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.

Leslie has served the E&P sector during the past two decades as a senior Interim Manager and Advisor, initially in Australasia and more recently, based in Geneva, covering Europe, MENA, Central Asia and Africa. Key roles were as Woodside’s Director Browse LNG Development and MOL’s SVP Operations & Development. He entered the sector joining Shell International’s Petroleum Engineering stream in the early ’80s with a variety of international postings. A decade with international independent oil companies followed and exposed him to both General Management and M&A, of which the latter has formed an important aspect of his ongoing E&P activities. Leslie’s career has been defined by the ability to transform development assets and their values. He studied Physics at St. Andrews University, where a 1st Class Honours was followed by a PhD.

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 and Executive Director of Zarmadan Gold Ltd and has previously been chairman of Uranium Resources plc and Northcote.

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

Graham Smith is a graduate of Cambridge University and a chartered accountant. He has over thirty-five years’ financial management experience, primarily in the life assurance and investment funds sectors, spanning privately held companies and larger public companies. He is CEO of FIM Capital, the company administrator of Advance Energy, and he serves on the board of a number of other client companies, both quoted and private. In his duties as a director of Advance Energy, he carries responsibility for its finance function.