MANAGEMENT

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER – BRIAN LARKIN

Brian is the founding director of United Oil and Gas Limited.

He is a Qualified Accountant and has an MBA from Dublin City University. He has extensive oil and gas industry experience having worked for both Tullow Oil Plc (“Tullow Oil”) and Providence Resources Plc (“Providence”). At Tullow Oil, Brian held positions in both finance and commercial, and worked on a variety of production, development and exploration projects in South America and Asia and carried out numerous investment case recommendations.

At Providence, he worked in senior finance and commercial positions. During his time with Providence, Brian worked on a wide portfolio of assets in regions including the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Ireland, onshore United Kingdom, and offshore Nigeria.

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER – JONATHAN LEATHER

Jonathan has 18 years experience in the oil industry and holds a Geology degree from Oxford University, a PhD in Sedimentology from Trinity College, Dublin, and an MBA from Warwick University. He worked for Tullow Oil from 2007 to 2015, where he held a number of senior positions, including membership of the Global Exploration Leadership Team. He also managed Tullow’s Subsurface Technology Group – a team he established and built up to provide specialist technical input across the company in both exploration and development. As part of this, he worked on global assets and opportunities ranging from onshore producing fields to deepwater frontier exploration.

Prior to Tullow Oil, Jonathan worked for Shell UK Ltd. During his time there he was involved in a number of exploration and development projects, and worked on North Sea, European, Middle Eastern and Malaysian assets.

Chief Financial Officer, David Quirke

David has 17 years of treasury and corporate finance experience in the upstream oil and gas sector. He established and led the Tullow Oil Group Treasury function for a fifteen-year period from 2003 to 2017, supporting a period of transformational growth. He has extensive experience of the key exploration & production (‘E&P’) debt and equity instruments such as Reserves Based Lending Facilities, Acquisition Facilities, Corporate Bonds, Trade Finance Facilities and Equity Transactions. More recently, David acted as a Treasury and Financial Consultant advising Assala Energy on their corporate finance and treasury following the acquisition of Shell’s onshore assets in Gabon. He has also supported a number of small E & P companies in managing their capital structure and developing financial strategies. David is a qualified chartered management accountant.  He holds a BA in Law and Accounting from the University of Limerick. 

NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, GRAHAM MARTIN

Graham is an experienced senior natural resources executive and brings a wealth of international expertise. He is currently a Non-Executive Director at Kenmare Resources plc, one of the leading global producers of titanium minerals and zircon listed in London and Dublin. He has also previously served as an Executive Director, General Counsel and Company Secretary at Tullow Oil plc. From 1997 until 2016, Graham was centrally involved in the growth of Tullow Oil plc into a FTSE100 business, and in the company’s transformative M&A programme. Prior to Tullow Oil plc, Graham was a partner at the US energy law firm Vinson & Elkins LLP, having started his legal career in Scotland.

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – ALBERTO CATTARUZZA

Alberto graduated as a Chemical Engineer from the University of Padua and, having worked in
Germany for LURGI GmbH, he returned to Italy in 1966 and joined Chevron Oil Italiana s.p.a. In 1995, Alberto joined the Oilinvest Group, operating in Europe under the brand name Tamoil, as Managing Director of their German affiliate.

He was later appointed Oilinvest Refining & Marketing Officer and a board member of several other group companies. In 2001, Alberto started an independent entity providing technical and business consultancy services in the oil sector and is co-founder of Il Delfino, a non-profit cultural association.