Senior Management

James Menzies

James Menzies


Executive Chairman

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.

Chris Bath

Chris Bath


General Manager, CFO & Company Secretary

Chris Bath joined Tap Oil as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary in June 2016.

Chris is an experienced CFO with over 18 years in senior roles in the energy and resources sector in Australia and South East Asia including CFO at dual ASX/AIM listed Oilex Ltd, ASX listed Buru Energy Limited, Deputy CFO Asia Pacific for Noble Group based in Singapore, Global Controller for Noble Group’s Energy Coal and Carbon Complex Business Unit in Singapore, CFO Indonesia for Noble Group in Jakarta and CFO at JSX listed PT Petrosea Tbk in Jakarta.

Chris is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting).