The Board

Dr Robert Trice
Chief Executive Officer

As Hurricane’s founder, Robert has over 25 years’ oil industry experience. He has combined specialist technical expertise in fractured reservoirs’ characterisation and evaluation. He has a PhD in Geology from Birkbeck College, University of London and gained the bulk of his geoscience experience with Enterprise Oil and Shell. He has worked in field development, exploration, well-site operations and geological consultancy. Robert has held the position of Visiting Professor at Trondheim University (Norway) and has published and presented on subjects related to fractured reservoirs and exploration for stratigraphic traps.

It is Robert’s vision that lies behind Hurricane, providing clear strategic direction as the company develops and he takes the lead in all aspects of the scientific and technical heart of the company.

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Neil Platt
Chief Operations Officer

Neil has more than 25 years’ experience in the oil industry and has worked for Amoco, BG and Petrofac. He has completed assignments both in the UK and Internationally, working in a variety of engineering, commercial and management roles including Production Asset Manager (NSW) for BG and Vice President for Project Delivery in Petrofac Production Solutions. Neil joined Hurricane in 2011 and was appointed to the Board in 2013.

As Chief Operations Officer Neil is responsible for daily operations and asset delivery (drilling and projects).

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Alistair Stobie
Chief Financial Officer

Alistair Stobie has significant capital markets and oil and gas industry experience. Alistair was previously Director of Finance at AIM-listed Zoltav Resources and Chief Financial Officer at Oando Exploration & Production. Prior to this, Alistair founded both Volga Gas, where he was Chief Financial Officer and led its IPO to raise US$135 million, and Pan-Petroleum, which acquired an interest in the multi-billion barrel oil in place Mengo-Kundji-Bindi licence in Congo-Brazzaville. During his career Alistair has been actively involved in numerous corporate transactions including fundraisings, M&A and the acquisition and disposal of licence interests.

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Dr Robert Arnott
Non Executive Chairman

Dr Arnott has spent over three decades in the oil and gas industry. During his career, which began at Shell International, he has held the role of Chairman at each of Petroceltic International plc, Global Petroleum Limited and Oyster Petroleum Limited and non-executive directorships at Rocksource ASA and, until recently, Core Energy AS, an oil and gas company focused on the Norwegian continental shelf. Dr Arnott was a director of Spring Energy AS and is currently Chairman of Independent Oil Tools AS, an international oil services business.

In addition, Dr Arnott spent ten years in investment banking, most recently at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and Goldman Sachs International, and is a Research Associate at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.

Robert joined the Board in 2016

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Dr David Jenkins
Non Executive Director

David has spent over 50 years working in the oil and gas industry. He was at BP for the first 37 years, where he held the positions of Chief Geologist in 1979, General Manager in 1984 and was then Chief Executive, Technology for 10 years from 1987. He retired at the end of 1998 with the position of Chief Technology Advisor for the BP Group.

Following retirement from BP David held a variety of advisory and Board positions, including nine years as a Director on the Board of BHP Billiton.

He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of Riverstone Holdings.

David joined the Board in 2013 and is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.

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John van der Welle
Non Executive Director

John has over 25 years oil industry experience, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen in 1981. He is a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and the Institute of Taxation.

After 11 years at Enterprise Oil where he was Business Development Manager and subsequently Group Treasurer, John has been Finance Director of a number of listed E&P companies, including Premier Oil in 1999-2005. He was Managing Director, Head of Oil and Gas, at the Royal Bank of Scotland in 2007-2008, and since 2010 has worked as a consultant to, and non-executive director of, an number of listed and private E&P companies.

John joined the Board in 2013 and is Chairman of the Audit Committee.

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Roy Kelly
Non Executive Director

Roy has over 33 years of technical, commercial and managerial experience in the upstream oil and gas industry, obtained through both operating and service company roles on projects throughout the world. He was previously managing director of consulting at RPS Energy Ltd, a leading upstream technical consultancy and reserve auditor. Prior to RPS, Roy held senior positions at PGS Reservoir, Ranger Oil and Sovereign Exploration, and spent around 10 years at BP where he trained as a petroleum reservoir engineer.

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Jason Cheng
Alternate Director

Jason is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Kerogen Capital, where he serves on its Investment Committee and is responsible for its daily operations. Jason has over 20 years’ commercial experience across investing, operations and investment banking. He was previously the Managing Partner of Ancora Capital and, prior to this, he was a Managing Director of Jade International Capital Partners Limited in Beijing where he was involved in Sino-foreign investments and advisory assignments. He previously worked in investment banking at J.P. Morgan in the Energy and Natural Resources Group and, prior to this, at Schroders in the energy and Asian M&A teams.

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Leonard Tao
Alternate Director

Leonard Tao is a Managing Director of Kerogen Capital, having joined the firm in 2011. Prior to this he spent around 9 years in the Energy and Natural Resources Group at J.P. Morgan, in both Australia and Hong Kong, where he managed a wide range of M&A and capital markets transactions in the natural resources sector across numerous geographies, including Asia, Central Asia, Latin America and Africa.

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