Leanne Thomson

Leanne Thomson

Contracts Director, Leanne, has spent much of her career as in-house legal counsel for some of the energy industry’s major players, including TAQA and Transocean. Her experience is vast, spanning company inception and international expansion to environmental and HSE legislation and diversification into new sectors.

In other words, Leanne’s knowledge of the energy industry is truly second to none, and she brings all that experience to her position within Dolphin Drilling. That role benefits not only from her legal expertise, but also her pragmatic, commercial acumen. For the first time in her career, Leanne is not based in a legal department and it’s this aspect of the job which she finds hugely satisfying.

With a highly strategic approach to all that she does, Leanne plays an instrumental role in the development of Dolphin’s business. Together with her team, she brings her legal and commercial expertise to bear upon a range of activity, including tendering, contract negotiation, ongoing contract management and risk management. With legendary negotiation skills, Leanne – who joined the company in January 2020 – relishes the fast-paced nature of the drilling industry, as well as the particular atmosphere created by Dolphin.

Having worked for larger companies in the past, she finds our more “immediate” environment makes for efficient decision-making - a critical component in successful business development. Equally helpful when it comes to effective business development is our mantra to ensure that we match our workforce’s skills to the matter in hand. Across our entire business, we never encourage pigeon-holing, in fact the opposite – we want our colleagues to collaborate and develop alongside our business. This is reinforced by the members of Leanne’s team - Business Development - where Leanne’s legal expertise sits alongside finance, commercial and marketing. By bringing a range of disciplines together, Leanne finds that creative productivity is the order of the day, allowing her to provide Dolphin Drilling and its clients alike with the very best solutions for a sustainable offshore energy industry.