Board of Directors
Dr. Neil Carmichael
Director, President, Treasurer and Secretary
Dr. Neil Carmichael was appointed as a director of our company on December 18, 2012. Dr. Carmichael holds a Mathematics BSc from University of Edinburgh and a Mathematics PhD from University of Warwick. Dr. Carmichael has over 25 years’ energy sector management experience including international business development, strategy formulation and implementation and procurement accountabilities. From 1980-85, Dr. Carmichael worked in scientific and engineering consultancy, initially with Scicon (part of BP group) on non-linear optimization, then with Intercomp on mathematics for petroleum engineering and reservoir simulators. In 1985, he joined Shell in its reservoir engineering research unit. This was followed by positions in petroleum engineering, field development; followed by management roles in business development, personnel, information technology and procurement. This required working in a range of countries, from Peru to Bangladesh. In 2006 to 2010 he was chief executive officer of Shell Business Development Central Asia, based in Astana, Kazakhstan and responsible for Shell’s new business activities in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan. Dr. Carmichael was also the Shell representative in Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan. Since 2010 he has been working on two upstream, exploration focused, startups, one in Ukraine and the other in Pakistan. Dr. Carmichael has most recently held the position of General Manager and Country Representative in Central Asia with Shell Exploration and Production. Dr. Carmichael has a wide range of technical, country and management experiences; mostly focused on oil and gas, much of it applicable in other domains.
Dr. Andrew Jolly
Dr. Jolly is a Chartered Engineer, an accredited Carbon Trust energy adviser since 2003, a Member of the Energy Institute and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Through a combination of in-house technology development and implementation experience with solid, liquid and gaseous biofuels - in addition to contracted consultancy on behalf of a wide ranging client base – Dr. Jolly has honed skills in project concept generation, feasibility assessment, planning issues, economic appraisal and financing, environmental impacts and making sense of current UK environmental legislation and regulation. Consequently, he is experienced in managing the many and varied elements needed for the operational & commercial success of a renewable energy generation scheme.
Notable case studies include Wales’ first dedicated 14.7 MWe wood-fired biomass combustion power plant, a 35 MWe waste wood biomass plant in Wales, two 1 MWe gasification Biomass plants and a 2 MWe AD biogas plant. Dr. Jolly has a rare ‘umbrella’ appreciation of the entire value chain for biomass energy projects, from forestry owner/manager right through to the supply of renewable electricity to the Grid via Power Purchase Agreements (PPA’s).
Alexander Shead is a British, Australian and Swiss national. In 1993, Mr. Shead co-founded Stuart Alexander in the UK, an insurance advisory business which was sold to AXA UK. In 2004, he moved to Australia where he was a cornerstone investor and Director of Milne Alexander, a boutique insurance broking and advisory firm until its sale in 2007. Between 2007 and 2014, Mr. Shead was the Executive Chairman of the Mecon Winsure Insurance Group until its sale to Steadfast Group Limited in 2014.
A former professional windsurfer in the United Kingdom, Scott Poulter subsequently became a sports marketing entrepreneur with various sport marketing businesses worldwide which controlled various commercial or licensing rights in Formula One auto racing from 1996 to 2003.
Notably, from 2004 to 2007, as Chief Executive of Grand Prix Masters Holdings Limited, Mr. Poulter created and founded of the Grand Prix Masters world motor sport series, a race series bringing together ex-Formula 1 drivers such as Nigel Mansell, Emerson Fittipaldi and Riccardo Patrese back into single seat formula cars. After this Mr. Poulter moved to Canada to work on personal property investments.
In 2009 he was asked to assist an emission control technology company, Enviroresolutions, in commercializing its proprietary technology and he became increasingly interested in technologies that could help improve the environment. In that vein, Mr. Poulter founded Pacific Green Group Limited, which is now a significant investor in our company, and has since endeavoured to use his entrepreneurial skills and international business experience to drive forward the emission control technologies of Pacific Green Technologies, Inc. He has been integral in delivering our Company’s business relationships in China and Europe. He is 48 years of age.