Appointed: 24 April 2017
Committee memberships: Chairman of the Nomination Committee, and member of the HSSE and Reserves Committee.
Key skills and experience: Stephen Whyte has almost 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. A significant part of his career has been spent at Royal Dutch Shell, where he held a variety of technical and commercial roles, and he also spent six years with UK Independent Clyde Petroleum, as Exploration Leader and then Commercial Director. Having left Royal Dutch Shell in 2011, Stephen became SVP, Europe and Central Asia, Commercial, for BG Group. Latterly he was Head of Exploration and Production at Galp Energia, Portugal’s largest listed company, where he also served on the Board. Between July 2016 and January 2018 Stephen was the Non-Executive Chairman of Sound Energy plc.
Current external appointments: Stephen is a Non-Executive Director of Echo Energy plc, and an Independent Non-Executive Director of KazMunaiGas.
Appointed: 08 April 2019.
Key skills and experience: Bill has nearly 30 years of global exploration, development and operations experience.
Current external appointments: Director of San Leon Energy plc
Previous relevant experience: Between August 2014 and July 2017 was a director of Ophir Energy plc.
Appointed: As an Executive Director 08 April 2019.
Key skills and experience: Over 25 years of oil and gas industry experience, most recently as CFO of publicly listed offshore drilling companies Transocean and Seadrill. Prior to that, he had a c.20 year career at Royal Dutch Shell.
Previous relevant experience: Between February 2016 and August 2018 was a director of Vantage Drilling International, was Chairman of Transocean Partners plc from April 2014 to June 2015, and non-executive director of Ahlstrom plc from April 2011 to April 2015.
Appointed: 2 June 2011.
Committee memberships: Chairman of the Audit Committee, and member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
Key skills and experience: George brings with him recent and relevant financial experience. Until March 2011 George served as the Group Financial Director and member of the Board of BAE Systems plc a position he held for 13 years. George is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has a wealth of experience in governance to draw on from his former appointment as Non-Executive Chairman of the Audit Committee of Laing O’Rourke plc amongst other appointments.
Current external appointments: George is the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Experian plc and on 16 February 2016 George was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of EXPO 2020 LLC.
Previous relevant experience: George retired from the Board of National Grid plc in July 2013, where he served as a Non-Executive Director and was Chairman of the Audit Committee. Other past Non-Executive Directorships include Orange plc and Saab AB. He was previously a member of the UK’s Financial Reporting Review Panel and the Industrial Development Advisory Board. George’s earlier career consisted of several financial management positions in the automotive sector, at Ford Motor Company, Leyland Vehicles Ltd and the Rover Group.
Appointed: 21 November 2011.
Key skills and experience: Nazli has experience in managing and leading large corporations. Between 2004 and August 2014 Nazli worked at Digiturk, a leading satellite broadcasting network. She was Chief Content Officer between 2007 and August 2014, with primary responsibility for overseeing all content acquisitions, production and creative services (including on-air promotion and print TV guides) and overall content strategy.
Previous relevant experience: Until 2013 Nazli was also a board member of Turkcell lletisim Hizmetleri A.S a leading GSM operator in Turkey. Turkcell’s shares trade on the Istanbul (IMKB) and New York Stock Exchanges (NYSE).
Appointed: 11 September 2017.
Committee memberships: Chairman of the HSSE and Reserves Committees and, member of the Nomination Committee.
Key skills and experience: Tim Bushell is a qualified geologist with over 35 years’ experience working in the oil and gas sector. He has worked at British Gas, Ultramar, LASMO, and Paladin Resources. Most recently Tim spent a decade as Chief Executive Officer at Falkland Oil and Gas Limited, and was co-founder of Core Energy AS.
Current external appointments: Tim is a Non-Executive Director at Wentworth Resources, Petro Matad, Rockhopper Exploration.
Committee memberships: Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and, member of the Audit Committee.
Key skills and experience: Martin Gudgeon has significant financial and corporate experience, and is a Partner at PJT Partners. Prior to joining PJT Partners he worked at Blackstone for eight years, serving as a Senior Managing Director, and was the Chief Executive at Close Brothers Corporate Finance. Before that, he was at Hill Samuel, including two years on secondment to Macquarie Bank in Sydney, Australia.
Current external appointments: None.