McLean was appointed in a selection process on behalf of an overseas Government looking to make their first external appointment to the Government structure. The brief was to identify a senior figure from within the oil and gas industry to provide independent counsel to the Government on its dealings with exploration and production firms.
The search was truly global with candidates approached in locations where hydrocarbon development had been prominent in the last ten years. This included approaching candidates in West Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Norway and Asia. McLean worked closely with a number of comparable Government organisations to learn from their experiences and to validate candidates that had been pivotal in supporting and advising around this. McLean also networked with major industry groups such as The Scottish Oil and Gas Club, DECC and others.
The role was challenging, not least because of the scarcity of individuals and the remuneration demands, but also due to the fact that the role would be based in a remote overseas territory. We successfully found an in-country ex-Chief Executive who was interested in the role but was not willing to relocate. We therefore worked with the client to create an Advisory appointment, one that was based on committing several days a month. This gave the Government high quality advice but was more cost effective with the candidate able to continue with other non-conflicting roles.