Marcus Stanton has extensive experience in the oil & gas and banking industries and has been a Non-Executive Director of a number of AIM quoted companies over the past 20 years, including Velosi Group Limited (international oil and gas services), Cardinal Resources plc (oil and gas E&P) and chairman of JOG since 2015. Marcus qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Arthur Andersen, where he worked in the oil and gas division. Previously held banking roles include Chief Operating Officer of Global Capital Markets, Robert Fleming & Co. and Director, Corporate Finance, at Hill Samuel & Co. Marcus also provides expert evidence on banking transactions, both in the UK and overseas. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. He is Chairman of the Jersey Oil and Gas plc Audit Committee and a member of its Remuneration and Nomination Committees. Marcus graduated from Oriel College, Oxford.
Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Benitz was a Founding Director of Jersey Oil and Gas E&P Ltd (now a subsidiary of Jersey Oil and Gas plc) and has over 17 years’ experience in financial markets and company management. Prior to co-founding Jersey Oil and Gas, Andrew was Chief Executive Officer and Director at Longreach Oil and Gas Ltd, a TSX-V listed company. He joined Longreach in 2009 as Chief Operating Officer when it was a small private company and helped oversee the company’s growth, building a significant portfolio of oil and gas assets in Morocco.
Prior to his move into industry, Andrew worked at Deutsche Bank AG as an Analyst within the Oil and Gas Investment Banking Group as well as within the Equity Capital Markets team, where he worked on a broad range of oil and gas M&A transactions, together with equity and equity related financings. Andrew is also founder and Director of Titan Properties SL, a real estate business in Spain. He completed his undergraduate studies at Edinburgh University graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours).
Chief Operating Officer
Ron Lansdell is Chief Operating Officer and a founder director of Jersey Oil & Gas. Previously he was VP E&P at Longreach Oil and Gas responsible for exploration in Morocco. Ron held a number of senior technical and commercial roles during a 13 year career at Eni. These roles included roles in Nigeria, Kazakhstan and exploration management in the Atlantic Margin UK, Faroes and Ireland. He began his career in 1972 in seismic data acquisition and processing, initially at Digicon and then at CGG in London, before joining Elf in Norway and then BHP Petroleum as Exploration Coordinator, Western Australia.
Ron spent nine years with Elf (in Norway, France and Syria) and then joined QP as Chief Geophysicist in Qatar before joining Eni. Ron graduated in geology from the University of London. He is a member of the IOD, PESGB and a Fellow of The Geological Society.
Chief Financial Officer
Vicary Gibbs is a corporate financier with over 20 years’ experience advising oil and gas companies. He began his career at Robert Fleming & Co. in their London oil and gas team. During his career he subsequently worked for a variety of different Investment Banks’ oil and gas teams including Deutsche Bank (London and Houston), Bank of America, Hawkpoint and BMO Capital Markets.
Vicary’s extensive experience includes a multitude of sell-side and buy-side asset and corporate M&A deals, strategic advisory, restructuring, privatisation and capital raising transactions. Vicary has a BA in Business Administration.
Frank Moxon has 23 years’ experience of the oil & gas and mining industries as a Board-level adviser and non-executive director. During this time, he has held a number of senior management roles within the financial services industry and, in addition to being senior independent director at Cove Energy Plc, has been a director of oil & gas and mining companies listed in London, Australia and Canada. Frank is currently also President and non-executive director of East of England Co-operative Society. He has a BSc in Economics and is an Honorary Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, a Fellow of the Energy Institute and of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining and a member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain. He is chairman of the Jersey Oil and Gas plc Remuneration and Nomination Committees and a member of its Audit Committee.
Les has over 35 years’ experience in the Oil and Gas industry, in various subsurface, engineering, operational and senior management positions. Les was formerly CEO of Ithaca Energy Inc. from 2013 to 2020 and previously served for eight years on the Board of John Wood Group plc, as Chief Executive of its Production Facilities business and the Group Director responsible for HSE. Prior to this, he spent 22 years with Marathon Oil UK Limited in various locations and roles, including four years as European Business Unit Leader.
Les is also an independent director of Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited, a joint venture between Repsol and Sinopec with a significant UK North Sea portfolio, as well as serving as a Non-Executive Director of Avingtrans Plc, an AIM quoted engineering and manufacturing business.
Les has a BSc (1st class hons) in Civil Engineering and a Masters degree in Petroleum Engineering, both from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh.
OBE - Advisor to the Board
Mr Haynes is a non-executive director of Woodside Petroleum Limited and Worley Limited. Chris has a wealth of experience gained from a 39-year career with the Shell Group of Companies and their affiliates where, in 2008, Chris assumed responsibility for the delivery of Shell’s major upstream projects worldwide. He retired from Shell in August 2011. Subsequently, Chris has worked in oil and gas exploration and production, LNG and chemicals businesses, primarily in project development and delivery, and in operations. Chris graduated from the University of Manchester with a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Mechanical Engineering and obtained his Doctorate in Applied Sciences from the University of Sussex. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the United Kingdom and also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia. Chris was appointed to the Order of the British Empire in June 2009 for his services to the British oil and gas industry in Nigeria and is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the United Kingdom.