THE TEAM

Lord Colin Moynihan

Lord Colin Moynihan

Chairman

Colin served as UK Minister for Energy in both the Major and Thatcher governments where he was responsible for oil and gas policy, the licensing regime, the regulatory framework and procurement policies. Prior to this, he was a Minister in the Department of Environment.

Until recently he was a member of the board of Rowan Companies plc, a global provider of offshore contract drilling services, where he chaired the group’s HSE committee. Previously, he was executive chairman of Consort Resources Ltd and chairman of the British Olympic Association from 2005 to 2012.

Mark Chaichian

Mark Chaichian

Partner

Prior to Buckthorn, Mark worked with One Equity Partners (OEP) focusing on investments in the supply chain to the energy and natural resources sector. Mark has worked on many transactions with international and national energy companies, utilities, OEM’s and other private and public businesses.

Before joining OEP, Mark was part of the leadership team at Clipper Windpower plc., a leading manufacturer of wind turbines. Mark also worked at Marble Bar Asset Management, and Morgan Stanley.

He qualified as a chartered accountant at Arthur Andersen, where he was part of the Energy, Infrastructure and Utilities team. He holds a BSc in Chemistry from Bath University.

Joe Connolly

Joe Connolly

Partner

Before joining Buckthorn, Joe was the CFO of listed mining company Sierra Rutile Limited, where he oversaw the company’s turnaround from a loss-making operation to a company with EBITDA of €79 million in 2012. Prior to this, Joe led business development at Clipper Windpower, was an equity analyst in Morgan Stanley’s industrial team, and spent six years in Deloitte’s Energy and Resources group in London and New York.

Joe is a chartered accountant and has a master’s degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.

Nicholas Gee

Nicholas Gee

Partner

Prior to joining Buckthorn Nick was the Executive Vice President of Strategy and Development at Weatherford International where he also held the roles of Senior Vice President leading the company’s global business units, and Vice President of Investor Relations. During his time at Weatherford, he also sat on the boards of Proserv and Borets International Ltd.

Nick started his career with Babcock International in the water treatment industry before joining BP as a petroleum engineer in the North Sea. He subsequently worked for Petroline Wellsystems and Global Marine Drilling Company. He spent several years pursuing and managing investment opportunities in the oil and gas service sector during which time he was also Chairman of an AIM listed renewable fuels company.

Nick holds an MBA from Warwick Business School and a BSc in chemical engineering from the University of Birmingham (UK).

Rob Willings

Rob Willings

Partner

Prior to joining Buckthorn Rob was a Director at Lime Rock Partners where he made growth capital investments in the oil and gas industry. During 12 years at Lime Rock he was based in the UK, Canada and the Middle East and led investments into primarily oilfield service businesses in the UK, central and eastern Europe, Norway, Iraq, the UAE and the US. He held board roles at a number of international oilfield service companies.

Rob started his career with Schlumberger as a field engineer in the North Sea and subsequently an operations manager in Argentina. He subsequently worked in consultancy and interim management roles whilst at management consultancy PA Consulting before spending several years with Simmons and Company in Aberdeen originating and executing oilfield service transactions.

Rob holds a Masters in Engineering from the University of Cambridge.

Thomas Jetter

Thomas Jetter

Advisor

Thomas is founding partner of Digital+ Partners, a venture capital firm focussing exclusively on B2B growth investments in software and technology based in Munich/Germany. Thomas has extensive experience in the origination and execution of principle investment strategies and in various board functions.

Prior to founding Digital+ Thomas was Chairman of the Board of HQ Capital, a German-based leading alternative asset manager. He was an interim senior manager at the Soros Economic Development Fund in 2014. He was board member and later Chairman of Sirona Dental Systems and remained on their board after the merger into DentspySirona. Prior to this Thomas was a partner at Permira, heading the chemicals sector and supporting Permira´s growth outside Europe. Before Permira, Thomas worked for 10 years for McKinsey (Germany & Brazil) and for JP Morgan (Germany & US).

Among his philanthropic duties, he is on the investment committee of the Social Venture Fund, Munich and on the advisory councils of Ashoka Germany and SAIS Europe (John Hopkins University).

Thomas holds a PhD in economics and an MBA from University Saarbrucken, Germany.

Rip Zinsmeister

Rip Zinsmeister

Advisor

Rip is BP PLC’s Chief Operating Officer for Mergers & Acquisitions with global coverage for Corporate, Refining and Marketing and Alternative Energy. He is also CEO of BP Midstream Partners.

Rip has 30 years’ experience in the Energy sector, the last 18 of which have been in M&A. He leads BP’s London M&A team who are responsible for delivering roughly half of BP’s $5-10 Billion annual M&A volume. Rip has managed transactions in all of BP’s principal businesses and deal types, including venture cap, joint venture formation and dissolution, public offerings, and the more typical private transactions. Prior to his tenure in M&A, Rip was an Engineering Manager and CFO of Amoco’s E&P division in Denver, Colorado.

Rip is a graduate of the University of Chicago (MBA) and the Pennsylvania State University (Petroleum Engineering).