Dr Andy Samuel
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.
Director of Strategy
Appointed: June 2015
Hedvig Ljungerud is responsible for the NSTA’s policy, performance, economics and communication, legal and governance, and external affairs teams. She joined the NSTA in June 2015 from HM Revenue and Customs, having held a series of senior policy and strategy roles in government.
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.
Director of Operations
Appointed: January 2020
Scott Robertson is responsible for the NSTA’s Exploration, Production, Technology and Carbon Capture and Storage regulatory activity and stewardship. He joined the NSTA in June 2015 after 20 years of upstream operator experience, including a number of leadership roles, predominantly in the UK North Sea.
Scott was Co-Chair of the NSTA-Industry Asset Stewardship Taskforce and is now a member of the North Sea Transition Steering Group. In his previous role at the NSTA, Scott developed and implemented the NSTA’s Asset Stewardship Strategy and was responsible for stewarding the large portfolio of oil and gas activity in the Central North Sea.
Director of Supply Chain, Decommissioning and HR
Appointed: January 2015
Stuart Payne is responsible for the NSTA’s activities in support of decommissioning and he leads our work with the UK service sector, in addition to this, he is accountable for the NSTA’s HR function.
Stuart co-chairs the industry’s Supply Chain & Exports Task Force and is a member of the Scottish Government’s Energy Transition Leadership Group. Stuart joined the NSTA in January 2015 having held a variety of leadership positions in the oil and gas industry in the UK and overseas. Away from the NSTA, Stuart is Chairman of the Brightside Trust and a member of the Advisory Board of Barnardo’s Scotland.
Stuart was awarded a CBE for services to the oil and gas sector in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2020
Director of Regulation
Appointed: March 2017
Tom Wheeler is responsible for the NSTA’s licensing and regulatory functions. Tom became Head of Commercial for DECC’s upstream oil and gas team in 2014 and then moved to the NSTA when it was established in 2015. He previously trained as a solicitor and spent seven years working in private practice before taking a role as in-house counsel in the oil and gas industry
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.