Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Tim Eggar

Tim Eggar

Chairman

Tim Eggar was appointed as Chairman in March 2019.

Tim Eggar is a highly experienced non-executive Chair and Board Director, including in the oil and gas sector and the wider energy sector. He was a government minister for 11 years, and Energy Minister between 1992 and 1996.

Dr Andy Samuel

Dr Andy Samuel

Chief Executive

Appointed: January 2015

Andy works with leaders to create meaningful change and has been Chief Executive of the UK Government’s North Sea Transition Authority since 2015.

He was brought in to set up the new organization and maximize value with industry and the government. In a short space of time, the NSTA created a new vision for the UK Continental Shelf and has delivered on its strategies through agile and collaborative workstreams.

Andy is passionate about the urgency and opportunities presented by the global energy transition. The NSTA strategy now fully incorporates net zero and the NSTA’s energy integration work highlights the massive carbon abatement potential of the North Sea, including carbon capture and storage, hydrogen and offshore wind.

Andy serves on a number of boards and co-chaired the Aberdeen Maggie’s cancer charity for five years. Andy held a variety of executive and leadership roles at BG Group over 20 years, including Managing Director Europe Exploration and Production. Andy holds an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and a PhD from London University and is an accredited coach through Meyler Campbell Mastered executive coaching.

Following an international career, he recently moved to a North Devon coastal farm that he is rewilding with his wife. He loves to surf and hike with his two sons.

Dr Sarah Deasley

Dr Sarah Deasley

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: October 2020

Dr. Sarah Deasley is a Director of Frontier Economics, one of Europe’s largest economics consultancies, where she focuses predominantly on the energy sector. She is also a trustee of Sustainability First. Sarah holds economics degrees at three levels, having been awarded a PhD from Imperial College, an MSc from the University of Warwick and a BCom from the University of Birmingham. Prior to joining Frontier Economics, Sarah worked for PwC and the Office of Electricity Regulation (now OFGEM). Sarah brings a wealth of experience of the energy sector, including its regulatory processes and the opportunities presented by the challenge to achieve net zero in the UK by 2050.

Iain Lanaghan

Iain Lanaghan

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: April 2020

Iain Lanaghan is a Chartered Accountant who holds an MA in Economics and Accounting from the University of Edinburgh. He is currently a non-executive director of Scottish Water and the UK Government’s Defence Equipment & Support agency (DE&S).

Following an early career in audit and consultancy, he undertook senior finance roles in a number of FTSE companies including serving as Group Finance Director for FirstGroup PLC and as CFO of PowerGen International. He was also CFO at Faroe Petroleum PLC. Iain’s NED and advisory experience is extensive, and includes a range of companies involved in the energy sector (Cabot Energy PLC, CO2DeepStore and Blaze Manufacturing Solutions).

Nic Granger

Nic Granger

Director of Corporate and Chief Financial Officer

Appointed: November 2016

Nic joined the NSTA from the Falkland Islands Government, where her previous role was Strategic Executive Director & Deputy Chief Executive, which included responsibility for Finance as well as a number of other corporate and policy functions. Previously she worked as a chartered accountant in both the private and public sectors.

Sara Vaughan

Sara Vaughan

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: 1 October 2021

Currently a non-executive Director of Elexon Limited, which runs the UK electricity industry settlement system, Sara brings 30 years’ experience in the regulated energy sector and a background as a competition lawyer. She was at E.ON until January 2021, where she was Executive Director for Strategy and Regulation and, latterly, for Political and Regulatory Affairs.

 

Sara is a member of the Energy Advisory Panel at the Energy Institute, where she is a Fellow, and Co-chair of an Advisory Panel in Icebreaker One’s work on Open Energy. She was a Board Member of the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy which later merged into Energy UK, where she was an alternate Board member until 2019.

Dr Russell Richardson

Dr Russell Richardson

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Russell is an experienced competition and regulatory lawyer who has managed various dispute resolutions and multi-discipline litigation before the UK, EU and Grand Cayman courts. Previously, he was General Counsel and Deputy Director Industry Affairs for the Information and Communications Technology Authority in the Cayman Islands. Prior to that, he was a Principal Lawyer at the UK Office of Communications.

Fiona Mettam

Fiona Mettam

Shareholder Representative Director

Appointed: November 2021

Fiona took up her appointment as Energy Development and Resilience Director, BEIS in November 2021, working as part of a job share partnership with Vicky Dawe. Prior to that she led BEIS’s Renewable Electricity Strategy team. Fiona is a career civil servant and spent much of her early career working for Defra and DECC. She has completed a range of appointments including at HMT and the European Commission in Brussels. Fiona’s academic background is in marine and environmental biology with French.  She also holds a Masters degree in environmental law and management

Malcolm Brown

Malcolm Brown

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: 1 October 2021

A former Senior Executive at BG Group, Malcolm is currently a Crown Representative at the Cabinet Office in the Strategic Partnering Programme. He brings 40 years’ experience in oil and gas markets, culminating in his role as Executive Vice President, Exploration, BG, until 2016. He was an advisor to Westwood Energy until August 2021.

 

He is a Trustee of the Imperial College Trust, and Chair of the Development Committee of the Geological Society. He was President of the Geological Society of London from 2016-2018.