Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE

The UK Oil and Gas Industry: a great British engineering success story and one of our best kept secrets

21 October 2010

Refreshments will be served at 17:30hrs

Lecture commences at 18:00hrs

In this free evening lecture, Malcolm Webb will present on the history and future prospects of this essential high-tech energy industry and review its contribution to the UK’s economy, energy security and affordability and environmental objectives. He will also reflect upon why the achievements and continuing importance of this industry are so poorly appreciated and what might be done to correct that.

Malcolm Webb, Chief Executive, Oil & Gas UK

Malcolm Webb is the Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK. A graduate of Liverpool University and a lawyer by profession, he has extensive senior management experience in both the upstream and downstream oil industry, gained in the UK and abroad.


Malcolm began his oil industry career with Burmah Oil in 1974, and went on to work in a series of senior roles for the British National Oil Corporation, Charterhouse Petroleum Plc and PetroFina SA.


Prior to joining Oil & Gas UK (then called UKOOA) in February 2004, Malcolm spent three years as Director General of the UK Petroleum Industry Association, representing the UK oil refining and marketing sector. Since joining Oil & Gas UK he has led the organisation through two major change programmes to enable it to become the leading trade association for the UK offshore oil and gas industry.


Malcolm Webb is a member of PILOT, the Government/Industry forum that aims to secure the long-term future of the UK upstream oil and gas industry. He is also Chairman of OPITO Strategic Limited (the parent company of the UK oil and gas industry skills academy), Chairman of Common Data Access Limited (the UK industry body that facilitates access to UK geo-technical data) and a member of OSPRAG (the UK Industry/Government/Trade Union Advisory Group established in the wake of the Macondo incident). He is married with three grown up children and divides his business time between London and Aberdeen.


Oil&Gas Lecture

: Oil&Gas Lecture

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes