."

Economics and Commercial Directorate

"Increasing the international competitiveness of the UKCS by securing a fiscal and economic framework.  Securing and influencing the development of the UK gas industry (offshore and onshore) in the context of the UK's Security of Supply."

Communications Directorate

"Creating an environment in which member companies can better pursue their business objectives by consistent & constant communication with external stakeholders."

UKOOA President, Board and Directorate

President and Board Members UKOOA Directorate

Ian Hewitt
Vice President
UK Upstream
BG Group plc

Ian Hewitt

Malcolm WebbChief Executive
Malcolm Webb



Operations Director
Paul Dymond

Technical Assistant
Jennifer Stewart

Business Analyst
Euan Meldrum

Business Advisor 
Pia Mandler



HSSE Director
Chris Allen

Environmental Issues Manager

Mick Borwell

Safety Issues Manager

Bob Kyle

European Issues Manager
John Conmy

Business Analyst
Stuart Kirk

Learning and Development

Annette Thomas

Economics and Gas

Economics and Commercial Director

Mike Tholen

Gas & Commercial Issues Manager

David Odling

Fiscal Issues Manager
Agustin Rivara

Business Analyst
Sally Fraser


Communications Director
Steve Harris

Media Relations and
Knowledge Manager

Trisha O'Reilly

Public Affairs Manager (Westminster)
Rona Macdonald

Marketing Services Executive
Fiona Bridgeman

Communications Executive
Elisabeth Glover


Finance Executive
Frances Russell

Business Support

Business Support Manager
Amanda Jones

Business Support Assistant
Francesca Frodsham

Business Support Assistant
Elizabeth Holloway


Vice President:
Dave Blackwood

Jon Murphy
Chief Operating Officer
Venture Production plc

Advisory Board Members:

Randy Cleveland
UK Joint Interest Manager
ExxonMobil International Ltd

Michel Contie
Managing Director
Total E&P UK plc

John Crum
Managing Director
Apache North Sea Ltd

Michael Engell-Jensen
Managing Director
Maersk Oil UK

Robert Estill
Marathon Oil UK Ltd

Mark Hughes
Managing Director
Gaz de France Britain

Archie Kennedy
Managing Director
ConocoPhillips (UK) Ltd

Gary Luquette
President and Managing Director
ChevronTexaco Ltd

Kieron McFadyen
Technical Director
Shell Exploration & Production

John Michell
ENI (UK) Ltd

Christophe Schlichter
Managing Director
RWE Dea UK Ltd

John Scrimgeour
Regional Manager, North West Europe

Jeremy Valentine
Asset Manager, North West Europe
Burlington Resources (Irish Sea) Limited

Nick Walker
Vice President
Talisman Energy (UK) Limited


The Structure of the Oil and Gas Industry and UKOOA

The structure of the oil and gas industry and UKOOA

This table shows the role that UKOOA member companies play within the upstream and downstream oil and gas businesses. There are exceptions to the above, but the table shows the generality of activities of integrated and independent companies.

There is often confusion when the general term 'Oil and Gas Industry' is used, implying a monolithic, highly co-ordinated structure, which is far from the reality. About half of UKOOA's member companies are subsidiaries of international corporations involved in refining and retailing of oil and gas products, as well as exploration and production. An even smaller number of companies are involved in the transport of oil and gas. Even for major integrated companies, the UKOOA member company is usually a separate business under separate management.

The tax regime in the UK treats the upstream sector as separate from any downstream activities and competition law also ensures that there is a clear dividing line between upstream and downstream.

Shipping oil and its products is carried out by companies independent of those undertaking exploration and production on the UK Continental Shelf. Although some of these have the same parent companies as the exploration and production businesses, they operate as separate entities.

The regulation and supervision of shipping follows international and regional or local laws, conventions and standards. It is undertaken by:

  • the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), a United Nations Body,
  • the international classification societies (Lloyd's Register, Det Norske Veritas, American Bureau of Shipping among others),
  • the flag states in which ships are registered, and
  • the states through whose waters ships pass or whose ports ships visit.

The Oil Companies International Maritime Forum (OCIMF) in London, represents oil companies interests in marine transport and is primarily concerned with safe conduct of these operations and prevention of pollution. More information about OCIMF can be found at http://www.ocimf.com/.

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