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Skills:
Asset Acquisition and Deal MakingBoard and Investor PresentationsBudget Planning and ControlBusiness DevelopmentBusiness Planning / Start-UpsCommercial and Government ContractsCorporate and Social Programme development and implementationCorporate GovernanceFinancial Management and FundraisingGovernment and Political RelationshipsJoint Ventures and Partner RelationsLeadershipMentoring and trainingproject managementPublic SpeakingStaff Management and RecruitmentStrategy Design and Implementation

Currently working on potential start up oil companies
¨     Creating strategy and developing business plans

¨     Sourcing data and potential deals

¨     Deal structuring

¨     Fund raising

¨     Team building

¨     Political risk analysis and management

¨     Areas covered

o   East Africa

o   West Africa – focussed on Nigeria /Gabon

DEVELOPMENT OFFICER                                                                                                                              Jan 2016- July 2016
SURREY COMMUNITY ACTION – Supporting and strengthening the voluntary, community and faith sectors in Surrey with funding and business advice, advocacy and financial service.
¨     Secured funding for £300,000 as part of a contract to provide opportunities and training for potential social entrepreneurs

¨     Secured £25,000 for delivering industry initiative to deliver smart meters to disadvantaged groups

¨     Applied for further funding of over £500,000 for employment training

¨     Worked with County Council and small business on CSR initiatives

¨     Conducted a survey for third sector organisations in Surrey achieving 25% response rate (380 replies)

¨     Organised a conference for over 100 people on Surrey’s Needs.

COMMERCIAL/ FINANCIAL DIRECTOR                                                                                            May 2015- 2017
WINOCK UK Ltd – Start-up Exploration and Production Company developing opportunities in Nigeria.
¨     Established Nigerian Subsidiary

¨     Built a Portfolio of Business Development Opportunities

o   Gas market and other consumer projects

o   Onshore oil field

o   Offshore oil and associated gas

¨     Established strategic relationships with service providers and advisers

¨     Building credible operating team including local employment and CSR policy

 

AFRAZ ADVISERS – Iranian Based consultancy                                                                                      May 2014- 2016

¨     Adviser to Chief Executive on corporate and business development

¨     Commercial and technical evaluation of potential projects in Iran

¨     Political review of opportunities and potential partners

 

COMMERCIAL/ FINANCIAL/ BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR                                  Mar 2010 to May 2014
SETANTA ENERGY – Privately held Exploration and Production Oil Company, which held a permit to develop a small oil field offshore Gabon West Africa – Employees 15 – Shareholders opted to realise the company’s value through sale.

Initially appointed to settle a number of commercial flaws and uncertainties, which were blocking development of the field or sale of the asset leaving the company with just the CEO and an Office Manager based in London.

¨     Took over managing all financial matters and along with the CEO targeted refinancing the company to fund the field development and diversify shareholding.

¨     Built a pipeline of potential business development opportunities

o   Producing oil field with potential gas export

o   Exploration/ appraisal

¨     Set up and managed an office in Gabon to the point a permanent office manager could be appointed.

¨     Set up and ran the CSR initiatives both statutory and voluntary.

¨     Negotiated a way forward to achieve Government consent for development, which included the first joint development agreement in Gabon.

¨     Sourced, selected and recruited a Project Director and a high calibre team of up to 10 contractors, capable of delivering the project.

¨     Established relations at a high level with the UK Government leading to UK Prime Minister and other Ministers lobbying on behalf of the company with Gabonese President.

¨     Over the 4-year tenure, successfully re-structured the company and resolved all uncertainties which enabled the major shareholder to sell it with a return of 15%.

 

PRESIDENT                                                                                                                             May 2008 to Jan 2010

PGS VENTURES AS – Subsidiary of PGS (Petroleum Geo-Services ASA) Group – Turnover £1.5 Billion – Employees 2000 – a world-class seismic contractor with leading technology and a large databank.

Appointed to create a new division within the group to leverage returns on the skills of the service company by acquiring equity in Oil Exploration Companies or major projects – Budget £20 Million

¨     Created the business model, acquired an office and recruited a team of 4 professionals.

¨     Made a number of investments, which have yielded substantial returns (over 50%) and significant service contract commitments of over £100 million.

¨     Created a number of strategic alliances which enabled substantial growth

¨     Member of the Executive team

 

 

CHIEF BUSINESS DEVELOPER                                                                                                           Aug 2006 to Feb 2008

BG INTERNATIONAL plc – British multinational oil and gas company with operations in 25 countries across Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, North America and South America.

Spear headed multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural teams looking at new business opportunities ranging in value from $100m to multi-billion.

¨     Led several bids for exploration and development across a number of countries (Middle East, India, FSU)

¨     Led commercial input into Kazakhstan project

¨     Directed Gas Master plan studies with the aim of raising company profile to acquire additional projects and licence awards.

¨     Prepared new country entry strategy for Kurdistan with Executive Committee including meeting Ministers from Kurdistan and Iraq.

¨     Commercial overview and assurance on projects, business plans and investment proposals (including Nigeria, Tanzania and Egypt)

 

DIRECTOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT                                                                                     Aug 2002 to Jun 2006

PETROFAC RESOURCES Ltd – Provider of oilfield services to the international oil and gas industry

Appointed to formulate, develop and execute sales and investment strategies to create growth for investment division of Petrofac – Accountable for the equity investment portfolio to complement the service divisions’ capabilities.

¨     Created the UK Business which, when merged with Lundin’s UK assets, was spun off to form Enquest now one of the UK’s largest independent oil producers.
¨     Asset manager for project in Algeria.

¨     Acquired interest in project in Tunisia.

¨     Created two companies on TSX with independent managements and significant Petrofac shareholding.

¨     Established position in Syria with exploration contract for an associate company and equity in a potential development project.

¨     Established a governance framework for project acquisition and implementation.

 

Earlier Career

SENIOR COMMERCIAL ADVISER                           ENTERPRISE OIL plc                   Oct 1989 to Apr 2002
¨     Developed and implemented Middle East strategy and Iran country entry plan resulting in participation in a $3bn gas condensate production project with multi-cultural financing plan.

¨     Completed a number of exploration contracts notably in the Black Sea (successful discoveries), Morocco and Cambodia.

¨     Negotiated a new framework for exploration terms with the Moroccan Government including representatives from all ministries involved.

¨     Part of the industry group, which created an open access to infrastructure framework.

¨     Commercial and asset management for UK North Sea Assets.  Conceived and negotiated innovative approach to joint working among partners saving £26 Million

 

FINA UK Ltd/CHARTERHOUSE PETROLEUM                                                                                                             1986 – 1989

Asset Management, acquisition worth £130 million, database and business planning

 

CONOCO UK Ltd                                                                                                                                                               1981 – 1985

Good grounding in technical – drilling and reservoir engineering followed by development and business planning and economic modelling.

Education

MA MEng Chemical Engineering

St John's College Cambridge
Oct 1977-81

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