Appointed: 5 February 2020
Committee memberships: Chairman of the Nomination Committee and member of the HSSE, Reserves and International Relations Committees
Key skills and experience: David has vast experience as an international business leader in the energy sector with strong technical and commercial skills. He has over 40 years in technical, commercial, business development, general management and executive roles across all aspects of the oil & gas and energy business, spanning most regions of the world.
Current external appointments: David is currently serving as a Non-Executive Director for a number of listed companies including Hess Corporation, a large, currently integrated US oil and gas company; FlexLNG, a Norwegian listed LNG shipping company, and Costain plc, one of the UK’s leading smart infrastructure solutions providers.
Previous relevant experience: David retired as a Non-Executive Director from the Board of Rockhopper Exploration plc in May 2019, where he served as Chairman from 2016 to 2019. Other past Directorships include Caza Oil & Gas Inc and Cape plc, where he served as Chairman from 2006 to 2008. David’s earlier career consisted ofa number of executive positions including in Pioneer Natural Resources, where he was executive vice president for international operations, BG Group, Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), LASMO plc, and Shell UK.
Appointed: 07 April 2019.
Committee memberships: Member of the Reserves Committee.
Key skills and experience: Bill has nearly 30 years of global exploration, development and operations experience, including over five years in executive roles for independent E&P companies. He is a qualified geologist with extensive expertise in all engineering and other technical and commercial aspects of hydrocarbon development and production. Most recently, as Chief Operating Officer for Ophir Energy plc, he was responsible for managing the global asset portfolio. Prior to joining Ophir he was CEO of Mediterranean Oil and Gas, overseeing the successful sale of the company in 2014. Bill previously spent 23 years at Chevron across a number of global roles.
Previous relevant experience: Between August 2014 and July 2017 was a director of Ophir Energy plc, and of San Leon Energy from 2018 to 2020.
Appointed: As an Executive Director 07 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.
Current external appointments: Esa is currently a non-executive director and and Chairman of the Audit Committee at Independent Oil & Gas
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.
Committee memberships: Chairman of the International Relations Committee and member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees
Key skills and experience: Sir Michael is a former UK Defence Secretary with 30 years of senior political and business experience, serving in four British Cabinets, and as a non-executive director on City and commercial boards.
Current external appointments: Sir Michael is currently a member of the International Advisory Board of Investcorp, an alternative investment management company; Chairman of Avanton Ltd, a property development firm; and a member of the Advisory Board of HIN Global (cyber security).
Previous relevant experience: Sir Michael was Energy Minister in the UK Government from 2013-2014: responsible for oil, gas, electricity, nuclear and renewables.
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 and Deputy Chairman at Wentworth Resources, and Non-Executive Director at Rockhopper Exploration, Petro Matad, and Sval Energi AS.
Appointed: 2 June 2011.
Committee memberships: Chairman of the Audit Committee, and member of the Remuneration, International Relations and Nomination Committees.
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: 5 February 2020
Key skills and experience: Tolga has current experience within the energy sector as CEO and Deputy Chairman of Bilgin Enerji Yatirim Holding A.Ş and has held this position since 2014. Bilgin Energy is one of the largest companies within the Turkish energy sector. Through his current role and various positions held at Bilgin Energy managing the development, financing and execution of wind, hydro and thermal energy projects, Tolga brings experience in management, leadership, M&A and project financing to the Board.
Current external appointments: Since 2006 Tolga has been serving as the Chairman of the Wind Power and Hydropower Plants Businessmen’s Association and was also appointed as Deputy Chairman of Turkish Electricity Producers Association in 2018.
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.
Committee memberships: Member of the International Relations Committee
Key skills and experience: Hassan has significant international business experience in the energy, oil & gas, construction and property development sectors as well as with public private partnership (PPP) projects in the healthcare sector. Hassan is the sole owner and Chairman of the Daax Corporation FZE. Through his current roles and previous positions, Hassan brings regional knowledge and an understanding of business development to the Board.
Current external appointments: Hassan is currently the owner and Chairman of Santevita Hospital Management BV, a company recently set up to develop new health initiatives in Iraq and the Middle East; Kuraz Enerji A.Ş., an energy production business in Iraq; Daax Construction MMC, a construction company; and Ocean Energy FZE, an oil trading company.
Appointed: 21 June 2020.
Committee memberships: Member of the Audit Committee and the International Relations Committee.
Key skills and experience: Canan has significant financial, corporate and industry experience. She had almost 30 years’ experience at Royal Dutch Shell, culminating in her role as the country chair and CEO of Shell Turkey between 2001 and 2009. Prior to this she was the CFO of Shell Turkey, preceded by a series of positions at the company across numerous aspects of the business, notably marketing, treasury and planning. Since leaving Shell, Canan has advised a number of companies including Accenture, Maersk and APM Terminals in developing their businesses in Turkey.
Current external appointments: Canan is a Non-Executive Director of ING Bank and Tupraş in Turkey, since 2010 and 2017 respectively
Previous relevant experience: Between 2011 and 2017 Canan was a Non-Executive Directorship of Aygaz, a Turkish LPG marketing and distribution company, and between 2013 and 2019 a Non-Executive Director of Prysmian Turkey. Canan is the former President of PETDER (Turkish Association of Petroleum Industrialists) and Chair of the Oil Industry Council Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges and board member of WWF. She is also an active member of various NGOs, and is a board member of the Turkish Autism Society, the Global Relations Forum, and Embarq where she was previously Chairperson for five years - the Centre for Sustainable Transport.