Andy Samuel, Chief Executive of the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has today confirmed the appointment of several high-calibre leaders as he continues to build a strong and experienced team at the new UK oil and gas regulator.

The OGA has appointed Gunther Newcombe as Director, Exploration and Production, Angela Seeney as Director, Technology and Projects, Hedvig Ljungerud as Director, Policy, Performance and Economics, and John Ogden as Chief Financial Officer.

These new directors will report directly to Andy Samuel and will sit on the OGA Leadership Team alongside Simon Toole, Director, Licensing and Legal, and Stuart Payne, Director of Change and Organisational Design, who were appointed earlier this year. The new directors will be in post by mid-June.

The OGA has also completed its recruitment of senior managers to oversee exploration and production activities across the different sectors of the UK North Sea. Reporting to Gunther Newcombe, Director, Exploration and Production, the OGA has appointed Brenda Wyllie as Area Manager, Northern North Sea and West of Shetland, Scott Robertson as Area Manager, Central North Sea and Nick Richardson, Exploration and New Ventures Manager.

 Recruitment of the Area Manager, Southern North Sea and Morcambe Bay is ongoing and the successful candidate will be announced in the coming weeks.

OGA Chief Executive, Andy Samuel said: “I am very pleased to confirm these senior leadership appointments and I’m excited to be welcoming such a talented and experienced group of professionals to the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA).

“Given the many challenges currently facing our industry my priority was to move quickly to establish the OGA as a strong and effective regulator. The creation of this high-calibre leadership team is an important milestone.

“We will continue to develop the organisation in the coming months, increasing our capability but remaining ruthlessly focused on those priorities that will help maximise economic recovery of the country’s oil and gas resources and the wider benefits this delivers for the UK.

“The OGA continues to receive excellent support and engagement from government and industry, and we will work hard to maintain and build on our position as an effective regulator, trusted advisor and catalyst for change.”

On 1 April 2015 the OGA became an Executive Agency of Department for Energy and Climate Change. It is expected to become a Government-owned Company in October 2016 when key legislation has been passed.