InfraStrata plc has assembled a highly skilled team with the necessary international experience to execute its long-term strategic goal of developing and commercialising advanced high-value energy infrastructure projects across the globe.
A focused and motivated team of professionals with the technical, commercial and financial skills to build InfraStrata into a world leader in the energy infrastructure sector.
Chief Executive Officer
John has enjoyed a distinguished career within the Oil and Gas sector, holding senior posts with BAE Systems, and was more recently the Global Head of Oil and Gas with Aurecon, a global engineering and advisory firm.
He has successfully undertaken projects in Australia, the USA, Africa, Europe and the UK, building up extensive experience delivering pre-FEED and FEED (Front End Engineering Design), FID (Final Investment Decision) and EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contracts involving storage and infrastructure developments.
Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer at InfraStrata plc, John worked as a consultant for the company, and was closely involved in negotiating and agreeing FEED contracts for the Islandmagee gas storage facility with Costain, DEEP KBB and WSP, as well as the appointment of Evan Passaris (Atkins) as a specialist in salt cavern gas storage. During that time, John managed all FEED related activities on behalf of the company.
John is ideally suited to overseeing the operational areas of InfraStrata’s Islandmagee gas storage project, given his wealth of technical experience across a wide range of similar developments. He is a well-known and highly respected industry professional and has extensive experience of working with InfraStrata’s FEED partners.
Chief Financial Officer (non-board)
Prior to his appointment as Chief Financial Officer, Andy had been operating as an independent consultant providing advice and assistance on finance and banking to corporates in the oil and gas sector, including most recently with InfraStrata plc, where he was instrumental in securing the financing to commence the FEED stage of the company’s Islandmagee gas storage project.
Before then, his most recent position was as Executive Director-Oil & Gas at Standard Chartered Bank, where he managed the bank’s global relationships with a number of oil and gas majors and independents.
Andy has over 11 years of oil and gas finance experience working for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Halifax Bank of Scotland, providing structured financing and project finance to corporates for oil and gas assets across Europe, Africa and the Americas.
He has significant experience of large engineering projects as, prior to entering banking, he spent 10 years in industry as a chartered mechanical engineer, where he designed topsides facilities for UK North Sea platforms, as well as designing fluidised catalytic cracking units for multiple refineries across Europe.
Andy holds a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University and an MBA from the London Business School.
Graham is a senior energy, oil and gas executive with over 30 years’ experience encompassing global technical, operational and commercial leadership roles.
He is currently a Director of Soncer Limited, a private Oil and Gas leadership consulting firm, undertaking board and executive positions for private and listed companies. He has actively led and advised on major M&A transactions and the financing and restructuring of companies and projects throughout the world.
In addition to his role as Non-Executive Chairman at InfraStrata plc, Graham is currently Executive Chairman at Comet Energy, a private Canadian oil and gas company and is Non-Executive Chairman of Pearland Energy, a Nigerian oil and gas company. He also chairs the Technical Advisory Committee and is a Board Adviser to Sirius Petroleum plc (AIM: SRSP).
Graham has previously held a number of board level positions at private and listed companies, including Non-Executive Chairman at Tarbagatay Munay LLP, a private Kazakhstani oil and gas company where he also chaired the Corporate Governance committee; Non-Executive Director at Hawkley Oil & Gas Limited (ASX: HOG); Non-Executive Director at Range Resources Limited (AIM: RRL, ASX: RRS), where he also chaired the Reserves committee and was a member of the Remuneration, Nomination and Corporate Governance committees; and CEO at MENA Hydrocarbons (TSX: MNH).
Before establishing Soncer Limited, Graham was Vice President of Petro-Canada (TSX: PCA), where he led business development for its international and offshore business unit, which was formerly the international company Veba Oil and Gas GmbH. In his earlier technical career he was a Petroleum Engineer at Shell and Chevron.
Matthew is a practising solicitor and quantity surveyor who has been primarily focused on the delivery of major built environment and infrastructure projects from conception to completion.
During the last 20 years he has been responsible for the contractual, operational and commercial performance of a portfolio of projects worth in aggregate over £3 billion. These have ranged from power plants to football stadia as well as major urban regeneration schemes. Within the last five years he has obtained significant experience and knowledge as Head of Capital Projects for a UK regional government authority.
Matthew has significant experience with the European Union (EU) funding framework, which the Board believes will be of great benefit to InfraStrata plc and will ensure that the company maximises its potential in this area.
Arun has spent the past 20 years within the commodities and infrastructure sector. While at Star Energy Group plc (now known as Petronas Energy Trading Ltd.), he was responsible for commercialising its 10BCF Humbly Grove Underground Gas Storage Project, including the negotiation and commercial delivery of the Gas Storage Agreement with Vitol SA as the capacity offtake client.
He also negotiated and executed agreements with the National Grid in relation to physical gas flows between the Humbly Grove gas storage facility and the National Transmission System. On the trading side, Arun set up trading desks for natural gas, power and carbon emissions for the group.
Following on from there, Arun was hired by Vitol Services Ltd. in London where he was actively trading carbon emissions and other commodities. He specialises in commercial negotiations and monetising assets underpinned by commodity flows as well as trading of commodities around such assets.
Arun is a qualified Chartered Accountant having completed his training with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Citibank N.A. in India. He has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India for the last 17 years post qualification, and also holds the designation of Certified Internal Auditor awarded to him by the Institute of Internal Auditors, Florida, USA.
Arun is also chair of the Audit Committee of InfraStrata plc.
Non-Executive Director of wholly-owned subsidiary, Islandmagee Storage Ltd