About us

Board

The Board is committed to promoting high standards of corporate governance and understands that an effective, challenging and diverse board is essential to enable the company to deliver its strategy in line with shareholders’ and stakeholders’ long-term interests, whilst also generating confidence that the business in conducting itself in a responsible manner.

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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 the company 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
  • Director of Graham’s The Family Dairy Group Limited
  • Non-Executive Director of Edinburgh Art Festival

Committee membership

  • Executive Committee – Chair
  • Nomination committee
  • Risk Management Committee - Chair
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James Smith Chief Financial Officer

James Smith joined the company 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

  • Executive Committee
  • Group Risk Management Committee
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Nicoletta Giadrossi Chair

Nicoletta Giadrossi has held several global executive roles in energy and capital equipment. She has been: General Manager in GE Oil and Gas, Refinery & Petrochemicals Division until 2008; Vice President and General Manager, EMEA at Dresser-Rand (now Siemens), until 2012; Head of Operations in Aker Solutions Asa, and President (Europe, Africa, Middle East, Russia & India) at Technip, a role she held until 2016. Nicoletta is currently Senior Adviser, Industry and Energy, for Bain Capital Partners, Europe.

Nicoletta was appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director in January 2017 and became Non-Executive Chair in January 2021.

Skills and experience

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

Key external appointments

  • Non-Executive Director of Brembo S.p.A
  • Non-Executive Chair of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane SpA, the financial holding company of the Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group, 100% owned by the Treasury Department of the Italian Ministry of Economics and Finance
  • Non-Executive Director of IHS Markit Ltd (a position that Nicoletta will retire from with effect from early summer 2021 following the Company’s announced merger with S&P Global)
  • Non-Executive Director of Koninklijke Vopak N.V.
  • Non-Executive Director of Falck Renewables
  • Chair of TecHouse As

Committee membership

  • Nomination committee - Chair
  • Remuneration committee
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Keith Lough Non-Executive Director

Keith Lough is a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) and has formerly held the position of Finance Director of British Energy PLC and Chief Executive of Composite Energy Ltd. Keith was also a Non-Executive Director of the UK Gas and Electricity Markets Authority from 2012 to July 2019.

Keith was appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director in May 2015.

Skills and experience

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

Key external appointments

  • Non-Executive Chairman of Southern Water
  • Non-Executive Chairman of Rockhopper Exploration PLC
  • Non-Executive Director (and senior independent director) of Hunting PLC

Committee membership

  • Audit committee - Chair
  • Nomination 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

  • BSc (Hons) Applied Physics, Strathclyde University
  • MEng Petroleum Engineering, Heriot Watt University

Key external appointments

  • Executive Chairman of Buried Hill Energy

Committee membership

  • Remuneration committee
  • Nomination committee
  • Employee Voice Forum - Chair
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Alison Wood Non-Executive Director

Alison Wood’s previous executive roles include Group Strategic Development Director at BAE systems and Global Director of Strategy and Corporate Development at National Grid. She has also previously held a number of non-executive positions and board committee memberships, including at BTG plc, THUS plc, e2V plc and Cobham plc. Alison is currently a Non-Executive Director and Remuneration Committee Chair of Costain plc, TT Electronics plc and The British Standards Institution.

Skills and experience

  • BA in Engineering, Economics and Management from the University of Oxford
  • MBA from Harvard Business School

Key external appointments

  • Non-Executive Director of Costain plc
  • Non-Executive Director of TT Electronics plc
  • Non-Executive Director of Oxford Instruments plc
  • Non-Executive Director of The British Standards Institution

Committee membership

  • Remuneration Committee - Chair
  • Audit Committee
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Catherine Krajicek Non-Executive Director

Catherine Krajicek started her career with Conoco as an associate engineer and remained with the company for a total of 22 years, progressing through a variety of oil and gas technical and subsequently asset management roles in both the US and Indonesia. In 2007, Catherine left ConocoPhillips and joined Marathon Oil where she went on to hold a number of senior executive (Vice President) roles before retiring from Marathon in 2018.

Catherine was appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director in July 2019.

Skills and experience

  • BSc and MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines

Committee membership

  • Audit Committee
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Erik Daugbjerg Non-Executive Director

Erik B. Daugbjerg has over 20 years’ experience in both midstream and upstream oil and gas sectors in the US including founding roles at two oil and gas operators based in the Permian Basin. In 2006, Erik co-founded Pecos Operating Company, and in 2010, co-founded RSP Permian, Inc. Erik has extensive public markets experience, including delivery of acquisitions and disposals, and he played an integral role in the disposal of RSP Permian to Concho Resources, Inc in July 2018 for US$9.5 billion.

Erik was appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director in May 2020.

Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University, Dallas

Key external appointments

  • Kimbell Royalty Partners
  • Pecos Operating Company, LLC

Committee membership

  • Remuneration Committee
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