Board of Directors and Management Team

Stephen Sanderson
Executive Chairman and CEO

Stephen Sanderson joined UK Oil & Gas Investments PLC in September 2014 and was appointed Executive Chairman and Chief Executive in July 2015. A highly-experienced petroleum geologist, oil industry veteran and upstream energy business leader, with over 30 years operating experience, Stephen is a proven oil finder and has been instrumental in the discovery of more than 10 commercial conventional fields, including the giant Norwegian Smorbuk-Midgaard field complex. Stephen held a variety of senior management roles for ARCO (which was acquired by BP in 2000), Wintershall AG (a subsidiary of German chemical giant BASF) and three junior start-ups. He created and ran successful new exploration businesses in Africa, Europe and South America. He has significant technical and commercial expertise in the petroleum systems of Africa, the North Sea, Norway, onshore UK & Europe, South America, the South Atlantic, Middle East, Asia, India, Australia and the USA. He is a graduate and Associate of the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London, a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He served for four years in the British Army and TAVR as a platoon commander, serving in the UK and Berlin.

Matt Cartwright
Chief Operating Officer

Matt Cartwright joined UK Oil & Gas Investments PLC as Business Adviser in July 2014 to help close and manage the Company’s successful Northern Petroleum acquisition. He was appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer in September 2015. Matt has worked for 32 years in the international oil & gas industry for super-majors and start-ups. He started his career with BP and ARCO in the UK before spending 13 years with Total where he made a significant contribution to Total’s growth in the Canadian heavy oil sands, the UK Elgin/Franklin development and in several ultra-deep-water W. Africa projects. Matt is highly experienced in the areas of executive management, business development, development planning, strategic planning, economic evaluation, asset acquisitions and deployment of new engineering technology. His international experience encompasses Canada, Norway, France, Africa and the Middle East. Matt has a 1st Class engineering degree from the University of Cambridge.

Kiran Morzaria
Finance Director

Mr Morzaria holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial Geology) from the Camborne School of Mines and an MBA (Finance) from CASS Business School. He has extensive experience in the mineral resource industry working in both operational and management roles. Mr Morzaria spent the first four years of his career in exploration, mining and civil engineering.  He then obtained his MBA and became the Finance Director of Vatukoula Gold Mines Plc. He has served as a director of a number of public companies in both an executive and non-executive capacity and is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Cadence Minerals plc.

Allen D Howard 
Non-Executive Director

Mr Howard is Senior Vice President of Houston-based Premier Oilfield Laboratories, having previously been Chief Commercial Officer of well analysis experts Nutech. Mr Howard also held senior positions with Schlumberger. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University and an MBA from Mays Business School in Texas.