We are an organisation of around 170 people, headquartered in Aberdeen with another office in London.

Our aim is to create a diverse, high-performing team and to be a great place to work, where employees are supported to develop their capability, in an organisation with simple processes and systems.

Our skills, expertise and structure reflect our role to regulate and influence the oil, gas and carbon storage industries, working effectively with the industry and other stakeholders on the economic recovery of UK oil and gas, whilst supporting the drive to net zero carbon by 2050. From geoscientists and petroleum engineers, to commercial specialists and policy experts, our people come from a wide range of background and sectors. 

Our key directorates

  • Operations

    Led by Scott Robertson, Director of Operations, this directorate is responsible for the overall stewardship of oil and gas exploration and production on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). It oversees the asset stewardship process, development of area plans and the use of technology on the UKCS, working closely with operators and licensees to maximise economic recovery (MER UK), whilst supporting the drive to net zero carbon by 2050.

  • Regulation

    Led by Tom Wheeler, Director of Regulation, this directorate is responsible for the effective licensing of the UK’s offshore and onshore oil and gas resources, and manages the consenting process for offshore exploration and production activities. It also oversees the NSTA’s use of the regulatory powers and sanctions it has to support MER UK and the drive to net zero carbon by 2050, and the process for resolving disputes on the UKCS.

  • Strategy

    Led by Hedvig Ljungerud, Director of Strategy, this directorate is responsible for the development of policy and economic analysis in support of MER UK, and the move to net zero carbon by 2050. It oversees the Authority’s communication and external affairs activities, working closely with government, the industry and wider stakeholders. It also oversees planning, performance and reporting within the NSTA and our legal and governance activities

  • HR, Decommissioning & Supply Chain

    Stuart Payne CBE 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. It is also the Authority’s focal point for engagement on culture change within the industry, working with operating and service sector companies to promote greater collaboration.

  • Corporate

    Led by Nic Granger, Director of Corporate and Chief Financial Officer, this directorate is responsible for providing services, data, information and digital solutions to enable and support strategic decisions including finance, digital, data & technology services, facilities management, procurement and contract management