Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Nicholas Lee, Non-Executive Chairman
Nicholas has more than 25 years of investment banking experience. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand and joined Kleinwort Benson Group plc in 1988. At Kleinwort Benson, he held various roles with a focus on M&A and corporate finance across a number of industry sectors. He was Head of Banking for the bank’s hedge fund client base when he left in 2009. Nicholas is currently chairman and/or a director of a number of companies including several AIM listed natural resources companies.
Stefan Olivier, CEO
Stefan has nine years’ experience in corporate broking at Cornhill Capital which provides a wide range of advisory and brokerage services to clients including oil and gas and mining companies. He has spent the last six years focused on financing natural resources transactions via both equity and debt. In February 2013 Stefan founded and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of North American Petroleum plc whose shares are traded on ISDX.
Mr Nigel Bruce McKim, Chief Operation Officer
Nigel McKim has 30 years of experience in field development planning and production in the oil and gas industry. His most recent role was Chief Operations Officer for the new start Nobel Upstream where he was responsible for the company’s technical capabilities and participated in the building of a portfolio of assets in Texas, the UK and Azerbaijan.
Prior to Nobel, he held the position of Director Pre-Developments for Hess, based in London and with global responsibilities for appraisal and early field development planning in Hess' conventional oil and gas business. Previously he was employed as West Africa Asset Manager at Vitol, Subsurface Manager for Business Development activities and the Liverpool Bay Project at BHP Billiton and started in the industry working as a Reservoir Engineer for Shell International in Oman and The Netherlands and Operations Engineer in Gabon.
Nigel holds a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering from Bristol University and an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College London, he is a Chartered Engineer.
Sergio Lopez, Non-Executive Director
Sergio has been in the oil and gas industry for the last 13 years with experience ranging from finances to operations. Lewis Energy Group appointed Sergio as its Mexico Country Manager to coordinate a 15 year E&P contract with Pemex, which represented the first move by an American independent oil and gas company into Mexico since 1938. He negotiated a special budget to drill the first exploratory Eagle Ford Shale well in Mexico, named Emergente-1. This resulted in the first and only producer in the Eagle Ford Shale in Mexico called Habano. He earned his Bachelor in Business Administration in Accounting and Finances from the Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico.
Mr Richard James Carter, Non-Executive Director
Mr Carter (ACMA), aged 35, graduated from Hertfordshire University with a BA (Hons) in Accountancyand began his career at Mouchel Parkman Group plc, a London Stock Exchange listed engineering and government infrastructure provider. In 2004, Mr Carter moved to International Publishing Company Limited (now Time Inc. UK Limited), a UK publishing company where he worked closely with publishing editors to help drive revenue and reduce costs as well as developing and improving management information. Mr Carter was also involved with new product revenues such as telemarketing, competitions and online subscriber acquisition plans. In 2007, Mr Carter joined AIM quoted technology and telecommunications start up, Avanti Communications Group plc. Mr Carter was responsible for setting up the company's financial function, operations and processes and internal and external reporting procedures. He also worked directly with the CEO on the company's commercial strategy. Mr Carter was also the Investor Relations Manager and assisted with fundraisings involving the issue of equity, debt and high yield bonds. In September 2014, Mr Carter joined Gate Ventures plc, an investment company focused on media and entertainment projects. As Chief Financial Officer, Mr Carter oversees all investment transactions of Gate Ventures plc and also serves on the boards of its investee companies Infinity House Productions,Ensygnia IP Ltd, and Playjam Holding Ltd
Wim Burgers, Technical Director (Consultant)
Wim has more than 40 years international exploration and development experience in the oil and gas industry. His work with Exxon Mobil, his main employer, was concentrated on asset evaluations in conventional & unconventional plays, including heavy oil & tight liquids. Wim has identified many exploration and development opportunities in various areas like Mexico, Gulf of Mexico ,Off shore Brazil, Colombia, Caspian Region, Sub-Sahara Africa and the North Sea. He earned a master’s degree in geology from Leiden University, The Netherlands, and he is fluent in many languages including Spanish.