About us

Board

The Board sets our strategic objectives and has overall responsibility for the Group’s risk management and internal control systems.

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Simon Thomson Chief Executive

Simon Thomson was appointed Chief Executive in July 2011, having been Legal and Commercial Director since 2006 and holding various posts across the organisation, including Head of Assets. Simon originally joined Cairn in 1995.

Skills and experience

  • LLB (Hons), Aberdeen University
  • Diploma in Legal Practice, Glasgow University

Key external appointments

  • Non-executive director of Graham’s The Family Dairy Limited
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Winning Scotland Foundation until March 2017

Committee membership

  • Senior Leadership Team – Chair
  • Nomination committee
  • Attends remuneration committee by invitation
  • Attends part of each audit committee by invitation
  • Group risk management committee – Chair
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James Smith Chief Financial Officer

James Smith joined Cairn in March 2014 from Rothschild, where he was a director of the energy and power team with 15 years’ experience advising E&P companies, oil majors and national oil companies on their M&A transactions and equity and debt market financing.

Skills and experience

  • BA (Hons), University of Oxford

Committee membership

  • Senior Leadership Team
  • Governance committee
  • Attends audit committee by invitation
  • Group risk management committee
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Ian Tyler Non-executive Chairman

Ian Tyler qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen in 1987, subsequently holding a number of senior finance and operational positions within listed companies before being appointed Chief Executive of Balfour Beatty plc from 2005 to 2013. During this time, he took the company from being primarily a UK construction business, to a global infrastructure services business.

Skills and experience

  • Bachelor of Commerce, Birmingham University

Key external appointments

  • Non-executive director of BAE Systems plc
  • Non-executive Chairman of Bovis Homes Group PLC
  • Independent Chairman of AWE Management Limited
  • Senior independent non-executive director of Mediclinic International plc until February 2017

Committee membership

  • Nomination committee – Chair
  • Governance committee
  • Remuneration committee
  • Attends audit committee by invitation
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Todd Hunt Non-executive director

Todd Hunt has more than 40 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. He is President and joint owner of Atropos Exploration Company and Atropos Production Company based in Dallas, Texas.

Skills and experience

  • Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Texas

Key external appointments

  • President and joint owner of Atropos Exploration Company and Atropos Production Company

Committee membership

  • Attends remuneration committee by invitation
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Iain McLaren Senior independent non-executive director

Iain McLaren is a chartered accountant and was formerly senior partner of KPMG in Scotland. He is also a past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Skills and experience

  • BA in Accountancy and Finance, Heriot Watt University.

Key external appointments

  • Chairman of Investors Capital Trust plc
  • Non-executive director of Baillie Gifford Shin Nippon plc
  • Non-executive director of Edinburgh Dragon Trust plc
  • Non-executive director of Ecofin Water & Power Opportunities plc
  • Non-executive director of Jadestone Energy Inc

Committee membership

  • Audit committee – Chair
  • Nomination committee
  • Remuneration committee
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Alexander Berger Non-executive director

Alexander Berger is Chief Executive Officer of Oranje-Nassau Energie B.V., a private Dutch exploration and production company based in Amsterdam.

Skills and experience

  • Masters in Petroleum Engineering, Delft University
  • MBA Rotterdam School of Management.

Key external appointments

  • Chief Executive Officer of Oranje-Nassau Energie B.V., and a director of Oranje-Nassau Energie UK Limited and Oranje-Nassau Energy Petroleum Limited
  • Non-executive director of Discover Exploration Limited

Committee membership

  • Audit committee
  • Governance committee
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M. Jacqueline Sheppard QC Non-executive director

Jackie Sheppard was executive vice president, corporate and legal at Talisman Energy Inc from 1993 to 2008 and appointed Queen’s Counsel for the Province of Alberta in 2008.

Skills and experience

  • BA, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • BA and MA in Jurisprudence from University of Oxford 
  • LLB, McGill University

Key external appointments

  • Non-executive chair of Emera Inc.
  • Director of the general partner of Pacific NorthWest LNG LP
  • Founder, lead director and Chair of the audit committee of Black Swan Energy Inc.
  • Director of Seven Generations Energy Corporation

Committee membership

  • Remuneration committee – Chair
  • Governance committee – Chair
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Keith Lough Non-executive director

Keith Lough was Finance Director of British Energy PLC from 2001 to 2004, before becoming a founder shareholder and Chief Executive of Composite Energy Ltd, a privately owned coal-bed methane focused business. He held this post until 2011, when Composite was divested to Dart Energy.

Skills and experience

  • MA Economics, University of Edinburgh
  • MSc in Finance, London Business School

Key external appointments

  • Senior independent non-executive director of Rockhopper Exploration PLC
  • Non-executive director of the UK Gas and Electricity Markets Authority
  • Non-executive director of Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd.
  • Non-executive director of Papau Mining PLC until November 2016
  • Non-executive director of Rock Solid Images Inc. until November 2016

Committee membership

  • Audit committee
  • Nomination committee
  • Governance committee
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Peter Kallos Non-executive director

Peter Kallos has held a number of posts at Enterprise Oil, including Head of Business Development, CEO Enterprise Italy and General Manager of the UK business, before his appointment in 2002 as Executive Vice President International and Offshore at Petro-Canada. In 2010, Peter became Chief Executive of Buried Hill Energy.

Skills and experience

  • Degree in Applied Physics, Strathclyde University
  • Degree in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot Watt University

Key external appointments

  • Chief Executive of Buried Hill Energy

Committee membership

  • Remuneration committee
  • Nomination committee
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Nicoletta Giadrossi Non-executive director

Nicoletta Giadrossi spent 10 years at GE, where she became General Manager for GE’s Oil and Gas, Refinery & Petrochemicals Division. Subsequently, she spent a number of years in private equity, ahead of being appointed VP and General Manager, EMEA at Dresser-Rand. She later joined Aker for two years, before taking up the role of President (Region A, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Russia & India) at Technip, a role she held from 2014 to 2016.

Skills and experience

  • BA in Mathematics and Economics, Yale University
  • MBA, Harvard Business School

Key external appointments

  • Non-executive director of Fincantieri S.p.A.
  • Non-executive director or Bureau Veritas Group
  • Non-executive director of Faively Transport

Committee membership

  • Remuneration committee
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