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OGUK welcomes trio to Board with industry focus on recovery efforts

26 August 2020


The leading representative body for the UK oil and gas industry, OGUK, has appointed three major business leaders to its board as the sector sharpens its focus on recovery.


As UK Managing Director of gas-focused exploration and production company, Neptune Energy, Alexandra Thomas represents one of the leading independents investing in the UK North Sea. With international expertise in exploration and development, Alexandra brings 18 years’ oil and gas experience to OGUK’s board. She started her career on assignments with Shell and Equinor later working in senior leadership roles in the UK, Netherlands, Norway and Ghana, where she was Tullow Oil’s Head of Exploration, Development and Commercial before joining Neptune in 2020. An ardent promoter of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Alexandra champions for women in engineering and technical roles and mentors a number of men and women in their career development.





BP’s Senior Vice President for the North Sea Emeka Emembolu has significant knowowledge of the company having joined the business in 1998. Since starting his career as a production engineer on bp’s ETAP development in the central North Sea, Emeka has worked in diverse technical and leadership roles in regions across the globe including the UK, Angola, Algeria, Egypt, Alaska and latterly Texas where he was Vice President, Reservoir Development for the Gulf of Mexico & Canada. Emeka is passionate about promoting STEM subjects and highlighting the potential for technology to deliver solutions to industry’s challenges.






As Regional Director for CHC Helicopter’s European, Middle East and African business, Mark Abbey has a wealth of aerospace and aviation experience built up over 35 years in the industry. Mark’s career has encompassed senior management positions in Europe, the USA, India and China. Earlier in his career, Mark spent 16 years at BAE Systems in an executive role managing their aircraft systems and operational facilities for assets including the Hawk Jet Trainer.




Deirdre Michie, OGUK’s chief executive, commented:

“The diverse experience and knowledge that Emeka, Mark and Alexandra bring to the OGUK Board will be a great asset as our industry tackles a challenging landscape of low commodity prices and the coronavirus pandemic, while at the same time seeking to support the UK’s cleaner climate ambitions.

“This diversity of perspectives from across industry is critical as we work to deliver Roadmap 2035, finding solutions for low carbon oil and gas production while doing everything we can to revive our world-class but fragile supply chain and protect the skills of our people for the future.“


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