Louis Castro has over 30 years’ experience in investment banking and broking both in the UK and overseas. Most recently he was the Chief Financial Officer at Eland Oil & Gas, a publicly quoted company where he was one of two executive board directors. Previously he was Chief Executive of Northland Capital Partners in London and before this was Head of Corporate Finance at Matrix Corporate Capital and at Insinger de Beaufort. He started his career by qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC). Louis chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Remuneration Committee.
John Buggenhagen is an experienced and dynamic geophysicist with 20 years’ working knowledge of the oil and gas industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in geophysics from the University of Arizona, a master’s degree in geophysics from the University of Wyoming, and a Ph.D. in geophysics also from the University of Wyoming. His previous roles include CEO of Palomar Natural Resources, a Polish focussed E&P Company, Director of Exploration for San Leon Energy in London and Exploration Manager Europe for Aspect Energy/Hungarian Horizon.
Colin Hutchinson is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, he holds a law degree from the University of Dundee and an MBA from Warwick Business School. Colin previously served as the Company’s Finance Director. He has over fifteen years’ international experience gained in commercially orientated finance roles with a mix of technology and energy companies. Prior to joining Ascent, he was Group Financial Controller & Company Secretary at Lochard Energy plc and Co-Founder & Finance Director at Samba Communications Ltd.