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New Board Appointments Strengthen Oil & Gas UK's Industry Representation

Oil & Gas UK, the leading representative organisation for the oil and gas industry, announces that Robin Davies, Subsea 7's global vice-president - business improvement, has been appointed the association's new contractor co-chair, replacing Bob Keiller, CEO of PSN, who has come to the end of the maximum two year term for this post.

Gordon Ballard, chairman of Schlumberger Oilfield UK Plc, has also been elected to the Board as the new vice contractor co-chair, replacing Mike Bowyer, upon his retirement from Halliburton.

Malcolm Webb, Oil & Gas UK's chief executive, said:

"Robin and Gordon have been very active supporters of our industry and I am delighted that they have agreed to step up into these important roles. Oil & Gas UK is keen to make proper connections to all parts of our industry and these latest appointments reflect the breadth and strength of that engagement.


Commenting on his appointment, Robin Davies said:

"I am very honoured to have been elected as co-chair of the Oil & Gas UK Board, representing the supply chain. Going forward, it is important that we maintain our focus on sustaining the competitiveness of the UKCS in order to stimulate further investment and sustain the world class supply chain capability that the UK currently offers.

"The challenges of exploring and developing the UK's oil and gas reserves have created a supply chain with an unrivalled range of products, services and expertise. We lead the way in innovation and technology, and promoting this is something I am particularly committed to in this role."

Oil & Gas UK also announces the rotation of three other Board places: Susan Elston, managing director at Aramark Ltd, John Pearson, managing director at AMEC Group and Paul Warwick, president UK & West Africa at ConocoPhillips UK Ltd, are joining the Board. Standing down to enable these rotations to take place are Tom Smith of Nessco Limited, Bob Keiller of PSN and Roland Festor of Total E&P UK Limited.

Malcolm Webb concluded:

"It is important that our Board is truly representative of the UK upstream oil and gas industry so that Oil & Gas UK's position as the leading voice of the sector is maintained. To that end, our rules require us to keep the composition of our Board under review and this is a process that involves us rotating the places at regular intervals. The four directors now retiring from the Board are doing so as part of that process, each having completed three outstanding years of service.

"On behalf of all our member companies, I thank them and the newly elected members of the Board for their excellent work in furthering the goals of our association, namely to maximise the production of the UK's oil and gas reserves and promote a sustainable, long-term future for the industry's supply chain."

The full list of the members and officers of Oil & Gas UK is as follows:

Robin Davies, Subsea 7, contractor co-chair
John Gallagher, Shell U.K. Exploration and Production, operator co-chair
Gordon Ballard, Schlumberger Oilfield UK Plc, contractor vice-chair
Bernard Looney, BP, operator vice-chair
Dennis Clark, SLP Group, honorary treasurer
Brian Taylor, KCA Deutag
Gerry Borghesi, ExxonMobil International Ltd
Jim House, Apache North Sea Ltd
John Pearson, AMEC Group
Lewis Affleck, BG Group plc
Mark McAllister, Fairfield Energy
Paul Warwick, ConocoPhillips UK Ltd
Phil Oldham, Nexen Petroleum (U.K.)
Steve Jenkins, Nautical Petroleum
Susan Elston, Aramark Ltd
Malcolm Webb, Oil & Gas UK

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its 103 members are companies licensed by the Government to explore for and produce oil and gas in UK waters and those who form any part of the industry's supply chain.

Published 13/04/2010

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