Board and Senior Management

A management team with unrivalled Caucasus experience


Paul Haywood

Chief Executive Officer

Paul has a wealth of experience and success in delivering value for his investment network through a blended skill-set of corporate and operational experience, including six years in the Middle East building early stage and growth projects. More recently Paul has held senior management roles with UK and Australian public companies in the natural resources sectors, including hard-rock exploration in the MENA region and oil and gas exploration in the FSU.

Philip Dimmock

Philip Dimmock

Non-Executive Chairman

Philip spent a significant part of his career at BP in a wide variety of senior positions, including manager of the Forties oil field. Subsequently, his executive roles included Vice President International/Managing Director UK at Ranger Oil Ltd/Canadian Natural Resources and Vice President Operations at Vanco Energy. In non-executive board positions, Philip was a director of Nautical Petroleum Plc and, recently, the Senior Independent Director of Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd. He currently serves as Advisor to Oando Energy Resources Inc. Philip has an MA in Physics from the University of Oxford.

Jeremy Asher

Non-Executive Director

Jeremy is Chairman & CEO of Tower Resources plc. In recent years he served as a director of NYSE-listed Pacific Drilling SA, Deputy Chairman of London-listed Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd, and as a director of TASE-listed Oil Refineries Ltd. Previously he co-headed the global oil products business at Marc Rich & Co (now Glencore AG) and then acquired and developed a 275,000 b/d oil refinery in Germany, before serving as CEO of PA Consulting Group and advising and investing in numerous companies in the energy sector. He holds a BSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Senior Management

Guram Maisuradze

Chief Operating Officer

Guram has served the company for five years, holding the role of Operations Manager, where, supported by the broader team in Georgia, he has been responsible for successfully planning and executing the drilling of new wells and for the overall management of production operations.

Dr Stephen James

Subsurface Manager

Stephen has over 40 years experience working as a geoscientist in field development and reservoir management, mainly in the course of working for Shell and BP. He has worked on a range of fractured reservoirs including BP’s Clair field where Stephen served as the lead development geologist and subsurface manager. He also has significant former Soviet Union experience including having worked in Siberia and Yamal and is familiar with the technologies and development styles employed in the region. Stephen holds a PhD in Sedimentology from the University of Aston.

Fergus Robson

Commercial Manager

Fergus is an experienced commercial and financial specialist having worked for operating E&P companies, energy consultancies and financial institutions. He has a wealth of experience in the former Soviet Union, having worked in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Russia and Georgia. He also has West African and Middle Eastern experience and has previously consulted for major banks and energy companies. He holds an MA (Hons) from Glasgow University in Politics and Central East European Studies.