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 and from 2011 to 2013 managed a global team delivering a multi-billion annual strategic sourcing programme. In 2014, she headed up a project to develop and deliver a 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.