Body: Oil and Gas Authority
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Energy
Location: Aberdeen and London
Skills required: Business / Commercial
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The Chair will receive a part-time pay at the rate of £200,000 per annum pro rata.
Time Requirements: The post-holder will work two days per week. Any additional days worked will be on a voluntary basis.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

The Business and Energy Secretary, Greg Clark, has confirmed Martin Cave as the new Chair of Ofgem, the independent regulator of gas and electricity markets in Great Britain. Dr Cave will take up his position on 1 October.

Date: 21/09/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Oil and Gas Authority’s (OGA) role is to regulate, influence and promote the UK oil and gas industry in order to maximise the economic recovery of the country’s oil and gas resources. The OGA is a progressive and highly effective authority which, by attracting investment and jobs, helps to anchor valuable skills and expertise in the UK.

As a Government Owned Company, the OGA works closely with, but has operational independence from the sponsor department – BEIS (the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy). The OGA Board is accountable for decisions and approving work related to the UK’s oil and gas production licensing regime, and ensures the appropriate governance and controls are in place for the organisation to achieve its goals.

The OGA is largely funded by an industry levy and it is based in Aberdeen with a further office in London. It is expected that OGA will remain a lean organisation with no more than 179 staff.

The OGA has set out its 5 year plan and annual priorities, including how the body will work with governments in Westminster and Holyrood, industry, and other stakeholders to achieve the overall goal of maximising economic recovery.

The responsibilities of the Chair of the Oil and Gas Authority

The Chair of the OGA will have the following responsibilities:

  • Effective, cooperative and inclusive leadership of the Board that will provide sound strategic direction. This includes enabling a high standard of discussion, helping to steer the OGA by collaborative working across Government and industry, ensuring that systems are in place to provide Board members and Executive with the support they need to carry out their roles;
  • Working with the Board and Nominations Committee to ensure that the Board and Executive have an appropriate and diverse range of skills, experience, and outlook;
  • Offer support and counsel to the Executive team while providing constructive challenge on the delivery of the OGA Plan;
  • Maintaining clear and effective channels of communication with internal and external stakeholders, engaging in stakeholder networking to ensure the success of the OGA’s objectives; and
  • Acting as an Ambassador for the OGA, promoting its reputation across government and in industry.

Person Specification

It is essential that your application demonstrates the following:

  • The ability to develop a Board and provide strategic and innovative leadership through a complex economic, commercial and regulatory environment. Ability to manage Board members as a team to meet common goals and ensure the good of the organization;
  • Experience with financial and commercial accountability at a senior level;
  • Effective communication and influencing skills including an ability to maintain a sense of perspective and to pick out critical issues, listen sensitively, debate constructively, decide independently and persuade others of your view; and
  • Sound knowledge of corporate governance issues.

Desirable skills and experience:

It is desirable that candidates have experience of regulatory / government bodies, or the oil and gas sector, as well as the ability to understand the key challenges facing the OGA.



Additional Information

BEIS is committed to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, transgender and working patterns and to the principle of public appointments on merit with independent assessments, openness and transparency of process.

BEIS offers professional training courses on public sector finance and governance for those new to the public sector.

How to Apply

Please submit the following documents by email to

  1. A Covering Letter
  2. A CV
  3. Candidate Application Form
  4. Diversity form

Please ensure that you include “Oil and Gas Authority, Chair” in the subject box.

Alternatively, you can send your application in hard copy to:

Public Appointments Team, 7th Floor  ‑ Spur 2, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET

Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.

Applicant packs can be provided in other formats upon request.

OGA Chair - Applicant Pack.doc
OGA Chair - Diversity Monitoring Form
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