Board of Directors

The Board is committed to developing and applying high standards of corporate governance both in the management of its business and its accountability to shareholders as a whole.

John Bentley Read more

John Bentley

Non-Executive Chairman

John Bentley has 40 years’ experience in the natural resources sector.

He served in a number of senior management positions in the Gencor Group in South Africa, the USA, UK and Brazil.  In 1996 he was instrumental in floating Energy Africa Ltd on the Johannesburg stock exchange and was Chief Executive for the following five years. More recently he has served on the Board of Caracal Energy Inc and currently serves on the boards of Wentworth Resources Ltd, Africa Energy Corporation and Phoenix Global Resources.  John, who holds a degree in Metallurgy from Brunel University, was appointed to the board in September 2007.

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Graham Stewart

Chief Executive

Graham was instrumental in founding the Company in 1998, where he has been Chief Executive since December 2002.

He holds an honours degree in Offshore Engineering from Heriot-Watt University and an MBA from Edinburgh University and has over 30 years' experience in oil and gas technical and commercial affairs.  He was previously Finance and Commercial Director at Dana Petroleum and Commercial Director of the Petroleum Science and Technology Institute.  Graham also serves on the board of Alopex Gold as a non-executive director.

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Jonathan Cooper

Chief Financial Officer

Jon is a chartered accountant by training having qualified with KPMG before joining Dresdner Kleinwort Benson (later Wasserstein) in their Oil & Gas Corporate Finance and Advisory Team.

Jon is a Fellow of the ICAEW and also has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leeds.  In 2006 he was appointed as an Executive Director of Gulf Keystone Petroleum, followed by Sterling Energy plc in 2008, where he was Finance Director.  He subsequently joined Lamprell plc as Chief Financial Officer in 2011.  Jon was appointed to the Board of Directors in July 2013.

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Helge Hammer

Chief Operating Officer

Helge joined the Company in 2006, where he is Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to joining Faroe Petroleum he was Asset Manager and deputy Managing Director at Paladin Resources.  He holds a degree in Petroleum Engineering from NTH University of Trondheim and in Economics from Institut Francais du Petrol in Paris.  In addition, he worked for Shell for 13 years as a Reservoir Engineer, Team Leader and Business Manager in Norway, Oman, Australia and The Netherlands.

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Roger Witts FCA

Independent Non-Executive Director

Roger has over 40 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry.  Whilst he has broad senior management experience in the upstream industry he has specific expertise in financial and tax planning, economic appraisal, debt finance and risk management.

Roger qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1970 with Coopers and Lybrand and then moved to The British Land Company in 1972 as financial controller of two quoted subsidiaries. His oil industry experience started with Petrofina in 1976 where he held a number of senior positions including Managing Director of a combustion engineering subsidiary and Finance Director of Fina Exploration Company.  He was Finance Director of Thomson North Sea from 1984 to 1989 and of Seafield Resources from 1990 to 1997.  Roger was appointed to the board in May 2007 as part time Finance Director and became a Non-Executive Director in May 2009.   Roger intends to stand down from the board at the 2019 AGM having chaired the Audit Committee through the 2018 financial year.

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Jorunn Saetre

Independent Non-Executive Director

Jorunn is a chemical engineer by background who progressed to senior positions with Halliburton in Norway, Europe and the USA over a 30 year period.  She was appointed to the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director in September 2014.

Her roles included serving as Director of Halliburton’s European Research Centre, Head of Halliburton’s overall Scandinavian operations and responsibility for global Production Enhancement activities.  In 2008, she was the first to be awarded the title of “Oil Woman of the Year” by the Stavanger Society of Petroleum Engineers.  Jorunn is currently the manager of the Stavanger office and business development of AGR and is a member of the corporate assembly of Hydro ASA, and a  non executive director of Oslo Bergen Trondheim Stavanger Idag.

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Brent Cheshire

Independent Non-Executive Director

Brent Cheshire CBE commenced his career with Shell as a geologist in its exploration and production division, eventually spending 14 years with the group.

In 1991, he joined Amerada Hess, holding a number of senior positions, latterly as Senior Vice President for E&P Worldwide Technology, where he was responsible for all global technical activities.

In 2004, he became DONG Energy’s first UK employee, as managing director of its UK E&P business.  Over the next 13 years, eventually becoming managing director of DONG Wind Power and Chairman of its entire UK operations, he developed the business into one of the largest acreage holders West of Shetland and the leading offshore wind developer in the UK.

Brent holds an Honours degree in Geology and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Durham University where he is currently a Professor in Practice within the Engineering Faculty. He was appointed to the Board in October 2017.

In 2018 he was appointed a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to the Renewable Energy Sector.


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Katherine Roe

Independent Non-Executive Director

Katherine’s career has been in investment banking in the City of London, starting with Morgan Stanley and then as a Director of investment banking at Panmure Gordon.

For the last four years, she headed up Panmure Gordon’s natural resources team and has extensive experience in oil and gas transactions, advising companies on a range of strategic options and equity capital fund raisings and has led many capital markets and M&A transactions.

Katherine is the CFO of Wentworth Resources Limited, an Aim quoted and Oslo Børs listed, oil and gas company with interests in Tanzania and Mozambique. Katherine’s appointment to the Board of the Company takes effect from 1 July 2018 and she will take over the chair of the Audit Committee when Roger Witts steps down at the 2019 annual general meeting.