Born in England in 1956. Graduated from University of newcastle upon Tyne, with a B.Sc. in Geology in 1978, and a PhD in Geochemestry in 1981.
Joined Exxon in 1981 and worked in UK, France and US as an Explorating and Production Geologist.
He joined Lasmo in 1989 and has held numerous posts including Business Development Director, responsible for Latin American Business.
He took up present post in September 1997 after leading the team that successfully bid for the operatorship of the Dacion field in eastern Venezuela.