Paul Blakeley

Executive Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

Paul commenced at Jadestone in June 2016. Paul holds a BSc. from Bedford College, University of London. Paul has over 40 years’ energy experience, including over 20 years at Talisman Energy Inc (‘Talisman’). As Executive Vice President Asia Pacific & Middle East at Talisman, Paul led the building of Talisman’s portfolio in Asia Pacific to become the largest upstream independent in the region.

Paul has a long track record of acquiring production and managing commercial and operational risks, while overseeing investment to further enhancing value through follow-on development activity.

Michael Horn

Executive Vice President, Corporate and Business Development

Michael has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, largely in Asia Pacific, with assignments in Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore, 12 of which were with Talisman Energy. He has identified and closed a number of key transactions which were a vital part of Talisman Energy’s success in Asia, and has a strong reputation as a dealmaker within Asia amongst industry stakeholders and the investment community. Over the past five years, Michael has successfully delivered Jadestone’s acquisitions in Australia and Indonesia and remains active in the pursuit of new opportunities.

Bert-Jaap Dijkstra

Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer

Bert-Jaap joined Jadestone in August 2022. He has 25 years of experience in finance roles, most recently as Group Treasurer and Head of Investor Relations with SBM Offshore, where he built significant experience of equity and debt capital markets.  He was directly responsible for managing all financing activities for SBM Offshore, including structuring c.US$5 billion in project financings and managing financial risk, optimisation of funding sources and corporate finance.  He was voted best investor relations professional for the energy services sector in the 2019 Extel and in the 2020 and 2021 Institutional Investor surveys.

Prior to his employment at SBM Offshore, Mr Dijkstra held various finance roles in European commercial real estate and with Royal Dutch Shell, where he lived and worked for a period in Southeast Asia as Finance and Planning Manager. Mr Dijkstra holds a MSc degree (with honours) from Wageningen University. He is a Chartered Management Accountant and completed an MBA in Financial Management from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Neil Prendergast

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Neil has more than 19 years of experience advising on operations, joint venture projects, acquisitions and divestitures within the energy industry and across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, North Africa and North America. He has played an integral role in the expansion of Jadestone’s portfolio and the Company’s listing on AIM since joining in early 2017. Neil previously spent six years as a member of Talisman Energy Indonesia’s senior management team, setting strategy, mitigating risk and ensuring safe and profitable production.

Henning Hoeyland

Country Manager, Australia

Henning has 20 years’ experience in the upstream sector and was with Schlumberger and Talisman Energy in the North Sea and Southeast Asia prior to joining Jadestone. He has held various roles across operations and subsurface where his focus has been on maximising value from producing assets and extending field life. Prior to his current role, Henning was Group Subsurface Manager, where he led all subsurface activities within Jadestone with a special focus on technical due diligence. Henning’s strong analytical bias is a key differentiator which identifies the value opportunities that underpin Jadestone’s investment options and growth potential.

Sonam Jain

Group HR Manager

Sonam comes with over 22 years of global HR experience gained in industries ranging from Logistics, eCommerce, Information Technology and Education. His strong leadership expertise comes from both large scale corporate and start-up environments. He has a solid reputation in managing culture transformations, building people capabilities, change management and upskilling HR teams. His most prominent accomplishments were at Deutsche Post DHL group, where he spent 14 years and held HR leadership roles covering a large span of countries across Europe and Asia.

Nguyen Thanh Ha

Group Commercial & JV General Manager

Ha has spent over 17 years working in the oil and gas industry with both BP and Talisman Energy. Ha has significant experience in M&A, operational commercial, project evaluation, strategy and portfolio management. Ha’s last seven years were with Talisman Energy where she undertook a regional Business Development and Commercial role for the Company’s Asia Pacific portfolio. During her time with Jadestone, Ha has played a pivotal role in delivering successful M&A transactions. She also oversees commercial evaluation and portfolio analysis to support the Company’s organic growth.

David Lamb

Country Manager, Indonesia & Malaysia

David has over 40 years’ oil and gas industry experience, mostly in Asia. He has a proven track record of operational excellence, particularly with HSE matters, and is also fluent in Bahasa Indonesia. David was previously the country manager of Talisman Energy Indonesia where he created and executed the company’s South Sumatra Strategy, successfully partnering with the national oil company Pertamina. Jadestone has returned to South Sumatra as operator of the Lemang PSC and are now progressing development of the Akatara gas field.

Fauzi Abbas

Group Drilling Manager 

Fauzi has 25 years’ of operations and technical experience with a strong background in Drilling, Wells and Completions, with a track record of leading low cost drilling initiatives and delivering numerous development projects from conceptual well design through FDP approval to production. Just prior to Jadestone, he worked for Vestigo Petroleum, the marginal field development specialist company within PETRONAS, as a Senior Manager, Well Engineering. Fauzi planned and executed wells from conceptual design through first oil on the fast-track South Angsi development in Malaysia, and has prior experience in drilling and engineering roles in for Petronas Carigali, for BG Group in Tunisia and for Saudi Aramco in the Middle East.

James Borras

General Manager, Vietnam

James has worked in oil and gas for 26 years. Prior to Jadestone, he worked for Talisman Energy and BP, and holds a BEng in Electrical Engineering. James has been in Vietnam for 13 years and was lead engineer on several field development projects before joining Jadestone in 2018. James has a strong track record in successful project delivery and HSE leadership. He assembled the Vietnam project team and led the gas development project to the point of being sanction ready in less than 18 months.


Mark Craig

Group Operations Manager

Mark has 28 years’ energy experience, including over four years at Jadestone Energy. He previously held positions in Wells, Projects and Operations departments, and has spent the last four years at Jadestone working within the asset teams, and now as the Group Operations Manager. Mark’s focus is on implementing midlife operating philosophies in the operated assets and ensuring efficient design of the Jadestone project portfolio. Marks holds an MBA and a Masters in Petroleum Engineering, both from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

Shahbaz Sikandar

Group Subsurface Manager

Shahbaz has over 25 years of global subsurface experience, having worked in various countries in technical and management positions with Schlumberger, Centrica Energy, Maersk Oil and Qatar Energy. He has successfully worked on maximising economic value from existing assets and global growth projects spanning all phases of upstream activities, from exploration and appraisal to green and brownfield developments.

Primarily a reservoir engineer, he has developed solutions over the years to address field development and performance challenges and is a keen advocate of employing decision quality principles to arrive at optimal technical solutions.

Shahbaz possesses a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Richard Brazier

Group HSE Manager

Richard has over 25 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and is based in Jadestone’s office in Perth, Australia and is responsible for health, safety and environmental performance across the whole business.

Richard joins Jadestone with a wealth of industry experience, most recently with Santos as the Head of Health, Safety, and Security, and prior to that, Richard held increasingly senior roles in ConocoPhillips for over 15 years.  He has worked and lived across Australia, as well as in Vietnam and the USA, spanning from Alaska to Texas.

He is an experienced coach and mentor and passionate to see organisations improve and develop, learning from unplanned events and driving forward with continuous improvement.

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