Experienced and entrepreneurial leadership
Steve joined Savannah as Non-Executive Chairman in July 2014. He is widely recognised as one of the most capable oil and gas executives in the UK. Steve was the CEO of Nautical Petroleum Limited and led the company’s £414 million sale to Cairn Energy in 2012. Prior to this, Steve held a variety of senior roles at Nimir Petroleum Limited, a private company focused on emerging markets with extensive global exploration and production interests.
Key strengths: Geologist by profession; significant experience in emerging markets, transactions and M&A; deep understanding of commercial, operations and strategic aspects of managing an oil and gas company.
External appointments: Chairman of the Oil and Gas Independents Association; Non-Executive Director of Talon Petroleum Limited; and Non-Executive Director of Viaro Energy Limited.
Sir Stephen is a former UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. Prior to this, he was an MP, serving as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development and as the Prime Minister’s Envoy & UK Special Representative for the Sahel. Prior to that, Sir Stephen was International Director and Group Company Secretary of the FTSE 100 company, Redland plc, and he began his career as a corporate lawyer.
Key strengths: In-depth understanding of international political, social, economic and government affairs; experience in African and emerging markets; industrial management; global public health.
External appointments: Member of the Privy Council; Chairman of Motability Operations Group Plc; and Non-Executive Board Member of Department for International Trade.
Andrew is the principal founder of Savannah and has been the Company’s CEO since inception. As such, he has led all of the Company’s key growth initiatives, including the acquisition of the Niger PSCs and the Company’s expansion into Nigeria. Prior to establishing Savannah, Andrew held a series of leading roles in the European oil and gas sector, including Head of Global Energy Investments for GLG Partners/ MAN Group and Head of Upstream Oil & Gas Research at Merrill Lynch.
Key strengths: Deep knowledge of and contact network within the oil and gas industry; experienced leader with a proven track record of identifying, financing and successfully managing projects in emerging market environments.
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Isatou is an accountant with over 19 years’ experience. Prior to joining Savannah, she spent nine years with BP, most recently as Financial Controller for operations in North Africa. Isatou has extensive experience of financial and regulatory compliance in emerging market oil and gas environments and of managing large, multi-country finance teams. Since joining Savannah, Isatou has strengthened the Company’s financial reporting framework, processes and procedures and played a key role in the negotiation and implementation of the Seven Energy Transaction.
Key strengths: Chartered Certified Accountant; robust understanding of the financial, commercial, regulatory and compliance aspects of managing an oil and gas company.
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David initially served on the Board as an independent Non-Executive Director from December 2017 to June 2018 and then acted as COO of the Company from June 2018 to December 2019. Upon appointment of the new COO, David resumed his role as a Non-Executive Director in December 2019. David was formerly a member of BP’s Group Leadership Team and Senior Vice President for Projects and Engineering (Upstream) at BP. Throughout a 34-year career with BP, he was responsible for delivering safe, reliable industry-leading projects in challenging frontier locations.
Key strengths: Chartered Engineer; extensive knowledge of the oil and gas industry, including safety, operational, commercial and strategic aspects of running oil and gas operations.
External appointments: Non-Executive Director of Adergy Limited.
Mark is an experienced capital markets professional with over 20 years’ experience in EMEA equities, largely focused on the oil and gas sector. Previously, he acted as Managing Director and Head of Securities, UK & Europe of Canaccord Genuity Group Inc., and was a member of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s EMEA Executive Committee.
Key strengths: Experienced in capital markets, including equities markets, corporate financing, debt and M&A; strong understanding of institutional investor perspectives.
External appointments: Non-Executive Director of Rocksteady Restaurant Enterprises Limited.
David was one of the founders of the modern-day Vitol (currently the world’s largest oil trading company), having executed a management buyout of the company alongside three partners in 1976. He left Vitol in 1986 to operate as an independent venture capitalist. David was a founder director of oil and gas company Sibir Energy Plc and independent gasoline company Blue Ocean Associates Limited.
Key strengths: Strong track record of investing in, growing and managing businesses in the oil and gas industry; extensive network in the global oil and gas industry.
External appointments: Aquila Energy International Limited.