Maximising Economic Recovery

Lowering Operating Costs

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Ewan Neilson – Legal


Ewan is a corporate/commercial energy lawyer and has 28 years of commercial and legal experience, 20 in the international oil & gas industry. He has worked in the City of London and is now based in Aberdeen.  Over the years Ewan has specialised in acting for management teams, banks and institutions in corporate finance transactions and specialising in energy development and funding, oil and gas upstream transactions and energy technology.  Ewan has experience in energy projects, energy and natural resources.  He is a Partner, Head of the Energy Team and Board Member of Stronachs LLP.

Simon Loyns – Technology and Construction


Simon is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects with over two decades of experience in the design, procurement, build and commissioning of complex maritime platforms.   He is an experienced executive whose career has seen him progress from being a Naval Arcitect at the start of his career, to Design Manager, Programme Manager and finally to his last role before joining OPB, as Operations Director for BAE Systems, Naval Ships - Portsmouth where he managed a site with over 2,500 people, building Sections of the new Royal Navy Aircraft Carriers, three Corvettes for the Royal Navy of Oman and Offshore Patrol Vessels for Brazil.

David McPherson – Finance


Global Scot. Chartered accountant with over 30 years multi-sector international experience.  Seasoned CEO. Formerly: International Trade Adviser to Scottish Development International; Independent Director on call to PwC Turnaround Panel; Member of non-executive director panel of a major UK banking group; Directorships within the Jardine Group in Asia. Led business expansion into new markets; negotiated withholding tax rates with sovereign authorities and raised corporate funding. Experienced in corporate restructuring including harmonising complex cross border holding structures with effective management reporting lines.


John Woods – Operations and Upstream


Former Chief Developments Officer at Ithaca, John trained as a Petroleum Engineer and has over 30 years experience of oil and gas operations from exploration through Asset Management to cessation and abandonment.  Principle experience in subsurface management, development projects and production operations.  Developed and established business teams in large and small companies including operators, service sector and non-operated joint ventures. Significant commercial track record including infrastructure access, asset and corporate acquisitions.

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