The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry is appointing two directors to lead its newly created External Relations and Communications directorates aimed at supporting the current and evolving needs of OGUK’s members as the sector transitions towards a low carbon future.
Natalie Coupar takes up the role of Communications Director and Jenny Stanning will be OGUK’s External Relations Director, both with effect from 1 January 2021.
With extensive stakeholder and communications expertise, Natalie will lead the teams delivering the organisation’s media relations, editorial, design and digital strategy. Prior to her new role, Natalie was OGUK’s Communications Manager.
Before joining OGUK in 2017, Natalie developed broad and diverse communications experience in technology, the third sectors and politics.
As External Relations Director, Jenny will be responsible for leading OGUK’s external affairs, events and membership teams. In this new role her responsibilities include working with Governments, Parliaments, industry leaders, business and industry organisations and regulatory bodies to ensure that members’ interests are well represented.
Prior to joining OGUK, Jenny worked in politics and stakeholder management for 15 years including some time working in the Scottish Parliament.
In their new roles, Jenny and Natalie will build on the significant progress achieved by OGUK’s former Stakeholder and Communications Director Gareth Wynn, who leaves the representative body to take up a leadership role overseas, after three years as OGUK’s stakeholder and communications director.
OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie commented:
“By any measure, this year has been incredibly challenging for all communities, yet the people in our industry have continued to demonstrate incredible resilience, applying their essential expertise to help support a fragile supply chain and its move towards a sustainable green recovery. Both Natalie and Jenny have great vision, commitment and drive and their experience will enable us to maintain this momentum, and help ensure we’re doing all we can to support our members.”
“I’m also grateful to Gareth for his invaluable contribution to OGUK and to the industry and wish him every success for the future.”