Board of Directors


Left to right: 
Rui de Sousa; Ed Story; Roger Cagle; Cynthia Cagle;
Rob Gray; Olivier Barbaroux; Robert Cathery; Ettore Contini;
Marianne Daryabegui;  António Monteiro; John Norton;  Mike Watts


Rui de Sousa

Non-Executive Chairman

Rui de Sousa has approximately 35 years’ experience in the energy sector. He was formerly a director of Gazprombank-Invest (Lebanon) SAL, the Chairman of Carbon Resource Management Ltd and the President of Quantic Mining. Rui is currently a director of Quantic Limited.

Appointed: July 1999
Committee membership: Nominations Committee (Chairman)


Ed Story
President and Chief Executive Officer
Executive Director

Ed Story has over 45 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, beginning with Exxon Corporation, where he held various positions including seven years resident in the Far East. He was formerly the Vice President and CFO of Superior Oil Company, a co-founder and Vice Chairman of Conquest Exploration Company and a co-founder and President of Snyder Oil Corporation’s international subsidiary. Ed was a non-executive director of Cairn Energy PLC until 2008 and is currently a non-executive director of Cairn India Limited

Appointed: April 1997
Committee membership: Nominations Committee


Roger Cagle
Executive Director
Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Vice President

Roger Cagle has over 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry including succeeding positions of responsibility with Exxon Corporation and senior management roles with Superior Oil Company. He was formerly the Chief Financial Offi cer of Conquest Exploration Company and the Chief Financial Offi cer of Snyder Oil Corporation’s international subsidiary.

Appointed: April 1997


Cynthia Cagle
Executive Director 
Vice President – Finance and Company Secretary

Cynthia Cagle is a Certifi ed Public Accountant with over 35 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. She was one of the founders of SOCO International plc and has been an offi cer of the Group, and a director of its signifi cant subsidiaries, since its inception in 1997. Prior to joining SOCO, Cynthia gained her industry experience through senior accounting positions in Snyder Oil Corporation’s international subsidiary, Conquest Exploration Company and Superior Oil Company, and additional fi nancial experience with Texas Commerce Bancshares.

Appointed: December 2012


Rob Gray
Non-Executive and Senior Independent Director

Rob Gray has been an advisor to the natural resources sector for more than 30 years. Rob qualifi ed as a solicitor in 1981 at Allen & Overy and then went on to help establish James Capel & Co. Petroleum Services, a successful advisory and mergers and acquisitions practice.

Rob’s experience includes 13 years at Deutsche Bank where he was latterly a Senior Advisor having been Chairman of UK Investment Banking for fi ve years and formerly Global Head of Natural Resources. Rob was previously a Director and Head of the Natural Resource Group at Robert Fleming & Co. Ltd for four years, a group which he established. Between 2000 and 2010, Rob was an Advisory Board Member for Heerema Marine Contractors. Rob is also one of a number of industry advisors to Bluewater Energy. Rob was a co-founder of RegEnersys, a natural resources investment entity and is currently the principal of ReVysion LLP.

Appointed: December 2013
Committee membership: Audit & Risk Committee; Remuneration Committee

Olivier Barbaroux
Non-Executive Director

Olivier Barbaroux has over 25 years’ experience in the energy and utilities sector. He was the Chairman and CEO of Dalkia and a member of the Executive Committee of Veolia Environment until 2011. Formerly, he was the Managing Director of Compagnie Générale des Eaux, President and Chief Operating Officer of Vivendi Water S.A., the Head of the Energy Sector of Paribas and the Chief Executive Officer of the oil and gas production and exploration company Coparex International.

Appointed:July 1999
Committee Advisorship:Audit & Risk Committee; Remuneration Committee; Nominations Committee

Robert Cathery
Non-Executive Director

Robert Cathery has over 45 years of City experience. He was formerly the Managing Director and Head of Oil and Gas at Canaccord Capital (Europe) Limited, Head of Corporate Sales at SG Securities (London) Ltd., director of Vickers da Costa and director of Schroders Securities. Robert is also currently a non-executive director of Salamander Energy PLC and Central Asia Metals Limited.

Appointed: June 2001
Committee Advisorship: Remuneration Committee; Nominations Committee

Ettore Contini
Non-Executive Director

Ettore Contini was formerly a director of Energia E Servize SpA and an asset manager in the private banking division of Banca del Gottardo. Ettore is currently also a director of Eurowatt-Commerce.

Appointed: December 2001


Marianne Daryabegui
Non-Executive Director

Marianne Daryabegui is currently the Managing Director of the Corporate Finance Oil and Gas Team at BNP Paribas in Paris, France. Marianne has extensive experience in oil and gas corporate transactions, including structured financing and reserve based lending facilities, and has advised a wide number of oil companies across the sector. Prior to joining the Oil and Gas Team in 2006, Marianne worked for eight years in BNP Paribas’ Energy Commodities Export Project Department where she headed the Commodity Structure Finance team for the Middle East, North and West Africa. Prior to joining BNP Paribas, Marianne spent eight years at TOTAL, working amongst other activities on upstream acquisitions and divestments in Europe and Africa. Marianne has a Masters degree in Finance and Capital Markets from Sciences Po University, Paris and a Masters in Tax and Corporate Law.

Appointed: October 2013
Committee Membership: Audit & Risk Committee; Remuneration Committee; Nominations Committee

António Monteiro
Non-Executive Director

Ambassador António Monteiro has over 45 years of experience with the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as Foreign Minister of Portugal, and with international organisations, including as UN High Representative for Elections in Côte d’Ivoire and as a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Panel on the Referenda in the Sudan. He was formerly the Ambassador of Portugal to France and the Permanent Representative of Portugal to the United Nations, where posts included being President of the Security Council and of the Security Council’s Committee established by Resolution 661 (1990). António is currently also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Portuguese Bank Millenium BCP (Banco Comercial Português), a non-executive member of the Board of the Angolan Bank BPA (Banco Privado Atlântico), President of the Luso-Brazilian Foundation Curator’s Council, and Chairman of the Advisory Council of Gulbenkian’s Foundation Program for Development Assistance.

Appointed: June 2009
Committee Membership: Audit & Risk Committee; Remuneration Committee (Chairman); 
Nominations Committee

John Norton
Non-Executive Director

John Norton is a Chartered Accountant by profession and was a partner at Arthur Andersen, heading the oil and gas practice in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, until his retirement in 1995. John was formerly also a member of the Oil Industry Accounting Committee and a director of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce.

Appointed: April 1997
Committee Membership: Audit & Risk Committee
Committee Advisorship: Nominations Committee


Mike Watts
Non-Executive Director

Dr Mike Watts is currently the Deputy Chief Executive of Cairn Energy PLC and has over 35 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. He was formerly the CEO and Managing Director of the Amsterdam listed Holland Sea Search, which was acquired by Cairn Energy PLC in 1995, and has held senior technical and management roles with Premier, Burmah and Shell.

Appointed: August 2009
Committee Membership: Audit & Risk Committee Chairman); Remuneration  Committee; Nominations Committee

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