Board & Management Team

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Amerisur has a strong Board and senior management team in place with significant technical and strategic expertise.

The Board comprises a Chairman, two Executive Directors and three independent Non-executive Directors, exceeding the expected level of independent director representation for an AIM-listed company.

Giles Clarke CBE DL (Chairman)

Following his appointment, together with John Wardle, Giles Clarke (65) reorganised the Company, closed three offices and raised £15m of new capital at 6 pence. Giles Clarke has considerable experience in the City and a number of commercial interests as well as being an experienced entrepreneur who: founded Majestic Wine in 1981 and built it into a national chain of wine warehouses; co-founded Pet City plc in 1990, which he expanded nationwide before it was listed and subsequently sold in 1996 for $150m; and co-founded Safestore plc and orchestrated the sale of the company to Bridgepoint in 2003. He is currently chairman of Westleigh Investments Holdings Ltd, a shareholder in the Company, as well as Ironveld plc and Kazera Global plc and chairman of several private organisations.

Giles Clarke focuses on the Company’s relations with Governments and their agencies, as well as major investors, partners and Board governance. He has extensive experience of building shareholder value, and of selling companies, and brings considerable commercial and City experience to the Board. In recognition of the key role Giles Clarke undertakes for the Company he is defined as being a Chairman rather than as a Non-executive Chairman.

John Wardle (Chief Executive Officer)

John Wardle (59) holds a BSc in mining engineering from the University of Nottingham and a PhD in rock mechanics and geophysics from the University of Wales. He began his career with Britoil/BP and has held a number of senior management positions with E&P companies. John Wardle first arrived in Colombia in 1994, when he was working for BP Exploration Colombia, and subsequently was general manager for Emerald Energy in Colombia, where he was responsible for the discovery of the Campo Rico and Vigia oilfields.

John Wardle has been a key driving force behind the growth and positioning of the Company, as well as the OBA pipeline. He has very close and long-standing professional relationships at all levels within Colombia, Paraguay, Ecuador and the UK and is recognised as one of the most experienced oil executives in the areas in which the Company operates, with a proven track record of successful contract negotiation, exploration and field development. John Wardle brings a wealth of local knowledge, strategic vision, leadership and technical expertise to the Board.

Nick Harrison (Chief Financial Officer)

Nick Harrison (60) is a graduate of the University of Liverpool. He is a Chartered Accountant having qualified with Arthur Andersen and subsequently held senior positions at Deloitte, Midland Bank (International) and Coopers & Lybrand. He has held board positions at a number of public and private companies with international activities. He is currently a non-executive director of Ironveld plc and Kazera Global plc, both with international extractive activities.

Nick Harrison is a qualified accountant and has extensive experience of running the finances of successful businesses, including chief executive positions at a number of organisations. He brings considerable commercial, international and financial expertise to the Board.

Alex Snow (Senior Independent Non-Executive Director)

Alex Snow (50) has had a successful career in the City and has most recently been CEO of Lansdowne Partners LLP, the leading institutional investor. He was founder and CEO of Evolution Group PLC, the investment bank created in 2001 and subsequently sold in 2012 to Investec for £230m. Alex Snow became chairman of the investment banking division and member of the board at Investec Bank PLC before leaving in 2013 to become CEO of Lansdowne Partners LLP. He stepped down from Lansdowne Partners on 31 December 2016.

Alex Snow was appointed to the Board as Senior Independent Director, taking over from Stephen Foss, and brings significant City and financial experience to the role.

Chris Jenkins (Independent Non-Executive Director)

Chris Jenkins (64), a Chartered Accountant (FCA), was a partner for more than 20 years in KPMG’s London office, during a 30-year career with the firm. He was lead audit partner for six FTSE 100 companies. At KPMG, he fulfilled various leadership roles in the global energy and natural resources (“ENR”) practice, including UK head of ENR and, in the global ENR team, initially head of audit and then EMA regional chairman. Chris Jenkins continues to work with KPMG as a consultant. He is also an independent member of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee at the Department for International Trade, having previously been a member of the same committee at UK Trade & Investment (“UKTI”).

Chris Jenkins brings considerable governance and financial expertise to the Board.

Elodie Grant Goodey (Independent Non-Executive Director)

Elodie Goodey (46) spent 17 years at BP, initially joining the Government and Public Affairs team followed by the Investor Relations team and the North Africa business unit. Elodie subsequently became the Head of Communications for E&P between 2008 and 2010, before heading up the Societal Issues and Stakeholder Engagement team. As part of her role as the Head of Societal Issues and Stakeholder Engagement, Elodie was the relationship manager for major international NGOs and was responsible for investor engagement globally. Her focus was on social policies related to human rights and impacts on communities across the countries in which BP operates. During her 25-year career, Elodie has worked on an array of high-profile stakeholder engagement programmes in places such as Argentina, Libya and the Gulf of Mexico.

Elodie currently works as an independent consultant where she advises companies on their social performance and is involved in the Advisory Board for a professional services group in Albania.

Elodie brings considerable expertise to the Board on sustainability and social policies relating to human rights and communities across a wide spectrum of countries as well as being a Spanish speaker.

This page was last updated on 26th April 2019

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