Board of Directors
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Malcolm Butler, aged 70, has extensive operational and financial experience having worked for over 25 years as an explorationist and senior executive in the international oil and gas industry before taking on a secondary role as an investment banker. He was responsible, as CEO, for the IPO of Industrial Scotland Energy and Brabant Resources and later became CEO of Houston-based Energy Development Corporation until its circa $800 million sale to Noble Energy. In 1998, Malcolm joined HSBC Investment Bank as Advisory Director responsible for oil & gas mandates in the UK, Libya, Russia, Indonesia and China, and following that acted as senior adviser on energy-related matters to Seymour Pierce Limited from 2003 to 2013. Malcolm holds a BSc in Geology from Aberystwyth and a PhD in Geology from Bristol. He has been awarded the Aberconway Medal of The Geological Society of London, in recognition of his contributions to the oil and gas industry and in 1995 he was appointed an Honorary Professor at the University of Aberystwyth.
Malcolm is a member of the Remuneration and Audit Committees.
Chief Financial Officer and Secretary
Geoff Barnes, aged 65, qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1976 having trained with one of the major international accounting practices. After a number of years in professional practice, he held several senior finance positions in commerce and industry in the engineering and media sectors, including ten years at Board level, before returning to form Langley Associates, a professional accounting practice in South East England.
Geoff is a member of the Remuneration Committee.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Andrew Yeo, aged 55, has significant expertise in the oil and gas sector, having had a variety of roles including private equity and operational and financial experience in exploration and production activities as CFO of Wessex Exploration PLC. In addition, he brings 20 years’ experience in multi-discipline corporate advisory services, having worked for UBS and ABN AMRO Hoare Govett before becoming a founder member of Evolution Securities, where he was a board member and executive director. Andrew is currently an executive director of Path Investments plc (TIDM: PATH), an oil and gas company focused on the acquisition of production, or near production, oil and gas assets.
Andrew is Chairman of the Remuneration and Audit Committees.