About Us


Directors and Management

Sir Sam Jonah, Non-Executive Chairman

Sir Samuel Jonah is non-executive Chairman of Range Resources Limited. He is Executive Chairman of Jonah Capital (Pty) Limited, and investment holding company in South Africa and serves on the boards of various public and private companies, including The Standard Bank Group and Vodafone Group Plc. He previously worked for Ashanti Goldfields Company Limited, becoming Chief Executive Officer in 1986, and was formerly Executive President of AngloGold Ashanti Limited and oversaw its growth and listing as the first operating sub-Saharan African company on the NYSE. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of the President of the African Development Bank.

He is an advisor to the Presidents of Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria and Namibia. An Honorary Knighthood was conferred on him by Her Majesty the Queen in 2003 and in 2006 he was awared Ghana’s highest national award, the Companion of the Order of the Star.

Mr Rory Scott Russell, Chief Executive Officer

Mr Rory Scott Russell has over ten years of international experience in upstream positions at Shell. Most recently he was Finance Manager for Exploration in Europe and Russia based in London. In this role he oversaw all financial aspects of the business, corporate governance and control, treasury management and sat on regional investment committees covering the North Sea, onshore Netherlands and Germany, Italy, Russia and Kazakhstan. He was involved in country entries and project start-ups in Greenland, Albania, Spain, Ukraine and Russia. Prior to this he was Finance and Commercial Manager for exploration in Russia based in The Hague and Moscow and has also worked in the strategic planning unit for Shell's global upstream business, based in The Hague. Rory has a BSc (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh.

 

Mr Nick Beattie, Chief Financial Officer

Mr Nick Beattie has over twenty years of experience in finance working with a range of international banks. Most recently he was a Managing Director in the BNP Paribas Upstream Oil and Gas team in London where he was responsible for leading the bank relationships with UK focused independent E&P companies. Nick has approximately ten years’ experience specifically financing the E&P sector and whilst at BNP Paribas, he structured and led numerous reserve based loans, development financings and other debt facilities. Prior to working with BNP Paribas, Nick worked as a Director within the Oil and Gas finance team at Fortis Bank covering Europe, Middle East and Africa and in a variety of roles with National Australia Bank Group. Nick is an Associate Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland.

Mr William Duncan, Chief Operating Officer

Mr William Duncan is a Geoscientist with over 30 years international exploration and production experience. Most recently he was VP of Exploration and Development for Suncor Energy in Calgary where he was responsible for leading all exploration and commercial activities in Canada, UK, Norway, Libya and Syria, as well as building technical capabilities in a team of 250 professionals. Prior to this Mr Duncan was General Manager for Suncor in Libya where he led their participation in the Harouge joint venture production company and started an operated onshore exploration programme. From 2004- 2009 he was Petro-Canada's Regional Manager for Northern Latin America leading Petro-Canada's asset portfolio and growth in Venezuela and Trinidad, where he managed the negotiation of PSC's, the drilling of eight offshore wells in Trinidad and participation in LNG production. Mr Duncan also has exploration and business development experience in a wide variety of countries including Iran, Kuwait, Qatar, the North Sea, and Kazakhstan. Mr Duncan has an MSc in Mineral Exploration.

 

Dr Douglas Field, Vice President of Engineering

Dr Douglas Field is a petroleum and reservoir engineer with over 30 years international exploration and production experience. Since 2003, he has held a number of engineering and business development posts at Tullow Oil plc, and from 2003-2007 was Group Engineering Manager where he was responsible for Tullow's petroleum, reservoir, well services, production and facilities engineers, and from 2007-2012 Business Unit Manager for Tullow’s activities in North and North West Africa. Prior to this he worked in technical leadership positions for LASMO Grand Maghreb Ltd, Monument Oil and Gas plc, Centrica plc and BHP Petroleum Ltd. His experience includes running field and production operations in onshore Libya, Iran, Algeria, Angola and the North Sea. Dr Field holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Leeds.

 

Mr Graham Lyon, Non-Executive Director

Mr Graham Lyon has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, working for a wide range of listed and private companies. Graham has a BSc Eng (Hons) in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College London. He started his career with Chevron before moving to Shell as sub surface team leader and as project petroleum engineer. Graham then spent 14 years with Deminex in a series of technical leadership roles in the UK, Germany and Egypt, and its successor, Veba Oil and Gas, including Regional Manager for the Caspian and Middle East, thereafter he was heavily involved with the sale of the company to Petro-Canada. Graham remained with Petro-Canada for a further 7 years holding roles culminating in Vice President Strategy and Business Development, International and Offshore. Within the last 5 years Graham has held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Mena Hydrocarbons Inc, a TSX-V listed energy company, with assets in Egypt and Syria and is currently a Non-Executive Director at Hawkley Oil and Gas Ltd an ASX listed energy company, and a Director at Tarbagatay Munay LLP a private Kazakhstani oil and gas company and Soncer Ltd

Dr Christian Bukovics, Non-Executive Director

Dr Christian Bukovics has 33 years’ experience in exploration and has held executive positions at Shell. Until end of 2012, Christian was Vice President for exploration in Russia and the Former Soviet Union and a member of the global exploration leadership team. Prior to this he held the exploration manager position for the European Atlantic Margin, was General Manager for Shell businesses in Iran and Kazakhstan and Vice President for the Commercial division of Shell Global Exploration. Over his career Christian participated in and managed the discovery of over three billion barrel equivalents of oil and gas, pioneered the application of new technology (notably 3D seismic) in Shell and spearheaded entries into new territories with over fifty thousand square kilometers of acreage acquired. Christian has a PhD in experimental physics from the University of Vienna. He is a member of Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB) and of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE). In addition to his Board position, Christian is a partner in an exploration-focused venture fund.

Mr Marcus Edwards-Jones, Non-Executive Director

Mr Edwards-Jones is currently Managing Director (and co-founder) of Lloyd Edwards-Jones S.A.S, a financial boutique firm specialising in selling European equities to institutional clients and introducing resource companies to an extensive institutional client base in the UK, Europe and Asia/Middle East. Mr Edwards-Jones has previously held senior positions with Bank Julius Baer Paris (European equities), and UK/Continental European equity sales at Credit Lyonnais Securities. In addition, Mr Edwards-Jones has significant experience in world wide institutional capital raisings for large resource projects in Africa.

Mr Ian Macliver, Non‐Executive Director

Mr Macliver has extensive experience as a senior executive and director of both resource and industrial companies with particular responsibility for capital raising and other corporate initiatives. He is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and The Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mr Macliver is Principal of a specialist corporate advisory firm in Perth, Western Australia and is a director of various listed and unlisted companies. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia.

 

Mr David Riekie, Non‐Executive Director

Mr Riekie has 20 years of corporate experience through a variety of executive and advisory roles in the Industrial and Resource sectors of Australia.  He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and with more than 14 years’ experience as an Executive Director of a corporate advisory and consulting enterprise, has specialised in capital raising initiatives and development strategies for both ASX listed and unlisted entities. Mr Riekie is a former director of ASX listed entities including Hawkley Oil and Gas Limited and was a founding Director of Otto Energy. Mr Riekie holds Bachelor of Economics and Diploma of Accounting and as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse, operated in jurisdictions including Australia, New Zealand and UK over a period of 10 years.

Mr Walter Cukavac, Trinidad Chief Operations Officer

Geologist and geophysicist with over 17 years experience in the growth and development of onshore projects in Trinidad, which includes organizing the first 3D seismic acquisition onshore Trinidad, initiation of the first waterflood EOR project by an independent operator, and drilling over 250 wells.