2017 saw Ophir take important steps to adapt and right-size the business, meet key operational targets and replenish our exploration portfolio. Nevertheless, we are disappointed to have not yet achieved the Fortuna project FID despite having made significant progress on the project.
The Board and Senior Management bring a broad range of business skills and experience to the Company
Dr Carol Bell
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Dr Carol Bell was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in March 2015 and as Senior Independent Director on 31 March 2017. Carol Bell is Chairman of the Corporate Responsibility Committee and member of the Audit and Nomination Committees. Carol Bell has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry having enjoyed a successful career as a Managing Director of Chase Manhattan Bank’s Global Oil & Gas Group, Head of European Equity Research at JP Morgan and several years as an equity research analyst in the oil and gas sector at Credit Suisse First Boston and UBS Phillips & Drew. Dr Bell began her career in corporate planning and business development at Charterhouse Petroleum plc and RTZ Oil and Gas. Carol Bell currently sits on the Boards at Petroleum Geo-Services ASA, Bonheur ASA and Tharisa plc and until completion of the transaction, was a Non-Executive Director at Salamander Energy plc. She is also a Non-Executive Director of the BlackRock Commodities Income Investment Trust plc and sits on the board of Finance Wales, the venture capital arm of the Welsh Government.
Dr Bell holds an MA in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Archaeology from University College London.
Carol Bell is a trustee of the Renewable Energy Foundation (a UK think tank) the National Museum of Wales, The Wales Millennium Centre, The British School at Athens, the Institute for Archaeometallurgical Studies and a member of the Council of Cardiff University.