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Amerisur has a strong Board and senior management team in place with significant technical and strategic expertise.


Giles Clarke (Chairman)

Mr Clarke has considerable experience in the City and a number of commercial interests. He is President of the England and Wales Cricket Board and Chairman of several private organisations. He founded Majestic Wine in 1981 and built it into a national chain of wine warehouses. He also co-founded Pet City in 1990, which he expanded nationwide before it was listed and subsequently sold in 1996 for $150 million. He also co-founded Safestore plc and orchestrated the sale of the company to Bridgepoint in 2003.


John Wardle (Executive Director - Chief Executive Officer)

Dr Wardle holds a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from the University of Nottingham and a Ph.D. in Rock Mechanics and Geophysics from the University of Wales. He is an experienced drilling engineer, having worked with BP, and has held a number of senior management positions with oil exploration companies. Dr Wardle began his experience in Colombia in 1994, when he was working for BP Exploration Colombia, and subsequently was General Manager for Emerald Energy in Colombia, where he was responsible for the discovery of the Campo Rico and Vigia oilfields.


Nick Harrison (Chief Financial Officer)

Mr Harrison is a graduate of Liverpool University. He qualified with Arthur Andersen and subsequently worked at Deloittes, Midland Bank (International) and Coopers & Lybrand. He was Finance Director of Pet City plc and has been Finance Director of a number of private companies with international activities.


Alex Snow (Senior Independent Non-Executive Director)

Mr Snow has had a successful career in the City and has most recently been CEO of Lansdowne Partners LLP, the leading institutional investor. He was founder and CEO of Evolution Group PLC, the investment bank created in 2001 and subsequently sold in 2012 to Investec for £230 million. Mr Snow became Chairman of the investment banking division and member of the Board at Investec Bank PLC before leaving in 2013 to become CEO of Lansdowne Partners LLP. He stepped down from Lansdowne Partners on 31 December 2016.


Stephen Foss (Independent Non-Executive Director)

Mr Foss has over 30 years of experience in the capital markets industry, having spent his career in Australia, Canada and the UK. He previously led the Royal Bank of Canada´s International Equities business for Europe and Austral-Asia, prior to joining its global investment banking division in February 2011 to concentrate on senior client coverage, Sovereign Wealth Funds and origination in the natural resources sector. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Western Ontario, Mr Foss began his career at the Sydney Stock Exchange and subsequently held a number of senior management positions with another global investment bank.


Douglas Ellenor (Independent Non-Executive Director - Technical)

Mr Ellenor has over 37 years experience in the E&P industry, having spent 25 of those on international assignments with the Royal Dutch Shell Group in Australasia, Europe, and North and South America. Mr Ellenor left Royal Dutch Shell in 1996 after four years as CEO of the Shell Companies of Colombia to become CEO of the Colombian E&P company Hocol SA, a position he held until 1998. After a posting as Business Development Director in London with Nimir Petroleum Limited, he returned to Canada and established an oil and gas consulting company. In 2002 Mr Ellenor returned to Hocol SA on temporary assignment as CEO, serving until end 2004. In 2004-05 he was CEO of Orca Petroleum Inc.


Chris Jenkins (Independent Non-Executive Director)

Mr Jenkins, a chartered accountant (FCA), was a partner for more than 20 years in KPMG's London office, during a 30 year career with the firm. He was lead audit partner for six FTSE-100 companies. At KPMG he fulfilled various leadership roles in the global Energy and Natural Resources ("ENR") practice including UK Head of ENR and, in the global ENR team, initially head of audit, and then EMA regional chairman. Mr Jenkins continues to work with KPMG as a consultant. He is also an independent member of the Audit & Risk Assurance Committee at the Department for International Trade, having previously been a member of the same committee at UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).


Dana Coffield (Non-Executive Director)

Mr Coffield has over thirty years of international E&P experience. Between 2005 and 2015, he was co-founder and CEO of Gran Tierra Energy Inc. and during his ten years at the helm, the company successfully grew reserves and production year on year and became a leading player in the operationally challenging Putumayo basin in southern Colombia. Mr Coffield is well recognised in the oil and gas investment community, with government representatives and with industry peers for his accomplishments in South America and particularly in Colombia. Mr Coffield is currently co-founder, President and CEO of Corvus Resources Inc.



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