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Executive Committee

Executive Committee

Chris Hopkinson, Interim Executive Chairman
Chris is currently Non-executive Chairman of Enwell Energy an AIM-quoted oil and gas exploration and production group and founder of Astra Resources Management advising utility scale PPP Solar projects.

Chris began his career with Shell International, followed by technical and management roles with Yukos and Lukoil Overseas, before becoming Chief Executive Officer of Imperial Energy Group up until its acquisition by ONGC in 2009. He was then Vice-President Western Siberia for TNK-BP, Senior Vice-President North Africa for BG Group, Chief Executive Officer of International Petroleum Limited, and Chief Operating Officer for JSC National Company KazMunayGas.

Chris holds a BSc Honours degree in Applied Physics from St Andrews University.

Frances Ward, Chief Financial Officer
Frances is a qualified accountant with over 15 years' senior management experience within the international oil and gas sector. 

Her previous experience included 11 years at Nexen Energy (now part of CNOOC) in various senior finance roles in their London and Calgary offices.

Frances Joined IGas in 2017 as Group Financial Controller and assumed overall responsibility for the finance function as Finance Director in July 2020.

Thamala Perera Schuetze, General Counsel
Thamala is a General Counsel with 20 years’ experience, over 13 years of which gained at the oil and gas industry. Prior to the reverse takeover of Star Energy Group Limited (then a wholly-owned subsidiary of PETRONAS) by the Company in 2011, Thamala was a member of the Management Team and the General Counsel of Star Energy responsible for the European Infrastructure Group of PETRONAS, with a primary focus on gas storage.

Thamala was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2000 and during her career has held (among others) positions at the regulator, Ofgem, where she advised on electricity, gas and LNG projects and at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in the telecoms sector. Thamala holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in European Law from King’s College London.

Peter Foscoe, Director of Human Resources
A Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, Peter has over 25 years’ experience managing Human Resource functions in the Financial Services, Telecoms and Oil & Gas sectors. In addition to 10 years at Merrill Lynch/Bank of America and four years as Head of Human Resources at an AIM listed hedge fund, Peter has specialised in compensation & benefits at a number of organisations, including six years as Head of Reward for the Hess Corporation global E&P business.

Ann-marie Wilkinson, Director of Corporate Affairs
Appointed in 2013, Ann-marie is a communications and investor relations professional with over 25 years' experience in providing advice on both external and internal communications strategies. 
Ann-marie has advised many energy sector companies as a financial public relations and corporate relations consultant having previously worked at M:Communications, Bell Pottinger and Beattie Media. She also worked as a PRO at Smith New Court having joined from the Corporate Finance department at Touche Ross.

Ross Pearson, Technical Director
Ross Pearson, a Petroleum Engineer, has extensive onshore, oil and gas experience gained over the past 20 years working in various technical roles across the E&P value chain. Ross’ career started in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin working for Schlumberger before taking a role with Devon Energy where he held various Petroleum Engineering positions.
In 2010 he moved to Australia where he initially worked for Origin Energy as a Sr. Petroleum Engineer prior to joining Senex Energy as the Development Manager where he managed the Appraisal and Development of their conventional and unconventional oil and gas assets.
Ross has a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University in Canada and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and a Fellow of the Energy Institute.

Chris Beard, Production Director
Chris (MEng BSc (Hons) CEng MIET) has 32 years’ experience working in the oil and gas industry in both the upstream and downstream business.
Chris started his career working in a Maintenance and Integrity role for BP at the Llandarcy Oil Refinery in South Wales. Over the next 25 years Chris worked in a number of roles and locations for BP the last of which was at BP Wytch Farm Oilfield in Dorset, where he held a variety of technical, operational and managerial roles before finishing in the role of Onshore Site Manager.
Chris joined Providence Resources Plc as Managing Director of the UK operations before its acquisition by IGas in 2011, where, he now has responsibility for the delivery of the Production Division Corporate strategy, goals and targets for production, operating costs in accordance with the IGas Management Systems.

Ross Glover, Development Director
Appointed in 2017, Ross is responsible for both new business and project development. His current focus is leading the diversification of the Company into complementary sectors. Prior to joining IGas, he ran a UK based renewable energy project development company with a focus on onshore wind. Ross started his career in Southern Africa managing capital projects in the mineral processing and mining sector. After moving to the UK in 2003, he worked for one of the UK's largest public sector leasing and managed equipment services companies where he was responsible for corporate acquisitions, disposals and structured finance.
Ross holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Padraig Hanly, Director of Geothermal
Padraig (BSc) founded GT Energy UK Ltd (GTE) in 2013 and was Managing Director until its acquisition by IGas in 2020. During that time he raised capital from investors to fund the business while working with government and industry to create a deep geothermal industry in the UK. This included the introduction of a geothermal licencing system and dedicated financial support for deep geothermal. He has worked closely with Stoke-on-Trent Council during that time helping them to secure a £20 million government grant to development the first of its kind geothermal heated district heating project in the UK.

Padraig has worked for 20 years in business development and project management across a number of sectors including civil engineering, agriculture, property and renewable energy. Prior to setting up GTE Padraig worked as contracts manager and business development manager with Liffey Developments, an Irish based company focusing on infrastructure and property developments.