Leadership Team

Our leadership team consists of experienced leaders in both the Oil & Gas industry and other complimentary industries. The leadership team has experience in delivering technology solutions from R&D to mass market. This provides an excellent opportunity for best practice from a number of sectors to be implemented.


Chairman and Non-Executive Directors

Sandy Murray


Sandy spent over 30 years in the Scotch Whisky Industry. The last 10 years were spent at executive level within Guinness & Co and Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd. During this time, he successfully completed an MBA from Glasgow University, majoring in World Class Manufacturing.

On leaving Morrison Bowmore, he set up a successful business advisory practice and was invited to consult with the “Company Growth Team”, then part of Scottish Enterprise. Here, he worked closely with a large range of businesses across different sectors. This involvement encompassed growth strategies, turnaround situations and studies on the underlying efficiencies.

Sandy still runs his successful business advisory service and at EC-OG performs the role of Chairman. As a result of his previous Non-Executive Director position during the formative years of EC-OG, Sandy is building on his in-depth knowledge of EC-OG.

Brian Imrie

Non-Executive Director

Brian brings over 35 years of experience from leading international oil and gas energy service companies, most recently as President for Europe and West Africa at Proserv.

Brian began his career when he joined Schlumberger in 1978 as an electrical engineer performing well tests. He spent over 25 years in various senior training and technical marketing roles in Europe. Towards the end of his time at Schlumberger, he acted in a Norwegian business development capacity. Here, he played an integral role in the commercialisation and technical development of joint ventures with Baker Oil Tools in intelligent completions, Prosafe in subsea well intervention systems and Framo Engineering in subsea and 3 Phase measurement systems. He left Schlumberger in 2003 and started his consultancy company where he represented innovative Norwegian companies to develop business in the UK sector.

Brian provides guidance to the board of EC-OG with particular focus on business development and exploration of new markets.

Alan Christie

Non-Executive Director

Alan has 36 years’ experience in the Oil & Gas industry, beginning his career at Schlumberger where he worked in Operations performing field work. His career then took him to work for Shell in their well service department. Alan then spent time with Halliburton, Schlumberger and MI Swaco honing his Business Development skill set. He then moved into a Sales and Marketing Director position at Cameron, followed by Technical Vice President positions with Proserv. During this time, he was invited to be a keynote speaker at NASA Systems Engineering Leadership Development Programme (SELDP) Graduation and Closing Ceremony at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC.

Alan also runs a successful consultancy business alongside his Non-Executive Director position at EC-OG. His business development expertise combined with his deep technical knowledge will help Alan to guide EC-OG towards further growth.


Richard Knox CEng MIMechE

Managing Director

Richard is the Founder and Managing Director of EC-OG. He has provided the technology focus, customer service and value-based ethos which have served as the cornerstone to EC-OG’s achievements. Prior to setting up his own business, Richard had a successful career at GE Oil & Gas where he was responsible for the concept and implementation of award-winning subsea systems as well as a short spell providing subsea consultancy for critical well assemblies.

Following 15 years in industry Richard identified a market opportunity to utilise marine renewable energy in an economic format namely powering Oil & Gas infrastructure as technology stepping stone for marine energy into mainstream power generation.

As Managing Director, Richard leads the commercial team and is responsible for the market and financial strategy.

Robert Cowman BEng

Engineering Director

Rob brings a wealth of experience to the company. Joining in summer 2013 as a Senior Engineering Technical Advisor, Rob assumed the role of Engineering Director to bolster the management team in the December. With over 15 years in the Oil & Gas industry and a varied selection of patents to his name, Rob has shown his diversity and ingenuity within the industry. He has worked with small independents, growing enterprises and large multinationals. With a technology knowledge span from the drill bit to the export pipeline, Rob has a firm grasp of the industry and its demands.

As Engineering Director, Rob leads the engineering team and supports the management team in business and technical strategy.

Heather Sharkey BA (Hons)

Commercial Director

With 24 years of multi-industry experience, Heather is an experienced senior manager and is the Commercial Director at EC-OG. Her background is in contract negotiation, value engineering and commercial matters for the retail and construction services sectors. At EC-OG, she is responsible for all commercial matters and the management of finances for the Subsea Power Hub project and the engineering services side of the business.