Photographic portrait of Derek Leith
As we address the challenges of decarbonization, new tax policies and demands arise. In this environment, tax functions need to re-position to manage these and to enable corporate sustainability goals.

Derek Leith

EY Global Oil & Gas Tax Leader; UK&I Tax Sustainability Leader

Advisor, commentator, speaker, believer, aspiring bassist and an avid Aberdeen Football Club fan.

Derek leads EY Global oil and gas tax services and is the EY UK&I Tax Sustainability Leader.

He is a regular media commentator, conference speaker and industry tax participator on matters relating to the energy transition.

He leads tax services to help businesses manage and support the evolving sustainability policy environment. In this capacity, he focuses on helping key oil and gas businesses to manage the increasingly uncertain energy and resource landscape, and helping non-energy clients in developing decarbonization plans and new operating models.

Derek has extensive experience advising on UK upstream tax issues for both UK and foreign investors, including multinational companies, private equity funds and National Oil Companies.

He holds an MA in Politics and Philosophy from Aberdeen University. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and is a Chartered Tax Advisor.

How Derek is building a better working world

“Over the years, I have worked across the energy industry to support commercial and policy transformation. EY Oil and Gas clients are at the forefront of sustainable transformation, and supporting them in their energy transition objectives is key to facilitating outcomes which can provide both resilience and value to both investors and consumers.”