Our leadership

Neptune’s leadership team has abundant experience in upstream oil and gas. It combines talented individuals with successful track records in related senior roles.

Executive management

Sam Laidlaw

Executive Chairman

Sam Laidlaw

Executive Chairman

Sam is a founder of Neptune Energy and became its first Executive Chairman in 2015. His strong international operational track record in the oil and gas sector spans more than 30 years.

Previously, Sam served as CEO of Centrica plc, the integrated energy company engaged in sourcing, producing, trading and supplying energy and a range of related services. Sam has also been a member of the UK Government’s Energy Advisory Panel, President of the UK Offshore Operators Association, a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group, the Senior Director for the Department of Transport and a Non-executive Director of both HSBC Holdings plc and Hanson plc. Sam is a Non-executive Director of Rio Tinto plc and Chairman of the National Centre for Universities and Business.

Jim House

Chief Executive Officer

Jim House

Chief Executive Officer

Jim has more than 30 years’ experience across the International E&P industry in North America, Europe, North Africa and the North Sea.

Before taking on his role as CEO in January 2018, Jim spent 26 years at Apache Corporation, most recently as the Senior Vice President responsible for Egypt, Mid-continent US, Gulf Coast, Gulf of Mexico and International New Ventures. Jim has served on the Upstream Committee of the American Petroleum Institute, the US-Egypt Business Council within the US Chamber of Commerce, chaired the UK Oil Spill Prevention and Response Advisory Group plus the UK Production Efficiency Task Force while on the Council and Board of Oil and Gas UK. Jim serves on the Texas A&M University Petroleum Engineering Department Industry Board and is a Lifetime Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Armand Lumens

Chief Financial Officer

Armand Lumens

Chief Financial Officer

Armand became CFO in December 2018. He has worked in the oil and gas sector for more than 20 years and has a deep knowledge and experience of energy and capital markets.

Before joining the company, Armand was Group Chief Financial Officer at Louis Dreyfus Company. Prior to this, he spent 24 years with Shell in various senior financial roles, including as Chief Financial Officer of Shell Trading and Supply. Armand is also a Non-executive Director at Oryx Energies SA and V-Labs Virtual Reality.

Bruce Webb

VP Operations

Bruce Webb

VP Operations

Bruce was appointed as VP Operations in August 2018. He has more than 25 years’ international oil and gas experience in operational leadership roles.

Before joining Neptune, Bruce worked for DNO as COO based in Dubai, leading businesses in Iraq, Oman, Tunisia and Somaliland. Prior to this, he had a successful 23-year career with BP, starting as a graduate process engineer. moving on to leadership assignments in the North Sea, North America, Azerbaijan, Angola, as Global Director of Start-up and latterly as Vice President Operations and Head of Country for Algeria and Libya. Bruce is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Mark Richardson

VP Projects

Mark Richardson

VP Projects

Mark joined Neptune in March 2018, having previously worked for Apache and BP.

Before joining the industry, Mark was an officer with the Royal Engineers, serving with Commando Forces and specialising in military diving operations. He has served on the Subsea UK Board and the UK Engineering Construction Industry Training Board.

Gro Haatvedt

VP Exploration and Development

Gro Haatvedt

VP Exploration and Development

Gro joined Neptune in October 2018. She has more than 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry.

Previously, Gro was Senior Vice President for Exploration in Aker BP and held a variety of senior international roles in Equinor. Gro is a member of the Magseis Fairfield Board and Geo Trade Organisation, GTO in Norway.

Andrea Guerra

VP Reservoir Engineering

Andrea Guerra

VP Reservoir Engineering

Andrea joined Neptune in August 2018 as VP Reservoir Engineering. She has more than 18 years’ corporate international oil and gas sector experience.

Previously she worked at Apache, with senior management responsibilities for its North Sea Reservoir Engineering division, South America New Ventures, Corporate International Planning, and Corporate Reserves and Economics.

David Hemmings

VP Business Development

David Hemmings

VP Business Development

David, who joined Neptune in July 2018, has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate finance in the oil and gas sector.

David has a strong knowledge of capital markets in the Energy sector, having advised oil majors, exploration and production companies and national oil companies on mergers and acquisition and debt and equity financing. Previously, he was a Managing Director in the Energy and Power advisory group at Rothschild.

Julian Regan-Mears

Director of Corporate Affairs

Julian Regan-Mears

Director of Corporate Affairs

Julian joined Neptune in September 2018. He is responsible for investor relations, public affairs, media relations, internal communications and corporate responsibility.

Julian has more than 15 years’ experience leading international corporate communications functions, mostly in the energy and mining sectors, holding senior management positions with Centrica plc and De Beers Group. Earlier in his career, Julian led communications for Britvic plc’s listing. Julian is Chairman of the Corporate Responsibility Committee.

Amanda Chilcott

Group Human Resources Director

Amanda Chilcott

Group Human Resources Director

Amanda has more than 20 years’ international experience in human resources in a variety of global roles.

Amanda joined Neptune in December 2018. She brings an international mindset to the role. She has worked with the Ford Motor Company, BP and Aggreko in the UK, continental Europe, China and the USA. Amanda holds an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Kaveh Pourteymour

Chief Information Officer

Kaveh Pourteymour

Chief Information Officer

Kaveh joined joined Neptune in March 2019. Previously he was Vice President and CIO of Seadrill Management.

Prior to joining Seadrill, he held CIO roles with BP’s Global Refining and International Businesses and with BOC Edwards. He has also held roles with KPMG and Oracle. Since 2008, he has held the position of Adjunct Professor at the business school of Imperial College London.

Harald Knoebl

General Secretary

Harald Knoebl

General Secretary

Harald has 20 years’ experience as lawyer in the energy sector, mostly in upstream oil and gas.

Harald joined Neptune as General Secretary in February 2018 from ENGIE, where he led Governance, Legal, Ethics & Compliance, Audit and Communication teams. He holds a PhD in law and is a qualified attorney at the bar of Berlin, Germany.

Kick Sterkman

Head of HSEQ

Kick Sterkman

Head of HSEQ

Kick has 26 years’ experience in upstream oil and gas, mostly in operational leadership roles, working for Expro, Clyde Petroleum, Wintershall and Engie.

Kick joined Neptune as Head of HSEQ in February 2018 from ENGIE where he led health, safety, environment, quality and security teams. He holds a BSc in Maintenance Engineering, an MSc in Management from the Norwegian Business Institute in Oslo and an MSc in Human Factors and System Safety from Lund University.