Board of Directors

Thomas Anderson (Non-Executive Chairman)

Thomas has over thirty years’ direct executive experience running several companies in the leisure, fund management, forestry & oil & gas industries including serving as Chairman of the quoted Circle Oil Group from 1995 to 2007.

As principle and owner, he currently serves as Executive Chairman of The Empire Cinema Group in Britain, of Irish Medical Systems, (a supplier of Heathcare IT Systems in UK & Ireland), and Oglesby & Butler (a supplier of specialist tools primarily to the US market) and is a director, and controlling shareholder, of Terrabiogen a Vancouver based bioscience research company in the final stages of exploiting an advanced next generation suite of agricultural crop growth enhancers.

He earned degrees in commerce and economics, BA (Econ) and B Comm. and completed an MBA at University College Dublin.

John McKeon (Founder & Director)

John has been a principal investor in the natural resources industry since the 1980s and has a vast network of business and political contacts across the world, including in Frontier and Emerging Markets. He was a founding shareholder and former executive director of Circle Oil Plc where he was instrumental in building the international oil and gas E&P company with assets spanning Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Oman and Namibia. He left the company in 2008 and since this time has continued his involvement in the natural resources sector in both oil and gas and precious minerals. During this time he has also has been involved in listing a number of companies on the AIM Market in London either as director or significant private shareholder. He is the founding shareholder, and chairman of Ardilaun Energy Limited (an Irish energy company focused on exploring for and developing oil and gas resources in offshore Ireland) and has interests in mineral resources around the world.

Alexander MacDonald (Chief Executive Officer)

Alex has more than 30 years of City and business experience in corporate finance (engineering and oil & gas sectors). He was until recently Chief Executive of Anglo African Oil & Gas, of which he was one of the founders, and successfully brought the company to AIM in March of 2107. He was formerly head of Whitman-Howard’s oil & gas team and held a similar position at Libertas Capital Corporate Finance LLP, where he was primarily involved in fund raising and M&A activities. He has both public and private company experience. Alex’s early career was in upstream exploration, mainly in Africa, the Middle East and the North Sea. He gained operational experience with Conoco, Chevron, Atlantic Drilling, Otis Wireline and Ocean Inchcape.

Brendan McMorrow (Chief Financial Officer)

Brendan has over 25 years’ experience in a number of publicly listed companies in the oil and gas and base metals mining sectors listed in London, Toronto and Dublin where he has held senior executive finance roles. Most recently, Brendan was Chief Financial Officer of Circle Oil Plc from 2005 to 2015, an AIM listed oil and gas exploration, development and production company, with operations in North Africa and the Middle East. His role entailed responsibility for all corporate, financial and funding matters. He is a non-executive Director of Conroy Gold and Natural Resources Plc a gold exploration and development company listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.

Cathal Jones (Director, Corporate Finance)

Cathal is an experienced chartered accountant and corporate financier. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers prior to spending 12 years with Deloitte, where he was a director with the corporate finance team. During his time at Deloitte, Cathal worked on a wide range of deals and transactions and was a member of Deloitte’s Energy and Resources national industry leadership team. As part of this role, he worked with clients in the oil and gas, mining and renewable energy sectors in particular, advising in relation to project finance, capital raising, mergers and acquisitions and overall strategic direction. Since August 2014, he has been Finance Director of the Irish oil and gas exploration company Ardilaun Energy. Cathal is fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

Mark Henderson (Non-Executive Director, Chairman of Audit and Remuneration Committees)

Mark is a Chartered Accountant and has focused on analysis of the global energy sector for over 20 years. He is a Director and Head of Oil & Gas at Stockdale Securities, CFO of Sirius Petroleum, and a former Director CoHead of European Oil & Gas Equity Research at Credit Suisse Securities. Mark also held a number of senior roles at a number of oil and gas and investment companies and firms, including serving as an Investor Relations Consultant at Eurasia Drilling Company, conducting project management at Enersol Corporation and serving as a Branch Manager at Wolfgang Steubing AG, as a Senior Equity Analyst at Commerzbank Securities and as an Equity Analyst at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell. In addition, between 1999 and 2003, Mark served as a Sector Portfolio Manager at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Mark has developed a thorough understanding of oil and gas markets from his time as an equity research analyst and built a comprehensive network of relationships within the investment community, particularly those with a focus on oil and gas.