Edward Roland Dawson (Executive Director)
Edward Dawson holds both a BEng and an MSc (Investment analysis) degree. Edward has over 20 years' experience in the energy sector. He has managed, financed, and been a key investor in the sector. Positions held include: CEO of Propsex Energy (Founding Director), MD of Peppercoast Petroleum (Founding Director), and MD of Black Star Petroleum plc; Analyst for RAB Capital's Energy Fund; Business Development and Finance Manager for Oilexco Incorporated; and a fund manager for Park Place Capital.
Edward has an enviable exploration drilling success record, has led through all stages of the company growth cycle and created significant value for stakeholders along the way.
Richard Paul Mays (Non-Executive Director)
Richard Mays holds LLB, LLM, PhD degrees and is a Solicitor in Scotland. Formerly Professor and Depute Dean of the Aberdeen Business School he has extensive industry, commercial and legal experience for numerous Exploration and Production companies and oil and gas contractors. He is Vice President Business Development and General Counsel of Canadian Overseas Petroleum Limited. A role he has held since 2014. He has leadership experience in London Stock Exchange listed companies at DEO Petroleum plc (founding director), at Oilexco North Sea and Prospex Energy plc (founding director). He also served as Executive Chairman of Peppercoast Petroleum plc and Black Star Petroleum plc (founding director).
Nick Pillar (Non-Executive Director)
Nick Pillar holds a BSc in Applied Geology and has over 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He started his career working for Geophysical Services Inc in the field and office before joining Enterprise Oil plc in 1990 where he became Head of Geophysical Operations. He spent 2 years as Chief Geophysicist for Enterprise where he led a team of 60 staff before the company was taken over by Shell in 2002. Two years were spent in Malaysia with Petronas Carigali as a consultant. On returning to the UK Nick was asked to build the service division of Ikonscience, a niche rock physics company, subsequently becoming Ikon’s Operations Director. He has also undertaken tutoring work at Imperial College, London. In his most recent post, he served for 10 years as Head of Geophysics for Canadian Overseas Petroleum Limited where he undertook geophysical analysis of opportunities and assets in the UKCS, West Africa, and North America.
Malcolm Burne (Director)
Malcolm Burne started his long career with a leading firm of London Stockbrokers as an equities analyst and later became a financial columnist with the Financial Times and other business publications. He has started a number of businesses in the financial, technology and natural resources sectors not only in UK but also Australia, Hong Kong and North America. He has been the architect of a substantial number of SPACS usually targeting new trends and has completed many reverse takeovers.
Malcolm has sat on the boards of numerous public companies, including Main Market companies such as Golden Prospect. He was a director of Auctus Growth Plc, a Standard List special purpose acquisition company, which acquired HeiQ Materials AG and was re-admitted to Standard List in December 2020. Malcolm is also a founder director of Star Tech NG Plc, a pre-IPO fund in US growth tech. As a corporate financier and venture capital investor Malcolm has a significant investment portfolio of private companies in the new economy and fintech space some of which he is a director representing his shareholding.