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Jon Fitzpatrick

Managing Director

A qualified corporate lawyer, petroleum economist and investment banker

Jon is the Founder and Managing Director of Gneiss Energy with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. He is a qualified corporate lawyer, petroleum economist, investment banker and energy sector adviser.

Prior to establishing Gneiss, Jon was Senior Managing Director and Head of Natural Resources for Europe, Middle East and Africa, as well as, Co-Head of Equity Capital Markets, Europe at Macquarie Capital. Previously, he held senior posts at Cenkos Securities plc, including Head of Corporate Finance, Energy and Natural Resources. Between 2013-2015, Jon was President of The Scottish Oil Club and has been a board director since 2008. He is also an active member of various industry bodies and professional institutions.

He began his career in 1994 as a research associate at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee before joining Arthur Andersen and then Brewin Dolphin (now N+1 Singer), leading both their Energy & Natural Resources and TMT businesses.

Jon holds an LL.B (Hons.) and Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Dundee and an LL.M (Dist.) in Natural Resources Law (specialising in Petroleum Economics).

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Paul Weidman

Corporate Finance Director

A highly motivated, experienced natural resources investment banker

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

Paul most recently was Vice President with Macquarie Capital, where he began his career in 2009. Having joined their EMEA Natural Resources team, he spent the following 7 years focusing on M&A, A&D, ECM and principal financing in the oil & gas sector. Paul gained experience across a range of large-cap, mid-cap and small-cap companies in a variety of jurisdictions, including the UKCS, Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

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

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Andrew Coull

Head of Cleantech and Renewables

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

Andrew is a senior corporate and structured finance professional with over 20 years’ experience of domestic and international equity, debt and structured finance transactions and with a focus on renewable energy projects since 2010.

Andrew previously worked at leading investment banks Barclays Capital and Morgan Stanley in London and New York and boutique advisory firms Quayle Munro and Melville Financial Partners. He established Lonburgh Capital in 2013, which is currently merging with Gneiss Energy to provide integrated corporate finance advice across traditional and renewable energy resources.

Andrew holds a First Class MA (Hons), Economics and Management from the University of St Andrews and is an independent board director on a number of project companies and finance vehicles.

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Rosemary Johnson-Sabine

Technical Director

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

Rosemary is an OBE accredited geologist and international oil and gas upstream expert with over 25 years of international leadership experience at major, mid-size and smaller independent oil and gas companies. She was awarded an OBE for services to the UK energy industry.

Rosemary was most recently Vice President of Exploration at Tethys Petroleum, where she worked for almost a decade. She managed the technical team for exploration, development and production of oil and gas in the Middle East and across Central Asia. Previously, Rosemary worked with Chevron, Maersk, Hess and Monument Oil & Gas, where she was the winner of the Wood Mackenzie Explorer of the year award. She has worked worldwide, but especially across the UK, Central Asia, Europe and Africa. She is a member and ex-President of industry associations PESGB and EAGE and also a member of SEG.

Rosemary holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Geophysics from the University of London and began her career processing seismic data and trialling a range of new geophysical techniques.

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John Alpine

Senior Adviser & General Counsel

A qualified banking lawyer specialising in corporate finance

John is a qualified banking lawyer and specialist in banking and corporate finance project advisory, risk management issues, tendering and relationship building with commercial partners.

John most recently led a specialist front line banking team for Clydesdale Bank, providing a centralised service to SMEs and commercial business customers largely in the commercial real estate sector. For over ten years, he headed up Clydesdale Bank’s corporate and business banking legal team and represented the Bank on the legal committee of the Committee of Scottish Clearing Banks.

Previously, John worked with Dorman Jeffrey, Arthur Andersen and Dundas & Wilson where he acted mainly for the leading Scottish clearing banks and Bank of Nova Scotia. His 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.

John holds a Dipoma in Law, LLB and a BA (Hons) in Business Law and Industrial Relations all from the University of Strathclyde.

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John Daniel

Senior Adviser

A senior geologist with over 35 years of upstream operations and investments experience

John is a geologist with 35 years of upstream oil & gas experience including operations, exploration management, new ventures and business development roles. He has held several directorship and managerial positions in companies with interests across European, African and Central Asian geographies.

Previously, John was Technical Director at Kerogen Capital – a private equity firm specialising in upstream oil and gas investments where he conducted technical due diligence in evaluating all potential investment opportunities. John was also the nominated non-executive director on the board of two of Kerogen’s investee companies: Zennor Petroleum and Pandion Energy. Before this he was Regional New Ventures Manager at Sasol Petroleum, with responsibility for Africa, Middle East and Central Asia; Exploration and New Ventures Manager for MND Exploration & Production’s international portfolio; Business Development Manager, Europe and Africa for Marathon Oil, and held various senior roles at Lasmo, Monument Oil & Gas, Ranger Oil, Conoco and Sun Oil.

John holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Geology from Sheffield University and a MSc in Petroleum Geology from Imperial College, London. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society and a member of the PESGB.

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Andy Hartree

Senior Adviser

A highly-experienced industry professional and market risk management expert

Andy is a highly experienced industry professional and market risk management expert with a background in oil refining. He is a trained Chemical Engineer with hands-on experience of the physical demands and logistics of the entire process of turning crude oil into an end product.

Andy joined Lloyds Bank at the start of 2011, becoming their Head of Commodity Market Solutions. Similar to his previous role, with RBS, he was tasked with building their commodity derivatives business, focusing on the corporate client base, extending from FTSE100 companies to SMEs. He was also a Director of Energy Sales at BNP Paribas Fortis, specialising in structured debt/derivative products, enhancing client debt capacity and risk management. Andy’s career started at Shell, where he had roles as chemical engineer, refinery scheduler and trader, trading oil products both physically and on derivatives, as well as providing in-house risk management training. Andy has developed significant IT skills, most notably building enhanced debt models for upstream clients for managing debt capacity and hedging while optimising investor objectives.

Andy holds an MA, MEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge.

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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 expert in commercial negotiations and operations having held asset management and commercial roles across the upstream oil and gas industry. He has experience in both private and public companies across North America, Africa and South-East Asia.

Doug most recently led the post-completion commercial integration of Salamander Energy into Ophir Energy and also managed their Myanmar, Malaysia and Thailand exploration portfolio. Furthermore, he ran the South-East Asian New Ventures team, which focused on expanding Ophir’s footprint both in the region and in their existing countries of operations.

In 2012, Doug joined Ophir Energy, where he managed their 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 the remaining stake in the project for 1.3 billion USD to Pavilion Energy.

Doug holds a Masters in Terrorism and International Relations from Aberystwyth University and an MA (Hons) in History and Politics from the University of Edinburgh.

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John Scrimgeour

Senior Adviser

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

John is a C-Suite oil & gas executive with over 35 years of upstream experience. He has wide experience in international government relations and petroleum contracts and a proven track record of maximising returns from oil and gas properties.

John is currently Emeritus Adviser to the Aberdeen Institute of Energy, University of Aberdeen and previously sat on the boards of the OGTC and of Opportunity North East Oil and Gas. Previously, he was COO of Gaelic Energy, a start-up oil company focused on small pools in the UKCS and the Technical and Exploration Director of Pentex, a UK independent oil and gas company.

John has been a Regional Manager for PetroCanada’s European businesses (in the UK, Norway and the Netherlands) and has 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 mature assets.

John holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Aberdeen and a master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College, London

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Carolyn Fitzpatrick

Finance Director

A senior financial and investment appraisal manager

Carolyn is a senior financial and investment appraisal manager and pharmaceutical chemist with over 20 years of operational and financial management experience, principally within the healthcare industry.

Carolyn now primarily advises on financial and commercial risk management and governance, particularly in complex migration and integration projects. 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.

Previously, she has managed specialist departments and senior teams delivering organisational change, financial and budgetary management (including statistical and analytical review). She also has experience in complex project and logistics management and the assessment and implementation phases of protocol and procedure projects. Carolyn is registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council and is a member of The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.

Carolyn holds a BSc (Hons) in Pharmacy from the University of Strathclyde and a post-graduate Diploma in Prescribing Sciences from Robert Gordon University.

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Kenneth Bell


An experienced M&A and corporate finance analyst

Kenneth is an experienced M&A and corporate financial analyst with direct experience in the upstream exploration and production business and strong commercial and finance experience in renewables and oil & gas.

Kenneth’s most recent experience was as a Financial Cost Engineer with Babcock UK Group. His early career experience included internships at a large UK-based legal firm, Shepherd & Wedderburn and a boutique investment bank, Hannam & Partners, focusing on business analysis, financial modelling and due diligence preparation.

Kenneth holds a degree in Finance and International Business from the European Business School in London and is currently going through the Chartered Financial Analyst exams and earning an MSc in Corporate Finance.

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Andrew Nicolson


A corporate finance analyst

Andrew is an analyst with a mixture of experience having worked for 3 years at Menzies Distribution, during his studies, and completing a summer internship with boutique investment bank and corporate broker, Panmure Gordon & Co.

Andrew joined Menzies Distribution in 2015, optimising newspaper and magazine allocations across the UK with full responsibility for a selection of the company’s most important clients. During his time at Panmure Gordon & Co, Andrew gained exposure to their corporate finance, brokerage and institutional research departments. He also has almost 4 years of marketing experience, having carried out sales and product promotions for companies such as Tesco and Highland Spring.

Andrew recently graduated from the University of Edinburgh and holds an MA honours degree in Business and Finance.

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