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Ian Leslie Blair
Chief Executive Officer

Les has over 30 years’ upstream oil and gas industry experience, most recently with Addax. He spent 13 years with Addax in Nigeria and Kurdistan holding a wide variety of senior executive positions in the UK, Spain, Libya, Vietnam, India, Nigeria, Kurdistan and Dubai.

In 2006 Les assumed the position of General Manager of the operating company for the giant Taq Taq Field in Kurdistan and in 2008 became Managing Director of Addax Petroleum Middle East Limited based in Dubai. Prior to joining Addax in Nigeria, Les held Country Manager positions with Enterprise Oil and British Gas in South East Asia.

Les graduated from the University of Aberdeen in Finance & Economics and is a Fellow of the Association of Certified Accountants. Les was appointed to the Board as Chief Executive Officer in September 2009.

George Walter Mitchell Maxwell
Chief Financial Officer

George has over 20 years’ oil industry experience in both the producing and service/manufacturing arena. He was Business Development Manager for Addax and, prior to this, Commercial Manager in Geneva. George joined Addax in 2004 and held the General Manager’s position in Nigeria, responsible for finance, fiscal and commercial activities.

Prior to this, George worked with ABB Oil & Gas as vice president of finance based in the UK with responsibilities for Europe and Africa. He held a similar position in Houston, from where the organisation ran its operations in 10 countries. George was Finance Director in Singapore for Asia Pacific and Middle East, handling currency swaps and minimising exposures during the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s.

George graduated from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen with a Masters in Business Administration. George was appointed to the Board as Chief Financial Officer in September 2009.

Henry (“Harry”) George Wilson

Harry has over 35 years’ international experience in upstream oil and gas initially as an explorer with British Petroleum and then as the founder and Chief Executive Officer of several independent oil companies. During this period, he led listings for four companies and has been a director of public companies both in the UK and abroad across a number of sectors.

Harry graduated with a BSc Hons in Physics from Manchester University and attended the Insead Business School in France. Harry was appointed to the Board as Chairman in May 2010.

Robert (“Bob”) Alexander Lambert
Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director

Bob has over 40 years’ upstream oil and gas experience and is currently CEO and President of TSX-V listed Petra Petroleum Inc. He recently stepped down from GB Petroleum Ltd, a London-based private international exploration company that he founded and managed for just over five years. Prior to GB Petroleum, Bob enjoyed a successful 25 year career with Conoco.

Bob has broad multi-disciplinary experience in Exploration, Production, Business Development and Corporate Management with a wide international exposure in North Africa, West Africa, Middle East, Southeast Asia, Australia and the USA.

Bob obtained an MBA (with Distinction) from Aberdeen University and is a Chartered Geologist and Fellow of the Geological Society of London. Bob was appointed to the Board as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director in August 2012.

Louis Emmanuel Castro
Non-Executive Director

Louis has over 25 years’ corporate finance and broking experience, in the UK and overseas, during which time he has been responsible for a number of oil, gas and mining IPOs and capital raisings.

Louis is Managing Director of Northland Capital Partners in London, previously being head of corporate finance at Matrix LLP and at Insinger de Beaufort. Prior to this Louis spent eight years at Williams de Broe, six years at Price Waterhouse and three years at SG Warburg. He has widespread international expertise, having advised the boards of companies worldwide, including in the oil & gas, mining, and energy sectors.

Louis is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and graduated with a BSc & BComm (Hons) in Engineering Production & Economics from Birmingham University. Louis was appointed to the Board as Non-Executive Director in August 2012.

Russell Seth Harvey
Non-Executive Director

Russell has over 30 years of diversified experience in the upstream oil and gas business. He started his career with Philips Petroleum in Texas and Norway and has held executive positions with Kerr McGee Oil, a leading US independent where he was responsible for properties in the UK, Norway and the Middle East. Russell was Managing Director of Lasmo North Sea from 1991 to 1996.

Russell has broad international experience, and has experience in the development of a number of startup exploration, production and service companies both in the UK and internationally.

Russell has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College and is a member of the Institute of Energy. Russell was appointed to the Board as Independent Non-Executive Director in August 2012.

Andrew Bartlett
Non-Executive Director

Andrew has over 30 years of experience in the oil & gas industry and is currently Oil & Gas Adviser at Helios LLP ("Helios"), the African focused private equity group. An experienced investment banker, Andrew was both the Global Head of Oil & Gas Project Finance and Global Head of Oil & Gas M&A at Standard Chartered Bank until July 2011. Between 1980 and 2001 he worked for Royal Dutch Shell as a Petroleum Engineer and Development Manager where he gained extensive experience in developing and operating oil and gas fields. Andrew also helped to establish Shell Capital. Andrew was appointed to the Board as Non-Executive Director in January 2013.

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