Deirdre Michie has been appointed as the new chief executive of Oil & Gas UK, the leading trade association for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, replacing the retiring Malcolm Webb.

Michie joins Oil & Gas UK from Shell where her career has spanned almost 30 years in senior UK and global upstream and downstream management positions. She will be based in Oil & Gas UK's Aberdeen office and will also have an office in London.

On her new role, Michie said: "This is a hugely challenging time for the industry that will require us all – industry, government and the new regulator – to work co-operatively and collaboratively to ensure we address the issues that face us.

“This is a great industry, a key part of the British economy and with a UK-based supply chain that is world-class. Oil & Gas UK has a crucial role in helping the industry to emerge from the current downturn on a stronger, fitter and more sustainable footing that will see the UK producing oil and gas from its offshore areas for decades to come. It is a role I will greatly relish.”

Commenting on the appointment, Oil & Gas UK co-chairman, Trevor Garlick, regional president - BP North Sea, said: “Deirdre Michie's strong oil and gas industry background will help her represent the broad spectrum of our membership, whilst also providing the strategic thinking and direction the industry needs from its trade association, especially in these challenges times.

“Oil & Gas UK has been transformed under Malcolm Webb's leadership into a highly influential trade association widely accepted as the voice of the UK offshore oil and gas industry. With Deirdre Michie at its head, our representative body will be in good hands.”

John Pearson, group president Amec Foster Wheeler, Northern Europe and CIS, and Trevor's co-chairman on the board of Oil & Gas UK, added: “Deirdre is an accomplished business leader with a proven record of delivering results.

“She is a skilled communicator and well-practised in building the positive, collaborative relationships with government and other external stakeholders that will help to solve complex, multi-stakeholder issues.

“Oil & Gas UK is a high performing organisation and its members expect a lot of it; Deirdre is the right person to take up the helm and steer it to meet those expectations.”