Andrew Marks is CIO for Tullow Oil plc., a leading independent oil and gas, exploration and production group with interests in over 90 exploration and production licences across 22 countries globally. Andrew’s Information Systems team provides services across Tullow’s interests in 15 African countries, as well as sites in Europe, Asia and South America. The scope includes remote field exploration sites, offshore oil production installations and city offices. The rapid growth of Tullow combined with the high risk, highly environmentally sensitive and highly safety-conscious operations bring a significant complexity to delivering new technologies, supporting business change, and assuring reliable day-to-day operations across the international business.
On arrival at Tullow in April 2007, Andrew focussed on bringing a dispersed team together, at that time providing services to 250 staff in five countries. As Tullow grew, so did the scale and complexity of IS delivery. Andrew led a major re-organisation in April 2010 through which clearer definition of Project Delivery from Service Delivery was established and greater alignment with Business Unit and Functional teams was achieved through the introduction of IS Business Partners. In September 2012, Andrew presented a value-led strategy that took his team forward once again, with an underlying focus on value. Andrew describes this as running IS like any business: ‘have a clear strategy; focus on value; be commercial.’
Prior to his time at Tullow, Andrew has fulfilled a number of IT Leadership roles, crossing Oil & Gas Industry, Construction Engineering industry and through a period in consulting, Andrew also worked in several Utilities. Training as a geologist, Andrew’s first roles were on the user side of the fence, before stepping across and applying his own experience to deliver value through better IT services to his internal customers.