Board of Directors

Russell has over 30 years of diversified experience in the upstream oil and gas business. He started his career with Philips Petroleum in Texas and Norway and has held executive positions with Kerr McGee Oil, a leading US independent where he was responsible for properties in the UK, Norway and the Middle East. Russell was Managing Director of Lasmo North Sea from 1991 to 1996.

Russell has broad international experience, and has experience in the development of a number of startup exploration, production and service companies both in the UK and internationally.

Russell has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College and is a member of the Institute of Energy. Russell was appointed to the Board as Chairman in January 2016, having previously held the position of Independent Non-Executive Director on the board since August 2012.

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George has over 20 years’ oil industry experience in both the producing and service/manufacturing arena. He was Business Development Manager for Addax and, prior to this, Commercial Manager in Geneva. George joined Addax in 2004 and held the General Manager’s position in Nigeria, responsible for finance, fiscal and commercial activities.

Prior to this, George worked with ABB Oil & Gas as vice president of finance based in the UK with responsibilities for Europe and Africa. He held a similar position in Houston, from where the organisation ran its operations in 10 countries. George was Finance Director in Singapore for Asia Pacific and Middle East, handling currency swaps and minimising exposures during the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s.

George graduated from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen with a Masters in Business Administration. George was appointed to the Board in September 2009 and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in September 2014.

Louis has over 25 years’ corporate finance and broking experience, in the UK and overseas, during which time he has been responsible for a number of oil, gas and mining IPOs and capital raisings.

Louis was previously Managing Director of Northland Capital Partners in London and before this he was head of corporate finance at Matrix LLP and at Insinger de Beaufort. Prior to this Louis spent eight years at Williams de Broe, six years at Price Waterhouse and three years at SG Warburg. He has widespread international expertise, having advised the boards of companies worldwide, including in the oil & gas, mining, and energy sectors.

Louis is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and graduated with a BSc & BComm (Hons) in Engineering Production & Economics from Birmingham University. Louis was appointed to the Board in August 2012 and was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in September 2014.

Dr Richard Norris has over 25 years’ oil and gas experience and is currently Upstream Adviser to Helios Investment Partners. In his early career, Richard held the position of Reservoir Engineer at Elf Aquitaine, subsequently Total, covering upstream operations, reserves, new ventures and economic strategy over a ten-year period in France and Angola. Later he established the Technical Director role at BNP Paribas in its European oil and gas structured finance group. More recently he was General Operations Manager for Geopetrol and subsequently in 2010–2011 Richard was CEO and President of the TSX listed Candax Energy.

Richard holds a PhD in Petroleum Engineering and an MSc in Petroleum Geology from Imperial College London as well as a BSc in Geology. Richard was appointed to the Board as Non-Executive Director in September 2014.

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Henry has worked in the financial services since 1996, with a focus on equity capital markets. In 2006 he established Novum Securities, an independent stockbroking business focused on UK listed securities. Prior to Novum Securities, Henry was a director at Evolution Securities where he led and oversaw numerous transactions, both private and public across many sectors.

Henry graduated with an MA (Hons) in Modern Languages from Edinburgh University and is a Member of the Securities Institute. Henry was appointed to the Board as Non-Executive Director in January 2015.

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Grégory has over 25 years of Investment Banking experience in the natural resources and related sectors. He held senior positions with Bear Stearns and Morgan Stanley in London, Moscow and New York. More recently, he worked with CIS Capital and Renaissance Capital providing advisory services to small companies and institutions involved with oil, gas and power assets in geographies across Russia, Kazakhstan and Sub-Saharan Africa.

He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Graduate School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in NY and is active with the University’s Centre for Global Energy Policy. He has a BA and a MA from Columbia University.

Grégory was appointed to the Board as Non-executive Director in January 2016.

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