Directors

 

Hugh Mackay, CEO

Hugh, a geologist who joined Europa in 2011, has a wealth of experience in the oil and gas sector, including eight years at BP in a variety of roles in the UK, Oman and Egypt, then at Enterprise Oil in leadership roles, culminating as head of the SE Asia division. Hugh sold the Peak Group to AGR ASA for $50 million and founded Avannaa Resources, a leading mineral exploration company in Greenland. Hugh has a BSc in Geology from the University of Edinburgh and a Sloan MSc in Management from London Business School.

 

Phil Greenhalgh, Finance Director

Phil graduated from Imperial College with a BEng in chemical engineering and subsequently became a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He began his financial career as Financial Controller with Kelco International, a subsidiary of Merck & Co. He moved to Monsanto plc before becoming Finance Director with Pharmacia Ltd. He moved to Whatman plc, a FTSE 250 company, where he led the financing of a €50m company acquisition, oversaw a substantial share price recovery and was a key player in the Whatman turnaround.

 

William Ahlefeldt, Non-executive Director

William helped take Europa onto AIM and remains its largest shareholder. He started his career at Maersk as a petroleum engineer followed, in 1987, by IPEC, a London based consultancy, where he was responsible for field reserves estimations. In 1990, he became an independent consultant, undertaking field and portfolio evaluations for acquisitions and field development work on a range of projects in the North Sea, former Soviet Union and Middle East. He is also the founder of IFX Infoforex Ltd. William has continued to be active in petroleum engineering consulting, carrying out portfolio evaluations and project management.

 

Roderick Corrie, Non-executive Director

Roderick is a graduate of Cambridge University and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Banking. He has been strategic adviser and financier with a variety of companies and holds or has held executive or non-executive roles in corporate finance, strategic advice, TV advertising, financial services, health, property, internet services, mineral exploration & development, investment and manufacturing companies.

 

Simon Oddie, Non-executive Chairman

Simon has over 40 years of experience as a petroleum engineer, technical consultant, manager and investment adviser in upstream oil and gas. He has worked with Schlumberger, ERC Energy Resource Consultants, Enterprise Oil and Gemini Oil and Gas Advisors LLP and gained extensive experience in technical, senior management and finance functions. He was CEO of Enterprise Italy and architect of the Gemini Oil and Gas royalty funds and has a proven track record in dealing with investors, and initiating and executing oil and gas deals. Simon completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, holds an MSc. in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College and a BSc (First Class) in Electronics from Manchester University.

 

Brian O'Cathain

Brian is a geologist and petroleum engineer with over 30 years' experience in senior technical and commercial roles in upstream oil and gas E&P companies, including Shell International, Enterprise Oil and Tullow Oil plc. He has experience in working in West Africa, North Africa, onshore Europe, the North Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, South Asia and offshore Ireland. He was the Managing Director of Tullow Oil's International Business during the Energy Africa acquisition, and served as Chief Executive of Afren plc from 2005 to 2007. He was also the Chief Executive of Petroceltic International plc from 2007 to 2016. During this period Petroceltic discovered the Ain Tsila gas condensate field in Algeria, and concluded a nil-premium merger with Melrose Energy. Mr O'Cathain holds a first-class honours degree in Geology from the University of Bristol.