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Jon Fitzpatrick


Managing Director

A qualified corporate lawyer, petroleum economist and investment banker

Gneiss Energy was founded in 2016 by Jon Fitzpatrick to advise and assist companies across the energy and natural resources sectors in making sound strategic, technical and commercial decisions.

Jon began his career as a research associate at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee, before going on to join Arthur Andersen. Subsequently, he held senior management posts with both Brewin Dolphin Investment Banking (now N+1 Singer) and Cenkos Securities and, most recently, at Macquarie Capital where he was Senior Managing Director and Head of Natural Resources for Europe, Middle East and Africa and, also, Co-Head of Equity Capital Markets, Europe.

Now, at Gneiss Energy, he has drawn together a team with many years’ in-depth experience and practical involvement in the energy and natural resources sectors.

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Paul Weidman


Corporate Finance Director

A highly motivated, experienced natural resources investment banker

Paul is an energy sector adviser who provides project management support to executive and board-level managers in the international oil and gas industry.

Paul began his career in 2009, joining Macquarie’s EMEA Natural Resources team in London. He spent seven years in the team, focusing on M&A, A&D, ECM and principal financing in the international oil & gas sector.

Paul has worked with a variety of companies, including majors, mid-caps and small-caps, and has worked in a variety of jurisdictions, including the UKCS, Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Paul gained a Graduate Diploma in Accounting & Finance from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from Pepperdine University.

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Andrew Coull


Senior Adviser

A senior corporate and structured finance professional with specialist renewable energy experience

Andrew has over 20 years’ experience advising on domestic and international equity, debt and structured finance transactions, gained in leading investment banks Barclays Capital and Morgan Stanley and boutique advisory firms Quayle Munro and Melville Financial Partners. Whilst with Barclays, Andrew spent two years based in New York and has since completed transactions in the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, the United States and South Africa.

In 2013, Andrew established Lonburgh Capital to provide specialist corporate finance advice to renewable energy project developers and investors. His experience in the sector covers solar, hydro and wind projects and includes arranging finance, advising on acquisitions and disposals and providing general strategic advice. Lonburgh Capital and Gneiss Energy have now partnered to provide clients with a broader combination of specialist skills, relationships and experience.

Andrew holds a First Class MA (Hons), Economics and Management from St Andrews University.

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Rosemary Johnson-Sabine


Technical Director

An OBE accredited geologist with over 25 years of technical leadership experience

Rosemary is a geology and geophysics graduate with over 25 years of international leadership experience with major, mid-size and smaller independent oil and gas companies, and was awarded an OBE for services to the UK energy industry.

Rosemary managed technical departments covering exploration and development, and in mergers and acquisitions, when with Chevron, Maersk, Tethys Petroleum, Monument Oil and Gas and Hess, winning the Wood Mackenzie Explorer of the year award when with Monument. She has worked worldwide, but especially across Central Asia, the UK, Europe and Africa.

Rosemary began her career processing seismic data and recently trialled a range of the new geophysical techniques. She is a member and ex-President of industry associations PESGB and EAGE and also an SEG member.

Rosemary now advises technically and on the management of risk, as well as relationship building with State and commercial partners.

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John Alpine


General Counsel

A qualified banking lawyer specialising in corporate finance

John specialises in advising on banking and corporate finance projects, risk management issues, tendering and relationship building with commercial partners, including panels and regulators.

John is a qualified banking lawyer who worked with Dorman Jeffrey, Arthur Anderson and Dundas & Wilson where he acted mainly for the leading Scottish clearing banks and Bank of Nova Scotia before joining the inhouse legal team at Clydesdale Bank PLC. John headed up the Bank’s corporate banking legal team for over ten years and represented the Bank on the legal committee of the Committee of Scottish Clearing Banks. He then led a front line banking team providing a centralised banking service to commercial business customers, largely in the commercial real estate sector.

John’s early career was in retail management, operating several Oddbins Wine Merchants’ branches. He was a founder investor in Dublin-based Celtic Whiskey Shop and remains a non-executive director and a member of the group’s buying team. John also serves as a non-executive director of the charitable trust, The Hidden Gardens.

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Doug Rycroft


Senior Adviser

An expert in commercial negotiations and operations with global experience across the upstream sector

Doug is an experienced remote locations and commercial operator having held asset management and commercial roles in both private and public oil and gas companies in the United States, Africa and South-East Asia.

In 2012, he was recruited to Ophir Energy, where he ran Ophir’s flagship asset in Tanzania at a time when the company drilled up the major resource base to support the onshore terrestrial LNG development. The culmination of his commercial efforts in Tanzania was the divestment of 50% of remaining stake in the project for US$1.3 billion to Pavilion Energy (the LNG focused, Temasek portfolio company).

Most recently, Doug led the post-completion commercial integration of Salamander Energy into Ophir. He also led the management of the Myanmar, Malaysia and Thailand exploration portfolio and ran the South-East Asian New Ventures team, focusing on expanding Ophir’s footprint in both existing countries of operations and, more broadly, in the region.

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Carolyn Fitzpatrick


Finance Director

A senior financial and investment appraisal manager

Carolyn is a pharmaceutical chemist with over 20 years’ senior operational and financial management expertise, principally within the health care industry.

She has managed specialist departments and senior teams delivering organisational change, financial and budgetary management (including statistical and analytical review); complex project and logistics management and the assessment and implementation phases of novel protocol and procedure establishment. She regularly advises on projects where the identification of funding streams and the preparation of compelling business cases for investment are key to delivering successful new initiatives and commercial objectives. She now principally advises on governance and financial and commercial risk management, particularly in complex migration and integration projects.

Carolyn holds a BSc (Hons.) in Pharmacy from the University of Strathclyde, a post-graduate Diploma in Prescribing Sciences from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, is registered with the General Pharmaceutical Society and is a member of The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.

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Kenneth Bell


Associate

An experienced M&A and corporate finance analyst

Kenneth has direct experience in the upstream exploration and production business and has gained strong commercial and finance experience in both renewables and oil and gas with the Babcock UK Group.

His early career experience included internships working in a large UK-based legal firm and a boutique M&A advisory firm, where he focused on business analysis, financial modelling and due diligence preparation. He studied Finance & International Business in London at the European Business School and is currently going through the Chartered Financial Analyst exams and earning an MSc in Corporate Finance.

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Andrew Hartree


A highly-experienced industry professional and market risk management expert

Andrew is a Chemical Engineer by training and, with a background in oil refining, he has the rare hands-on experience of the physical demands and logistics of every step of turning crude oil into end products.

Andrew has traded oil products both physically and on derivatives, where he ran the risk management function for Shell Commercial and their customers, and, lectured on Shell’s own in-house trading courses.

Andrew joined Lloyds Bank at the start of 2011. As in his previous role at RBS, his challenge was to build their commodity derivatives business, again focusing on the corporate client base extending the reach of the business from FTSE100 to SME.

Andrew has developed significant IT skills that have been employed for clients, most notably from  enhancing debt models for upstream companies to designing hedging strategies for maximising debt capacity and optimising investor objectives.

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Tom Reynolds


A Chief Investment Officer with 25 years’ experience in the energy sector

Tom is a chartered Chemical Engineer with 25 years’ experience in the energy sector spanning executive management of private and public E&P companies, private equity investment and advising early stage companies. He joined the oil industry in 1997 working for Total Oil Marine, the UK subsidiary of Total SA, and BP plc in Aberdeen gaining key experience relating to offshore infrastructure and related commercial agreements, field management and acquisitions and disposals.

Tom joined the oil and gas investment team of 3i plc in 2003 where he led the origination and assessment of E&P opportunities in the North Sea and internationally. He supported CH4 Energy’s acquisition of the ETS pipeline and Markham and recommended a pre-IPO investment in SE Asian company Pearl Energy. When 3i supported Energy Development Partners Tom structured, marketed and closed a $350 million private equity investment fund targeting development projects in the UK, Norway and Netherlands. As Chief Investment Officer, he also led business development activity.

Between 2008 – 2016 Tom led two public E&P companies – Bridge Energy ASA and Iona Energy Inc. This provided him with a broad range of North Sea experience including cross border mergers, IPO, acquisitions & disposals, Nordic bond market, debt restructuring and investor relations in London, Oslo and Toronto.

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John Scrimgeour


A C-suite Oil and Gas Executive with over 35 years of upstream experience

John has wide experience of international government relations and petroleum contracts and was the COO of Gaelic Energy, a start-up oil company focused on small pools in the UKCS and Technical and Exploration Director of Pentax, a UK independent oil and gas company.

John is currently Executive Director of the Aberdeen Institute of Energy, University of Aberdeen and sits on the boards of the Oil and Gas Technology Centre and of Opportunity North East Oil and Gas. He holds honours degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Aberdeen and a master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College, London.

John was Regional Manager for PetroCanada’s European businesses (in the UK, Norway and the Netherlands) and he also managed the restructuring of this business, post-merger with Suncor. He has managed the development and production of numerous oil and gas fields and has an excellent track record of project delivery and of increasing production from more mature assets.

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