Our Board

Mark was until recently Chairman and CEO of Ukrnafta, the publicly-listed company responsible for a significant proportion of oil production in Ukraine, with over 20,000 employees. Between 2008 and 2015, he was a senior executive at BG Group plc, the former international E&P company; his final positions being Senior Vice President within the COO’s office and managing BG’s interests in Kazakhstan. His other experiences have included senior leadership positions across international E&P, midstream and downstream oil and gas, and deregulated utility sectors. Beginning his career as a Petroleum Engineer with Shell International, Mark holds a doctorate in Engineering Science from Oxford University, as well as a Masters in Mathematics from Cambridge University.

Larry has 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, with a strong background in integrated geosciences and team management, having worked across a broad spectrum of exploratory and business development roles worldwide, in senior leadership roles with Perenco SA, Hunt Oil, Triton Energy and BP.

Until June 2020, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Chariot Oil & Gas plc. He has a significant track record of building exploration and production businesses on the international stage, with expertise in the creation, development and delivery of significant drilling programmes that have led to the discovery of significant oil fields.

Stewart has over 20 years of energy industry and investment banking experience. Previously, Stewart was an Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Rockhopper Exploration plc. Prior to joining Rockhopper, Stewart was a Director of Rothschild's global Energy and Power investment banking group where he spent 12 years advising clients in the sector on a range of M&A transactions as well as debt and equity financings. He was previously a non-executive Director of United Oil & Gas plc.

Ross is a lawyer and experienced company director of both private and public resource companies listed on AIM and the Australian Securities Exchange. He has also held senior corporate roles with Mallesons Stephen Jaques in Australia and Clifford Chance in the UK. He is currently Executive Chairman of Blue Star Helium Limited. 

He holds a Bachelor of Laws from University of Western Australia, and Master of Laws, University of Melbourne.

Stephen Whyte has over 33 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and was the Head of Exploration and Production and the Chief Operating Officer at Galp Energia for three years and prior to that spent two years as senior vice president commercial at gas behemoth BG Group (LON:BG.) and 14 years at Royal Dutch Shell Group (LON:RDSB). Stephen Whyte is currently Chairman of Nostrum Oil and Gas Plc. In his past career he was on the board of Echo Energy Plc, KazMunayGas NC JSC, Non-Executive Chairman at Sound Energy Plc, Non-Executive Chairman for Genel Energy Plc, Executive Director at Galp Energia SGPS SA and Chief Operating Officer at Petroatlantic Energy Corp. SA

Leo is a Dutch national with over 35 years of international experience in the Energy & Power sector. Previous roles include Drilling Engineer at Shell, Managing Director UK then President Iraq for TAQA, Executive Chairman of Columbus Energy Resource, Senior INED for Sterling Energy plc. Leo is currently Executive Chairman of Tulip Oil Holdings, Joint MD at Rhein Petroleum and partner at Concordia Capital Partners (MENA GULF).