Pharos Energy is guided by a board with diverse experience, knowledge, skills and backgrounds.

This diversity gives us a wide and well-informed global outlook, and drives our strategy based on business efficiency and increasingly valuable new ventures.

Board of Directors

Experienced leaders guiding our future


John Martin

Non-Executive Chair

Appointed: October 2019

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John has more than 30 years’ experience in international banking in the oil and gas industry and was a Senior Managing Director in the Oil and Gas team at Standard Chartered Bank. Prior to joining Standard Chartered in 2007, John worked for ABN Amro for 26 years, specialising in the energy sector. John has served as the Senior Vice President of the World Petroleum Council, and as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Rockhopper Exploration plc. He was previously Chairman of Falkland Oil and Gas Limited, an Independent Non-Executive Director on the board of Bowleven plc and, an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Total E&P UK Limited.


Rob Gray

Deputy Chair, Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director

Appointed: December 2013

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Rob has been an adviser to the natural resources sector for more than 30 years. Rob qualified as a solicitor in 1981 at Allen & Overy and then went on to help establish James Capel & Co. Petroleum Services, a successful advisory and Mergers & Acquisitions practice. Rob’s experience includes 13 years at Deutsche Bank where he was latterly a Senior Advisor having been Chairman of UK Investment Banking for five years and formerly Global Head of Natural Resources. Rob was previously a Director and Head of the Natural Resource Group at Robert Fleming & Co. Ltd. for four years, a group which he established. Between 2000 and 2010, Rob was an Advisory Board Member for Heerema Marine Contractors. Rob was a co-founder of RegEnersys, a natural resources investment entity and is currently the principal of ReVysion LLP. In 2018 Rob was appointed an adviser to the T2 Energy Transition Fund of Tikehau Capital.


Marianne Daryabegui

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: 15 March 2019

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Marianne is currently a Managing Director at Natixis, and was previously the Head of Natural Resources at BNP Paribas in Paris, France. She has extensive experience in oil and gas corporate transactions and capital markets and has advised oil majors, independent E&Ps and national oil companies. Prior to leading the Oil and Gas Corporate Finance Team in 2006, Marianne worked for eight years in BNP Paribas’ Energy Commodities Export Project Department where she headed the Commodity Structure Finance team for the Middle East and Africa. Before joining the banking sector Marianne spent eight years at TOTAL. Marianne has a Master’s degree in Finance and Capital Markets from Sciences Po University, Paris and a Masters in Tax and Corporate Law.


Lisa Mitchell

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: 1 April 2020

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Lisa is currently the Chief Financial Officer of San Leon Energy plc. Lisa is an experienced CFO with over 25 years’ international experience, across the oil and gas, mining and the pharmaceutical industries. She was most recently CFO and Executive Director of Lekoil Limited the African focused oil and gas exploration and production company with interests in Nigeria. Previously, Lisa was CFO and Executive Director at Ophir Energy plc, formerly a FTSE 250 company where she was responsible for contributing to the overall business strategy of Ophir; leading the finance function including all financial, taxation, treasury and funding requirements and investor relations. Lisa’s previous roles include CSL Limited, and Mobil Oil Australia. Lisa is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA Australia) and holds a Bachelor of Economics (major in Accounting) from La Trobe University, Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia.


Geoffrey Green

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: 20 May 2020

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Geoffrey Green currently serves on the Board of Vedanta Resources Limited where he is also Chair of the Remuneration Committee. Geoffrey has many years of legal and commercial experience in advising major UK listed companies on corporate and governance issues, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Geoffrey retired as a partner of Ashurst LLP in 2013, a leading international law firm, after 30 years as a partner and 10 years of service as the senior partner and chair of its management board. He served as head of Ashurst’s Asia practice from 2009 to 2013, based in Hong Kong, and was responsible for leading the firm’s strategy and business development for the region. Geoffrey is currently also the Non-Executive chair of the Financial Reporting Review Panel, one of the main subsidiary bodies of the Financial Reporting Council. He has a degree in law from Cambridge University and qualified as a solicitor at Ashurst LLP.


Ed Story

President and Chief Executive Officer

Appointed: April 1997

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Ed was a founding Director of the Group. Under his leadership, the Group acquired its principal assets in Vietnam and progressed the assets from initial exploration through to being one of the largest producing fields in Vietnam. Ed has over 50 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, beginning with various roles at Exxon Corporation, including seven years resident in the Far East. He was formerly the Vice President and CFO of The Superior Oil Company, a co-founder and Vice Chairman of Conquest Exploration Company and a co-founder and President of Snyder Oil Corporation’s international subsidiary, which merged its Australian-controlled entity, Command Petroleum, into Cairn Energy. Ed was a non-executive Director of Cairn Energy plc until 2008 and Cairn India Limited until 2017. Ed is currently a Non-Executive Director of Vedanta Resources plc and a founder and member of the Cleveland Clinic International Leadership Board.


Jann Brown

Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer

Appointed: November 2017

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Jann served as co-head of the Company's Business Development group between February 2017 and November 2017 before her appointment to the Board. Jann currently serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Troy Income and Growth Trust plc and of the Scottish Ballet. Jann previously served as an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of John Wood Group P.L.C. and was formerly the Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of Cairn Energy plc where she had responsibility for project managing Cairn India Limited’s initial public offering. Jann also previously served as the Joint Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Magna Energy Limited, of which she was also co-founder and is a past president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.


Dr Mike Watts

Managing Director

Appointed: November 2017

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Mike served as co-head of the Company’s Business Development group between February 2017 and November 2017, and as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Board between August 2009 and January 2017. He was formerly the Deputy Chief Executive of Cairn Energy plc and the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Amsterdam listed Holland Sea Search Holding NV. Mike joined Royal Dutch Shell in 1980 and has nearly 40 years of oil industry experience. He has been associated with over 50 oil and gas discoveries. Mike was also the architect of the South Asia strategy at Holland Sea Search and Cairn, which led to the creation of a >200,000 boepd business. Mike has held senior technical and management roles with Premier Oil, Burmah and Shell and as Joint Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Magna Energy Limited.

Management team

Our management team works across every part of the company, bringing their experience and perspective to the strategic development of the business.

Fiona Carr

Group Head of HR

Ian Halstead

General Manager - Egypt

Mohamed Sayed

Group Head of Technical

Sharan Dhami

Group Head of Investor Relations

Sue Rivett

Group Head of Finance & General Manager, UK

Vincent Duignan

Group Exploration Manager & General Manager - South East Asia