David W. Ross

Chairman and Non-Executive Director


David Ross has extensive experience in international tax law and is a partner in the Calgary-based law firm of Burnett Duckworth & Palmer. He has served as Secretary to the Board since the Company was formed in 2004.

Nigel Friend

Chief Executive Officer

United Kingdom

Nigel Friend has over 20 years’ experience in the international energy sector. At KPMG in London, he led the corporate finance department that project-managed several significant corporate acquisitions and privatizations. In the 1990’s he led Enron Europe’s investment in an onshore gas field in the Thrace Basin in Turkey. At Pan Ocean Energy Corporation, he coordinated the spinout of the Company’s Tanzania natural gas business unit to shareholders and the listing of East Coast Energy. He was a Board Director and Chief Financial Officer of Orca between 2004 and 2012. More recently, he jointly founded a company that is developing new modular technologies that are designed to facilitate the monetization of natural gas. Nigel Friend is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a BSc (Hons) in Industrial Economics from Nottingham University.

Dr Frannie Léautier

Non-Executive Director
Chair of ESG Committee


Dr Léautier is a globally respected development expert and has extensive African and global experience in the public and private sectors. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of the Fezembat Group and was previously Senior Vice President of the African Development Bank, where she led efforts to improve the bank’s overall operational effectiveness. Other roles include: Chief Operating Officer for the Trade and Development Bank based in Nairobi, Infrastructure Director, World Bank, Vice President and Head of the World Bank Institute.

Dr Leautier holds a PhD in Infrastructure Systems and a Masters in Transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ebbie Haan

Non-Executive Director
Chair of Reserves Committee


Ebbie Haan has a strong track record in negotiating transactions and executing business development opportunities. Ebbie spent 26 years at Royal Dutch Shell where he held various leadership positions and in 2008 was appointed Managing Director of Sasol Petroleum International, before being appointed Chief Growth Officer for Maersk Oil. Since 2018 he has run his own advisory firm. Ebbie has both an undergraduate degree and a Masters in Geology from Utrecht University.

Carole Wainaina

Non-Executive Director
Chair of Remuneration Committee


Carole Wainaina is a well-respected senior executive with global experience in the public and private sectors. Carole served as the Assistant Secretary General for Human Resources of the United Nations and prior to this,  held a number of senior roles at Coca-Cola and Royal Phillips, where she worked in a number of countries including several in Africa. Carole is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Africa50 and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of Southern Queensland.

Linda Beal

Non-Executive Director
Chair of Audit Committee and Strategic Committee

United Kingdom

Linda Beal was a tax partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the UK for 16 years and then with Grant Thornton UK LLP.  Linda has significant experience of advising natural resources groups operating in Africa and internationally. Linda is also a non-executive director at San Leon Energy PLC, Kropz PLC, and Aminex PLC.

Jay Lyons

Non-Executive Director


Jay Lyons is a private investor with considerable experience in the oil and gas industries of Canada and the United States. He has worked in a range of roles for both private and public companies in the upstream and downstream sectors.