Chief Executive Oil & Gas UK
Deirdre Michie has extensive experience as a senior business leader in the oil and gas industry, upstream, downstream and globally.
Ms Michie joined Shell’s downstream operations with an LLB Hons in Scots law, undertaking a variety of business roles before moving to Shell’s UK upstream operations as Senior Commercial Negotiator.
She subsequently moved into external affairs to become External Affairs Manager for Shell UK’s upstream operations and Communications manager for Shell’s European business.
In 2007 Deirdre was appointed Contracting and Procurement Manager for Europe, where she was responsible for a multi-billion annual contracting and procurement strategy across Shell’s European exploration and production business.
From 2011 to 2014, Deirdre successfully managed a global team delivering a multi-billion annual strategic sourcing programme for Shell International Petroleum Company Limited. In 2014, she headed up a multi-disciplinary team to develop and deliver a revised sustainable operating model for Shell’s UK upstream operations.
Deirdre was appointed CEO of Oil and Gas UK in May 2015 and is a member of MER, the UK Government and industry forum, and is also a member of the Scottish Government’s Energy Advisory Board and the UK Treasury’s Oil Industry Fiscal Forum. She is Chair of Common Data Access Limited, a director of OPITO Strategic Ltd, a Board Member of Opportunity North East and of the SCDI ( Scottish Council for Development & Industry). Deirdre is also a member of the UK government’s Women’s Business Council which is focused on increasing women’s contribution to economic growth.
A former vice-president and council member of Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, Deirdre takes an active role in local business and in the community.
Before taking on the role of CEO of Oil & Gas UK, she was Chair of the Board of Aberdeen Science Centre, a Board member of North East of Scotland College, and of Aberdeen Skills and Enterprise Training.
Married with two sons, both studying Chemical Engineering, Deirdre enjoys reading, cycling, skiing and running.
In 2018 Deirdre was awarded an OBE in Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours.