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    About Us

    Fairfield has become an innovative upstream oil producer, specifically concentrating on the appraisal and development of hydrocarbon accumulations in the North Sea.

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  • History


    Fairfield launched in 2005 as one of the best funded UK start-up companies in the North Sea.

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  • Strategy


    Fairfield's strategy is to be a UK focused independent of scale and substance through the creation of a portfolio which is balanced along the value chain

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Board of Directors

Ron Emerson, Non-Executive Chairman

Ron has spent the majority of his career in international banking. He has held a number of senior management positions with Bank of America, Nomura Bank International and Standard Chartered Bank, where he was a member of the group management committee and Group Head of Corporate Banking. Since 1996 he has divided his time between non-executive directorships, business advisory work and as an active member of the Faculty of Management Studies at Oxford University. As a non-executive he has served on boards covering listed companies, private equity funded, large, high impact subsidiaries and private, family owned businesses. He has also acted as a Senior Advisor at the Bank of England and the Financial Services Authority. In October 2013 he was appointed as the first chairman of the British Business Bank, the UK government’s initiative to boost the UK economy through a specific focus on funding to small and medium-sized businesses. He holds degrees from Manchester, Durham and Oxford universities.

David Peattie, Chief Executive Officer

David Peattie is Fairfield’s Chief Executive Officer.  Prior to joining Fairfield in 2013, David fostered a successful career with BP where he started in 1979 as a petroleum engineer.  He went on to work in a number of technical positions in the North Sea, China, Australia and Papua New Guinea before occupying a variety of roles including commercial analyst in BP Exploration’s offices in London and Business Unit Leader of the Algeria/Southern Europe Gas Business.  He subsequently spent a period running the office of Lord Browne, BP’s former CEO then went on to act as Head of Investor Relations, leading teams across London, Frankfurt and New York. During his last 10 years with BP David held a number of senior management positions including Group Vice President and Executive Committee member of BP’s Petrochemicals business, Group Vice President for Group Planning, Group Vice President and operational deputy to the E&P CEO, and latterly Head of BP Russia responsible for BP’s interests in TNK-BP as well as its businesses in the Russian Arctic and Sakhalin.  He was BP’s lead Director on the board of TNK-BP.  David has a B.Sc (Hons.) degree and is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Ian Sharp, Chief Operating Officer

Ian Sharp is Fairfield’s Chief Operating Officer.  Ian started his career at Britoil as a Petroleum Engineer before moving to Hamilton Oil Co. (later BHP Petroleum) as 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 to be Operations Manager, CNS Asset for Kerr McGee.  Whilst with Kerr McGee Ian held a number of production managerial positions culminating in Director Production. Prior to joining Fairfield he was Director UK Operations and General Manager for Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd.  Ian has a MA Geography with Geology from Aberdeen University

Ralph Alexander, Non-Executive Director

Mr. Alexander is a Managing Director of Riverstone. He is based in Houston.

For nearly 25 years, Mr. Alexander served in various positions with subsidiaries and affiliates of BP plc, one of the world’s largest energy firms. From June 2004 until December 2005, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Innovene, BP’s $20bn olefins and derivatives subsidiary. From 2001 until June 2004, he served as Chief Executive Officer of BP’s Gas, Power and Renewables and Solar segment and was a member of the BP group executive committee. Prior to that, Mr. Alexander served as a Group Vice President in BP’s Exploration and Production segment and BP’s Refinery and Marketing segment He held responsibilities for various regions of the world, including North America, Russia, the Caspian, Africa and Latin America. Prior to these positions, Mr. Alexander held various positions in the upstream, downstream and finance groups of BP.

Mr. Alexander serves on the Boards of Directors of AES Solar, Bottle Rock, Coastal Carolina, Dynamic Industries, Emerald, Enviva, ILX, Green Earth Fuels, Newberry, Quorum, ThermaSource and Vantage. He is also a Director of Stein Mart Corporation. He graduated with an M.S. in nuclear engineering from Brooklyn Polytech (now NYU Polytechnic) and holds an M.S. in management science from Stanford University. He is currently Chairman of the Board of NYU Polytechnic.

Simon Eyers, Non-Executive Director

Simon Eyers is a Managing Director with Warburg Pincus, concentrating on energy investments in Europe and emerging markets.   Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, he served as a founding partner of 4D Global Energy Advisors.  He gained a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Edinburgh prior to becoming an investment banker.  Following a career with SG Warburg, Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse First Boston he became COO of an e-learning company and founded a networking software business.

Jérôme Halbout, Non-Executive Director

Jérôme Halbout is a founding partner of 4D Global Energy Advisors.  He is a graduate of Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and holds a Ph.D in Geochemistry and a Doctorate ès Sciences. Prior to founding 4D in 2001, he was Head of Energy/Utilities coverage and project finance at Credit Lyonnais and Lazard Frères & Cie. Before working in the finance industry, he undertook 10 years of basic research at CNRS in France and The Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago.  Mr. Halbout serves currently on the Board of Directors of Africa Fortesa Corporation, Fairfield Energy and Oilflow Solutions, and is a Director of the GEP, the French Trade Association for the Oil and Gas Industry.

Peter Kagan, Non-Executive Director

Peter R. Kagan is a partner of Warburg Pincus & Co. and a Managing Director of Warburg Pincus LLC and has been with the firm since 1997. Currently, he co-leads the firm’s investment activities in energy and natural resources and is a member of the Executive Management Group. Mr. Kagan received an A.B. degree cum laude from Harvard College and J.D. and M.B.A. degrees with honors from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, he worked in investment banking at Salomon Brothers in both New York and Hong Kong. Mr. Kagan is currently on the Board of Directors of Antero Resources, Broad Oak Energy, Fairfield Energy, Laredo Petroleum, MEG Energy, Targa Resources and Targa Resources Partners L.P. In addition, he is a member of the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School, and a member of the Board of Directors of Resources for the Future.  Peter holds an A.B., cum laude, from Harvard College and J.D. and M.B.A. degrees with honours from the University of Chicago.

Howard Mayson, Non-Executive Director

Having started with Schlumberger as a field engineer in 1977, Howard joined BP in 1981 where he spent the rest of his career. After a number of reservoir management, field development and commercial/business assignments in BP America, Howard was made Director of BP’s E & P Technology Group in 1997. He then moved to President and Business Unit Leader BP Angola followed by Chief Executive and Business Unit Leader BP Russia. For the last ten years before retirement in 2010 Howard was Senior Vice President Technology for BP Exploration & Production, responsible for creating, defining and delivering BP’s subsurface and wells functional agenda, directing the R&D programs and approving BP’s hydrocarbon resources.  Howard has a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering (1973) from the University of Sheffield and an M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (1976) from MIT. He was made an Honorary Doctor of Engineering at Heriot-Watt University.

Simon Neathercoat, Non-Executive Director

Having qualified as a chartered accountant, Simon spent most of his career in investment banking with Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and Hoare Govett advising companies and boards of directors. He has an in-depth knowledge of City practices and Corporate Governance. Since 2001, he has held a number of non-executive appointments acting in the capacity of Chairman, Senior Independent Director and Chairman of Audit and Remuneration Committees. He is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Lombard Medical Technologies plc and a Non-Executive Director of Derwent London plc where he is Chairman of the Audit Committee.

David Pearce, Non-Executive Director

During his 33 years in the oil and gas sector, Dave has worked in major and independent oil and gas firms.  His experience has included technical and managerial roles as a senior executive responsible for exploration and production operations, Mergers and Acquisitions in Western Canada and South America as well as Independent Director in Canada and the UK.  Dave began his career at Dome Petroleum and progressed through a series of technical and leadership positions in production and development working on properties throughout British Colombia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Next at Amoco Canada, he served in roles as a senior manager responsible for managing operations as well as business development where he completed the largest property exchange in Western Canada between Amoco Canada and Encor. Dave then became Vice President Corporate Development at Fletcher Challenge Canada where he was responsible for Canadian acquisitions, South American business development, reserves and the Finance department. Most recently, Dave was President and CEO of Northrock Resources (previously an operating division of Unocal), an intermediate Canadian exploration and production company. Under Dave’s leadership, Northrock delivered superior finding, development and operating cost performance under a wide range of industry conditions. Since leaving Northrock Dave works as an oil and gas consultant and currently provides advice to KERN Partners as an Industry Executive Advisor.  Dave holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Honours). He has served as a Governor of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (‘‘CAPP’’) and chaired the Northern Canada Executive Policy Group. Currently, Dave is a Director of Cutpick Energy Limited and Executive Chairman of All Points Energy Limited.

Jeff van Steenbergen, Non-Executive Director

Jeff van Steenbergen is a founding and General Partner of KERN Partners Ltd. Prior to jointly establishing the Firm, he was co-head of North American Oil and Gas with JP Morgan & Co. Jeff has been active in the North American and international energy sector for close to 30 years and has a wide range of experience in oil and gas and energy infrastructure as a private equity investor, investment banker, and in operating and operations management roles with ExxonMobil (Mobil) and with Schlumberger. His education includes a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston and an MBA in International Business and Finance from Dalhousie University in Halifax. Jeff is a professional engineer registered in the Province of Nova Scotia. Jeff is currently on the Board of Directors of Aduro Resources, Altex Energy, Cobalt International Energy (US), Ember Resources, Magma Global Ltd., and Seven Generations Energy.



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