Paul McDade

Chief Executive Officer

Executive Director

Paul McDade (age 55, British) was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2017, and was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2006. Paul joined Tullow in 2001 and was appointed Chief Operating Officer following the Energy Africa acquisition in 2004, having previously managed Tullow’s UK gas business.

Key strengths

Upstream business, executive leadership, investor and government relations, environment, health, safety and sustainability.


Paul, a petroleum engineer, joined Tullow having gained operational, commercial and management experience in the North Sea, Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia with established exploration and production companies Conoco Inc. and LASMO. Paul has been instrumental in the growth of Tullow, participating in the transformational acquisitions of North Sea gas assets from BP in 2002 and the West Africa oil assets from Energy Africa in 2004.  Paul holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from Strathclyde University and an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College, London.

Current external roles