Proven natural resources, corporate, technical & operational team with significant Tanzanian experience
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Neil has a wealth of experience managing, advising and investing in growth companies through business expansion, M&A and IPOs. Until 2013 he was Managing Director and Executive Chairman of Polo Resources Ltd, under his stewardship Polo returned $185m in dividends to shareholders following highly NAV accretive realisations and strategically transitioned Polo's resource focus from uranium and coal to gold and oil and gas. Prior to Polo he was Finance Director of Galahad Gold Plc, another successful investment company and from which Neil became Finance Director of its most successful investment, uranium focused UraMin, which he took from start-up to a $2.5bn takeover. He has worked with natural resources since joining Antofagasta during its 1990s transformation into a major copper producer with the $1.3bn Los Pelambres and $0.3bn El Tesoro mines taken into production. Following that he was CFO of gold explorer Brancote until its $0.4bn acquisition. Neil began his career working with PwC, he is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has a BA Joint Honours degree in Economics & Economic History.
Thomas began his career as a geologist in Australia working for Rio Tinto. Since then, he has accumulated over 10 years’ experience in the mineral resource industry and has operated across five continents exploring for various commodities. Thomas has held senior management positions with listed and privately held exploration companies, and is a co-founder of Helium One and founder of Hekla Consulting Ltd. A former resident of Tanzania (2013-2014), Thomas has an intimate knowledge of the country. Educated at the Australian National University, Thomas holds a BSc Hons, is a Chartered Professional Member of the AusIMM, and a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists.
Co-founder of Helium One, Josh is a geologist with extensive petroleum and base metal exploration experience across numerous emerging and established resource plays in Australia and Africa. He uses multidisciplinary exploration techniques to identify opportunities in previously unknown or overlooked areas of potential. Josh holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Geoscience from the Queensland University of Technology, and he is a member of the AAPG and SPE.
Jeff has over 40 years of Oil and Gas industry experience and is the former Senior Vice President, Director of Country Operations and General Manager for Ophir Energy Plc. During the period 2005-2014, Ophir acquired an extensive portfolio of interests and by 2008 was the fifth largest deep water acreage holder in Africa with 22 assets in 9 different African countries. Jeff was part of the team that discovered 25 Tcf of natural gas in Tanzania and 3 Tcf of natural gas in Equatorial Guinea. In 2011 the Ophir IPO onto the London Stock Exchange was at the time, the largest E&P IPO in European history, valuing the company at £800 Million.
Jonathan began his career as a geophysicist, working in the North Sea with Amerada Hess, in 1988. He joined the international division of Clyde Petroleum in 1990 and, following successful acquisition of ventures, was posted to Myanmar and Yemen as the Senior Geophysicist. He was closely involved in Clyde’s entry into Australia and Africa. Following the acquisition of Clyde by Gulf Canada, Jonathan began to build the portfolio that was acquired by Fusion Oil & Gas plc, where he later became Exploration Director. Following the sale of Fusion, Jonathan became a founding executive director of Ophir Energy plc, serving initially as its Technical Director. As the company developed Jonathan led the London office of Ophir and focused his efforts upon commercial aspects and business development, leading key intiatives and transactions, while mentoring and directing the technical and commercial teams, until he stepped down from the Ophir Board in July 2013.
Dan Maling has over 15 years of senior commercial management experience primarily in the oil and gas and resources sectors. Dan has worked with several AIM, ASX and TSX listed companies providing corporate finance, business development and corporate governance advice. He is currently director of a number of private companies and is Managing Director of Solo Oil Plc. Dan is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.
Emeka has over 35 years' experience in maintenance and operations, teaching, wireline logging, seismic acquisition, processing and interpretation, pipeline engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), project management, drilling and drilling services. Emeka held several senior roles with Schlumberger before owning and operating his own downstream oil & gas engineering services company with business in Europe, Africa and Asia. In addition, Emeka also founded the Sir Chukwuemeka Okwuosa Foundation which among many contributions in education, road, erosion control, water and electricity infrastructure, is now building a US$5 million medical facility in Nigeria.
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