Directors

Mr. Ken Russell (Chairman)

Mr. Russell has over 35 years of oil and gas industry experience and he has held a number of managerial roles and directorships in the oil and gas industry. These range from positions of Base Manager through to Managing Director and CEO of listed entities.  Mr. Russell was also a founding director of ASX listed companies, Bounty Oil and Gas NL and Key Petroleum Ltd. In parallel with his involvement in the oil and gas industry he has considerable experience, developed over the last 25 + years, in international business having owned and operated a number of privately held companies.

Dr. David Mestres Ridge (CEO and Managing Director)

Dr. Mestres Ridge worked first for Total Oil Marine (1998-2000) and then as an independent M&A and business development advisor to oil companies active in the North Sea and North Africa (2000-2006). From 2006-2008 he was a Vice-President at the Royal Bank of Canada, first in the Global Investment Banking Oil and Gas team and then in the Equity Research team. In 2008-2009 Dr. Mestres Ridge briefly managed Petrodel Resources, a company active in Tanzania. In 2009-2010 he worked with Black Marlin Energy during its IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Dr. Mestres Ridge has a BSc in Applied Geology, an MSc in Mining Geology, a PhD in Chemical Engineering and an LLM in Law.

Mr. Peter D. Grant (Non-Executive Director)

Mr. Grant holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geology from Nottingham University. Mr. Grant has over 35 years' experience in exploration, first gained as a Geophysicist/Party Chief with Seismograph Services Limited (1974-1979). He was then Senior Geophysicist for British Gas (1979-1982) before joining BHP Petroleum where, from 1982-1995, he was Exploration Manager in Africa and the Middle East; Project Manager in Myanmar; and General Manager in Yemen. In 1995 Mr. Grant joined Woodside Energy Limited, where he was Exploration Manager N. Australia (1995-1997); International Exploration Manager (1998-2003); General Manager UK (2000-2006); and General Manager International Exploration (2006-2013). In his latest role as Woodside's first International Exploration Manager he was asked to establish a high quality team capable of generating a successful strategy and portfolio that would meet with Woodside's growth aspirations. Woodside's international portfolio now spans the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Korea, Algeria and the Canaries. Mr. Grant was a director of Woodside Energy UK, Woodside Energy West Africa, Woodside Energy North Africa, Woodside Energy Sierra Leone, Woodside Energy Mauritania BV and President of Woodside Energy Iberia. He is also Deputy Chairman for the Arab Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a Board member of the Australia Korea Business Council of Western Australia.

Mr. Mohammed Ishtiaq (Non-Executive Director)

Mohammed Ishtiaq is a Director of the Hayaat Group, a private investment company headquartered in Abu Dhabi that holds a substantial shareholding in Swala Energy Limited. Mr Mohammed Ishtiaq worked for British Aerospace in the defence industry for 6 years following graduation from Leeds Metropolitan University. He then moved to the Fast Moving Consumer Goods ("FMCG") sector building a career over 25 years and where at a senior level specialising in retail and wholesale development concepts he conducted extensive evaluation of markets in the Middle East. Throughout the last 15 years Mohammed Ishtiaq has been involved with very successful large commercial and development projects in the property sector, something that he was able to achieve through an ability to build strong relationships with stakeholders and joint venture partners.

Mr. Frank Moxon (Non-Executive Director)

Mr. Moxon is the Managing Director of Hoyt Moxon Ltd, a corporate finance consultancy. He is also Chairman of Imperial Minerals Plc and a director of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (“CISI”).  He has over 25 years’ experience as a corporate financier to developing and growth companies in a wide range of industrial sectors, but has specialised for some 17 years in natural resources. He is or has been a director of a number of companies quoted on the stock exchanges of London, Australia and Canada. Mr. Moxon is a former head of corporate finance at Williams de Broë Plc., a large and well respected Broker in London and was senior independent non-executive director at Cove Energy Plc until its August 2012 sale to PTTEP for £1.2 billion. He has a BSc in Economics and is a Chartered Fellow of the CISI and a Fellow of the Energy Institute and of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining.