James Leahy - Mining and Oil & Gas
Having begun his career at the London Metal Exchange, James spent some 29 years in the mining industry as a specialist corporate broker, including mining finance, origination and equity sales. James has worked on a range of projects worldwide, ranging across industrial minerals, precious metals, copper, diamonds, coal, uranium and iron ore. Having worked at James Capel, Credit Lyonnais, Nedbank, Canaccord and Mirabaud, he has substantial experience with international institutional fund managers, hedge funds and sector specialists.
Over the years James has been involved in many flotations and a large number of primary and secondary placings, developing junior companies through to production and beyond. He is currently a director of Mineral Commodities Ltd, Bellzone Mining Ltd, Bacanora Minerals Limited and Forte Energy NL.
Myles Campion - Mining and Oil & Gas
Myles has a comprehensive background in all technical and financial facets of the resources sector, specialising internationally in resource evaluation and project assessment. This follows a ten year career as an exploration and mine site geologist in Australia covering base metals and gold. He holds a BSc.(Hons.) in Geology from University of Wales College, Cardiff and a MSc.(MinEx) from the Royal School of Mines in London, and also holds a Graduate Diploma of Business (Finance).
Myles’s financial experience ranges from Australian/UK equities research through to project and debt financing in London, covering the entire spectrum of mining companies with an extensive knowledge of the global resources market covering the three main bourses, the Toronto Stock Exchange, AIM and the ASX. This knowledge was applied effectively as a Fund Manager at Oceanic Asset Management, where he successfully managed the Australian Natural Resources Fund, an Open Ended Investment Company (OEIC) listed in London, steering the fund to an outperforming 50% return over five years.
Fleur Emery - Media
Fleur is a start-up entrepreneur and brand creative with a proven track record predicting emerging trends in media and FMCG. Two ranges of products that she created and branded are currently on sale at Wholefoods and Ocado, her first business Grasshopper Porridge having gone from concept to Waitrose in eighteen months.
Her range of all-natural lager Green & Pleasant sold into The Ritz Hotel and The Soho House Group three months after launch. Fleur co-owns design agency Emery Barnard with a client list that includes Howies, Herman ze German, Daylesford and Peppersmith and she is a guest lecturer on branding at UCL.
Fleur has been described as a role model for emerging businesswomen, was featured in the Observer Future 500 as one to watch and was this year nominated in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year category at Investor Allstars. Fleur is a regular contributor to radio including interviews on Monocle and BBC’s Woman’s Hour.
David Roberts - Oil & Gas
David Roberts has over 30 years experience in the Oil and Gas industry. He is Managing Director of Woodfall Consulting Ltd., a consultancy he founded in 1999 and which specialises in analysis of asset development and drilling performance in the upstream oil industry. His primary client is Independent Project Analysis Inc., a global consultancy whose niche is capital efficiency in E&P capital projects, and where diverse work involves cross-discipline definition of engineering maturity and complexity of ongoing individual projects up to $50bn, root cause analysis of the performance of completed projects, and process mapping of capital project developments.
Prior to establishing Woodfall Consulting, David worked at BP for 15 years, initially providing rock mechanics’ services to operational teams on issues such as wellbore stability and water injection, before moving on to become wells performance specialist, supporting global Drilling Management by coordinating BP’s worldwide wells performance management and benchmarking activities.
David has co-authored competent person reports (CPR’s) for AIM-listed E&P companies, and has performed drilling benchmarking studies for a major operator. He is a non-executive director of Tethys Petroleum Limited, the central Asia-focused oil and gas company, which is listed on the London and Toronto stock exchanges. David earned his Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) in Geophysical Science from Southampton University. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and acts as a SPE paper peer-reviewer.
Peter Jackson - Financial Services
Peter is a Chartered Accountant with over twenty years of City experience as both a corporate finance practitioner and a Stock Exchange regulator. At both the London Stock Exchange (“LSE”) and PLUS Markets PLC (“PLUS”), Peter was in charge of the regulatory departments responsible for monitoring proper market conduct and practice.
At the LSE, having initially been responsible for reviewing prospectuses and approving them for issue, his roles went on to include being Head of AIM Regulation and Head of Sponsor Regulation. At PLUS, as Director of Regulation, Peter was charged with ensuring the orderliness and integrity of the PLUS primary markets for companies, as well as for ensuring the orderliness of the trading of shares through the PLUS trading platform. Both at the LSE and at PLUS he was involved in setting, enforcing and prosecuting the rules for quoted companies and market participants. Whilst at PLUS Peter was also extensively involved in a major litigation against the LSE.
In the field of corporate finance, at both WH Ireland Limited and Novus Capital Markets Limited Peter was responsible for servicing the investment and advisory requirements of a range of public and private companies. In particular, at WH Ireland he brought some 20 companies to market as lead corporate finance adviser.
Philip Morgan - Oil & Gas
After graduating in mathematics at Warwick in 1972, Philip spent 10 years working for BP in a variety of roles in the Supply and Corporate Planning Departments, culminating in managing the Competitors’ Analysis Unit. Thereafter he moved into stockbroking, becoming the UK’s top ranked oil analyst at Warburg. After heading the oil teams of several other brokers, with stints also covering the Water and Chemicals sectors and writing investment strategy notes with an economic flavour, Philip became ranked number one again, this time in European Oil and Gas at BNP Paribas, where he worked for seven years. In recent years he has acted on a consultancy basis initially for WH Ireland, where he specialised in oil and gas companies alongside Philip Haydn-Slater and Paul Dudley, and latterly with HD Capital. In addition to this work, Philip manages his own portfolio, specialising in the oil and gas sector.