‘Sir Humphrey’ appointed as first chairman of Oil and Gas Authority


Sir Patrick Brown
Sir Patrick Brown

Sir Patrick Brown – a London-based retired career civil servant – has been appointed as the first chairman of the Aberdeen-based UK Oil and Gas Authority (OGA).

Sir Patrick, 75, will work closely with Chief Executive Andy Samuel as he continues to build the senior leadership team for the new regulator. The first three directors were appointed last month at annual pay of near £200,000 a year. Further recruitment is ongoing.

Announcing the appointment, the UK Energy Minister Ed Davey said the establishment of the OGA was a key recommendation of the Wood Review and pointed to the progress made in establishing the regulatory body in a short period of time. He said:

“Sir Patrick brings a wealth of experience to this role and his appointment is another step forward in getting the OGA up and running at a crucial time for the North Sea industry which plays a vital role in protecting the UK’s energy security.”

Sir Patrick Brown held a series of senior albeit low-profile civil service jobs in the Department for Transport and the Department of the Environment, becoming Second Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive of the Property Services Agency in 1990. He was Permanent Secretary for the Department for Transport from 1991 to 1997.

He is a Director of Northumbrian Water Group and the Camelot UK Lottery. He spent three years in the late 1960s in the private sector as a management consultant before joining the civil service.

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