Michael Gordon Jolliffe (aged 67), Chairman
Michael Jolliffe holds dual Greek/U.K. citizenship. He is currently Chairman and the largest beneficial shareholder of Wigham-Richardson Shipbrokers Ltd. (“WRS”), one of the oldest established shipbrokers, which was established in 1894 in the U.K. WRS is one of the oldest members and shareholders of the Baltic Exchange. WRS also owns Harion Shipping Services, a shipbroker based in Piraeus. Michael Jolliffe was one of the two founding shareholders of Burren Energy plc (originally known as Sumo Oil Ltd) and was its original President and CEO. Following the involvement of outside private equity investors and its focus on E&P, and the appointment of Finian O’Sullivan (former Chevron executive) as the CEO of the company, Michael Jolliffe remained as a director of Burren until its flotation on the London Stock Exchange some eleven years later in 2003. The company was sold to ENI the Italian State Oil Company in 2007.
Mr. Jolliffe also has significant experience with maritime companies in accessing the public capital markets in the U.S. He was the former Joint Managing Director and is currently Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of Tsakos Energy Navigation which is currently quoted on the New York Stock Exchange, and today controls 61 tankers with an average age of around five years.
Mr. Jolliffe is also Chairman of StealthGas Inc., a shipping company which has 51 LPG ships under operation, and four product tankers. This company was listed on the NASDAQ in October 2005.
Hugh Martin McCullough (aged 67)
Hugh McCullough has over 40 years’ experience in gold and base metal exploration, principally in Ireland, Ghana and Mali. Having previously worked as a project geologist, in 1982 he became chief executive of Glencar Mining plc, a public company listed on the IEX (of the Dublin Stock Exchange) and AIM. Mr. McCullough was responsible for the management, financing and strategy of Glencar for over 27 years until Glencar was taken over by Gold Fields Limited in September 2009. During his time at Glencar, Mr. McCullough was involved in a number of multi million ounce gold discoveries and oversaw the development of certain gold deposits from exploration to production.
Mr.McCullough is a Professional Geologist and holds an Honours degree in Geology from University College Dublin and the degree of Barrister-at-Law from the King’s Inns, Dublin. In 1994 he was appointed by the then Irish Minister for Energy to the National Minerals Policy Review Group to review Irish Minerals Policy and to make recommendations to the Minister for the reform of the fiscal and regulatory policy for the mining industry in Ireland.
Kieran Harrington (aged 54)
Kieran Harrington is a geologist with 30 years of experience and expertise in gold exploration, mine development, project evaluation and project management, with particular experience and past success in exploration of gold deposits in West Africa and Europe. He joined Glencar Mining plc in 1992 as a senior geologist where he was involved in the discovery of a major commercial mine in Ghana (Wassa) and the more recent discovery of the Komana Deposit in Southern Mali. He left Glencar as Technical Director on its acquisition by Gold Fields Limited in 2009. Prior to joining Glencar, Mr. Harrington worked with Tara Prospecting Ltd and Burmin Exploration and Development Ltd. Mr. Harrington is a Professional Geologist holding an Honours degree in Geology from the National University of Ireland, Galway.
John Christopher Hutchinson (aged 54)
John Hutchinson has been managing partner at Epi-V LLP, a private equity fund specialising in oil and gas technology investments, since 2012 having joined at its inception in 2006. During his time at Epi-V his responsibilities have included transaction management, business development and fundraising and he currently has overall responsibility for Epi-V’s own business. Prior to this John was head of the corporate team at law firm Pitmans LLP for 7 years and in 2015 he was appointed as its Managing Partner.
Michael Fitzroy Somerset-Leeke (aged 73)
Michael Somerset-Leeke was formerly Chairman of Winchmore PLC, a quoted investment trust which developed a significant presence in the leisure sector. Prior to this Mr Somerset-Leeke was Senior Partner at Coni & Covington Stockbrokers.
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