Company Directors and Advisors

Stuart Paton

Non-Executive Chairman

Stuart currently holds a variety of advisory roles, including with Lime Rock Partners LLP, an oil and gas focused private equity fund, and is a board member of Transform Exploration Pty Ltd. He was previously CEO of Dana Petroleum, a FTSE 250 company, and prior to that he was Technical and Commercial Director of Dana. He delivered a number of acquisitions for Dana, which was taken over by Korean National Oil Corporation. Before joining Dana he held a number of roles in Shell. He has a BA in Earth Sciences and a PhD in Geology from Cambridge University.

Remuneration Committee, Audit Committee

Peter Stephens

Non-Executive Director

Peter is currently Chairman of ASX quoted Etherstack, Chairman and CIO of Cavendish Ware, and a Director of various private companies. He also runs a venture capital practice. He was Chairman of Getech on flotation on AIM in 2005 until 2013 and remains a Director. Peter has recently become Chairman of BLL Bespoke, a long haul holiday specialist currently focused on Africa, and GapCap, an invoice financing company. He was a Director of Tristel plc from flotation on AIM in 2005 until 2013 and Chairman and founder. He was a shareholder of Scott Dunn, until sold in 2014. He was previously Head of European Equities Sales at Salomon Brothers and Crédit Lyonnais. He has an MA in Jurisprudence from Oxford University and qualified as a barrister in 1978.

Audit Committee

Alison Fielding

Non-Executive Director

Alison holds an MBA from Manchester Business School, a PhD in Organic Chemistry and a first class degree in Chemistry from the University of Glasgow. Early in her career she spent five years at McKinsey & Co and more recently, while at IP Group, has sat on the board of and advised several early stage and quoted technology companies. Alison is currently a director of Techtran Group Limited, Techtran Investments Limited, Techtran Services Limited, Techtran Limited, IP Group plc, Care International UK, Perachem Limited, Green Chemicals plc, IP Industry Partners Limited, Crysalin Limited, The Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, Top Technology Ventures Limited, Amaethon Trustees Limited, Fusion IP plc, Coe Group plc, Amaethon Limited, IP2IPO Limited, IP2IPO Services Limited and IP Venture Fund (GP) Limited.

Remuneration Committee, Audit Committee

Chris Flavell

Non-Executive Director

Chris holds a BSc in Geology and an MSc in Applied Geophysics from The University of Birmingham. He started his career in 1980 with BP in London, and has since worked for a variety of small to large independent oil companies in various technical and managerial roles, as well as consulting for 8 years. Chris’s last oil company role was as General Manager Exploration for Tullow Oil as the company went through its amazing period of success and growth resulting from the discovery of major new oil provinces in Ghana, Uganda and Kenya. Chris is now Managing Director of Zinc Consultants, a specialist recruitment company focusing on the upstream oil industry.

Jonathan Copus

Chief Executive Officer

Jonathan has extensive industry, corporate finance and capital markets experience having worked as an exploration geologist at Shell, as the top-rated Exploration & Production sell-side equity analyst at a number of City companies including Investec and Deutsche Bank and most recently as Chief Financial Officer at Salamander Energy plc, which was acquired by Ophir plc in 2015. Jonathan has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and a First Class BSc in Geology from the University of Durham.

Company secretary

Andrew Darbyshire
Kitson House
Elmete Hall
Elmete Lane

Nominated Advisor and Broker

WH Ireland Group plc
Royal House
28 Sovereign Street
Leeds LS1 4BJ

Principal Bankers

National Westminster Bank plc
PO Box 183
8 Park Row
Leeds LS1 1QT

Auditors and Reporting
Accountants to The Company

Grant Thornton UK LLP
No. 1 Whitehall Riverside
Whitehall Road
Leeds LS1 4BN


Link Asset Services
Northern House
Woodsome Park, Fenay Bridge
Huddersfield HD8 0LA

Solicitors to The Company

Bond Dickinson
1 Whitehall Road