Chief Executive Officer
Between 2013 and 2018, James held the board-level position of Commercial Director of Impact, during which he oversaw a significant expansion of the company's activities, including the acquisition of six assets. Mr Berwick was also instrumental in securing farm-out agreements with operators including Exxon, Statoil, Woodside, CNOOC and Total.
At Ophir, James was Director of New Business (2006 - 2013) with responsibility for scaling up and managing the company's portfolio ahead of its successful IPO in 2011. As well as overseeing every commercial transaction completed during this period, he was also responsible for successfully de-risking Ophir's asset base within the constraints of available capex. James previously held the role of General Manager for Gabon where Ophir drilled several wells under his supervision and he managed the company's operated assets throughout Africa, including Marine IX in the Republic of the Congo. Over the course of his career, during which he was also Head of Global Security and Risk at Woodside Energy, James has built up an extensive network of contacts within Africa and the oil and gas sector, including with super-majors, governments and leading industry advisers.
Before his career in the oil and gas industry, James served for 12 years in the British Army and the French Foreign Legion.