Board of Directors

Atul Gupta
Executive Chairman

Atul Gupta was appointed as Chairman of Nostrum Oil & Gas on 25 April 2017 and Executive Chairman on 27 November 2018 , having previously served as a Director of the Company since 30 November 2009 and Chairman of the Audit Committee since 31 December 2016. Mr Gupta has worked for 25 years in the international upstream oil and gas business with Charterhouse Petroleum, Petrofina, Monument and Burren Energy. Mr Gupta joined Burren in 1999 as Chief Operating Officer and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 2006 until the company was sold to ENI in 2008. Mr Gupta has a degree in chemical engineering from Cambridge University and a Masters in petroleum engineering from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.

Kai-Uwe Kessel

Kai-Uwe Kessel was appointed as a Director of Nostrum Oil & Gas (former ZGL) on 16 November 2007 and has served as chief executive of Nostrum Oil & Gas since November 2004. From 2002 to 2005, Mr Kessel was director of Gaz de France’s North African E&P division. From 1992 to 2001, Mr Kessel was Managing Director of Erdgas Erdol GmbH, an oil and gas company owned by Gaz de France, and a chairman of the board of KazGermunai. Mr Kessel is a graduate of the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas.

Tom Richardson
Chief Financial Officer

Mr Richardson was appointed as Chief Financial Officer and a Director of Nostrum on 1 September 2016. Mr Richardson had previously served as Group Head of Corporate Finance since 2011. Prior to joining Nostrum Mr Richardson worked in banking.

Mark Martin
Senior Independent Director

Mr Martin was appointed as a Director on 19 May 2014, as Senior Independent Director on 31 December 2016 and as temporary Chairman of the Board between 18-25 April 2017. Mr Martin has over 20 years of investment banking experience with Barclays, Baring Securities and ING, where he was the global head of equity capital markets from 2003 to 2011. Between 2011 and 2014, he served as the CEO of Exillon Energy PLC. Mr Martin graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in social and political sciences.

Sir Christopher Codrington, Bt.
Independent Non-Executive Director

Sir Christopher was appointed as a Director on 19 May 2014. Sir Christopher has 30 years of executive board and senior management experience in the oil and gas, hospitality and other industries and has spent eight years living in Houston, Texas developing prospects in various oil and gas fields for COG, Inc, Texas General Resources, Inc, TexBrit Corporation, Inc and Whitehall Energy Limited. Sir Christopher has a diploma in advanced farm management from the Royal Agricultural University.

Kaat Van Hecke
Independent Non Executive Director

Kaat Van Hecke was appointed as a Director on 31 December 2016. From 2013-2016 she served as Managing Director and Senior Vice President of the Austrian Upstream business at Österreichische Mineralölverwaltung (OMV), and has over 20 years experience working in the oil and gas industry, having worked with ExxonMobil, OMV and Shell on projects in Russia, Nigeria, The Netherlands and Belgium. Ms Van Hecke holds an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ghent, Belgium, and a Master in General Management from the Vlerick Management School, Belgium.

Michael Calvey
Non-executive director

Michael Calvey was appointed to the Board on 25 April 2017 and is the Founder and Senior Partner at Baring Vostok Capital Partners (‘BVCP’). Prior to joining BVCP in 1994, Michael worked on oil & gas investment projects for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Salomon Brothers. Michael has a Masters degree in finance from the London School of Economics and a Bachelors degree in business from Oklahoma University. Michael is a member of the Board of Directors of Baring Vostok Capital Partners Group Limited, Etalon Group Public Company Limited, Volga Gas plc, the Atlantic Council and the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association.

Simon Byrne
Non-Executive Director

Mr Byrne was appointed as a Director on 16 November 2017. Mr Byrne is the Chief Executive Officer of Steppe Capital Pte Ltd. Prior to joining Steppe Capital in 2008, Mr Byrne worked in corporate and investment banking for 22 years, including 17 years with ABN AMRO Bank and RBS Global Banking & Markets where he served as a Managing Director covering the oil & gas sector. Prior to that he held positions with Asahi Bank and Manufacturers Hanover Limited.

Martin Cocker
Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Cocker was appointed as a Director on 16 November 2017. Mr Cocker is a chartered accountant with over 30 years' business experience. He has held several line management, project leader and CEO level positions and currently is an Independent Non-Executive Director and chairman of the audit committee at Etalon Group PLC and TCS Group Holdings PLC, both of which are Russia-based entities listed on the London Stock Exchange, at a UK National Health Service Foundation Trust and at a UK Building Society. Mr Cocker is a member of the investment committee of Pride Capital, and previously held senior positions with Deloitte & Touche, KPMG, Ernst & Young and Amerada Hess.