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Executive Committee

Executive Committee

Stephen Bowler, Chief Executive Officer
Steve became Chief Executive Officer in May 2015 having joined IGas as Chief Financial Officer in 2011.

He qualified as a chartered accountant with Touche Ross, now Deloitte. In 1999, Steve joined ABN Amro Hoare Govett, now part of Jefferies, where he acted as adviser and broker to a wide range of UK listed companies in the oil and gas sector.

Steve advised Star Energy on its IPO in 2004. The Star Energy producing assets were acquired by IGas in 2011, transforming IGas at that time to become one of the leading UK onshore oil and gas companies.

Over the past four years, Steve has been a key member of the executive team that has successfully completed four acquisitions, two bond raising and an equity issue, in addition to the farm outs to Total and more recently INEOS as well as leading the recent refinancing of the Company.

Frances Ward, Finance Director
Frances is a qualified accountant with over 15 years' senior management experience within the international oil and gas sector. 

Her previous experience included 11 years at Nexen Energy (now part of CNOOC) in various senior finance roles in their London and Calgary offices.

Frances Joined IGas in 2017 as Group Financial Controller and assumed overall responsibility for the finance function as Finance Director in July 2020.

Thamala Perera Schuetze, General Counsel
General Counsel with 19 years’ experience, over 12 years of which gained at the oil and gas industry. Prior to the reverse takeover of Star Energy Group Limited (then a wholly-owned subsidiary of PETRONAS) by IGas in 2011, Thamala was a member of the Management Team and the General Counsel of Star Energy responsible for the European Infrastructure Group of PETRONAS with a primary focus on gas storage.

Thamala was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2000 and during her career has held (among others) positions at the regulator, Ofgem, where she advised on electricity, gas and LNG projects and at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in the telecoms sector. Thamala has had experience in various international legal frameworks including the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia. Thamala holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in European Law from King’s College London.

Peter Foscoe, Director of Human Resources
A Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, Peter has over 25 years’ experience managing Human Resource functions in the Financial Services, Telecoms and Oil & Gas sectors. In addition to 10 years at Merrill Lynch/Bank of America and 4 years as Head of Human Resources at an AIM listed Hedge Fund, Peter has specialised in compensation & benefits at a number of organisations, including 6 years as Head of Reward for the Hess Corporation global E&P business.

Ann-marie Wilkinson, Director of Corporate Affairs
Appointed in 2013, Ann-marie is a media and communications professional with over two decades of experience having worked extensively as a consultant for a number of financial and corporate public relations/investor relations agencies.
Ann-marie has extensive experience in providing advice on both external and internal communications strategies and has worked with a number of oil and gas sector companies over the years.

Ross Pearson, Technical Director
Ross Pearson, a Petroleum Engineer by trade, has extensive onshore, oil and gas experience gained over the past 18 years working in various technical roles across the E&P value chain. Ross’s career started in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin working for Schlumberger before taking a role with Devon Energy where he held various Petroleum Engineering positions both in the Production and Development Teams.
In 2010 he moved to Australia where he initially worked for Origin Energy as a Sr. Petroleum Engineer prior to joining Senex Energy as the Development Manager where he managed a team of Geoscientists, Petrophysicists and Engineers focused on the Appraisal and Development of their conventional and unconventional oil and gas assets.
Ross has a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University in Canada and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Chris Beard, Production Director
Chris (MEng BSc (Hons) CEng MIET) has over 31 years’ experience working in the oil and gas industry in both the upstream and downstream business.
Chris started his career working in a Maintenance and Integrity role for BP at the Llandarcy Oil Refinery in South Wales. Over the next 25 years Chris worked in a number of roles and locations for BP the last of which was at BP Wytch Farm Oilfield in Dorset, where he held a variety of technical, operational and managerial roles before finishing in the role of Onshore Site Manager.
Chris joined Providence Resources Plc as Managing Director of the UK operations before its acquisition by IGas in 2011. Chris currently has responsibility for the delivery of the Production Division Corporate strategy, goals and targets for production, operating costs in accordance with the IGas Management Systems.

Ross Glover, Development Director
Ross has over 20 years of experience in project development and mining exploration and operations. Ross started his career in Southern Africa managing capital projects in the mining sector cumulating in being responsible for the operations of two diamond mines and a diamond exploration programme. Prior to joining IGas in 2017, he ran a UK based renewable energy project development company with a focus on UK onshore wind.
Ross holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Padraig Hanly, Director of Geothermal
Padraig (BSC) founded GT Energy UK Ltd (GTE) in 2013 and was Managing Director until its acquisition by Igas in 2020. During that time he raised capital from investors to fund the business while working with government and industry to create a deep geothermal industry in the UK. This included the introduction of a geothermal licencing system and dedicated financial support for deep geothermal. He has worked closely with Stoke on Trent Council during that time helping them to secure a £20m government grant to development the first of its kind geothermal heated district heating project in the UK.

Padraig has worked for 20 years in business development and project management across a number of sectors including civil engineering, agriculture, property and renewable energy. Prior to setting up GTE Padraig worked as contracts manager and business development manager with Liffey Developments, an Irish based company focusing on infrastructure and property developments in number of countries.