Management

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John Martin

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

John Martin has 25 years of experience in the international oil and gas sector mainly focused in the areas of projects, business development and exploration new ventures through a varied career with Total, Enterprise Oil, Shell and BG. Initially gaining North Sea project development experience with Total, he later moved to Enterprise Oil where he successfully delivered the company’s entry into Brazil. Enterprise Oil became the leading IOC in Brazil and built a balanced portfolio of development projects and exploration interests prior to the take-over by Shell in 2002. He continued with Shell as Asset Manager in order to bring the first non-Petrobras operated deepwater oil field into production. More recently as Vice President, Upstream Growth for BG Group in Egypt, he was responsible for managing the Nile Delta exploration portfolio and business development activities out of Cairo. John holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London (MEng) and an MBA from Oxford University.

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Patrick Kennedy

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER & COMPANY SECRETARY

Patrick Kennedy has over 20 years experience in the oil industry, most recently as Group Treasurer of Vetco International Limited, the oil services group. He joined Vetco International in 2004 as a main board director responsible for corporate finance, treasury and risk management and was part of the team that sold Vetco Gray to GE and the remaining Aibel business to Ferd private equity in 2007. Before that, he enjoyed a wide variety of finance roles at Enterprise Oil plc, including running the finance function in Brazil for Enterprise’s first operated field development, arranging asset based financing in Italy, providing financial management for various assets in the UK and various corporate treasury positions. He has extensive experience of finance, treasury, tax, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions, both on corporate and asset deals. Patrick is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA) and a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (MCT).

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Simon Lunn

CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER

Simon Lunn has over 25 years experience in the international E&P business with BP, Enterprise Oil and Lunn Upstream Consultants. At BP and Enterprise, he gained significant operating experience in the North Sea and was responsible for several noteworthy discoveries, including Pierce. Outside the North Sea, he played a key role in Enterprise’s international new ventures efforts and was instrumental in developing the company’s portfolio in Peru, where he subsequently spent 4 years in Lima as Exploration Team Leader, where he managed an extensive operational program of seismic acquisition and drilling. Upon his return to London he took up a senior technical position and played an important role in the development of the company’s portfolio in Brazil. In 2002 he founded Lunn Upstream Consultants which provides subsurface consultancy services to the upstream oil and gas business. In building this successful business, Simon has developed an extensive network of consultants throughout all the subsurface disciplines. In addition Lunn Upstream Consultants signed a large exploration licence in Peru, which has been successfully farmed out to ConocoPhillips.

Don Ferguson

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Don has over 30 years’ experience in petroleum engineering, project management and operations in the international oil and gas industry. He first joined Conoco in the UK working as a petroleum engineer in the Southern North Sea and later in the USA, Russia and West Africa. Following Conoco, Don went on to be a founding member, Managing Director and Senior Petroleum Engineer at Blackwatch Petroleum Services Ltd., an international E&P consultancy, Manager of Producing Assets at Highland Energy Ltd and Operations/Production Director at Caledonia Oil and Gas Ltd. The two latter companies were successful UK North Sea independent companies backed by First Reserve Corporation with assets in the UK Southern North Sea. Upon the sale of Caledonia Oil and Gas Ltd to a German utility, Don served as a Director with First Reserve Corporation on investment opportunities and portfolio management. Don holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Edinburgh University (BSc).

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Simon Tortike

DEVELOPMENTS DIRECTOR

Simon Tortike has over 30 years experience worldwide in oil and gas developments as reservoir and petroleum engineer for multinationals and NOCs, and in a leading service company. After gaining experience in the service sector across the Middle East and North Africa, he moved into academia where he achieved a professorship of petroleum engineering at the University of Alberta, Canada. In 1994, Simon moved to Australia to promote and guide the implementation of reservoir and surface network modelling tools for gas field developments in the Bass Strait and the NW Shelf areas of Australia and offshore Malaysia. At Paradigm Geophysical, his particular focus was the better integration of seismic information with reservoir engineering decisions. In 2002, he founded IMI Innovations which provided reservoir engineering management services for development projects to Pemex, BP, and BG in the Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, Egypt and Kazakhstan. Simon holds degrees in petroleum engineering from Imperial College (BSc) and the University of Alberta (PhD), and an MBA from Deakin University, Australia.

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Bert Clever

COUNTRY MANAGER NETHERLANDS & GERMANY

Bert has over 30 years as geologist with Shell, Wintershall, most recently with Nuon and PA Resources. With Shell he worked in Brunei contributing to the design and drilling of numerous wells, including the Iron Duke blow out relief well and the re-appraisal of the Champion West field, adding significant reserves to this giant oilfield. As Exploration Manager in Wintershall he was responsible for several successful exploration and production licence applications in the Netherlands, and additionally the Windermere development in the UKCS. Bert implemented a standardized world-wide risk/volume assessment procedure at Wintershall, and provided direct support at board level on general portfolio management questions. Latterly in his career with Wintershall, he developed the concepts on the development of Rotliegend sands and gas quality distribution which led to award of the Germany H&L blocks and subsequent appraisal drilling of the German offshore.

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Joel Corcoran

NEW VENTURES MANAGER

Joel has spent over 10 years working for independent oil and gas companies focused on the North Sea in various geoscientist and exploration manager roles. At Paladin Resources, Joel worked on maturing the prospectivity on what became the significant Fulmar discoveries – Cayley, Godwin & Shaw – in the UK Central North Sea. In 2006 Joel joined Tullow Oil and was instrumental in the extension of the Carboniferous truncation play from the UK into the Netherlands through the award of the E blocks acreage. Having delivered an extensive prospect inventory, this work culminated in the drilling of the play opening successful Vincent well in 2013. From 2008, as European Exploration Manager, Joel had exploration success with the 44/19b Cameron discovery and other appraisal and infill drilling across the Tullow Carboniferous portfolio. Beyond the Southern North Sea, Joel led Tullow Oil’s entry into the North Atlantic via Norway and Baffin Bay, West Greenland. Joel holds degrees in Geology from University College London (BSc) and in petroleum geosciences from Imperial College London (MSc).

Bob Lyons

WELLS ENGINEERING MANAGER

Bob has over 25 years’ experience in drilling and management in the international oil and gas industry. After joining Sedco Forex in 1985, he spent the following 16 years with Enterprise Oil where he held positions of Drilling Engineer, Drilling Superintendent, Drilling Manager and Operations Manager, working and living in many of Enterprise’s overseas locations and was involved in both exploration and development activities onshore and offshore. In 2002, he left the company to join the Peak Group in Aberdeen
 as the Chief Operating Officer. He left the Peak Group in 2006 following its purchase by the AGR Group. Bob was Non-executive Director of Desire Petroleum and then Falkland Oil and Gas for nine years. He is currently a Director of Ardoyne Investments, Non-executive Chairman of Raptor Oil and Non-executive Director of Antech. Bob holds degrees in Mining Engineering from the University of Leeds (BSc) and in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot Watt University (MEng).

Steve Smith

HSEQ MANAGER

Steve has over thirty-five years’ experience in the engineering and construction industries, with particular expertise in the management of quality, health & safety, and the environment in the offshore oil and gas sector. His early years were spent in the contracting industry before moving to major operators. Steve has worked extensively across the UKCS, focusing the last 20 years on the Southern North Sea, on both the UK and Dutch sectors, where he has held management positions with British Gas, Total Oil Marine, Wintershall, Highland Energy and latterly as the Head of HSEQ at RWE DEA in the UK. In recent years, RWE Dea has been one of the most active operators in the UK Southern North Sea developing both the Breagh and Clipper South fields. Steve is a co-founder and partner of Applied Management Ltd., a well-established QHSE consultancy.