Oil and Gas Authority

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The UK Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) is a new 'arm’s length body' headquartered in Aberdeen.

It was formally established as a UK government executive agency of the Department of Energy and Climate Change in April 2015.[1]

The May 2015 energy bill transfers the secretary of state for energy and climate change’s existing regulatory powers to the OGA, with the exception of those functions relating to the environment.


  • Andy Samuels, chief executive from January 2015. Was most recently managing director of BG Group PLC’s exploration and production in Europe.
  • Patrick Brown board chair, former senior civil servant, currently a director of Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd.
  • Rebecca Vallance, shareholder representative of OGA, appointed December 2016. Currently Deputy Director of Upstream Oil and Gas at BEIS (formerly DECC).






  1. Appointment of Chief Executive of the Oil and Gas Authority, written statement by Ed Davey to Parliament, published on Gov.uk, 6 November 2014, accessed 23 April 2015