Management Team

Jonathan (Joe) Salomon

(Executive Chairman)
B APP SC, (Geology), gaicd

Mr Salomon has a Bachelor degree in Applied Science and is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia, South East Asian Petroleum Exploration Society and has over 32 years’ experience working for upstream energy companies. Mr Salomon has worked for a number of oil & gas companies in various senior positions including General Manager Exploration and New Ventures at Murphy Oil Corporation and Global Head of Geoscience at RISC PL, in addition to a number of executive director roles including Strategic Energy Resources, Norwest Energy and Nido Petroleum. At several times in his career, Mr Salomon has acted as an independent consultant for various oil & gas companies, including New Standard Energy and Pacrim Energy. Joe first worked on Indian projects in 1994 while at Ampolex and since that time has maintained connection with the Indian industry, at various times bidding in India’s exploration and field development rounds and working with Indian companies as joint venture partners, both in India and internationally.

Roland Wessel

(CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND DIRECTOR)

Mr Wessel is a geologist with 45 years’ experience in all of the world’s major oil and gas regions. Mr Wessel founded and built Star Energy, the UK onshore operator of 25 oil and gas fields, through to its listing on AIM in 2004 and its sale to Petronas in 2008. During its evolution, Star Energy grew rapidly through acquisitions and diversification, culminating in it becoming a major gas storage developer and operator. Throughout his career, Mr Wessel has founded and managed a drilling services company and has developed and patented several key oilfied technologies. He has extensive experience in both project and corporate management. 

Colin Judd

(CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER)

Colin qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1979, where he fulfilled various professional accounting positions in the UK, Europe and the Far East. Colin joined Christian Salvesen plc in 1987, undertaking senior financial management roles culminating in the position of European Financial Controller. In 1994, Colin moved to Aberdeen where he undertook CFO roles for two private-equity-backed oil service businesses. In 1999, Colin joined Star Energy Limited as a founder member and CFO and was instrumental in the company’s successful listing on AIM in 2004, various subsequent share placings and the company’s ultimate sale to Petronas. Colin co-founded Trans European Oil & Gas Limited, a company backed by KKR, with the strategy to develop a pan-European oil and gas business. 

Suzie Foreman

(COMPANY SECRETARY)

Suzie is a Chartered Accountant and Governance Institute Fellow member, specialising in the provision of corporate governance, financial reporting and company secretarial advice to entities for over 20 years. Suzie has held senior management roles and has demonstrated experience across a range of businesses from start-up enterprises to large corporates, Suzie has acted in the capacity of non-executive director, CFO and Company Secretary and is currently the Company Secretary of ASX listed entity Spectur Limited. 

ASHISH KHARE

(HEAD OF INDIA ASSETS)
BE Chemical Engineering

Appointed in November 2016, Mr Khare is based at Gandhinagar, India and has over 20 years of experience in the petroleum Industry. Mr Khare’s area of expertise include upstream oil and gas, as well as midstream and downstream project implementation and operation. He brings with him rich and diverse experience spanning across Oil & Gas, Refinery, LNG, EOR, Marginal field development & steady state Operation management. Mr Khare originally worked for Oilex as GM Operations & Business Development, and has experience working for various Indian companies including Reliance Petroleum, Enron and Cairn India Ltd.