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New faces at Oil & Gas UK

12 February 2018

Two new faces are among three key appointments announced today (Monday 12 February) by Oil & Gas UK as it adapts and evolves to fully meet its members’ needs.

Gareth Wynn has taken on the post of Director of the Stakeholder and Communications Team which includes external affairs, media relations, editorial and design, events and membership.

Gareth Wynn – Stakeholder and Communications Director

Matt Abraham – Supply Chain & HSE Director

With extensive stakeholder and communications experience and skills, Gareth moved from FTI Consulting where, as Senior Managing Director, he led its energy & natural resources strategic communications activity. He has served as Communications Director for several large international companies, including EDF Energy; one of his roles there was overseeing communications for the nuclear new build division, including the project to construct Hinkley Point C. Gareth has also run corporate affairs and public affairs teams for Powergen, Eon, Hertz Europe and British Gas.

Matthew Abraham is the new Director of the Supply Chain and Health, Safety and Environment Team, which also includes employment and skills, and continuous improvement, with a key focus on efficiency.

With strong supply chain and HSE chain experience, chartered engineer Matt, joins the trade body from Expro where, as Supply Chain Director, he was responsible for the global development and delivery of key supply chain functions. Having worked for several companies, including GE Oil & Gas and Vetco Gray, Matt ‘s knowledge of the supply chain and understanding of HSE operations will ensure these remain key focus areas for Oil & Gas UK.

And Karis Thain has taken over as Membership Relations Manager responsible for looking after all aspects of the trade body’s membership. Prior to this role, Karis was a Business Adviser in the Upstream team, and had a particular specialism in decommissioning.

Karis Thain – Oil & Gas UK Membership Relations Manager


Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive, Oil & Gas UK, said:

“This is an exciting time for Oil & Gas UK. We have reshaped our organisation to ensure we are best placed to deal with the current business climate and the challenges and opportunities it brings. Plenty of prospects still remain on the UK Continental Shelf and our new people, and new teams, will ensure we target our resources where they can deliver as efficiently and effectively as possible for our members.”


Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Communications Manager Jennifer Phillips on 01224 577279 / [email protected].

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