About us


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.


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

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

Nicoletta Giadrossi Chair

Nicoletta started her career with The Boston Consulting Group in Paris in 1988, where she worked for five years . She then spent twenty years in various global executive roles in Engineering and Oilfield Services, firstly at General Electric, where she led the GE Oil & Gas Downstream P&L until 2006, then at Dresser Rand (now Siemens Energy) as EVP for EMEA; Aker Solutions, as Head of Operations and Technip, as President, Europe, Africa, India, until 2016.

She has developed a portfolio of Non-Executive Director roles focused on Natural Resources and Energy and is currently also a Senior Advisor for Bain Capital Europe.

Skills and experience

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

Key external appointments

  • Non-Executive Director of Royal Vopak
  • 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

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

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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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. She is currently a non-executive director of Oxford Instruments 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
  • Non-executive director of Oxford Instruments plc

Committee membership

  • Audit committee

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

Erik Daugbjerg Non-Executive Director

Erik 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.* in which role he helped manage more than $4 billion of acquisitions and nearly $6 billion of financings, while also growing the production base from 1,500 boe/d to 80,000 boe/d in less than seven years. Erik has extensive public markets experience, including delivery of acquisitions and disposals, and played an integral role in the disposal of RSP Permian to Concho Resources, Inc in July 2018 for $9.5 billion.

Erik was appointed to the board of Kimbell Royalty Partners* in 2018 (becoming a member of its Audit, Conflicts and Compensation Committees) and is highly active in various industry and charitable organisations.

* New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) listed public companies (RSP Permian, Inc. is no longer listed, and Kimbell Royalty Partners is currently listed with symbol NYSE: KRP)

Skills and Experience

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