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Board

The Board is committed to promoting high standards of corporate governance and understands that an effective, challenging and diverse board is essential to enable the company to deliver its strategy in line with shareholders’ and stakeholders’ long-term interests, whilst also generating confidence that the business in conducting itself in a responsible manner.

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James Smith
Chief Financial Officer
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James was appointed to the Board in May 2014 as Chief Financial Officer.

Skills and experience

  • MA (Hons) in English, University of Oxford

James Smith joined Capricorn in March 2014 from Rothschild where he was a director of the Energy and Power Team with 15 years’ experience advising exploration and production companies, oil majors and national oil companies on their merger and acquisition transactions and equity and debt market financing.

Committee membership

  • Executive Committee
  • Group Risk Management Committee - Chair
  • Sustainability Committee
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Keith Lough
Non-Executive Director
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Keith was appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director in May 2015.

Skills and experience

  • MA Economics, University of Edinburgh
  • MSc in Finance, London Business School

Keith Lough is a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) and has formerly held the position of Finance Director of British Energy PLC and Chief Executive of Composite Energy Ltd. Keith was also a Non-Executive Director of the UK Gas and Electricity Markets Authority from 2012 to July 2019.

Key external appointments

  • Non-Executive Chairman of Southern Water
  • Non-Executive Chairman of Rockhopper Exploration PLC
  • Non-Executive Director (and senior independent director) of Hunting PLC

Committee membership

  • Audit Committee - Chair
  • Nomination Committee
  • Sustainability Committee
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Catherine Krajicek
Non-Executive Director
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Catherine was appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director in July 2019.

Skills and experience

  • BSc and MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines

Catherine Krajicek started her career with Conoco as an associate engineer and remained with the company for a total of 22 years, progressing through a variety of oil and gas technical and subsequently asset management roles in both the US and Indonesia. In 2007, Catherine left ConocoPhillips and joined Marathon Oil where she went on to hold a number of senior executive (Vice President) roles before retiring from Marathon in 2018.

Committee membership

  • Audit Committee
  • Nomination Committee
  • Sustainability Committee
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Erik Daugbjerg
Non-Executive Director
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Erik was appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director in May 2020.

Skills and Experience

  • BA in Business Administration, Southern Methodist University, Dallas

Erik B. Daugbjerg has over 20 years’ experience in both midstream and upstream oil and gas sectors in the US including founding roles at two oil and gas operators based in the Permian Basin. In 2006, Erik co-founded Pecos Operating Company, and in 2010, co-founded RSP Permian, Inc. Erik has extensive public markets experience, including delivery of acquisitions and disposals, and he played an integral role in the disposal of RSP Permian to Concho Resources, Inc in July 2018 for US $9.5 billion.

Key external appointments

  • Director of Kimbell Royalty Partners
  • Co-Founder of Pecos Operating Company, LLC

Committee membership

  • Remuneration Committee
  • Sustainability Committee
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Audit Committee
Renumeration Committee
Nomination and Governance Committee
Sustainability Committee
Group Risk Management Committee
Executive Committee