Board of Directors

Board of Directors

  • Ian D. Marchant

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    Appointed: 2006

    Key experience: Public company boards, power sector, finance and public capital markets, government and regulation

    Chair since 2014. Was chief executive of SSE plc, a leading UK energy utility company, for over 10 years until stepping down in mid-2013. He is currently a director of Nova, the tidal energy company, non-executive director of Aggreko plc and Maggie’s Cancer Charity and Honorary President of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. Until December 2015 he was chair of Infinis Energy plc and is the immediate past president of the Energy Institute.

    Committee membership: Chair of the Nomination committee

  • Jann Brown

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    Appointed: 2014

    Key experience: International oil & gas, public company boards, finance and public capital markets

    Spent her career in the accounting profession before moving into the oil industry, latterly as managing director and CFO of Cairn Energy PLC. She is a past-president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), Audit Committee chair of Troy Income and Growth Trust and of the Scottish Ballet, and a trustee of Edinburgh University Development Trust.

    Committee membership: Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Remuneration and Nomination committees

  • Thomas Botts

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    Appointed: 2013

    Key experience: International oil & gas (including North America, Europe, South America, Middle East and downstream)

    Formerly with Shell for 35 years, latterly as global head of Shell’s manufacturing business. He is a non-executive director of EnPro Industries, is co-chair of the Governor’s Task Force at the University of Wyoming, a director of the University of Wyoming Foundation and is a long-standing member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

    Committee membership: Chair of the Safety, Assurance & Business Ethics committee and member of the Nomination committee

  • Jacqui Ferguson

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    Appointed: 2016

    Key experience: Technology sector specialising in cloud security, telecommunications, financial services, travel and transportation, energy, and government

    Senior vice president and general manager of Hewlett Packard UKI & MEMA since October 2014 and previously served as the vice president & chief of staff to the CEO of Hewlett Packard from March 2012 to 2014. Prior to this she held a number of senior roles within the technology sector in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and North America. Currently she is public services chair at the CBI and a board member of the Tech Partnership.

    Committee membership: Member of the Audit and Nomination committees

  • Richard Howson

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    Appointed: 2016

    Key experience: Middle East, North Africa and UK construction businesses; health & safety and sustainability programmes

    Richard has been chief executive of Carillion plc since January 2012. He served as the chief operating officer from September 2010 to 31 December 2011, having been appointed to the board in December 2009 as executive director. Richard is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

    Committee membership: Member of the Safety, Assurance & Business Ethics, and the Nomination committees

  • Mary Shafer-Malicki

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    Appointed: 2012

    Key experience: Public company boards, international oil & gas (including Europe, Asia and Africa)

    Worked for Amoco and BP for 26 years, latterly as senior vice president and CEO for BP Angola, with previous appointments in Vietnam, Aberdeen, Holland and the US, principally in upstream activities. She is currently a non-executive director of McDermott International, Inc. and of Ausenco Limited, and is a member of industry councils at Oklahoma State University and the University of Wyoming.

    Committee membership: Member of the Nomination, Remuneration and Safety, Assurance & Business Ethics committees

  • Jeremy Wilson

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    Appointed: 2011

    Key experience: Public company boards, finance and public capital markets

    Spent his career at J.P.Morgan, which he joined in 1987, until retiring in October 2013. He held a series of senior level positions there, including head of the European Mergers and Acquisitions Group, global co-head of the Natural Resources and Diversified Industrials Group, and latterly vice chair of the Energy Group, and was involved in a number of major oil & gas mergers over the years. He is a non-executive director of Tullow Oil plc and chair of The Lakeland Climbing Centre.

    Committee membership: Chair of Remuneration Committee and member of the Nomination and Audit Committees.

  • Robin Watson

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    Appointed: 2013

    Group Chief Executive since January 2016. Formerly chief operating officer from April 2015, CEO of Wood Group PSN and managing director of Wood Group PSN in the UK, having joined Wood Group in 2010. Prior to joining Wood Group, served in a variety of leadership and management positions with Petrofac and Mobil. Serves as non-executive director of Oil & Gas UK, the Oil & Gas UK Contractors Council and the Scottish Business Board. Previously work group co-chair on the Step Change in Safety Leadership Team.

    Committee membership: Safety, Assurance & Business Ethics committee

  • David Kemp

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    Appointed: 2013

    Group CFO since May 2015, previously CFO of Wood Group PSN, having joined Wood Group in 2013. Prior to joining Wood Group, served in executive roles at Trap Oil Group, Technip, Simmons and Company International, and Hess Corporation, working across Finance, M&A and Operations. Is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.