Our Team

Board and Management Team

The board is in the process of building out its executive team and should be able to announce new hires in key positions shortly.

Patrick Plunkett

Executive Chairman
Pat Plunkett was chairman of Tullow Oil plc. from 2000 to 2011, during which time the company grew from a small cap oil & gas plc. to Africa's leading independent oil company, worth over £9bn. Mr Plunkett is an accountant with over thirty years' experience in the financial services sector, particularly in the areas of asset management, stockbroking and corporate finance. He managed the stockbroking and corporate finance businesses of ABN AMRO Bank in Ireland from 1993 to 1998.

Exploration Director
Gerry was previously a senior international exploration manager at Tullow Oil plc. He was highly involved in early transformational Tullow successes on the West Africa Margin, including Ghana, and the Energy Africa Acquisition. He has over thirty years' experience as a geo-scientist. He has multi-basin experience in both onshore and offshore sites.

Chief Operations Officer
Phil has over 26 years of International experience in the oil and gas industry, primarily gained in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Most recently he provided the technical lead to a privately financed team looking at West African projects focussing on Nigeria. Previous to this he was Technical Director of Valiant Petroleum plc where he was significantly involved in taking the company from private start up to becoming a $450 million UK listed production company. Phil has exceptional technical credentials in the oil and gas sector with specific expertise in reservoir and field appraisal, oil field development and production operations. In addition he has significant corporate management and business development skills and experience. Phil holds an MSc in Sedimentology from the University of London and a BSc (honours) in Geology from College of St Paul & St. Mary.

Non-executive Director
Matthew O'Donoghue served on the Board of Tullow as an Executive Director 1998 until 2008. He was Director of International Operations, Projects, Contracts and Procurement. He joined Tullow in 1987 and was General Manager in Senegal. He has extensive experience in Africa, The Middle East, South Asia and Europe. He was a core member of the original Tullow team that developed the Group's business and international operating capability. Qualified with a B.Sc in Physics, he has over thirty five years' experience in the oil & gas Exploration and Development sectors and also held a number of senior Engineering and Management roles with Schlumberger Wireline, working in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Non-executive Director
Andrew served as Managing Director of the Africa Region for Tullow Oil plc. from 2007 until January 2012. He was involved in Energy Africa from 1998 and was appointed to its Board in 2001 as Commercial Director prior to it being acquired by Tullow in 2004. He was also a non-executive director of Aminex plc. until his resignation in March 2007 on being appointed to his senior position in Tullow. He is a solicitor with thirty years' experience in the oil exploration industry and is currently Chairman of Tembo Petroleum Ltd.

Non-executive Director
Cathal was one of the founders and is Chairman of Fastnet Oil & Gas plc. Cathal is a founder and managing director of Raglan Capital, with over twenty five years' of managerial, entrepreneurial and corporate finance experience. He is Founding Director of Merrion Corporate Finance where he helped build and then sell Merrion for circa €100 million in 2006.