Executive directors

  • ARCAudit & Risk Committee
  • NCNominations Committee
  • RCRemuneration Committee
Dr Robert Trice

Dr Robert Trice

Chief Executive Officer

Robert is Hurricane’s founder and has over 30 years’ oil industry experience, the majority of which was obtained at Enterprise Oil and Shell. He has worked in field development, exploration, well-site operations and geological consultancy. 

Robert has a PhD in Geology from Birkbeck College, University of London, and has held the position of Visiting Professor at Trondheim University, Norway. He has published and presented on subjects related to fractured reservoirs and exploration for stratigraphic traps. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society and a member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Robert co-founded the Company and has been a Director since 2004. As CEO, Robert is responsible for the operational management of the business, developing strategy in consultation with the Board and then executing it.

Alistair Stobie

Alistair Stobie

Chief Financial Officer

Alistair has significant capital markets and oil and gas industry experience. Alistair was previously Director of Finance at AIM-quoted Zoltav Resources and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Oando Exploration and Production. Prior to this, Alistair founded and was CFO at both Volga Gas, where he 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.

Alistair joined the Board in 2016 and his key responsibilities as CFO are the financial and commercial activities of the business.

Neil Platt

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 at 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).

Non-executive directors

Steven McTiernan

Steven McTiernan

Chairman

NC

Steven has over 45 years of oil and gas industry and investment banking experience. He was a non-executive director of Tullow Oil plc for eleven years until December 2012 and served as its Senior Independent Director.

His oil and gas industry experience includes roles at Iraq Petroleum, Amoco, BP and Mesa, and his banking experience includes senior roles leading energy teams at the Chase Manhattan Bank, NatWest Markets and CIBC. He has served as an independent director at First Quantum Minerals Ltd and Songa Offshore SE and is currently Chairman of Kenmare Resources. He holds an MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Steven joined the Board as Chairman in 2018 and is Chairman of the Nominations Committee.

Dr David Jenkins

Dr David Jenkins

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

ARC NC RC

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, Exploration in 1984 and 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 his retirement from BP, David held a variety of advisory and board positions, including nine years on the board of BHP Billiton, and was a member of the advisory board of Riverstone Holdings.

David joined the Board in 2013 and is Senior Independent Director.

John van der Welle

John van der Welle

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 member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and the Institute of Taxation.

John spent 11 years at Enterprise Oil, where he was Business Development Manager and subsequently Group Treasurer. In addition, John has been Finance Director of a number of listed E&P companies, including Premier Oil from 1999-2005. He was Managing Director, Head of Oil and Gas, at the Royal Bank of Scotland from 2007-2008, and since 2010 has worked as a consultant to, and non-executive director of, a number of listed and private E&P companies. He is currently a non-executive director of Lekoil Limited and Chairman of Global Petroleum Limited, both of which are quoted on AIM.

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

Roy Kelly

Roy Kelly

Non-Executive Director

NC

Roy is Partner and Head of Technical at Kerogen Capital. He has over 35 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. Previously, he was 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 ten years at BP, where he trained as a petroleum reservoir engineer.

Roy joined the Board in 2016 in accordance with the terms of the Kerogen Relationship Agreement. He appointed Jason Cheng or, in his absence, Leonard Tao as his Alternate Director on the Board.

Sandy Shaw

Sandy Shaw

Non-Executive Director

ARC NC RC

Sandy has over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, focused 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 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 renewable fuels company.

Sandy joined the Board in January 2019 and is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.

Alternate directors

Jason Cheng

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 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 JP Morgan in the Energy and Natural Resources Group and, prior to this, at Schroders in the energy and Asian M&A teams. Jason is regulated by the FCA in the UK and the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong.

Leonard Tao

Leonard Tao

Alternate Director

Leonard is a Partner of Kerogen Capital, having joined the firm in 2011. Prior to this he spent around nine years in the Energy and Natural Resources Group at JP 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. Leonard is regulated by the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong.