Board of Directors

Robert McBean, Executive Chairman

Robert McBean, Executive Chairman

Mr. McBean is a mechanical engineer with over 40 years’ experience in the upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas industries. He is an accomplished energy project developer and both a private and public company senior executive and director. His past accomplishments include: originating, developing, and serving as the first Managing Director of Qatar Fuel Additives Company, a world-scale methanol and methyl tertiary butyl ether petrochemicals facility in Qatar; originating, developing, and then serving as the first Managing Director of Dubai Natural Gas Company (‘‘DUGAS’’), an associated gas LPG processing facility in Dubai; and co-founding Scarboro Resources with interests and operations in Italy, Libya, Abu Dhabi, Indonesia, France, Pakistan and Canada.

Robert is a member of the Compensation Committee, the Governance and Nomination Committee and the Reserves Committee.

John Bentley, Deputy Chairman

John Bentley, Deputy Chairman

Mr. Bentley has over 40 years of experience in international natural resource corporations at both the executive management and board level. He has a degree in Metallurgy from Brunel University. Mr. Bentley has had a specific focus in the upstream oil and gas industry in Africa having been instrumental in the formation of Energy Africa Ltd where he was CEO during the period 1996 through 2000. Prior to this, he held a number of senior positions in the Gencor Group. He is currently non-executive chairman of Faroe Petroleum plc and non-executive director of Africa Energy Corp.

John is a member of the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Governance and Nomination Committee.

Cameron Barton, Non-Executive Director

Cameron Barton, Non-Executive Director

Mr. Barton has over 30 years of finance and accounting experience within the energy industry and has held senior financial executive positions for multinational corporations in both Canada and New Zealand. From 2010 to 2015 Mr. Barton was Chief Financial Officer of Sanjel Corporation, Canada’s largest independently owned international oil and gas pumping services company. Before joining Sanjel, Mr. Barton was the former President, CEO and CFO of Artumas Group Limited (now Wentworth). Mr. Barton served three years as Vice President and General Manager, and as Vice President of Finance (Canadian Western Region), for Direct Energy Marketing Limited (owned by Centrica plc in the UK). He also worked three years with Alberta’s largest transmission owner, AltaLink L.P., in the position of Vice President Business Development. Mr. Barton enjoyed 18 years with TransAlta Corporation, holding various management positions including Director of Financial Operations for their Transmission, Distribution and Retail business. Mr. Barton received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Lethbridge and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA).

Cameron is a member of the Audit Committee and the Governance and Nomination Committee.

Neil Kelly, Non-Executive

Neil Kelly, Non-Executive Director

Mr. Kelly is a 40+ year veteran of the upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas industries. He held managerial positions responsible for the operation of both major offshore (Norway) and onshore oil and gas facilities (Nigeria and Indonesia). Prior to his retirement from ExxonMobil he was Managing Director of Ras Laffan LNG Company (RasGas) in the State of Qatar. In this role he oversaw the development of the company and the construction of the LNG plant, and the offshore gas production facilities to provide feedstock to the plant. This multi-billion US dollar project was started up ahead of schedule and on budget. Mr. Kelly also served as a Director of PT Arun LNG Company in Indonesia for three years during a six year assignment in Indonesia, which also saw him direct the production from the giant Arun gas field. Mr. Kelly is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia, Canada and has both BSc and MSc degrees in Mechanical Engineering.

Neil is a member of the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Reserves Committee.

Richard Schmitt, Director

Richard Schmitt, Non-Executive Director

Mr. Schmitt holds a B.Sc. in Geological Sciences from the University of Aston in Birmingham, England. Mr. Schmitt has 34 years of diverse international experience in the upstream oil and gas industry with expertise in exploration, exploitation, operations and new ventures. A significant part of his career was spent managing and developing projects in Yemen, culminating in 5 years as Occidental’s President and General Manager in that country. He was President and CEO of Africa Oil Corp. from 2006 until 2009. In October 2009, Mr. Schmitt became President  & CEO of Black Marlin Energy with exploration projects in Seychelles, Kenya, Madagascar and Ethiopia. A public listing on the Toronto Venture Exchange was secured in March, 2010 and aggressive exploration programs implemented in all of those jurisdictions. The company was subsequently acquired by Afren PLC in October, 2010 and Mr. Schmitt was retained as CEO of Afren EAX. Mr. Schmitt left Afren EAX on January 31, 2011 and joined the Board of Wentworth Resources on March 17, 2011.

Richard is a member of the Reserves Committee.

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