The long-term success of the Company is the collective responsibility of the Board. 

The Board is the custodian of the Company’s values, its long‑term vision and provides strategic direction and guidance for the Company in order to deliver long-term shareholder value.

Amjad Bseisu

Chief Executive

Committees: Nomination 
Appointed: 22 February 2010

Key strengths and experience

  • Extensive energy industry and leadership experience

Amjad worked for the Atlantic Richfield Company (‘ARCO’) from 1984 to 1998, eventually becoming president of ARCO Petroleum Ventures. In 1998, he founded and was the chief executive of Petrofac Resources International Limited which merged into Petrofac PLC in 2003. In 2010, Amjad formed EnQuest PLC, having previously been a founding non-executive chairman of Serica Energy plc and a founding partner of Stratic Energy Corporation. Amjad was chairman of Enviromena Ltd., the largest solar power engineering company in the MENA region, until its sale in 2017 and was British Business Ambassador for Energy from 2013 to 2015.

Principal external appointments

Chairman of the independent energy community for the World Economic Forum since 2016. Director of the Amjad and Suha Bseisu Foundation since 2011.

Martin J Houston

Non-Executive Chairman

Committee: Nomination (Chairman), Remuneration and Technical
Appointed: 1 October 2019

Key strengths and experience

  • In-depth knowledge of the energy industry and a wealth of board-level and international business experience

Martin joined BG Group plc in 1983 and enjoyed a 32‑year career before retiring as chief operating officer and a member of the board of directors. He holds, and has held, many FTSE and international board or senior advisory positions. Martin’s other interests include being a council member of the National Petroleum Council of the United States of America, a member of the advisory board of the Global Energy Policy unit at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, New York and a Fellow of the Geological Society of London.

Principal external appointments

Co-founder and vice-chairman of Tellurian Inc. Non-executive director of CC Energy. In an advisory capacity, he is the global energy chairman of Moelis & Company and vice chairman of Hakluyt North America.

Jonathan Swinney

Chief Financial Officer

Appointed: 29 March 2010 

Key strengths and experience

  • Significant capital markets and merger and acquisition transactional experience

Jonathan is a qualified chartered accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. He is also a qualified solicitor and worked in roles with a focus on acquisition finance. Jonathan’s previous roles include Credit Suisse and then Lehman Brothers, advising on a wide range of transactions with equity advisory, before joining Petrofac Limited in April 2008 as head of mergers and acquisitions for the Petrofac Group. Jonathan joined EnQuest PLC in 2010 as Chief Financial Officer.

Howard Paver

Senior Independent Director (appointed on 31 March 2020)

Committees: Audit, Nomination, Remuneration (Chair) and Technical
Appointed: 1 May 2019

Key strengths and experience

  • 40 years’ global experience in E&P, including 20 years at senior executive level

Howard is a petroleum engineer and began his professional career at Schlumberger before moving to Mobil and then BHP Petroleum, where he was regional president, Europe, Russia, Africa & Middle East, and before becoming president, global exploration & alliance development. He most recently served as SVP, strategy, commercial & business development at Hess, a role he took up in July 2013, having joined the company in 2000 as SVP, north sea/international. Between 2005 and 2013 he held the position of SVP, global new business development.

Laurie Fitch

Non-Executive Director 

Committees: Remuneration and Safety and Risk
Appointed: 8 January 2018

Key strengths and experience

  • Extensive knowledge of capital markets and the utilities and industrial sector

Laurie is currently a partner in the strategic advisory group at PJT Partners, based in London. She spent a significant part of her career as an equity analyst and portfolio manager at TIAA CREF and Artisan Partners, where she invested in the global industrials, utility and infrastructure sectors. Laurie spent four years in the global power and global industrials groups at Morgan Stanley, most recently as co‑head of the global industrials group in Europe, prior to joining PJT Partners in 2016.

Principal external appointments

Non-executive director of Energias de Portugal (EDP), SA. Member of the Audit and finance and operations subcommittees of the Tate Board of Trustees. Trustee of The American University in Cairo. Chair of the Board of Advisors of Georgetown University’s Centre for Contemporary Arab Studies.

Philip Holland

Non-Executive Director 

Committee: Safety and Risk (Chairman) and Technical
Appointed: 1 August 2015

Key strengths and experience

  • Significant experience in managing large-scale oil and gas projects around the globe

Philip joined Bechtel Corporation in 1980 and managed major oil and gas projects in a wide range of international locations. In 2004, he joined Shell where, in 2009, he became executive vice‑president downstream projects in Shell’s newly formed projects and technology business. In 2010, he was appointed as project director for Shell’s Kashagan phase 2 project in Kazakhstan, and subsequently the Shell/QP Al Karaana petrochemicals project. Since 2013, he has operated as an independent project management consultant.

Principal external appointments

Chairman of Velocys plc.

Carl Hughes

Non-Executive Director 

Committees: Audit (Chairman) and Safety and Risk
Appointed: 1 January 2017 

Key strengths and experience

  • Substantial audit and accounting experience in the energy sector

Carl is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and a Fellow of the Energy Institute. Carl joined Arthur Andersen in 1983 and became a partner in 1993. Throughout his professional career he specialised in the oil and gas, mining and utilities sectors, becoming the head of the UK energy and resources industry practice of Andersen in 1999 and subsequently of Deloitte in 2002. When Carl retired from the partnership of Deloitte in 2015, he was a vice-chairman, senior audit partner and leader of the firm’s energy and resources business globally.

Principal external appointments

Non-executive director and chairman of the audit and risk committee of EN+ Group IPJSC. Member of the finance and audit committee of the Energy Institute. Board member of the Audit Committee Chairs’ Independent Forum. Member of the General Synod of the Church of England. Deputy chairman of the finance committee of The Archbishops’ Council.

John Winterman

Non-Executive Director

Committees: Technical (Chair) and Audit 
Appointed: 7 September 2017

Key strengths and experience

  • Extensive technical leadership experience in global exploration, business development and asset management

John is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. John joined Occidental in 1981 as a geologist with the company and had a strong record of exploration success globally with over two billion barrels of oil equivalent discovered in the Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Russia, the US and Yemen. After a 20+ year technical career John moved into executive roles, including high-level executive leadership positions. John left Occidental in 2013 and since then he has provided strategic advice to international oil and gas companies.

Principal external appointments

Non-executive director of CC Energy.