Appointed: 24 April 2017
Committee memberships: Chairman of the Nomination Committee, and member of the Reserves Committee.
Key skills and experience: Stephen Whyte has almost 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. A significant part of his career has been spent at Royal Dutch Shell, where he held a variety of technical and commercial roles, and he also spent six years with UK Independent Clyde Petroleum, as Exploration Leader and then Commercial Director. Having left Royal Dutch Shell in 2011, Stephen became SVP, Europe and Central Asia, Commercial, for BG Group. Latterly he was Head of Exploration and Production at Galp Energia, Portugal’s largest listed company, where he also served on the Board. Between July 2016 and January 2018 Stephen was the Non-Executive Chairman of Sound Energy plc.
Current external appointments: Stephen is a Non-Executive Director of Echo Energy plc, and an Independent Non-Executive Director of KazMunaiGas.
Appointed: As an Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer 12 July 2015
Key skills and experience: Murat Özgül joined Genel in 2008 as Chief Commercial Officer and was responsible for leading its merger with Vallares PLC in 2011. From his roles within Genel Murat brings his experience within the industry, leadership, and foreign affairs to the Board.
Previous relevant experience: Prior to joining the Company, Murat was the CEO of INTA Spaceturk, an imaging satellite operating company, and held engineering and managerial positions at Roketsan and INTA Defense.
Appointed: 2 June 2011.
Committee memberships: Chairman of the Audit Committee, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee, and member of the Nomination Committee.
Key skills and experience: George brings with him recent and relevant financial experience. Until March 2011 George served as the Group Financial Director and member of the Board of BAE Systems plc a position he held for 13 years. George is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has a wealth of experience in governance to draw on from his former appointment as Non-Executive Chairman of the Audit Committee of Laing O’Rourke plc amongst other appointments.
Current external appointments: George is the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Experian plc and on 16 February 2016 George was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of EXPO 2020 LLC.
Previous relevant experience: George retired from the Board of National Grid plc in July 2013, where he served as a Non-Executive Director and was Chairman of the Audit Committee. Other past Non-Executive Directorships include Orange plc and Saab AB. He was previously a member of the UK’s Financial Reporting Review Panel and the Industrial Development Advisory Board. George’s earlier career consisted of several financial management positions in the automotive sector, at Ford Motor Company, Leyland Vehicles Ltd and the Rover Group.
Appointed: 21 November 2011.
Committee memberships: Chairman of the HSSE Committee, member of the Remuneration Committee, and of the Audit Committee.
Key skills and experience: Mehmet brings with him his expertise in foreign affairs and the oil and gas industry having previously served as Director for International Government and Corporate Affairs at BG Group (2005-2011) and as a Turkish diplomat in Ankara, Beijing, Brussels and Paris (1986-1994).
Current external appointments: Mehmet is currently Chairman of Global Resources Partnership, a natural resources strategy group. In February 2016 Mehmet was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Saudi Crown Holding. He was also appointed as an Independent Board member of Şişecam Group in April 2015 and as the Energy Charter Secretary – General’s special envoy for the MENA region in March 2013. Since September 2013 he has led the Bosphorus Energy Club, a gathering of top energy, investment and geopolitical executives in Eurasia, MENA and Southeast Europe.
Previous relevant experience: Mehmet served as the head of the OECD’s global forum on international investment and regional outreach programmes (2000-2005) and the Principal Administrator for Asia-Pacific and Latin America at the International Energy Agency (1994-2000).
Key skills and experience: Nazli has experience in managing and leading large corporations. Between 2004 and August 2014 Nazli worked at Digiturk, a leading satellite broadcasting network. She was Chief Content Officer between 2007 and August 2014, with primary responsibility for overseeing all content acquisitions, production and creative services (including on-air promotion and print TV guides) and overall content strategy.
Previous relevant experience: Until 2013 Nazli was also a board member of Turkcell lletisim Hizmetleri A.S a leading GSM operator in Turkey. Turkcell’s shares trade on the Istanbul (IMKB) and New York Stock Exchanges (NYSE).
Appointed: 11 September 2017.
Committee memberships: Chairman of the Reserves Committee and member of the Nomination Committee, and of the HSSE Committee.
Key skills and experience: Tim Bushell is a qualified geologist with over 35 years’ experience working in the oil and gas sector. He has worked at British Gas, Ultramar, LASMO, and Paladin Resources. Most recently Tim spent a decade as Chief Executive Officer at Falkland Oil and Gas Limited, and was co-founder of Core Energy AS. He is currently serving on the Boards of Petro Matad, Rockhopper Exploration, and Point Resources.
Current external appointments: Tim is a Non-Executive Director at Petro Matad, Rockhopper Exploration, and Point Resources.
Committee memberships: Member of the Audit Committee, and of the Remuneration Committee.
Key skills and experience: Martin Gudgeon has significant financial and corporate experience, and is a Partner at PJT Partners. Prior to joining PJT Partners he worked at Blackstone for eight years, serving as a Senior Managing Director, and was the Chief Executive at Close Brothers Corporate Finance. Before that, he was at Hill Samuel, including two years on secondment to Macquarie Bank in Sydney, Australia.
Current external appointments: None.