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

Committee membership

  • Senior Leadership Team – Chair
  • Nomination committee
  • Risk Management Committee
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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
  • Risk Management Committee - Chair
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Ian Tyler Non-Executive Director

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
  • Non-Executive Chairman of Amey PLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of a Spanish listed company)

Committee membership

  • Nomination committee – Chair
  • Remuneration committee
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Todd Hunt Non-Executive Director

Todd Hunt has more than 45 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
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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

  • Non-Executive Chairman of Rockhopper Exploration PLC
  • Non-Executive Chairman of Gulf Keystone plc
  • Non-Executive Director of the UK Gas and Electricity Markets Authority
  • Chairman of RSI Geoscience Ltd.

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
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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 of Brembo S.p.A
  • Non-Executive Director of IHS Markit Ltd.
  • Chair of TecHouse As

Committee membership

  • Remuneration committee - Chair
  • Audit committee
  • Nomination committee
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Alison Wood Non-Executive Director

Alison began her career with management consultants, Booz Allen & Hamilton, followed by Outram Cullinan & Company, before moving to BAE Systems PLC, where she held a number of leadership roles in strategy and business development, progressing to the role of Group strategic development director, including playing a key role in the British Aerospace / Marconi merger.  After 17 years with BAE, Alison moved to National Grid as global director of strategy and corporate development, where she supported the execution of a major equity financing to deliver the company’s organic growth plans. She remained at National Grid until retiring from her executive position there in 2013. During and following her time at BAE and National Grid, Alison has held a number of non-executive positions and committee memberships (audit, nomination and remuneration), including at BTG plc and THUS plc.

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 and remuneration committee chair of TT Electronics PLC, Costain Group, Cobham PLC and the British Standards Institution

Committee membership

  • Audit committee
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Catherine Krajicek Non-Executive Director

After graduating, Catherine joined 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 as asset manager for their Bakken assets before becoming project manager for Marathon’s Droshky subsea development project in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico, and then asset manager for all of Marathon’s production operations in the Gulf of Mexico.  In 2011, Catherine was appointed regional vice president to manage one of Marathon’s largest assets at the Punto Europea industrial complex on Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. Before retiring from Marathon in 2018 Catherine also held a range of other vice president (VP) positions there, including VP, Health, Environment, Safety and Security, VP, Technology and Innovation, and VP, Conventional Assets.

Skills and experience

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