Management TeamThe board and management of Oyster has a very experienced and successful track record in the Exploration and Production (E&P) sector operating in the US, European and emerging markets of Africa, Middle East and Asia.
Director, Chief Executive Officer, President
Mike is the founder of Oyster and Gas and has over 30 years of experience in the international energy business. Mike has held various executive positions in a number of publicly listed companies. He started his career with Gulf Oil and Conoco and is a qualified accountant. Mike was formerly President, CEO and CFO of Heritage Oil Corporation and was responsible for the development of the company's portfolio in Africa and Middle East as well as the listing of Heritage as a public company. In 2004 he was a founder of Candax Energy Inc. As President and CEO he was responsible for the acquisition of various producing oil and gas fields in Tunisia as well as other exploration activities; Candax was listed on TSX in 2005. Mike has a long and successful track record in leadership, negotiating transactions, and raising significant capital; generating outstanding returns for shareholders.
Chief Financial Officer
Bruce is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCA) in England, a Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) and holds a BA (Hons) degree in Accountancy. Having spent 30 years between London and the offshore fiduciary industry in Guernsey, he has gained broad experience with international businesses in the hydrocarbon industry, financial services and other multinational operations.
Phil has over 35 years of experience as a geoscientist in the international energy sector. Phil worked with Shell for 13 years in various international roles; including three years in Nigeria. He then moved to head up the geophysics group at Energy Resource Consultants (ERC), a major UK consultancy group, transitioning with the management team to become Chief Geophysicist at PGS Atlantis. Phil's experience is derived from his extensive leadership in a wide variety of international locations and geological settings, including the design, implementation and management of exploration programs and technical evaluations. Since 2004, Phil has undertaken numerous international exploration assignments as a consultant.
Shaji has more than 35 years of experience in Upstream Oil & Gas Exploration & Production in the Middle East and Africa. He started his career with Elf Petroleum in Oman and continued with Occidental Petroleum in the capacity of Chief Accountant. Then he became Finance & Administrative Manager with International Petroleum Corporation in Oman. After working in Occidental Qatar, he joined Triton Energy Inc. as General Manager and continued as General Manager of Atlantis Oman Ltd. Before joining Oyster, he was the General Manager of Candax Energy Ltd in their operations in Madagascar. He is experienced in many major contract negotiations, managing survey operations, drilling and production. He has a Master's degree in Commerce from an Indian University and various qualifications in Finance & Management.