Board of Directors

John Kennedy
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Non-Executive Chairman

Appointed: June 2012

Experience: John Kennedy trained originally as an engineer and subsequently spent much of his career in senior management roles. He started his career at Schlumberger and then moved to Halliburton where he held the role of Executive Vice-President. He was Executive Chairman of Wellstream Holdings PLC from 2003 until its acquisition by GE. He is an adviser to several oilfield service companies. In 1993, Mr Kennedy received the Sloan Fellowship from the London Business School. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

External appointments: None

Committees: Nomination & Governance Committee

Christopher McDonald
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Chief Executive Officer

Appointed: October 2016

Experience: Christopher McDonald has over 24 years’ experience in the EPC and oilfield services sectors. Before joining Lamprell, Christopher held the position of Executive Vice-President and Group Head of Business Development with Petrofac. From 2007 to 2010, Mr McDonald cofounded and helped to run a boutique private equity firm in London. Prior to that he spent 18 years with Halliburton/KBR starting his career in engineering and the sales function before becoming Vice President with responsibility for the KBR Development Co. and the KBR/JGC gas alliance, during which time he served on the board of M.W. Kellogg Ltd. Christopher has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.

External appointments: None 

Committees: None

 

Tony Wright
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Chief Financial Officer

Appointed: August 2015

Experience: Tony Wright joined Lamprell in January 2013 as Vice-President, Finance and in November 2014 Tony stepped into the role of Deputy CFO, followed by a promotion to Chief Financial Officer in August 2015. Tony is a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant with over 15 years’ experience working in the Oil and Gas and Construction industries. Since 2010 Tony has been working with the Leighton Holdings Group in Malaysia and the UAE, most recently with the Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG). Prior to joining Leighton, he spent 5 years as Group CFO with Dubai based oilfield EPC firm Global Process Systems (GPS). When in the UK, Tony held senior finance positions with Input/Output Inc and the Expro Group.

External appointments: None 

Committees: None

Ellis Armstrong
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Senior Independent Director

Appointed: May 2013

Experience: Ellis Armstrong is a senior executive within the energy industry with broad international experience. Mr Armstrong worked for more than 30 years with BP, where he held a range of operational and leadership roles including line operating roles in the North Sea and Alaska, VP for Latin America and Caribbean, Head of Technology and, most recently, CFO (Exploration & Production). Mr Armstrong is a Chartered Engineer with a BSc and a PhD, both in Civil Engineering, from Imperial College, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Stanford.

External appointments:
 Non-Executive Director of Lloyd’s Register Group, Non-Executive Director of Pacific Energy Limited.

Committees: Audit & Risk Committee, Nomination & Governance Committee, Remuneration Committee, Committee Chairman

John Malcolm
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Non-Executive Director

Appointed: May 2013

Experience: After 25 years with Shell, John Malcolm retired in 2010 to become an independent consultant to the energy industry. During his tenure at Shell, he held several senior positions including as Managing Director for Petroleum Development Oman. In 2015 he joined the Oman Oil Co. Exploration & Production as Executive Managing Director. Dr Malcolm is a Chartered Engineer with the UK Engineering Council and has a PhD in Process Control Systems, from Heriot Watt University which he obtained in 1975.

External appointments:
 Non-Executive Director of Partex Oil and Gas (Holdings) Corp., Director of Bellwood Enterprises Ltd., Chairman of Abraj Energy Services SAOC.

Committees: Audit & Risk Committee, Nomination & Governance Committee, Remuneration Committee, Committee Chairman

 

Mel Fitzgerald
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Non-Executive Director

Appointed: August 2015

Experience: Mel Fitzgerald has over 30 years’ experience in the energy industry and currently acts as a director to a number of companies, notably in the role of Chairman for Suretank Group Limited. Mr Fitzgerald served as CEO and Board Director at Subsea 7 for seven years until 2012 and has a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Ireland and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Kingston. He is also a chartered engineer. In July 2015 Mr Fitzgerald was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Business Administration (HonDBA) by Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen in recognition of his contribution to the UK oil & gas industry.

External appointments: Chairman of Suretank Group Limited, Director/shareholder of Cathx Ocean 

Committees: Audit & Risk Committee, Nomination & Governance Committee

 

 

Debra Valentine
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Non-Executive Director

Appointed: August 2015

Experience: Debra Valentine has experience in heavy industries, having led government relations, governance, risk and legal functions across global jurisdictions. She also has expertise in competition and anti-trust issues. Ms Valentine worked at United Technologies Corporation and as a partner with the law firm O’Melveny & Myers, as well as serving as general counsel at the US Federal Trade Commission from 1997 until 2001. Most recently, she was Group executive, Legal & Regulatory Affairs for Rio Tinto. Ms Valentine has an AB magna cum laude from Princeton University and a JD from Yale University, and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

External appointments: None 

Committees: Nomination & Governance Committee, Remuneration Committee

 

Nicholas Garrett
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Non-Executive Director

Appointed: March 2017

Experience: In his 23-year career at J.P. Morgan Cazenove, Nicholas Garrett advised a wide range of companies on the delivery of their growth strategy, corporate transactions and access to capital. In his role as the Head of the IPO/Execution team he worked on Lamprell’s listing in 2006, as well as being involved in listings of numerous companies on the London market. Prior to this, from 1989 to 2001, Mr Garrett worked at J.P. Morgan Cazenove in a variety of corporate finance advisory and broking roles. Since 2012, Mr Garrett has been consulting for various private companies on their growth strategy and access to funding. Mr Garrett has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Geography from the University of Reading and is a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

External appointments: Director of Garrett & Read Ltd., Director of Colburn East Ltd., Director of Steeple Topco Ltd 

Committees: None