Mark Aldrich
HSEQ Manager

Mark Aldrich

Mark joined Chrysaor in January 2011. He is a career HSEQ professional with extensive worldwide experience. Mark has a Masters Degree in risk management and safety technology from Aston University and the internationally recognised NEBOSH OHS Diploma. He is a chartered member of the institute of occupational safety and health. He started his working career as a naval cadet and rose to the rank of Chief Officer before moving in to HSEQ and operational advisory roles at Maersk. He was responsible for UK HSEQ at Maersk Contractors including their drilling rig and FPSO fleet and their respective safety cases. From 2000 to 2006 he was International Division EHS Manager at Burlington Resources and latterly was Group HSEQ Manager for E.ON Ruhrgas North Sea. Mark's career in the marine and oil and gas industries has spanned over 35 years and he is active in supporting the UK oil and gas industry through a variety of specialist industry work groups.

Will Dashwood
Finance Director
Will Dashwood
After qualifying as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young, Will joined Amerada Hess in 1997 where he held a number of finance positions in London, Bangkok, Copenhagen and Aberdeen. He returned to London in 2004 to join CH4 as their Corporate Planning Manager. Will co-founded Chrysaor in 2007 after CH4 was sold in 2006
David Ellix
Engineering & Pre-development Manager
David Ellix
David has a BSc and PhD in Civil Engineering from City University, he is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers. He has over twenty five years experience in the sector covering oilfield development and optimisation, and technology development and its application. David spent 10 years at Hess in pre-development, new technology and facilities engineering roles. From 2000 to 2006 he was MD of the Industry Technology Facilitator, an oil & gas industry body formed to promote the use of new technology in the North Sea.
Bob Fennell
Operations Director
Bob Fennell

Bob joined Chrysaor in late 2016 as Operations Director.  He is a Chartered Engineer with a MSc/DIC in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College and a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering from Leeds University.  Bob spent the first twenty years of his career working in increasingly senior drilling and completion roles within BP, Elf, Transocean and finally Nexen.  At Nexen he moved into Operations Management and over the next ten years served in a variety of senior positions initially as VP Operations, Yemen followed then by three years as Director, UK Operations; where from 2010 to 2013 he was responsible for over 200mboepd of gross production and $2billion of annual expenditure. From September 2013 to early 2015 he was VP, Global Deepwater supporting all of Nexen’s and CNOOC’s international deepwater operations.   He was then appointed VP, Oil Sands for Nexen in Canada where, as with the UK, he was responsible for over 1,000 direct employees and contractors. 

Not only has Bob significant operational experience but he has also led or been closely involved in a number of successful transformational initiatives from the nationalisation of the Yemen operations, through the growth of Nexen UK from 20 people to being the largest UK oil producer and more recently with delivering fundamental changes to the Canadian Oil Sands operating model.
Corinne Kelt
HR Director
Corinne Kelt
Corinne holds an MSc from Robert Gordon University and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Corinne has over 20 years’ experience within Human Resources with extensive merger, acquisition, divestment and change management experience both internationally and UK wide.  Corinne started her career with BP and held senior positions across many global oil and gas organisations including Kerr McGee, Maersk, Centrica, and latterly EnQuest - where she was instrumental in the integration of Petrofac and Lundin staff.  Corinne also ran her own HR Consultancy supporting small international oil and gas independent organisations including Endeavour Energy and Verus Petroleum. 
Andy Patience
Director, Projects
Andy Patience

Andy has a Bsc in Quantity Surveying and qualified as a Chartered QS. Andy has mainly worked in construction side of the industry for over 35 years with major operators. He has a proven track record of identifying and delivering major commercial initiatives whilst he worked with Amerada Hess as the Contracts Manager in Developments Business and as a pre-development asset manager. Andy has successfully monetised a number of sub-economic marginal fields. He led the Solan pre-development team through the current development solution before handing it over to Premier immediately prior to sanction. Andy also very successfully headed up the projects’ division of the project management company CSL for over 2 years, who at the time were providing 4 complete project teams to small independent oil and gas companies.

Robert Poddubiuk
Technical Director
Robert Poddubiuk

On completion of his doctorate, Robert joined Amerada Hess in 1987 developing his career though a series of exploration, development and technical expert roles. He was Reservoir Development Manager for Hess’s operated South Arne Field in Denmark (1997-2000) and Global Quality Assurance Manager for Geoscience (2000-2003). In 2003 he joined CH4 as Technical Director, and subsequently co-founded Chrysaor in 2007.

Karl Tolson
Wells Director & Country Manager
Karl Tolson
Karl has a 1st class MEng in Civil & Geotechnical Engineering from Newcastle University. He has over 20 years of UK and International oilfield experience in drilling, completions, well services and management. This was gained at Schlumberger as Field Engineer, HSEQ and Field Service Manager (1990–1997), TEAM Energy Resources as SDE and Well Construction Manager (1997–2003), Eni as SDE / Markham Project Manager (2003-2004) and CH4 as Drilling Manager (2004-2007). Karl then spent a year as Petrofac Energy Drilling Manager (2007) prior to joining Chrysaor as a founding Director in late 2007. Karl also leads the Oil & Gas UK work group on Relief Well Planning.
Andrew Vickers
Communications Director
Andrew Vickers

Andrew has 28 years of experience in the oil and gas sector with senior Communication leadership positions in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. He has led Shell's European Upstream External Affairs team (UK, Netherlands, Norway, Ireland, et al) and co-led significant employee engagement programmes. Most recently he was part of Shell's global External Relations leadership team with global accountability for civil society stakeholders. Over his career he has been responsible for the full suite of communications disciplines including media relations, stakeholder relations (government and non-government), employee communications, issue management, crisis management and digital.

His geographic responsibilities have ranged from the North Sea to the Amazon rainforest and external stakeholders have included local communities, incorporating indigenous peoples, through to senior government politicians and officials. Andrew has also played key roles in developing sustainability and corporate social responsibility strategies and practises.

Dave Walter
Chief Geoscientist
Dave Walter
Prior to joining Chrysaor as a founding Director in 2007, Dave spent 3 years at CH4, 15 years at Amerada Hess and 8 years at Kerr-McGee working in the North Sea, the Far East, West Africa and the US. His experience ranges from seismic acquisition and processing though conventional mapping and integrated geoscience interpretation to advanced rock physics evaluation. From 1997 to 2001 he was a technical expert within Hess Corporation’s Global Rock Physics Group based in Houston and has worked at all scales within the industry from new basin evaluation to detailed field development. Dave is responsible for all seismic planning & interpretation in Chrysaor. He was Chief Geophysicist at CH4.