Executive directors

  • ARCAudit & Risk Committee
  • NCNominations Committee
  • RCRemuneration Committee
  • TCTechnical Committee
  • ESGESG Committee
Antony Maris

Antony Maris

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Maris brings 35 years of wide-ranging oil and gas sector technical and business leadership experience to Hurricane. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he spent 15 years with Pharos Energy plc (previously SOCO International plc) where he was Chief Operating Officer from 2012 to early 2020. In this role, he was responsible for the development and operation of several oilfields, in joint venture with local and other parties, including fractured basement reservoirs offshore Vietnam and onshore Yemen. Pharos Energy’s Vietnam assets, which delivered 60,000 bopd gross peak volumes, contributed significantly to Vietnam’s overall hydrocarbon output. He was awarded the Friendship Order Medal by the Vietnam Government for his significant contribution to exploration and production activities.

Previously, Mr Maris worked in a variety of engineering, commercial and management roles with Consort Resources Limited, LASMO plc, Monument Oil and Gas plc, and Phillips Petroleum. He holds a B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering and an MBA.

Richard Chaffe

Richard Chaffe

Chief Financial Officer

Mr Chaffe is a Chartered Accountant with over 10 years’ experience in the industry in the UK. Before joining Hurricane as Head of Finance, he was Finance Director of the UK subsidiary of EOG Resources Inc., an independent oil and gas exploration and production company with a market value of over $35 billion. Prior to this, he worked for Ernst & Young for nine years, split between client facing work and working as part of an audit quality team within the London office.

Non-executive directors

Steven McTiernan

Steven McTiernan

Chairman

NC

Steven has over 45 years’ oil and gas industry and investment banking experience. He held senior and executive roles at Iraq Petroleum, Amoco, BP, Mesa, Chase Manhattan Bank, NatWest Markets and CIBC and a variety of board positions including non-executive director and Senior Independent Director of Tullow Oil plc and independent director at First Quantum Minerals Ltd and Songa Offshore SE.

Steven is currently Chairman of Kenmare Resources plc, a FTSE-listed mineral sands mining company.

Dr David Jenkins

Dr David Jenkins

Senior Independent Director

ARC RC TC

David spent 37 years at BP, where he was Chief Geologist (1979), General Manager, Exploration (1984) and then Chief Executive, Technology for BP Exploration (1987) for ten years.

He retired at the end of 1998 with the position of Chief Technology Adviser for BP Group. Following retirement from BP, he held a variety of advisory and board positions including nine years on the board of BHP Billiton and he was a member of the advisory board of Riverstone Holdings.

John van der Welle

John van der Welle

Independent Non-Executive Director

ARC NC RC

John has over 30 years’ oil industry experience, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen in 1981. He is a Fellow of The Association of Corporate Treasurers and member of Chartered Institute of Taxation. John spent 11 years at Enterprise Oil, where he was Business Development Manager and subsequently Group Treasurer. He was Finance Director of a number of listed exploration and production companies, including Premier Oil 1999–2005 and Managing Director, Head of Oil and Gas, at RBS 2007–2008. Since 2010 John has worked as a consultant and as a non-executive director of a number of listed E&P companies.

John is currently the Chairman of Global Petroleum Limited, an ASX and AIM-listed company.

Sandy Shaw

Sandy Shaw

Independent Non-Executive Director

ARC RC ESG

Sandy has over 35 years’ oil and gas industry experience, focussed on legal and commercial roles. From 2008 until its takeover in 2013, Sandy was Executive Director Corporate & Commercial, and Company Secretary of Valiant Petroleum, a company of which she was a founder and initially a non-executive director. She has also held senior executive positions including as Group Legal Counsel and/or Commercial Director for a number of other oil and gas companies including Consort Resources, LASMO, Esso Petroleum and Marathon Oil.

Sandy is currently a non-executive director of Velocys plc, an AIM-quoted sustainable fuels company.

Beverley Smith

Beverley Smith

Independent Non-Executive Director

TC ESG

Beverley is a chartered geologist and an accomplished business leader with more than 30 years’ experience in the upstream oil and gas sector, having delivered a portfolio of achievements in a successful international career with BG Group, most recently as Vice President Exploration & Growth for Europe. Ms Smith has a background in development and production geology and subsurface management, notably in Trinidad (Hibiscus, Poinsettia and Ixora Fields), Tunisia (Hasdrubal Field) and various operated developments in the U.K. including Mercury, Neptune, Minerva, Apollo, Fleming, Drake and Jackdaw Fields and other non-operated developments. Ms Smith is also a non-executive director of Touchstone Exploration Inc. and holds a B.Sc. in Geology and an M.Sc. in Petroleum Geology.