Our Team

The team has significant strength and breadth of experience from subsurface through engineering, commercial, HSEQ and capital markets, covering all required skillsets needed to successfully and safely execute oil and gas upstream projects.


Chris Lewis

Chief Executive Officer

Chris is a geophysicist with over 28 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry having worked for major E&P companies, junior and small cap companies and service companies and was the Chief Executive Officer of Hartshead Resources Limited. Over the last 17 years Chris has held a variety of executive and senior management positions, has managed oil and gas operations in Europe and Africa and has been instrumental in the start-up and rejuvenation of multiple small companies.

Chris has been involved in multiple, small oil and gas ventures including successful exits from:

  • Zeta Petroleum: Built a portfolio of assets in Romanian and sold to GMI Limited (CEO: 2005-2009);
  • Centric Energy: Awarded license in the Kenya Tertiary Rift Basin, farmed out to Tullow Oil and then sold to Africa Oil (VP Exploration: 2010);
  • VP Exploration: Lion Petroleum: The company had two blocks onshore Kenya and was successfully reversed into TSX listed Taipan Resources (VP Exploration: 2011);
  • Black Star Petroleum: Awarded exploration licenses offshore Guinea Bissau and Namibia and sold company to Impact Oil and Gas (Co-Founder: 2013-2014).

Chris’s technical strengths are in exploration and development subsurface management and delivering effective and valuable sub-surface projects. Commercially Chris has been involved in license applications, negotiations with government bodies, new ventures transactions and capital raising for a variety of organisations.

Dr Andrew Matharu

Chief Financial Officer

Andrew has over 26 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and equity capital markets having commenced his career as a Petroleum Engineer with Chevron and Kerr McGee in the UK North Sea and was the Chief Financial Officer of Hartshead Resources Limited.

Following a move into investment banking he focussed on oil & gas equity research and corporate finance within roles at Cazenove, Bridgewell Securities, Numis and Westhouse Securities where he advised a number of AIM listed companies.

Andrew has a wide experience of financing private and publicly-listed small and mid-cap companies in the oil and gas sector and also served as Vice President of Corporate Development at AIM-listed Tower Resources plc where he was involved in a series of corporate and asset transactions and capital raisings.

Andrew holds a BEng(Hons) degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sheffield, a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and is a Chartered Engineer.

Bevan Tarratt 

Non-Executive Chairman

Bevan has an extensive background in the corporate and financial services industries having worked in various accounting and corporate broking firms for the past 15 years.

Bevan has significant experience in the recapitalisation, restructuring and acquisition of assets for numerous ASX companies and was a Client Advisor at Patersons Securities and Partner of a venture capital firm.

Bevan is well experienced in executive and non-executive board roles with over 20 years of experience.

Nathan Lude

Executive Director

Nathan has broad experience working in Asset Management, Mining and the Energy Industry, and is well experienced in project identification and project development across multiple ASX listed companies.

Nathan is the founding Director of corporate advisory firm Advantage Management which specialises in business growth and project development of ASX listed companies or private companies aspiring to become listed.  Previously Nathan worked for ATCO Gas Australia and has previously held Executive and Managing Director positions for various ASX listed companies. Nathan is currently the Chairman for ASX listed, GTI Resources.

Since 2007 Nathan been involved in Asset and Fund Management and formerly operated a publicly unlisted business development fund. Nathan’s business network spreads across Australia and Asia and has strong ties with Australian broking firms, institutions and also Asian Investors.

Nathan has completed a Masters of Asset Management at Bond University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Asset Management and has a Bachelor of Business degree.

Management Team

Jeff Barnes

Project Developments Manager

Jeff is a seasoned industry player with over 40 years’ upstream oil & gas experience. Jeff managed 14 UK Southern Gas Basin developments and infrastructure projects within his 31-year tenure at ConocoPhillips (UK) Limited.

Jeff is industry recognised within the UK Southern North Sea with a track record of delivering successful UK capital projects.

Previously Jeff was director of New Ventures at ODE (Offshore Design Engineering) Limited and a member of ODE’s Executive Management Board Jeff has operated at Director and Project Management levels across UK and international business.

Steve Roser

Commercial Manager

Steve is a proven commercial manager and seasoned negotiator with over 30 years’ experience and extensive track record in delivery of major projects in the upstream oil & gas sector.

Steve has extensive experience of UK Southern Gas Basin and wider UKCS during commercial management roles within British Gas, Amerada Hess and Phillips Petroleum.

Since 2003 Steve has acted for energy majors, utilities and AIM-listed companies in the role of Commercial Advisor, often working at CEO or Operations Director level

Steve is Former board Director of Interconnector UK Limited.

Neil Marcus

Subsurface Manager

Niel is a professional engineer with 40 years’ experience in the upstream oil and gas business, his early career was working on North Sea Projects in the UK and Norway with Conoco.

Neil Subsequently worked on assignments with Premier, BHP, Repsol YPF and Cairn on development projects in Pakistan, Algeria, Argentina and India.

From 2009 to 2017 focused on the UK Southern Gas Basin, where he led the development of the Clipper South tight gas field for RWE and Ineos.

Don Ferguson

Operations Manager/Advisor

Don has 37 years’ experience and trained as a Petroleum Engineer with Conoco in the UK and internationally and was a founder shareholder of UK SNS focussed Highland Energy and Caledonia Oil & Gas, both having highly successful growth and exit histories.

From 2007 to 2011 Don was a Director at First Reserve Corporation – serving as Board advisor for two North American E&P companies.

COO of Hansa Hydrocarbons, an E&P company focused on the UK and Dutch sectors of the SNS which exited to Discover Exploration in 2018.

Adam King

Procurements Manager

Adam has 30 years’ experience in a variety of roles with Worley Parsons, Snamprogetti, British Gas, BP Exploration, Nexen Petroleum and the UK Southern Gas Basin with RWE.

Adam acted as contracts specialist on projects ranging from TengizChevroil, Kashagan, Azeri-Chira/Shah Deniz and Deepwater Angola Block 31 through to UKCS developments such as Buzzard, Golden Eagle and Breagh.

Adam’s skill-set encompasses the pre- and post-contractual service stages of tendering, cost advice and contracts planning.

Steve Smith

QHSE Manager

Steve has 40 years experience in engineering and upstream oil & gas Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) and Quality Assurance; Steve is industry recognised within QHSE.

Steve has worked with numerous UK North Sea operators including British Gas, Total, Wintershall, Highland Energy, RWE Dea and Hansa Hydrocarbons, Alpha Petroleum  managing all aspects of their QHSE requirements.

He has extensive experience in QHSE Management System Development, Emergency Response Management and Training, and Contingency Planning.

Head Office

Level 1
89 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
Telephone: +61 8 9226 2011
Facsimile: +61 8 9226 2099

London Office

Suite 3.01
Bridge House
181 Queen Victoria Street
London EC4V 4EG