Michael Barron is an independent consultant with more than 10 years’ experience of oil and gas sector industry transparency with a particular focus on beneficial ownership in the extractives sector. Michael has recently undertaken beneficial ownership related projects in Ethiopia, Ghana, Trinidad & Tobago and Azerbaijan. He has worked both as an employee of BG Group, a FTSE 100 oil and gas company, and as a consultant. From 2008-14, Michael led BG’s engagement with EITI and the wider agenda of extractive industry transparency. Michael advised senior management and country teams in EITI implementing countries, including Myanmar, Kazakhstan, Norway, Tanzania and the UK and has extensive experience of working with governments and civil society to develop and deliver commitments on transparency. For example, managing the relationship with EITI resulted in BG writing to the British Prime Minister to encourage the UK’s EITI candidacy. Michael was one of three industry representatives on the UK’s EITI MSG. Under Michael’s leadership, BG Group also advocated for EITI candidacy in countries with little previous interaction with EITI, such as Thailand. He also has experience working in Egypt, Oman and the Palestinian Territories.