Tower operates it business in the complex area of oil & gas and in developing African countries which present specific challenges. It is critical that the Board is composed of members who have experience in all facets of the international oil & gas sector, including sub-Saharan Africa, as well as commercial and finance knowledge The Chairman and CEO and all the non-executive directors have a successful track record in establishing and developing fledgling oil and gas companies and are fully committed to using their experience to benefit all shareholders.
The Board and its committees also seek external expertise and advice when required.
The current composition of the Board is as follows:
Jeremy Asher – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Jeremy Asher, aged 60, in addition to his role in Tower, is Chairman of Agile Energy Limited, a privately held energy investment company, and a Director of Pacific Drilling SA, where he chairs the Remuneration Committee. In the past he also served as Deputy Chairman of LSE-listed Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd (until June 2014) and TASE-listed Oil Refineries Ltd (until December 2014). Following several years as a management consultant, he ran the global oil products trading business at Glencore AG and then acquired, developed and sold the 275,000 b/d Beta oil refinery at Wilhelmshaven in Germany. Between 1998 and 2001 he was CEO of PA Consulting Group, and since that time has been an investor and Director in various public and private companies.
Graeme Thomson – Non-executive Director
Graeme Thomson, aged 61, served as CEO of Tower from 2012 to 2016, after which he stepped down to non-executive Director. Until December 2013 he was a non-executive Director of Desire Petroleum plc from July 2011, where he chaired the Audit Committee. He was a non-executive Director of Frontier Resources International plc from 2011 to 2012. Between 2009 and 2012 he advised a range of energy and other companies on their financial and commercial affairs. From 2000 to 2009 he was a founder, Company Secretary, CFO and finally CEO of Sterling Energy plc, and from 2005-2008 a non-executive Director of Forum Energy plc. He was CFO and Company Secretary of Dragon Oil plc from 1992 to 1999. In 1989 he co-led a management buy-in to AmBrit International plc, which was taken over in 1992. He was a runner-up for Finance Director of the Year at the 2007 QCA Awards. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee.
David M Thomas – Independent non-executive Director
David M Thomas, aged 68 is a geologist with over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, primarily in North and West Africa. After working in Libya for Occidental Petroleum and Tunisia for Tenneco (now British Gas) in the 1970s and 1980s, Mr Thomas returned to London as International Chief Geologist for Kuwait Petroleum Corporation and later founded a consulting company offering a range of petroleum advisory services. Mr Thomas served most recently as managing director of MedOil PLC and has been a director of AIM-quoted Thalassa Holdings since 2008.
Peter Taylor – Non-executive Director
Peter Taylor, aged 70, is Joint Chairman of TM Services Ltd, an international oil and gas consulting company. In 1991 he was a founder and Director of TM Oil Productions Ltd which became Dana Petroleum plc and one of the leading UK oil and gas exploration companies before being taken over in 2010 by KNOC for £2bn. He was founder member of Consort Resources Ltd, a significant North Sea gas transportation and production company and was also a founder and Director of Planet Oil Ltd, which reversed into Hardman Resources in 1998. Planet held various interests including Mauritania, Guyane (formerly French Guiana) and Uganda. He was a founding member and Director of Star Petroleum plc which was incorporated into Global Petroleum Ltd, and a founding member of Neptune Petroleum Ltd which was acquired by Tower. He is a Director of Global Petroleum Ltd, listed on the ASX and AIM. He was co-founder of Jupiter Petroleum Ltd, which has assets in offshore Namibia and Juan de Nova. Jupiter was sold to Global in 2011. He is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.