Simon began his 35-year career in the petrochemical industry, moving into cryogenics and finally into the oil and gas industry in the late-1980s. He has worked for Kerr-McGee on the Gryphon field and for ConocoPhillips Ltd on its UK continental shelf developments, before moving to BHP Billiton plc. Whilst there he developed a reputation for unlocking marginal fields by developing the Keith Field, an asset that was previously deemed to be uneconomic. In Indonesia Simon was the development manager for Serica’s Kambuna Gas Field Development and Chief Operating Officer for NuEnergy Gas Ltd. which was developing coal bed methane projects in South Sumatra.
He has also held a number of senior roles including at SOCO International plc and Kerr-McGee. Simon is a graduate of Chemical Engineering from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.
Ross is a lawyer and experienced company director of both private and public resource companies listed on AIM and the Australian Securities Exchange. He has also held senior corporate roles with Mallesons Stephen Jaques in Australia and Clifford Chance in the UK. He is currently and Executive Director of Zarmadan Gold Ltd and has previously been chairman of Uranium Resources plc and Northcote.
He holds a Bachelor of Laws from University of Western Australia, and Master of Laws, University of Melbourne.
Rob has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, during which he has successfully executed a number of high profile transactions and sourced funding for several major development projects. Starting his career with Shell International, Rob subsequently moved into investment banking, working at both Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and Goldman Sachs International, where he established an extensive network of investment contacts. Moving back into the upstream industry he has distinguished himself as an active board member with high level involvement in the growth and success of numerous public and private energy related ventures.
As a Board member of Spring Energy AS, Rob rapidly grew the Norwegian Continental Shelf focused upstream oil and gas company ahead of its eventual sale to Tullow Oil in January 2013. He was subsequently a director of Core Energy AS, an oil and gas company focused on the producing fields of the Norwegian Continental Shelf. During his career he has also held the role of Chairman at each of Hurricane Energy plc, Petroceltic International plc, Global Petroleum Limited and Oyster Petroleum Limited and a non-executive directorship at Rocksource ASA.
Graham Smith is a graduate of Cambridge University and a chartered accountant. He has over thirty-five years’ financial management experience, primarily in the life assurance and investment funds sectors, spanning privately held companies and larger public companies. He is CEO of FIM Capital, the company administrator of Andalas, and he serves on the board of a number of other client companies, both quoted and private. In his duties as a director of Andalas, he carries responsibility for its finance function.