Board of Directors
Ian Sharp, Chairman
Prior to assuming the role of Chairman, Ian was Fairfield’s Chief Operating Officer and had been a member of the main Board and various subsidiary Boards since late 2010. Ian also serves as Step Change in Safety’s operator Co-Chair and is a member of Step Change in Safety Limited’s main Board. Ian’s career started at Britoil PLC before he moved to Hamilton Oil Co. (later BHP Petroleum) where he held a number of managerial positions including offshore installation manager before finally taking on the role of Regional Manager for SH&E. He then joined PGS Atlantic Power where he was Operations Manager for Premier Oil in Jakarta before returning to the North Sea in 2000 where, after holding various asset management positions with Kerr McGee UK Limited, he became Director, Production with Kerr McGee. He then moved to Nexen UK Ltd in 2006 as Director UK Operations before moving to Fairfield in 2010. A Petroleum Engineer by training, Ian graduated originally from Aberdeen University and has attended INSEAD’s Advanced Management Programme.
John Wiseman, Managing Director
John has been with Fairfield since 2012 and assumed the role of Managing Director on 1st Jan 2016. In this role he is directly accountable for the safe and successful completion of the Dunlin Cluster Decommissioning Programme. Previously he was General Manager for the Dunlin Business and led Fairfield through the project to assume full Operatorship of the Dunlin Cluster when the Dunlin Alpha Dutyholder duties were transferred from Amec to Fairfield Betula in 2014. A Chartered Mechanical Engineer, he has a BSc in Engineering Science from the University of Aberdeen and has received various executive training including BP’s Projects and Engineering Academy at MiT / Sloan. John has 36 years upstream Oil and Gas experience, 31 of which were with BP Exploration in senior Line Management and Operations/Engineering Function Leadership roles. His last BP assignments were to lead the transition of Operatorship of certain BP UK Producing assets to new owners.
Andrew Hockey, Non Executive Director
Andrew was one of the founders of Fairfield Energy Limited in 2005 . A petroleum geologist by background, he has a degree in Geology from Oxford University and a Master’s Degree in Petroleum Geology from Imperial College. Andrew has 34 years of experience in the upstream oil and gas industry and his earlier career was spent with European majors Fina and Eni and with US and UK independents Triton, Monument and LASMO. Andrew has worked both in the UK and overseas in Singapore, Vietnam, Australia, Belgium and Italy and his experience covers NW Europe, North Africa, the Caspian and Southeast Asia. Andrew has recently joined the board as a non-executive following his executive role at Fairfield as General Manager Business development where he was accountable for acquisitions, divestment and the management of Fairfield’s North Sea portfolio outside of the Dunlin Area. Andrew has also served on the board of AIM-listed Sound Energy plc, an upstream company with interests in Italy and Morocco, where he was a Non Executive Director from 2011-2015 and Chairman from 2012-2014.
Graeme Fergusson, Non Executive Director
Graeme joined Fairfield in September 2011, initially as Group Controller, before progressing to become Head of Finance and Company Secretary later in his tenure. In December 2015, Graeme left the full time employment of the Company but has now been appointed as a Non Executive Director. During his time in the Company he was responsible for running the Finance Department on a day to day basis, with all that entailed, along with certain other key aspects such as Risk & Insurance, Treasury Management and Investor Relations. A Chartered Accountant, Graeme initially trained locally in Aberdeen with Johnston Carmichael before an overseas posting with Ernst & Young. On his return he moved into Upstream Oil & Gas. He is a highly experienced Finance individual with 12+ years in the industry, with stints at Kerr McGee and most materially with BP in Finance Leadership roles in the North Sea, London and latterly Algeria.
The Dunlin field cluster has produced over 522 million barrels over its 37 years of operation.
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