Former Ithaca chief executive officer joins Jersey Oil and Gas board

Les Thomas, Jersey Oil & Gas independent non-executive director

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JERSEY Oil and Gas has announced the appointment of Les Thomas to its board as an independent non-executive director.

Mr Thomas has more than 35 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, in various subsurface, engineering, operational and senior management positions.

He was formerly chief executive officer of Ithaca Energy Inc. from 2013 to 2020 and previously served for eight years on the board of John Wood Group plc, as chief executive of its production facilities business and the group director responsible for HSE.

Prior to this, he spent 22 years with Marathon Oil UK Limited in various locations and roles, including four years as European Business unit leader.

Mr Thomas is also an independent director of Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited, a joint venture between Repsol and Sinopec with a significant UK North Sea portfolio, as well as serving as a non-executive director of Avingtrans Plc, an AIM quoted engineering and manufacturing business.

Marcus Stanton, Jersey Oil & Gas chairman, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Les to the company as an independent non-executive director. 

“Throughout his career to date, he has helped oil companies to develop projects successfully, deploying subsurface, commercial and project management expertise. 

“Most recently, he led Ithaca Energy through a significant growth phase, including the acquisition of Chevron’s UK North Sea portfolio. 

“His wealth of experience in the UK North Sea leading upstream and services businesses will be of significant value to JOG as we progress our Greater Buchan Area development project and take the Company through its next phase of growth. 

“We look forward to working closely with Les and benefitting from his highly relevant North Sea industry experience.”

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