Organization

Organization

Wellesley Petroleum has built a highly capable team of experienced industry professionals

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Peter Mellbye

Peter Mellbye

Non-Executive Chairman

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Peter Mellbye

Peter Mellbye

Non-Executive Chairman

Peter is a former member of the Statoil Executive Board. He holds master degrees in politics, economics and law from the Universities of Oslo and Bergen.

Between 1977 and 1983 he worked in the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Commerce and then in the Norwegian Export Council, a private-public organisation.

Peter subsequently joined Statoil where he worked initially in marketing and sales of natural gas, becoming Head of these activities in 1986. In this position he led the negotiations of the extensive set of sales contracts that created the commercial foundation for the development of the Troll and Sleipner fields and the associated pipeline infrastructure.

In 1992 Peter became the Head of the Natural Gas Business Unit comprising marketing, sales, processing and transportation of natural gas. Peter joined the Statoil Executive Board in 1996. In 2004, he was appointed the Head of Statoil’s International Exploration and Production Business Unit and under his tenure, Statoil’s international production grew from less than 100 000 bbld to approximately 650 000 bbld.

Peter retired from Statoil in the autumn of 2012. He currently holds several non-executive positions in companies in the oil and gas service sector.

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Chris Elliott

Chris Elliott

Executive Board Member

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Chris Elliott

Chris Elliott

Executive Board Member

Chris was educated as a geologist and holds a BSc Hons. degree from the University of Manchester and a PhD from the University of Birmingham. Chris entered the industry in 1998, initially as a geological consultant for Ichron Limited before joining Shell, where he worked on E&P projects in The Netherlands and Italy. Chris joined Revus Energy in early 2006, becoming Deputy Exploration Manager at the time of the Company's acquisition by Wintershall in 2008. Later that year, Chris developed the business concept for Agora Oil & Gas, subsequently co-founding the company and acting as Exploration Manager until and beyond the acquisition of Agora by Cairn Energy PLC in 2012. Chris joined Wellesley in June 2015.

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Kari Langvik Østhus

Kari Langvik Østhus

Executive Director

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Kari Langvik Østhus

Kari Langvik Østhus

Executive Director

Kari holds an MSc in geophysics from the University of Bergen. She entered the industry in 2006 as a geophysicist for Skagen44, working mainly on Barents Sea prospectivity. In 2007 Kari joined Revus Energy, where she was part of the team working up the Skarfjell Discovery. Kari remained with Wintershall, following its acquisition of Revus, until 2012, when she joined Agora Oil & Gas prior to that company’s acquisition by Cairn Energy PLC. In Cairn, Kari continued to explore in the greater Skarfjell area, and also contributed to licence round applications and business development opportunities. Kari joined Wellesley in March 2015 where her most recent role was managing the Company’s new venture projects.

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Callum Smyth

Callum Smyth

Operations & HSE Manager

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Callum Smyth

Callum Smyth

Operations & HSE Manager

Callum Smyth is a Petroleum Engineer with 28 years of experience in the oil industry. Prior to Wellesley Petroleum, he has held technical and management roles in Wintershall Norge, Capricorn Norge, Agora, Revus, Norske Shell, Enterprise Oil and Amerada Hess. Callum started his career as a Graduate Engineer with BP Exploration in 1989. Callum has lived and worked in Stavanger since 2002.

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Olivier Hopkes

Olivier Hopkes

Executive Board Member

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Olivier Hopkes

Olivier Hopkes

Executive Board Member

Olivier Hopkes has 18 years of experience in corporate finance and private equity. Most recently he was responsible for private investments at RIT Capital Partners, in which capacity he was, inter alia, chairman of Hypteck AS, a Norwegian instrumentation company focused on the oil and gas sector and a director of Agora Oil & Gas AS, a Stavanger based exploration business. Prior to RIT Capital Partners, Olivier was head of private equity at CLS Holdings and an investment banker with JP Morgan.


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Graeme Sword

Graeme Sword

Non-Executive Director

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Graeme Sword

Graeme Sword

Non-Executive Director

Graeme is a co-founding Partner of Blue Water Energy. Graeme has particular expertise in the worldwide oil and gas reserves and oilfield services sectors of the industry.

He has over 16 years of private equity experience. Prior to joining Blue Water Energy, he was Partner and Head of Oil & Gas at 3i, a UK-based private equity firm. Prior to joining 3i in 1995, Graeme was a Brand Manager at Unilever. Graeme holds a M.A. (Hons) degree in Geography and Political Science from the University of Dundee.

Graeme is currently a board member of Halvorsen AS, Unique Maritime Group and Siccar Point Energy.

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Khash Mohajerani

Khash Mohajerani

Non-Executive Director

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Khash Mohajerani

Khash Mohajerani

Non-Executive Director

Khash Mohajerani is a Vice President of Blue Water Energy, specialising in private equity energy investments, and is based in London.

Before joining Blue Water Energy, Mr. Mohajerani was an investment professional at Warburg Pincus, where he focused on executing and managing energy investments in Europe. Prior to Warburg Pincus, Mr. Mohajerani worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Energy & Power Investment Banking Group.

Mr. Mohajerani holds a MA (Hons) degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge. He also serves as a director of Siccar Point Energy Limited.

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Chris Elliott

Chris Elliott

CEO / Exploration Director

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Chris Elliott

Chris Elliott

CEO / Exploration Director

Chris was educated as a geologist and holds a BSc Hons. degree from the University of Manchester and a PhD from the University of Birmingham. Chris entered the industry in 1998, initially as a geological consultant for Ichron Limited before joining Shell, where he worked on E&P projects in The Netherlands and Italy. Chris joined Revus Energy in early 2006, becoming Deputy Exploration Manager at the time of the Company's acquisition by Wintershall in 2008. Later that year, Chris developed the business concept for Agora Oil & Gas, subsequently co-founding the company and acting as Exploration Manager until and beyond the acquisition of Agora by Cairn Energy PLC in 2012. Chris joined Wellesley in June 2015.

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Kari Langvik Østhus

Kari Langvik Østhus

Country Manager

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Kari Langvik Østhus

Kari Langvik Østhus

Country Manager

Kari holds an MSc in geophysics from the University of Bergen. She entered the industry in 2006 as a geophysicist for Skagen44, working mainly on Barents Sea prospectivity. In 2007 Kari joined Revus Energy, where she was part of the team working up the Skarfjell Discovery. Kari remained with Wintershall, following its acquisition of Revus, until 2012, when she joined Agora Oil & Gas prior to that company’s acquisition by Cairn Energy PLC. In Cairn, Kari continued to explore in the greater Skarfjell area, and also contributed to licence round applications and business development opportunities. Kari joined Wellesley in March 2015 where her most recent role was managing the Company’s new venture projects.

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Olivier Hopkes

Olivier Hopkes

Chief Financial Officer

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Olivier Hopkes

Olivier Hopkes

Chief Financial Officer

Olivier Hopkes has 18 years of experience in corporate finance and private equity. Most recently he was responsible for private investments at RIT Capital Partners, in which capacity he was, inter alia, chairman of Hypteck AS, a Norwegian instrumentation company focused on the oil and gas sector and a director of Agora Oil & Gas AS, a Stavanger based exploration business. Prior to RIT Capital Partners, Olivier was head of private equity at CLS Holdings and an investment banker with JP Morgan.

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Callum Smyth

Callum Smyth

Operations & HSE Manager

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Callum Smyth

Callum Smyth

Operations & HSE Manager

Callum Smyth is a Petroleum Engineer with 28 years of experience in the oil industry. Prior to Wellesley Petroleum, he has held technical and management roles in Wintershall Norge, Capricorn Norge, Agora, Revus, Norske Shell, Enterprise Oil and Amerada Hess. Callum started his career as a Graduate Engineer with BP Exploration in 1989. Callum has lived and worked in Stavanger since 2002.

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Jan Tore Paulsen

Jan Tore Paulsen

Exploration Manager

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Jan Tore Paulsen

Jan Tore Paulsen

Exploration Manager

Jan Tore Paulsen is a geophysicist with 18 years of industry experience in exploration and production of oil and gas on the NCS. Most recently, Jan Tore was the exploration manager of Faroe Petroleum Norge. His previous experience includes roles with Enterprise Oil, Norske Shell, Talisman Energy Norge and 4Sea Energy. He holds an MSc in Petroleum geophysics from the Norwegian University of Bergen.

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Richard Tiley

Richard Tiley

Business Development Manager

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Richard Tiley

Richard Tiley

Business Development Manager

Richard is a geologist with 13 years of experience in the international oil industry. Most recently Richard worked for Wood Mackenzie as a Senior Managing Consultant where he specialised in advising oil and gas companies and governments on all aspects of exploration strategy and policies. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Richard worked for Shell and Perenco in production geology, exploration geology and business development roles.