THE TEAM

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).

Lord Philip Hammond

Lord Philip Hammond

Partner

Philip has had a distinguished career in British politics. A Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2019, he held a range of ministerial offices, most recently serving as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2016 to 2019. Prior to this, he served as Foreign Secretary (2014-2016), Defence Secretary (2011- 2014) and Transport Secretary (2010-2011).

Philip brings to Buckthorn his longstanding business experience drawn from his work in energy, manufacturing and healthcare.

Neil Hartley

Partner

Prior to Buckthorn Partners, Neil was a Managing Director in the London Office of First Reserve where he led private equity investments in energy services and manufacturing companies outwith the USA. Neil has worked on a significant number of transactions in the oilfield services,  power, utilities and energy intensive industrials sectors and with a specific focus on energy transition opportunities. Before joining First Reserve, Neil worked at McKinsey, Simmons & Company and Schlumberger.  Neil holds a BA in Engineering, Economics & Management from the University of Oxford and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Lord Colin Moynihan

Lord Colin Moynihan

Chairman

Colin served the UK Minister for Energy in both the Major and Thatcher governments. He was responsible for Renewable Energy Policy and chaired the UK Renewable Energy Advisory Group; responsible for successfully introducing the first competitive market for the development of a private sector led renewable energy industry in the UK.  The first President of the British Wind Energy Association, he was a pioneer in wind energy in both the public & private sectors. Prior to this, he was a Minister in the Department of Environment responsible for water privatisation and inter alia for waste management.

He was a Founder Member of the World Watch Institute Europe and a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs Energy and Environment Programme Steering Committee. He has been a member of the board of Aquantis (ocean current power) and Ecomerit (transformational sustainable technologies) and in 2005, listed Clipper Windpower on the London market in his capacity as Executive Chairman of the European business.

He remains an active member of the House of Lords concentrating on sports policy, energy & the environment.

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.

Nadine Fletcher-Patel

Nadine Fletcher-Patel

Associate

Nadine joined Buckthorn Partners in 2016. Prior to Buckthorn she spent six years at the multinational oil field service company Weatherford, working in both London and Houston in various corporate departments.

Nadine has a degree in Communication from Sheffield University and is currently studying for an ACCA qualification.

Henry Saunders

Henry Saunders

Associate

Henry is part of Buckthorn’s investment team, joining in 2019. Prior to Buckthorn he spent five years at PwC working across commercial due diligence, deal advisory and statutory audit, predominantly in the Energy, Utilities and Infrastructure sectors.

Henry is a chartered accountant and holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Birmingham.

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).