Executive team

Valerie Purvis

Senior Vice President, Global Head of Chemicals and Metals & Mining


  • Global
  • Chemicals
  • Metals markets

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Valerie Purvis leads both the Chemicals and the Metals and Mining divisions at Wood Mackenzie. She sets the strategy for growing the Research, Consulting and Chemicals Conference teams, and is responsible for both divisions’ financial performance.

Valerie’s team provides customers with unique data and insight that drives smarter, more strategic decision making. She builds and strengthens customer relationships, enhancing Wood Mackenzie’s reputation as a leader and trusted partner in the natural resources industry.

Valerie joined the Chemicals division in 2016 to lead the integration of Wood Mackenzie’s PCI acquisition. Under her leadership, the combined division has begun generating profits and shown a compounded annual growth rate of 15% over four years. In 2021, Valerie expanded her leadership remit to cover Metals and Mining.

Her first position with Wood Mackenzie was leading a team of Upstream Energy Analysts, focusing on exploration and production in the Gulf of Mexico. She went on to lead multiple teams at the company in Russia and the Caspian Sea.

Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Valerie was a Geophysicist in the upstream oil and gas industry. She gained experience working in numerous offshore locations, with a focus on Nigeria and the South China Sea.

Valerie sits on the Global Executive Committee at Wood Mackenzie and is a member of Verisk’s Inclusion, Diversity & Belonging Leadership Council. She was named a Verisk Citizen of the Year in 2017, in recognition of her commitment to championing diversity and inclusion.

Valerie holds a BSc with honours in geoscience from the University of St. Andrews.

She volunteers with Rape Crisis Scotland, supporting abuse survivors and providing counselling.