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.

Stephen (aged 47) holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Business Law) and is a highly experienced Fellow Chartered Accountant (CA ANZ) and CA (ICAEW) with over 26 years of financial and corporate experience gained in public practice, oil and gas, mining and investment banking. Stephen has held several senior positions in oil and gas, and mining companies including most recently at PetroNor E&P Limited (OSE: PNOR) where he was Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer until his resignation in February 2020 after being instrumental in the successful US$100 million merger of African Petroleum Corporation Ltd and PetroNor E&P Limited in August 2019 and the subsequent integration of the two companies.  He was also previously a Non-Executive Director of Apollo Consolidated Limited (ASX: AOP).  He is co-founder and current Non-Executive Chairman of Zeta Petroleum plc and previously Non-Executive Chairman of TomCo Energy plc (AIM: TOM). Prior to 2002 Stephen worked in the banking sector including Barclays Capital London where he managed Global Finance Projects.

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.

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.

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 on the board of Echo Energy Plc. In his past career he was on the board of 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.