Director & Audit Chair
Mr. Atkinson is a professional geologist with over 28 years of experience in the upstream oil and gas sector, with experience ranging from working for major oil companies to developing and financing start-up companies.
He was co-founder, Chief Operating Officer and then Advisor to the Board of Serica Energy plc ("Serica").
While Chief Operating Officer, Serica
drilled three wildcat exploration wells and one appraisal well - all discoveries - representing approximately 100 million barrels of reserves.
Mr. Atkinson started his career as a geologist with Shell International in the Netherlands.
Subsequently, at Atlantic Richfield Company
was directly responsible for major successes in Indonesia as well as discoveries in Europe.
Mr. Atkinson was subsequently appointed Vice President of Exploration for ARCO Europe/North Africa before launching his own start-up ventures in SE Asia, Canada and the Caribbean.
Mr. Atkinson holds both BSc and PhD degrees in Geology from the University of Wales, Swansea.