Impact Oil & Gas Limited, the Africa focussed specialist upstream explorer, has appointed James Berwick to its Board of Directors.
James joined Impact in June 2013 from Ophir, where he was responsible for the company’s commercial transactions. Since joining the company in June 2013 James has introduced several world class assets to the Impact portfolio and is a key member of the team driving the next stage of the Company’s growth.
James has over 14-years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, including as Ophir’s Director of New Business, prior to which he was general manager in Gabon and manager of several of Ophir’s operated assets throughout Africa. He was involved in the majority of Ophir’s acquisition and commercial transactions and the resulting growth in Ophir’s portfolio that led to its successful IPO on the main board of the London Stock Exchange in 2011. James developed an extensive network across Africa, and his knowledge of the regulatory and business environment has been a key factor in Impact’s recent successful acquisitions.
Mike Doherty, Impact’s Executive Chairman said:
“James has made an outstanding contribution to Impact since joining the team last year and played a major role in the Company’s acquisition of the recently announced new blocks in offshore Namibia and Guinea Bissau. I am delighted James will join our Board of Directors as his commercial knowledge and extensive network will help grow the strength of our team”.
James Berwick – biography
After serving 12 years in the military elite forces James joined Woodside Energy (Australia) as head of global security where he was responsible for group security and risk.
In 2006 he went on to join Ophir Energy. In his almost 8 year career at Ophir James served as general manager in Gabon, where he oversaw the 2008 drilling campaign, before going on to manage several of Ophir’s operated assets throughout Africa.
James moved into a commercial role in 2008 and was rapidly promoted to Director of New Business. In this role he was responsible for the majority of Ophir’s acquisition and commercial transactions and the resulting growth in Ophir’s portfolio that led to its successful IPO on the main board of the London Stock Exchange in 2011.
In a career spanning 14 years in the oil and gas industry, James has developed expertise in commercial transactions, business development, and operational management and is recognised for his extensive relationships across the oil and gas industry with super-majors, peer companies and industry advisers. Most notably, James has superb contacts and a first rate reputation with Governments across Africa, providing him with unparalleled access to a range of upstream opportunities which he has brought with him to Impact.
James is bilingual in English & French and has a master’s degree in law.