Deirdre Michie, chief executive of trade association Oil & Gas UK (OGUK), has been awarded a prestigious honorary degree by Robert Gordon University, recognising her contribution to the sector.

The conferment of the Doctor of Technology honoris causa was given by university chancellor Ian Wood, also a well-known industry figure, and presented by Donella Beaton, vice principal economic development at the university.

Earlier this year Michie was the signatory on behalf of industry to the landmark North Sea Transition Deal agreement with the UK government.

In a speech to receive the honorary degree, Michie said: “It’s been an extraordinary honour and quite a challenge to represent the oil and gas sector for the past six years, during which the industry has been through the most demanding and difficult of times.

“There are of course many other people who are actively driving this positive agenda forward and I would also like to call out and thank my professional and dedicated colleagues at OGUK for everything that they do – driven as they are by our OGUK values of community, courage, commitment and change – to help deliver an energy transition that is a just and fair one.”

Michie was awarded an OBE for her services to the oil and gas industry in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2018. She has been chief executive of OGUK since May 2015.