The Oil Industrys Best-kept Secret - A book full of inspiration and advice

Nicola MacLeod

General Counsel and Company Legal Secretary Spirit Energy

When I was at school, career advice was perhaps a little stereotypical. Like a lot of females at that time, I was encouraged towards being either a teacher or a nurse, and I actually thought about teaching for a while. At that time a lot of it came down to finding role models and encouragement from teachers and my parents. In the end I chose to study Politics and English being the two subjects I enjoyed most at school and ones I felt would give me a good general degree and keep my options open. I kind of fell into the oil & gas industry – but I’m glad I did. The law firm I joined had a dedicated oil & gas department with an international

A politics graduate of Edinburgh University, Nicola MacLeod worked in roles as diverse as Scottish Office criminologist, Police Federation researcher and special adviser to the Principal of the University of Aberdeen during her early working years. Amidst those roles, she also completed a law degree and embarked on a legal career with an Aberdeen firm.

She subsequently joined Maersk Oil, rising through the ranks to become a Director responsible for legal, commercial, HR and external relations, before recently joining Spirit Energy as General Counsel and Company Secretary.

Nicola is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.

"My career path has involved me stepping outside of my comfort zone..."

MA Politics Edinburgh Uni

Joins Oil Industry, Ledingham Chalmers Oil & Gas



LLB, Strathclyde Uni

Head of Research & Policy Scottish Police Federation





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