Helge Ansgar Hammer

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Helge has over 30 years’ technical and business experience and served as Chief Operating Officer of Faroe Petroleum from 2006 until 2019. Prior to joining Faroe Petroleum, he was Asset Manager and Deputy Managing Director at Paladin Resources. He holds a degree in Petroleum Engineering from NTH University in Trondheim and in Economics from the Institut Francais du Pétrole in Paris. In addition, he worked for Shell for 13 years as a Reservoir Engineer, Team Leader and Business Manager in Norway, Oman, Australia and the Netherlands. Helge is a founder of Longboat Energy.

Jonathan Robert Cooper

Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer

Jonathan has a broad range of experience in mergers, acquisitions, public offerings and financings. He is a chartered accountant by training having qualified with KPMG before joining Dresdner Kleinwort Benson (later Wasserstein) in their Oil and Gas Corporate Finance and Advisory Team. Jonathan is a Fellow of the ICAEW and also has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leeds. In 2006 he was appointed as an Executive Director of Gulf Keystone Petroleum, followed by Sterling Energy plc in 2008, where he was Finance Director. He subsequently joined Lamprell plc as Chief Financial Officer in 2011. Jonathan served as Chief Financial Officer of Faroe Petroleum Plc from 2013 until 2019. Jonathan is a founder of Longboat Energy.

Nick Ingrassia

Executive Director and Corporate Development Director

Nick has over 19 years’ experience across a wide range of corporate roles in-and-around the oil & gas industry. Nick started his career in banking with roles at Morgan Stanley (energy investment banking) and RBS (structured energy lending & debt advisory) before joining the industry working in business development roles with Valiant Petroleum plc (sold to Ithaca Energy inc in 2013), Salamander Energy plc (sold to Ophir Energy plc in 2015) and Faroe Petroleum plc (sold to DNO ASA in 2019). Most recently, he acted as UK Country Manager for DNO ASA. Nick has MA Hons degree from St Andrews University in Ancient History.

Julian Riddick

Company Secretary and Commercial Director

Julian is company secretary and commercial director and is one of the founders of Longboat Energy. He read geology at Leicester University and started his career as an exploration geologist with Consolidated Goldfields in Australia. Prior to Longboat, he was the Company Secretary and Commercial Director at Faroe Petroleum which he joined in 2002 prior to its admission to AIM and before that he was with Dana Petroleum where he held various financial and corporate positions.

Hilde Salthe

Managing Director, Norway

Petroleum geologist by background, has over 20 years’ industry experience with Shell, Statoil (Equinor), Talisman and Paladin. Ms Salthe was a key member of the Faroe technical team from 2008 until 2019 when the business was acquired by DNO ASA. Most recently, Ms Salthe was the Subsurface Manager of DNO’s North Sea Business Unit. Hilde has a Masters Degree from Faculty of Applied Earth Sciences at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.

Morten Rye-Larsen

Exploration Manager

Morten is a petroleum geologist from University of Bergen with over 35 years of experience  in the oil and gas industry. He was Exploration Manager for a start-up company, Fortis Petroleum, from 2011 to 2018, technical and managerial functions in Equinor with involvement in several oil and gas discoveries domestically and internationally. Morten started his career with Esso in Norway, Houston, and London with roles from basin screening, exploration to field development.

Per Torfinn Knudsen

Petroleum Technology Manager and BD Support

Per Torfinn has over 30 years’ technical and business experience and has served as Business Development Manager, Subsurface Manager and reservoir engineer in various oil companies. Prior to joining Longboat, he was BD manager in Edge Petroleum, Spike Exploration and Centrica. He worked for Statoil for 12 years as a reservoir engineer, subsurface manager and VP Business Development in Norway, UK and Azerbaijan. He holds a MSc degree in Petroleum Engineering from University of Stavanger and graduate studies in economics at University of Texas at Austin.