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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.


Victor M. Valdovinos (Regional Director - South America)

Mr Valdovinos is a Paraguayan lawyer, with a Masters degree in Energy and Environmental Law from Tulane University School of Law, and is resident in Asunción. He has been a legal adviser to both the United Nations Development Programme and the Minister of the Environment for the Government of Paraguay and has a professional affiliation to the Environmental Law Institute in Washington. Mr Valdovinos is the Group's Regional Director for South America, dealing with administrative issues in Paraguay and Colombia.


Nick Harrison (Finance Director)

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.


George Woodcock (Executive Director)

Mr Woodcock has built a career in the oil & gas industry. He graduated with a degree in Pure and Applied Physics from the University of Salford, started his career in the oil industry in 1968 when he joined BP Exploration. During 20 years with BP he occupied multiple technical and managerial posts, most notably Vice President Exploration and Production BP Developments Australia (North West Shelf Project), and Chief Geophysicist BP Colombia, where he was responsible for the discovery of the Cusiana field. On leaving BP George was head of interpretation for Sirte Oil in Libya and General Manager of Tuskar Petroleum, running the Rubiales field in Colombia from 1990 to 1992. Subsequently George has co-founded and managed various private exploration companies in Colombia including Copeco, Expet and Petex, in addition to undertaking extensive technical consultancy work.


Douglas Ellenor (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. Douglas 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 Douglas returned to Hocol SA on temporary assignment as CEO, serving until end 2004. In 2004-05 he was CEO of Orca Petroleum Inc.


Nigel Luson (Non-Executive Director)

Mr Luson has many years of experience advising international companies on risk management and business development. Originally an Economics graduate of Reading University, he spent 28 years with Lloyds Banking Group in Europe and the Americas, including 3 years as General Manager in Colombia and subsequently Deputy Director for Latin America. Since 2007 he has acted as an independent consultant on foreign trade and investment and is Chairman of the British & Colombian Chamber of Commerce in London.  He has held Board-level responsibility for international compliance and risk, investment fund management and international M&A. He is a visiting lecturer in politics and economics at the European School of Economics.


Stephen Foss (Senior 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.


Chris Jenkins (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).



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