Board of Directors
Bill Schrader has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, having served as Chief Executive Officer of several country operations at BP plc, as the President of the Azerbajan International Operating Company and as Chief Operating Officer of TNK-BP. Characterised as a strong leader by his peers, Bill has an extensive industry network and proven ability to manage complex operating environments and liase with governments around the world.
Non-Executive Deputy Chairman
A former Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and member of the Bahamas’ Senate, James Smith is widely acknowledged as a leading expert on monetary policy and is a respected member of the greater Bahamas community. He has served as the Country’s ambassador for Trade in the Office of the Prime Minister, as the Governor of the Central Bank of The Bahamas for a decade, as well as Chairman of the Bahamas Maritime Authority, The Paradise Island Bridge Company and The Bahamas Development Bank. He has also held a number of board positions at both private and public companies including the Bahamas Stock Exchange.
Chief Executive Officer
Simon Potter qualified as a geologist with an M.Sc. in Management Science, has over 30 years oil and gas industry and mining sector experience. From the Zambian Copperbelt to a 20-year career with BP he has held executive roles in companies managing oil and gas exploration, development and production; gas processing, sales and transport; LNG manufacture, marketing and contracting in Europe, Russia, America, Africa and Australasia. On leaving BP, having helped create TNK-BP, he took up the role of CEO at Hardman Resources where he oversaw growth of the AIM and ASX listed Company into an oil producer and considerable exploration success ahead of executing a corporate sale to Tullow Oil. After running his own consultancy he joined Arrow Energy International as CEO and following the sale of Arrow Energy to Shell and PetroChina launched their international assets onto the ASX as the separately listed Dart Energy. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 17 October 2011.
Adrian Collins has worked in the fund management business for over 35 years, a large part of which was at Gartmore Investment Management plc where, latterly, he was managing director. He is chairman of Liontrust Asset Management plc and is also on the boards of City Natural Resources High Yield Trust plc, New City High Yield Fund plc and a number of other companies.
Eddie Shallcross is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and has had over 40 years of experience in the financial sector predominantly at Barclays PLC where he retired in 1998 as Isle of Man Director and also a Senior Executive Director of the bank. Since then he has held non-executive directorships in a number of major international companies.
Ross McDonald served 35 years with Royal Bank of Canada (‘RBC’) and was most recently Senior Vice President & Head of Caribbean Banking for RBC. Until his recent retirement, and since 2003, Ross led RBC’s commercial and retail banking operations throughout the Caribbean and was instrumental in the acquisition of Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago (RBTT), which expanded RBC’s operations to 19 countries and territories across the region and established it as the second largest commercial bank in the Caribbean. Ross is currently a director of RBC Financial (Caribbean) Limited, RBC’s group holding Company in the Caribbean, RBC Royal Bank (Bahamas) Limited, RBC’s commercial bank in The Bahamas, RBC FINCO, which is a public Company, and RBC’s mortgage banking Company in The Bahamas and RBC Royal Bank (Cayman) Limited, RBC’s commercial bank in the Cayman Islands. He also serves as a director of Royal Fidelity Merchant Bank & Trust which provides investment and corporate advisory services in The Bahamas and Barbados.
Eytan is a finance executive with significant oil and gas industry experience. He has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings, general corporate advisory work, oil and gas industry-specific experience in public market takeovers and transactions, private treaty acquisitions and farm-in / farm-out transactions. He has held executive roles in various ASX and SGX listed companies.
Prior to working with BPC, from 2009 – 2014 Eytan was Chief Financial Officer and Chief Commercial Officer of Dart Energy Limited, an ASX listed company that had unconventional gas assets (coal bed methane and shale gas) in Australia, Asia and Europe, and Chief Commercial Officer of its predecessor company, Arrow International Ltd, a Singapore based company that had unconventional gas asset primarily in Asia and Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of New South Wales, and was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1997.
Eytan has been Commercial Director of BPC since 2015.
Finance Director and Company Secretary
With a physics degree from Imperial College London, Ben Proffitt qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2007 with BDO, working in their audit team with a focus on AIM listed resource clients. In 2008 Ben joined Renewable Energy Holdings plc to manage their wave energy intellectual property development in Australia before joining Bahamas Petroleum Company plc in 2010.