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


Giles Clarke CBE DL (Chairman)

Independent upon appointment to the Board on 28 February 2007, Mr Clarke (64) became Chairman in March 2007. Together with John Wardle he reorganised the Company, closed three offices and raised £15m of new capital at 6 pence. Mr Clarke has considerable experience in the City and a number of commercial interests as well as being an experienced entrepreneur who: founded Majestic Wine in 1981 and built it into a national chain of wine warehouses; co-founded Pet City plc in 1990, which he expanded nationwide before it was listed and subsequently sold in 1996 for $150m; and co-founded Safestore plc and orchestrated the sale of the company to Bridgepoint in 2003. He is currently chairman of Westleigh Investments Holdings Ltd, a shareholder in the Company, as well as Ironveld plc and Kazera Global Investments plc and chairman of several private organisations.

Mr Clarke focuses on the Company’s relations with Governments and their agencies, as well as major investors, partners and Board governance. He has extensive experience of building shareholder value, and of selling companies, and brings considerable commercial and City experience to the Board. In recognition of the key role Mr Clarke undertakes for the Company he is defined as being a Chairman rather than as a Non-executive Chairman.


John Wardle (Chief Executive Officer)

Appointed to the Board on 27 February 2007, Dr Wardle (58) holds a BSc in mining engineering from the University of Nottingham and a PhD in rock mechanics and geophysics from the University of Wales.

He began his career with Britoil/BP and has held a number of senior management positions with E&P companies. Dr Wardle first arrived 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.

Dr Wardle has been a key driving force behind the growth and positioning of the Company, as well as the OBA pipeline. He has very close and long-standing professional relationships at all levels within Colombia, Paraguay, Ecuador and the UK and is recognised as one of the most experienced oil executives in the areas in which the Company operates, with a proven track record of successful contract negotiation, exploration and field development.

Dr Wardle brings a wealth of local knowledge, strategic vision, leadership and technical expertise to the Board.


Nick Harrison (Chief Financial Officer)

Appointed to the Board on 17 April 2007, Mr Harrison (59) is a graduate of the University of Liverpool. He is a Chartered Accountant having qualified with Arthur Andersen and subsequently held senior positions at Deloitte, Midland Bank (International) and Coopers & Lybrand. He has held board positions at a number of public and private companies with international activities. He is currently a non-executive director of Ironveld plc and Kazera Global Investments plc, both with international extractive activities.

Mr Harrison is a qualified accountant and has extensive experience of running the finances of successful businesses, including chief executive positions at a number of organisations. He brings considerable commercial, international and financial expertise to the Board.


Alex Snow (Senior Independent Non-Executive Director)

Appointed to the Board on 10 May 2017, Mr Snow (49) 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 £230m. 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.

Mr Snow was appointed to the Board as Senior Independent Director, taking over from Mr Stephen Foss, and brings significant City and financial experience to the role.


Stephen Foss (Independent Non-Executive Director)

Appointed to the Board on 5 January 2015, Mr Foss (58) 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 Australasia, 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. He is currently a non-executive director at New & Lingwood Ltd and Octant Energy Plc.

Mr Foss remains on the Board as an independent Non-executive Director, after spending 2.5 years as Senior Independent Director, during which time he supervised an enhancement to corporate governance practices and shareholder engagement. Mr Foss brings substantial corporate governance and capital markets expertise to the Board.


Douglas Ellenor (Independent Non-Executive Director - Technical)

Appointed to the Board on 21 January 2008, Dr Ellenor (74) has over 45 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. Dr 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, he returned to Hocol SA on a temporary assignment as CEO, serving until the end of 2003. From 2004 to 2005 he was CEO of Orca Petroleum Inc. Dr Ellenor holds a doctorate in geology and has a proven track record in discovering hydrocarbons in various parts of the world, including South America.

Dr Ellenor brings a wealth of technical and local knowledge to the Board. Dr Ellenor will resign from the Board effective 31 December 2018.


Chris Jenkins (Independent Non-Executive Director)

Appointed to the Board on 27 May 2016, Mr Jenkins (63), 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 and Risk Assurance Committee at the Department for International Trade, having previously been a member of the same committee at UK Trade & Investment (“UKTI”).

Mr Jenkins brings considerable governance and financial expertise to the Board.


Dana Coffield (Independent Non-Executive Director)

Appointed to the Board on 7 April 2017, Mr Coffield has over 30 years of international E&P experience encompassing North and South America, North Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Between 2005 and 2015, Dana was co-founder and CEO of Gran Tierra Energy and, during his ten years at the helm, the company successfully grew resources and production year on year and became a leading player in the operationally challenging Putumayo basin in southern Colombia. Mr Coffield has good recognition within the global investment community, Government representatives and industry peers for his accomplishments in South America, particularly in Colombia.

Mr Coffield is currently co-founder, president and CEO of Corvus Resources Inc. Prior to his role at Gran Tierra, Dana was VP Middle East at Encana Corporation, VP Middle East at Alberta Energy Company Ltd and a senior geologist at Arco Alaska Inc and Arco Indonesia. Mr Coffield brings considerable industry and in-country expertise to the Board.


Elodie Grant Goodey (Independent Non-Executive Director)

Appointed to the Board on 8 October 2018, Ms Grant Goodey (46) has a wealth of experience in social performance and working with external stakeholders. She spent 17 years at BP, initially joining the Government and Public Affairs team followed by the Investor Relations team and the North Africa business unit. She subsequently became the Head of Communications for E&P between 2008 and 2010, before heading up BP’s Societal Issues and Stakeholder Engagement team. As part of her role as the Head of Societal Issues and Stakeholder Engagement, Elodie was the relationship manager for major international NGOs and was responsible for socially responsible investor engagement globally. Her focus was on social policies related to human rights and impacts on communities across the countries in which BP operates.

During her 25-year career, Elodie has worked on an array of high-profile stakeholder engagement programmes in places such as Argentina, Libya and the Gulf of Mexico. Elodie currently works as an independent consultant where she advises companies on their social performance and is involved in the Advisory Board for a professional services group in Albania.

Elodie brings significant experience in social responsibility and stakeholder engagement to the role.



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