Board of Directors

James Parsons

Executive Chairman
In addition to his role as Executive Chairman of Corcel Plc, James is currently Chairman of Ascent Resources Plc, Coro Energy Plc and Echo Energy Plc. James has over 20 years’ experience in the fields of strategy, management, finance and corporate development in the energy industry. He started his career with the Royal Dutch Shell Group where he spent 12 years with Shell working in Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Scandinavia, the Netherlands and London. James was previously Chief Executive at Sound Energy Plc for 8 years, is a qualified accountant and has a BA Honours in Business Economics.

Scott Kaintz

Chief Executive Officer
Scott Kaintz has a degree in Russian Language and Russian Area Studies from Georgetown University and MBA degrees from London Business School and Columbia Business School. He started his career as a US Air Force Officer and analyst working across Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia. Scott has held operational and managerial roles in the defense industry and worked in corporate finance and investment funds in London, focusing primarily on capital raising efforts and debt and equity investments in small-cap companies. Whilst Scott is currently the Corcel Executive Director he is also a Non-Executive Director of Red Rock Resources Plc, listed on AIM, and an Executive Director of Curzon Energy Plc listed on the Standard List of the London Stock Exchange.

Ewen Ainsworth

Independent Non-Executive Director
Ewen is an experienced AIM company director. He is CFO of Coro Energy Plc and CEO of Discovery Energy Limited, an advisory, consultancy and investment company. Ewen has worked in a variety of senior and board-level roles in the natural resource sector for over 30 years, most recently as a Non-Executive Director of Ascent Resources Plc and as Finance Director at San Loen Energy and at Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd. He qualified as a chartered management accountant, before moving into leading commercial roles. He holds a degree in Economics and Geography from Middlesex University and is a member of the Energy Institute.

Lord Henry Bellingham

Independent Non-Executive Director
Lord Bellingham has enjoyed a distinguished Parliamentary career of almost 40 years and held a number of senior positions including: Foreign Office Minister for Africa, The UN, Caribbean, Overseas Territories and Conflict Issues; Chairman of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy; Chairman of the All-Party Group on the Commonwealth; and the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to Libya. In 2016, he was Knighted in the New Year Honours list for Parliamentary and Political Service. He sits in the House of Lords after being awarded a Life Peerage in 2020. In addition to his Parliamentary career, Lord Bellingham has held several non-executive roles on AIM companies and, until recently, was Non-Executive Chairman of Pathfinder Minerals Plc since 2014. Prior to entering Parliament, Lord Bellingham practised as a barrister having graduated from Magdalene College, Cambridge with a master's degree in Law.
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