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Board

The Board is committed to promoting high standards of corporate governance and understands that an effective, challenging and diverse board is essential to enable the company to deliver its strategy in line with shareholders’ and stakeholders’ long-term interests, whilst also generating confidence that the business in conducting itself in a responsible manner.

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Simon Thomson
Chief Executive
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Simon was appointed to the Board in November 2006 as Legal and Commercial Director and became Chief Executive in July 2011.

Skills and experience

  • LLB (Hons), Aberdeen University
  • Diploma in Legal Practice, Glasgow University

Simon Thomson was appointed Chief Executive in July 2011 having been Legal and Commercial Director since 2006 and having held various posts across the organisation, including Head of Assets. Simon originally joined Capricorn in 1995.

Key external appointments

  • Non-Executive Director of Graham’s The Family Dairy Limited
  • Non-Executive Director of Graham’s The Family Dairy Group Limited
  • Non-Executive Director of Edinburgh Art Festival

Committee membership

  • Executive Committee – Chair
  • Nomination Committee
  • Risk Management Committee - Chair
  • Sustainability Committee
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James Smith
Chief Financial Officer
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James was appointed to the Board in May 2014 as Chief Financial Officer.

Skills and experience

  • MA (Hons) in English, University of Oxford

James Smith joined Capricorn in March 2014 from Rothschild where he was a director of the Energy and Power Team with 15 years’ experience advising exploration and production companies, oil majors and national oil companies on their merger and acquisition transactions and equity and debt market financing.

Committee membership

  • Executive Committee
  • Group Risk Management Committee
  • Sustainability Committee
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Nicoletta Giadrossi
Non-Executive Chair
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Nicoletta was appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director in January 2017 and became Non-Executive Chair in January 2021.

Skills and experience

  • BA in Mathematics and Economics, Yale University
  • MBA, Harvard Business School

Nicoletta Giadrossi has held several global executive roles in energy and capital equipment. She has been: General Manager in GE Oil and Gas, Refinery & Petrochemicals Division until 2008; Vice President and General Manager, EMEA at Dresser-Rand (now Siemens) until 2012; Head of Operations in Aker Solutions Asa, and President (Europe, Africa, Middle East, Russia & India) at Technip, a role she held until 2016. Nicoletta is currently Senior Adviser, Industry and Energy, for Bain Capital Partners, Europe.

Key external appointments

  • Non-Executive Director of Brembo S.p.A
  • Non-Executive Director of Koninklijke Vopak N.V.
  • Non-Executive Director of Falck Renewables 
  • Non-Executive Director of TecHouse AS
  • Non-Executive Chair of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane SpA

Committee membership

  • Nomination Committee - Chair
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Sustainability Committee - Chair
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Keith Lough
Non-Executive Director
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Keith was appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director in May 2015.

Skills and experience

  • MA Economics, University of Edinburgh
  • MSc in Finance, London Business School

Keith Lough is a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) and has formerly held the position of Finance Director of British Energy PLC and Chief Executive of Composite Energy Ltd. Keith was also a Non-Executive Director of the UK Gas and Electricity Markets Authority from 2012 to July 2019.

Key external appointments

  • Non-Executive Chairman of Southern Water
  • Non-Executive Chairman of Rockhopper Exploration PLC
  • Non-Executive Director (and senior independent director) of Hunting PLC

Committee membership

  • Audit Committee - Chair
  • Nomination Committee
  • Sustainability Committee
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Peter Kallos
Non-Executive Director
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Peter was appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director in September 2015.

Skills and experience

  • BSc (Hons) Applied Physics, Strathclyde University
  • MEng Petroleum Engineering, Heriot Watt University

Peter Kallos has held a number of posts at Enterprise Oil including Head of Business Development, CEO Enterprise Italy and General Manager of the UK business before his appointment in 2002 as Executive Vice President International and Offshore at Petro-Canada. In 2010, Peter became Chief Executive of Buried Hill Energy.

Key external appointments

  • Executive Chairman of Buried Hill Energy

Committee membership

  • Remuneration Committee
  • Nomination Committee
  • Employee Voice Forum - Chair
  • Sustainability Committee
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Alison Wood
Non-Executive Director
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Alison was appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director in July 2019. 

Skills and experience

  • BA in Engineering, Economics and Management from the University of Oxford
  • MBA from Harvard Business School

Alison Wood’s previous executive roles include Group Strategic Development Director at BAE systems and Global Director of Strategy and Corporate Development at National Grid. She has also previously held a number of non-executive positions and board committee memberships, including at BTG plc, THUS plc, e2V plc and Cobham plc. Alison is currently a Non-Executive Director and Remuneration Committee Chair of TT Electronics plc and The British Standards Institution.

On 1 April 2022, Alison Wood was appointed as a non-executive director of Galliford Try Holdings PLC.

Key external appointments

  • Non-Executive Director of TT Electronics plc
  • Non-Executive Director of Oxford Instruments plc
  • Non-Executive Director of The British Standards Institution
  • Non-Executive director of Galliford Try Holdings PLC

Committee membership

  • Remuneration Committee - Chair
  • Audit Committee
  • Sustainability Committee
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Catherine Krajicek
Non-Executive Director
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Catherine was appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director in July 2019.

Skills and experience

  • BSc and MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines

Catherine Krajicek started her career with Conoco as an associate engineer and remained with the company for a total of 22 years, progressing through a variety of oil and gas technical and subsequently asset management roles in both the US and Indonesia. In 2007, Catherine left ConocoPhillips and joined Marathon Oil where she went on to hold a number of senior executive (Vice President) roles before retiring from Marathon in 2018.

Committee membership

  • Audit Committee
  • Sustainability Committee
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Erik Daugbjerg
Non-Executive Director
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Erik was appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director in May 2020.

Skills and Experience

  • BA in Business Administration, Southern Methodist University, Dallas

Erik B. Daugbjerg has over 20 years’ experience in both midstream and upstream oil and gas sectors in the US including founding roles at two oil and gas operators based in the Permian Basin. In 2006, Erik co-founded Pecos Operating Company, and in 2010, co-founded RSP Permian, Inc. Erik has extensive public markets experience, including delivery of acquisitions and disposals, and he played an integral role in the disposal of RSP Permian to Concho Resources, Inc in July 2018 for US $9.5 billion.

Key external appointments

  • Director of Kimbell Royalty Partners
  • Co-Founder of Pecos Operating Company, LLC

Committee membership

  • Remuneration Committee
  • Sustainability Committee
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Luis Araujo
Non-Executive Director
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Luis was appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director in May 2022.

Skills and experience

  • BEng Mechanical Engineering degree from The University Gama Filho, Rio de Janeiro
  • MBA from the University of Edinburgh

Luis has more than 38 years’ experience in the oil and gas and energy markets, predominantly in Brazil and Scotland. Luis was Chief Executive Officer and President of Aker Solutions from 2014 to 2020. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he was Executive Vice-President and Region President, Brazil.

With Brazilian, Portuguese and British (triple citizenship) nationality, he was the first non-Norwegian CEO in Aker Solutions’ 175-year history. Luis was tasked with growing the company internationally as well as reducing costs and, latterly, positioning Aker Solutions for the energy transition, which he did with the introduction of a new strategy incorporating renewable and low-carbon revenues ultimately leading to the listing of three renewable arms of the Aker organisation on the Oslo Stock exchange in 2020.

Key external appointments

  • Chair of Principle Power Inc
  • Chair of OceanPact Servicos Maritimos SA
  • Non-Executive Director of DBO Energy SA
  • Independent Director of Akastor ASA
  • Independent Director of Magseis Fairfield ASA

Committee membership

  • Sustainability Committee

 

Committee Membership Key
Committee ChairPeople committee membership
Audit Committee
Renumeration Committee
Nomination and Governance Committee
Sustainability Committee
Group Risk Management Committee
Executive Committee
Employee Voice Forum