Keynote Speakers & Panellists

   Keynote Speakers

Deidre Michie, CEO of Oil & Gas UK

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.

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.

Mike Borrell, VP Exploration & Production Europe and Central Asia, Total

Michael Borrell, a graduate of the Cambridge University in Chemical Engineering (MSc 1993, BA 1984), joined Total in 1985. He has worked with its affiliate companies and has held senior managerial positions in the Total group since 1995. From 2003 he held the position of Vice President Corporate Planning & Business Development for Total E&P Indonesia. In July 2006, he was appointed President& CEO of Total E&P Canada in Calgary. From September 2009 to June 2010, he was Vice President of the Caspian Area and Central Asia for Total Exploration and Production. In July 2010, he became Senior Vice President, Continental Europe and Central Asia.

Effective January 1st 2015, he is appointed Senior Vice President Europe & Central Asia which comprises the former Continental Europe and Central Asia Division and Northern Europe Division.

Leigh-Ann Russell, VP New Ventures Asia Pacific & Performance Global Wells Organization, BP

Leigh-Ann Russell is Vice President, Technical Functions and Performance, for BP’s Global Wells Organization. In this role, Leigh-Ann is accountable for over one third of BP’s wells staff, some 600 people, who deliver Health, Safety & Environment; Operations; Engineering; Major Projects; New Ventures; Operated by Others Activity and External Affairs and Industry Relations relating to wells issues. In her Performance role, Leigh-Ann is accountable for all the business processes that deliver BP’s wells operations globally, including performance, planning, finance, risk, strategy, reporting and management systems.

Leigh-Ann joined the oil and gas industry in 1997 after graduating from Aberdeen University with a degree in mechanical engineering. She worked for several industry-leading companies before joining BP as a completion engineer for BP’s Clair field, in the North Sea, in 2005. Leigh-Ann then went on to hold roles at BP including Completions Manager, Drilling Engineering Manager and Operations Manager.

Leigh-Ann has a broad engineering, operational and leadership experience across drilling, completion and intervention activity and has travelled extensively with her career.

Leigh-Ann is a diversity champion within BP and has been a long-time supporter of women’s career development in the energy industry. She is on the executive committee of the BP Supplier Diversity Board and an active member of BP’s Million Women Mentors STEM initiative and GWO’s Women in Wells initiative.

She currently resides in London with her daughter and partner.


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Desi Kimmins, Head of Leadership Development, UK & Ireland – Korn Ferry

Drawing on over 15 years of professional experience consulting with leaders and organizations, Ms. Kimmins is the Head of Leadership Development for the UK & Ireland covering the following areas of expertise: Leadership Development, Top Team Development, Executive Coaching and the firms Diversity & Inclusion practice (with a strong focus on building the female talent pipeline).

Prior to joining Korn Ferry, she was International Client Director at Mannaz Global Leadership Development, in London, where she was responsible for a portfolio of large multinational Fortune 500 clients.

Desi was also the Head of Leadership Development, Talent Management and Talent Acquisition at ING Investment Management Europe, based in the Netherlands.

Ms. Kimmins earned a master’s degree in social and organizational psychology from Leiden University.



Eghosa Oriaikhi, Director - Europe, Africa, Russia and the Caspian for Completions, Interventions and Wireline at Baker Hughes

Eghosa Oriaikhi has achieved about 15 years in the Energy Industry and is the Founder of non-profit AWEinEnergy – Africa Women Executives in Energy. She is also a Director for Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE:BHI), with prior 9yrs+ experience in Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB). Eghosa is responsible for the Completions and Wellbore Intervention Business for Baker Hughes Africa. She previously led a $1Bn+ business across 54 countries with 1200 employees across Europe, Africa and Russia Caspian. Prior to that, Eghosa led Global Supply Chain and Manufacturing for Baker Hughes Completions across Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific, managing 7 facilities with a matrix organization of 800+ employees.

Her expertise is in Business Development and Commercial Strategy in the Energy Industry, Operational and Financial Leadership, Business Management, Contract Management, Engineering & Technology, Supply Chain & Manufacturing.

Eghosa started her career with a background in Mechanical Engineering (Bachelors & Masters) from University College London, UK. She completed her Project Management Professional Certification (PMP), in Houston, Texas, USA. Eghosa holds a Global Executive MBA from IESE Business School in Spain where she graduated as Class President.

Eghosa has a spouse with an International Career in Finance and every day they learn what it means to be a Dual Career couple creating fulfilling Work-Life experiences.

Claire Hawkings, VP of Organisational Effectiveness, Tullow

Claire Hawkings has worked in the oil and gas sector for over 25 yrs.  She is currently Vice President Organisation Strategy and Effectiveness at Tullow Oil Plc.  Claire joined Tullow in 2009, prior to which she worked at BG Group, British Gas Transco and British Gas Plc.

Prior to her current role, Claire was Regional Vice President (Europe, Sth America and Asia).  During her career she spent ~10 yrs working overseas (India, Kazakhstan and Tunisia) in a variety of commercial, business development and general management positions.  She has also held positions in corporate strategy and planning, and led major organisational transformation projects. 

Claire started her career as an Environmental Consultant having graduated in Environmental Studies BSc (Hons) (Newcastle-Upon-Tyne). She also holds an Executive MBA from Imperial College Management School (London).  

She lives near Reading (Berkshire) with her three children.


Hinda Gharbi, President, Wireline, Schlumberger

Hinda Gharbi is President of Wireline, a Schlumberger business segment that delivers formation and reservoir evaluation, production and intervention services.

Prior to her most recent position, Hinda held a variety of management positions including President of Schlumberger's Asia Pacific region and Worldwide Vice President for Health, Safety, Security and Environment. She also served as Schlumberger's Managing Director of the Central East Asia market, based in Bangkok.

An electrical engineer with a master’s degree in Signal Processing from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG) in France, Hinda began her career in 1996 as a Wireline field engineer. Over the last 21 years, she has held roles that span from operations, new technology development, and personnel in Nigeria, US, UK, Malaysia, Thailand and France.

Colin McGill, BP Appraisal General Manager (AGM) for Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey (AGT) and the North Sea.

Colin is accountable for the front end of all major projects in the AGT region and the North Sea, a portfolio of more than $10 billion of projects.

Colin holds an M.A in Physics from Cambridge University, a D.Phil. in Theoretical Physics from Oxford and is a graduate of BP’s Projects and Engineering Academy. He joined BP 26 years ago and has worked in a variety of technical and leadership roles across E&P.

Colin started his BP career in the Sunbury Research Centre as a reservoir engineer, carrying out research into stochastic reservoir description and permeability upscaling. He has since held a number or roles across the E&P business in locations including Australia, China & Angola. In 2009, Colin moved to become the VP Resource for North Africa, accountable for the production from BP’s joint ventures in Algeria, and for the appraisal of a tight gas project in the Sahara. In 2013 he became responsible for helping projects enter BP’s Global Project Organisation before moving to his current role in 2015.

He is also BP's representative for POWERful Women. 

Colin’s wife, Merion, is a GP. They have two daughters, Catriona who is an engineer and Rowenna, a geologist. Outside of the office, Colin enjoys playing tennis. He is (very infrequently) allowed to use his telescope.




Gill Gordon, HR Director UK

Gill has spent most of her career with Schlumberger and has been HR Director UK since September 2014, based in London. She has held many different positions including HR Director for the global seismic business, WesternGeco; Director Executive Compensation for Schlumberger, and HR Director for the global R&D population. She played a key role in setting up and developing a shared services organization for the HR function in Europe, Caspian and Africa and was also HR Director for a global electricity and gas utilities business.

Gill has been involved in a number of strategic initiatives in the areas of career development, diversity and mobility as well as numerous acquisitions and divestitures. During this time, she has spent over ten years in expatriate assignments in France, Germany and the US. Gill started her career in international HR at Ford Motor Company and has a BA Hons. in French & German from Heriot-Watt University.

She is also Chairman and one of the founder members of the Permits Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that tries to persuade Governments to relax the work permit restrictions for the partners of expatriates.