Board of Directors
| Brian Hall
Brian Hall has managed the Company since 1991, leading it into Russia in 1994 and profitably exiting its main Russian project in 2001. In the 1970s he was a member of the team which developed Argyll, the UK North Sea’s first producing oilfield, since which he has worked continuously in the international oil industry. Under his management Aminex has worked in Russia, the USA, Tanzania, Kenya, Egypt, Madagascar, Tunisia and Pakistan. He serves or has served on the boards of five publicly-traded resources companies and has held executive roles in several others. He is a Chartered Accountant and was a co-founder of Halyard Offshore, an offshore industry consulting company. In December 2011 Mr. Hall retired from an executive role in the Company and in February 2012 was co-opted on to the Audit and Remuneration committees. In January 2013, he resumed the role of Executive Chairman as an interim appointment following the departure of Mr Stuard Detmer. Mr. Hall has stepped down from his memberships of the Audit and Remuneration Committees while he has executive responsibilities. In 2012 Mr. Hall joined the Boards of AIM-listed Great Western Mining Corporation PLC and the privately-owned Canyon Oil & Gas Ltd as a non-executive director.
Group Exploration Director
Mike Rego is a Petroleum Geologist. He joined Aminex in 1998 as Resident Manager in Tatarstan (Russia), becoming Group Exploration Manager in 2001 and Group Exploration Director in 2006. He has previously worked for BP, LASMO and other oil companies and has lived and worked in Russia, Libya, Egypt and USA as well as in the United Kingdom. Mike Rego is well known in the oil industry for his work on the East African Margin. He is a geology graduate from the University of Swansea, UK.
Executive Director and President Aminex USA, Inc.
Tony Prado has been associated with companies which are now within the Aminex group since 1984 and joined Aminex full-time in 1994 as president of the group’s US subsidiaries. He has full responsibility for the Group’s operations in the USA and is also involved in the Group’s international operations. He was formerly vice-president finance at City Exploration Company of Houston, Texas and for nine years managed its Latin American operations, including oil production in the Republic of Ecuador. He has held a number of management roles in other US oil and gas companies. Tony Prado holds an MBA from the University of Arizona and became a Director of Aminex in 1996.
David Hooker has managed several oil and gas exploration and production companies, including Candecca Resources Ltd, Plascom Ltd. (a subsidiary of Tarmac plc) and Aberdeen Petroleum plc. From 1993 to 1995 he was Chairman of Bakyrchic Gold plc. He is a non-executive director of Oceaneering International Inc, a US corporation, and various other companies. David Hooker was appointed a Director of Aminex in June 2001. He is a graduate of Cambridge University and holds degrees in law and geology.
Derek Tughan was formerly a partner in Tughans a leading firm of solicitors in Northern Ireland. He built a property company with a portfolio of development and investment properties throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland. He has previously served as Chairman of Ewart PLC and Ashquay Group PLC and was a Belfast Harbour Commissioner for ten years. He joined the board of Aminex in March 1991 and was Chairman from June 2006 until June 2007.
Andrew Hay has spent his career in investment banking in London and New York. Since 1999 he has been Head of Corporate Finance at LCF Edmond de Rothschild Securities Ltd., the London arm of the LCF Rothschild Group. He is a graduate of Oxford University and in the past has held senior positions at both Schroders and ING Barings. Andrew Hay has been advising Aminex since 2002 and was appointed a Director in April 2007.
Keith Phair has spent the majority of his career with major international banks, with senior global product management positions in capital markets. He holds a MBA from The London Business School and has acted as a capital markets consultant to major companies and pension funds, also advising on strategic issues. He has been an active and engaged investor in various oil and gas exploration companies for many years.