Board of Directors

RUI DE SOUSA - Non-Executive Chair
Appointed: July 1999

Rui has approximately 40 years’ experience in the energy sector. He was formerly a director of Gazprombank-Invest (Lebanon) SAL, the Chairman of Carbon Resource Management Ltd. and the President of Quantic Mining. Rui is currently a Director of Quantic Limited, Midus Global Limited and Chairman of Blackdown Resources.


ED STORY - President and Chief Executive Officer
Appointed: April 1997

Ed was a founding Director of SOCO International plc. Under his leadership, SOCO acquired its principal assets in Vietnam and progressed the assets from initial exploration through to being one of the largest producing fields in Vietnam.

Ed has over 50 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, beginning with various roles at Exxon Corporation, including seven years resident in the Far East. He was formerly the Vice President and CFO of The Superior Oil Company, a co-founder and Vice Chairman of Conquest Exploration Company and a co-founder and President of Snyder Oil Corporation’s international subsidiary, which merged its Australian-controlled entity, Command Petroleum, into Cairn Energy. Ed was a Non-Executive Director of Cairn Energy plc until 2008 and Cairn India Limited until 2017. Ed is currently a Non-Executive Director of Vedanta Resources plc and a founder and member of the Cleveland Clinic International Leadership Board.


JANN BROWN - Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer
Appointed: November 2017

Jann served as co-head of SOCO’s Business Development group between February 2017 and November 2017 before her appointment to the Board. Jann currently serves as an Independent Non-executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Troy Income and Growth Trust plc and of the Scottish Ballet.

Jann previously served as an Independent Non-executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of John Wood Group P.L.C. and was formerly the Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of Cairn Energy plc where she had responsibility for project managing Cairn India Limited’s initial public offering. Jann also previously served as the Joint Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Magna Energy Limited, of which she was also co-founder and is a past president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.


DR MIKE WATTS - Managing Director
Appointed: November 2017

Mike served as co-head of SOCO’s Business Development group between February 2017 and November 2017, and as an independent Non-Executive Director of the SOCO Board between August 2009 and January 2017. Mike has over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He was formerly the Deputy Chief Executive of Cairn Energy plc and the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Amsterdam listed Holland Sea Search Holding NV. Mike has held senior technical and management roles with Premier Oil, Burmah and Shell and as Joint Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Magna Energy Limited.


ROB GRAY - Deputy Chair, Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director
Appointed: December 2013

Rob has been an adviser to the natural resources sector for more than 30 years. Rob qualified as a solicitor in 1981 at Allen & Overy and then went on to help establish James Capel & Co. Petroleum Services, a successful advisory and Mergers & Acquisitions practice. Rob’s experience includes 13 years at Deutsche Bank where he was latterly a Senior Advisor having been Chairman of UK Investment Banking for ve years and formerly Global Head of Natural Resources. Rob was previously a Director and Head of the Natural Resource Group at Robert Fleming & Co. Ltd. for four years, a group which he established. Between 2000 and 2010, Rob was an Advisory Board Member for Heerema Marine Contractors. Rob was a co-founder of RegEnersys, a natural resources investment entity and is currently the principal of ReVysion LLP. In 2018 Rob was appointed an adviser to the T2 Energy Transition Fund of Tikehau Capital.


JOHN MARTIN - Non-Executive Director
Appointed: June 2018

John has more than 30 years’ experience in international banking in the oil and gas industry and was a Senior Managing Director in the Oil and Gas team at Standard Chartered Bank. Prior to joining Standard Chartered in 2007, John worked for ABN Amro for 26 years, specialising in the energy sector. John has served as the Senior Vice President of the World Petroleum Council, and as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Rockhopper Exploration plc. He was previously Chairman of Falkland Oil and Gas Limited, an Independent Non-Executive Director on the board of Bowleven plc and, an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Total E&P UK Limited.


MARIANNE DARYABEGUI - Non-Executive Director
Appointed: 15 March 2019

Marianne is currently a Managing Director at Natixis, and was previously the Head of Natural Resources at BNP Paribas in Paris, France. She has extensive experience in oil and gas corporate transactions and capital markets and has advised oil majors, independent E&Ps and national oil companies. Prior to leading the Oil and Gas Corporate Finance Team in 2006, Marianne worked for eight years in BNP Paribas’ Energy Commodities Export Project Department where she headed the Commodity Structure Finance team for the Middle East and Africa. Before joining the banking sector Marianne spent eight years at TOTAL. Marianne has a Master’s degree in Finance and Capital Markets from Sciences Po University, Paris and a Masters in Tax and Corporate Law.


ETTORE CONTINI - Non-Executive Director
Appointed: December 2001

Ettore was formerly a Director of Energia E Servize SpA and Eurowatt-Commerce. He was previously an asset manager in the private banking division of Banca del Gottardo.


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