Board of Directors

James Menzies

James Menzies


Executive Chairman (Appointed 15 December 2016)

Mr James Menzies was the founder of Salamander Energy, an oil and gas business listed on the London Stock Exchange with activities in South East Asia that was acquired by Ophir Energy in 2015.  James holds a BSc in Geology from the University of London and an MSc in Geophysics and Planetary Physics from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Prior to founding Salamander Energy, James was the Senior Partner in Lambert Energy Advisory, an upstream oil and gas corporate finance advisory business. James spent most of his career with LASMO plc, the UK-listed independent exploration and production company, first as a geophysicist in the UK North Sea exploration team and later in Vietnam and Indonesia.

James returned to the London head office in 1997 to work in Corporate Development and Mergers & Acquisitions. As a member of LASMO’s senior management team, James held a variety of corporate positions, including Corporate Affairs, Strategic Planning and Investor Relations

Peter Mansell

Peter Mansell


Non-executive Director (Director since 27 May 2016)

Mr Peter Mansell is a graduate of the University of Witwatersrand (B. Comm; LLB; Higher Diploma in Tax Law) and has over 15 years experience as a listed company director in Australia, including chair of two ASX 100 companies, Zinifex Limited and West Australian Newspapers Holdings Limited.  Amongst other directorships, Peter currently chairs Energy Resources of Australia Ltd and is a director of the Aurecon Group Pty Ltd.

Peter has practiced as a corporate and resources lawyer in South Africa and Australia and was previously a partner at Freehills, including the Managing Partner for over 10 years, the National Chairman and the Partner responsible for the integration of the Freehills’ offices during the Freehills’ nationalisation in 2000.  Peter has significant, varied corporate experience as a director and lawyer both internationally and in Australia.

Tom Soulsby

Tom Soulsby


Non-executive Director (Director since 1 January 2016)

Mr Tom Soulsby is a graduate of Swinburne (B. Bus (Acct)) and Monash University (Grad. Dip. Asian Stud.) and has over 25 years' experience in the oil and gas and resources sector spanning investment banking, corporate business development, and management and leadership roles.

Tom initially worked as an accountant, starting his career at KPMG and Western Mining before moving to Potter Warburg (now UBS) in Melbourne as a resources equity research analyst.  He subsequently joined ANZ in Melbourne, before being posted to Jakarta and then Singapore as Regional Head of Corporate Finance and as a Director of ANZ Singapore Ltd.

After ANZ, Tom was a founding Director at Indonesian-listed Energi Mega Persada (EMP) in 2003 and until 2008, where he was responsible for the acquisition of assets which added 525 MMboe to EMP’s 2P reserves – a key growth driver for the company.

Bringing together his extensive experience in resource industry management and investment banking, as their Chief Executive Officer Tom was instrumental in growing Risco Energy, its capabilities and delivering value to its shareholders.  Tom is also currently a Director of Lion Energy Ltd.

Tom has substantial commercial and resource industry experience, with extensive knowledge of the South East Asian market,  giving him a skill set that complements the other members of the Tap Board.

Frank S Sreesangkom

Frank S Sreesangkom


Non-executive Director (Director since 27 May 2016)

Mr Frank Sakda Sreesangkom is currently the Managing Director of Northern Gulf Petroleum Pte. Ltd.  Mr Sreesangkom is a CFA Charterholder and holds an M.A. in Economics from Keio University and a B.A. in Economics from Thammasat University. 

His past roles includes CFO at Electricity Generating Pcl., one of the largest independent power producers in Thailand, CFO at Glow Company Ltd., a major independent power producer in Thailand that was part of the Suez Group, Asian Development Bank Consultant on debt management for the Ministry of Finance, Executive Director of Debt Capital Markets for Thailand at SBC Warburg Dillon Read, and later UBS, Chief Representative at Credit Suisse First Boston Thailand Representative Office, Associate at First Boston Corporation, New York, and Analyst in Investment Research & Strategy Division at Nikko Securities, Tokyo.

Mr Sreesangkom also co-founded and is a Director of the Education for Development Foundation, a scholarship program since 1987 that provided more than 300,000 scholarships to underprivileged children in Thailand to pursue secondary school education (the assistance expanding into Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar.

Andrea Hall

Andrea Hall


Non-executive Director (Director since 19 October 2016)

Ms Andrea Hall is a Commerce graduate from the University of Western Australia and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Ms Hall is a former KPMG Risk Consulting Partner with over 20 years’ experience in risk management, financial management, internal audit, external audit and board, corporate and operational governance. Industry segments she has worked with include healthcare, insurance, mining, transport, mining services, property and government.

Ms Hall is a board member of Insurance Commission of Western Australia, Fremantle Football Club, C-Wise and a Senate member of Murdoch University. 

Further, Ms Hall is a former non-executive director of Gryphon Minerals Ltd (then ASX200) and chaired their Audit & Risk Committee, a former Chair and member of the WA Council for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand, and a former non-executive director of Black Swan Health.

Chris Newton

Chris Newton


Alternate Director (Director since 1 January 2016)

Mr Chris Newton is a geology graduate from the University of Durham, England and also holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia (SIA).  Chris has had a 37 year career in oil and gas covering the spectrum of the industry – from exploration, development, production and petroleum economics to strategic planning, business development and senior leadership.

Chris has spent more than 25 years in senior resource industry roles in South East Asia including as Managing Director of Fletcher Challenge in Brunei and of Shell Deepwater Borneo, President of Santos’ Indonesian operations, and CEO of Jakarta-listed oil and gas company EMP.

Chris was an active Director of the Indonesian Petroleum Association (IPA) between 2003 to 2008, including serving as President from 2004 to 2007. He remains active in the IPA, is the oil and gas advisor to the Jakarta-based Castle Asia Group and is also currently a Director of Lion Energy Ltd.


Pantaporn Panyarporn


Alternate Director (Director since 14 March 2017)

Mr. Pantaporn Panyarporn graduated from King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi and has over 10 years' experience in the oil and gas exploration & production business.

Pantaporn started working at Halliburton Energy Service (HES) as an officer in charge of Technical Professional - Hydraulic Workover and Stimulation services before moving to PTT Exploration & Production Plc. Ltd. (PTTEP) as a reservoir engineer and subsequently senior reservoir engineer. At PTTEP, he was responsible for the operation of the onshore gas field in North Eastern Thailand and also providing support for mergers and acquisitions. Pantaporn later joined Pearl Energy (Mubadala Petroleum) as a senior reservoir engineer in the subsurface team operating one of the largest oil fields in offshore Thailand. He started working on the Manora oil field since the drilling of the Manora-2 exploration well in 2010 and was promoted to lead the subsurface team of the Manora project. He was instrumental in getting its Production Area Approval from the government and was involved in the Manora field development.

Currently, Pantaporn is Chief Operation Officer (COO) at Northern Gulf Petroleum Pte. Ltd. (NGP) which holds 2 major discoveries in the Gulf of Thailand, the Manora field in Block G1/48 and the Rossukon field in Block G6/48.