THE TEAM

Lord Colin Moynihan

Lord Colin Moynihan

Chairman

Lord Moynihan is currently non-executive chairman of Hydrodec Group Plc, an oil re-refiner providing advanced oil and chemical process technology, where he chairs the nominations and corporate governance committee and is a member of the audit committee. 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.

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.

Mark Chaichian

Mark Chaichian

Partner

Prior to Buckthorn, Mark worked with One Equity Partners (OEP) focusing on investments in the supply chain to the natural resources sectors. Mark has worked on many transactions in the energy, oil & gas and mining sectors with international and national oil companies, independently owned operators, mining conglomerates and many other private and public businesses.

Before joining OEP, he worked at Marble Bar Asset Management, Clipper Windpower plc and Morgan Stanley.

Mark qualified as a chartered accountant at Arthur Andersen, where he focused on mining and oil and gas. 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 turaround 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 & resources group in London and New York.

Joe is a chartered accountant and has a Master’s Degree in Natual 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 of Formation Evaluation and Well Construction, Vice President of Completion and Production, 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 BP as a petroleum engineer in the North Sea and subsequently worked for Petroline Wellsystems and Global Marine Drilling Company. He also spent several years pursuing and managing investment opportunities in the oil and gas service sector and providing consulting services to operating and service companies.

Nick holds an MBA degree with distinction from Warwick Business School and a First Class honours degree 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 and E&P 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 for oil and gas companies and service companies 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

Until 2008 Thomas was a partner at Permira – heading its chemicals sector and supporting Permira’s growth outside Europe.

He is the Managing Director of the Soros Economic Development Fund and also chairman of Sirona Dental Systems, Inc., the global market leader in dental equipment quoted on Nasdaq. 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). Before Permira, Thomas worked for 10 years for McKinsey (Germany & Brazil) and for JP Morgan (Germany & US).

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

Mike Barton

Mike Barton

Advisor

Mike is currently the Chief Executive of Pala Investments, an investment fund exclusively focused on mining and mining-related industries. Mike has an extensive track record in the origination, execution and management of investments in mining companies and companies that provide products and services to the mining industry. Mike has extensive board experience, including time as the Chairman of Norcast Castings then the largest producer of SAF and ball mill liners, Chairman of Dumas Contracting, a major underground mining contractor operating across the Americas. Director of WDS Ltd. (ASX:WDS), a major contractor to the Australian coal and gas sectors, and Director of Gemcom, then the largest supplier of software to the mining industry. He is currently the CHairman of Sierra Rutile (AIM:SRX) and a Director of Nevada Copper (TSX: NCU).

Prior to joining Pala, Mike was at Hatch Corporate Finance, an advisory company specializing in the metals and mining industry. During this time, Mike worked on a broad range of transactions, advising a full spectrum of clients, from the mining majors to emerging-market steel producers to junior mining ventures. Mike began his career with Deloitte, where he was involved with numerous clients, transactions and projects in the mining sector. He has a BSc (First Class) from the University of Leicester, is a qualified chartered accountant (ACA) and a member of the Securities and Investment Institute.

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. 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. Rip’s notable transactions include the sale of BP’s petrochemical company, Innovene, in 2005 for $9 billion, the sales of the Texas City and Carson refineries in 2013 for $5 billion, and the largest sale in BP’s history, the sale of BP’s Russian oil business for $28 billion in 2013 to Rosneft and the contemporaneous acquisition of 18.75% of Rosneft equity by BP. 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 Univerity (Petroleum Engineering).