Board of Directors

John Kennedy
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Executive Chairman

Appointed: June 2012

Experience: John Kennedy is a highly experienced engineer who spent most of his executive career in the oilfield services sector. He started at Schlumberger and then moved to Halliburton where he ultimately held the role of Executive Vice-President. Mr Kennedy held the position of Executive Chairman of Wellstream Holdings Plc from 2003 until its successful acquisition by GE. Currently he serves as 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: Non-Executive Director of CRH plc (retiring), Non-Executive Chairman of Maxwell Drummond International Limited and BiFold Group Limited.

Committees: Member of the 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 oil and gas EPC and oilfield services sectors. Prior to his appointment Christopher held the position of Executive Vice-President and Group Head of Business Development with Petrofac. From 2007 to 2010, Mr McDonald co-founded and helped to run a boutique private equity firm in London. Prior to that he spent 18 years with Halliburton/KBR starting his career with five years in Engineering before progressing through the Sales function to become Commercial Vice President (Singapore/Australia) from 1996 to 2000. He then became Vice President and Officer with responsibility for the KBR Development Company and the KBR/JGC gas alliance during which time he served on the Board of MW 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

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 wide international experience. Mr Armstrong worked for more than 30 years with BP, where he held a variety 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 Lloyds Register Group, Non-Executive Director of InterOil. 

Committees: Member of the Nomination & Governance Committee, Member of the Audit & Risk Committee, Committee Chairman

John Malcolm
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Non-Executive Director

Appointed: May 2013

Experience: After 25 years with Shell International Exploration and Production, John Malcolm retired from Shell at the end of 2010 to become an independent consultant to the energy industry. During his tenure at Shell, he held various senior management positions including most recently as Managing Director for Petroleum Development Oman from 2002-2010. Mr Malcolm has been a Chartered Engineer with the UK Engineering Council since 1979 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 & Gas (Holdings) Corp., Executive Director of Aquamarine Power Ltd., Non-Executive Director of Oman Oil Co. Exploration & Production LLC, Director of Bellwood Enterprises Ltd.

Committees: Member of the Remuneration Committee, Member of the Nomination & Governance Committee, Committee Chairman

 

Mel Fitzgerald
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Non-Executive Director

Appointed: August 2015

Mel Fitzgerald has been in management roles within the energy industry for more than 30 years, with wide international experience covering operations and strategy all over the globe. Currently, Mr Fitzgerald acts as a director to a number of companies in the energy sector, notably in the role of Chairman for Suretank Group Limited (a company that manufactures tanks for the offshore oil and gas industry). Previously, Mr Fitzgerald served as the Chief Executive Officer and Board Director at Subsea 7 (a global contractor for the provision of seabed-to-surface engineering, construction and services to the offshore industry, listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange) for five years until 2012 including driving the strategy leading to the merger with Acergy SA in 2011. Mr Fitzgerald has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil/Structural) from the University of Ireland and a Masters 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 for his contribution to the UK oil and gas industry.

External appointments: None 

Committees: None

 

 

Debra Valentine
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Non-Executive Director

Appointed: August 2015

Debra Valentine is a seasoned executive with extensive experience in heavy industry, having led government relations, governance, risk and legal functions across complex global jurisdictions. Her current role is Group executive, Legal & Regulatory Affairs for Rio Tinto, a leading FTSE100 global mining group, and she has been a member of Rio Tinto's Executive Committee since 2009, contributing to the development and execution of the group's strategy. She has significant expertise in competition and anti-trust issues and has been involved in a number of significant corporate transactions, including the successful defence of a hostile takeover. Ms Valentine previously 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. 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: None