Meet our people

Our people play a major part in our success. Meet some of them here and find out what they have to say about their work, living in Edinburgh and what it's like to work at Cairn.

  • Sinead Sinead
    Senior Accountant
    BSc (Hons), ACMA
  • Ben Ben
    New Ventures / Business Development Manager
    MBA, MA (HONS)

We're all encouraged to take responsibility and use our initiative.

I've been in this role since 2008, buying and selling assets and negotiating contracts. I have to be creative to find opportunities that others have overlooked, but also disciplined so that I can make sure the deal will add value to the company. The skills are a mix of commercial and legal acumen, relationship building and managing all the strands that have to come together for a deal to happen. I need to get it right, particularly as my recommendations usually feed straight into the CEO.

We have an energetic, agile team which punches well above its weight, and that’s what initially attracted me. The culture is entrepreneurial and we’re all encouraged to take responsibility and use our initiative. But there’s plenty of support too. Cairn has enabled me to work on project teams in fields that are unfamiliar, paid over 50% of the cost of my MBA and sent me on an eight-month secondment to our Indian affiliate. Rather than offering a fixed career path, the company develops people by challenging them to perform outside their comfort zones. Now I’m looking forward to helping find new M&A opportunities and positioning the company for the next phase of growth.

Life outside work is great too with a huge range of things to do. Beaches, golf courses and mountains are in easy reach, and the Highlands and west coast are just a few hours away.

  • Duncan Duncan
    Group Legal Manager
    LLB (Hons), Dip LP
  • Natalie Natalie
    Geoscientist
    BSc (Hons) Earth Science, MSc Geoscience for subsurface exploration, appraisal and development