Roderick McIllree

Mr Roderick McIllree is a corporate Geologist. A graduate of Curtin University School of Mines he has global experience from grassroots discovery through to mine finance and production. This broad base of experience both in capital markets and the global minerals space provides the platform necessary to implement operations in remote and difficult locations. He was an active and early member of a number of successful mining ventures including Medusa Mining (Philippines), Anvil Mining (Congo) and Kingsrose Mining Ltd (Sumatra) where he was involved in the process of de-risking mining operations in frontier jurisdictions.

Roderick was the founding Director of Greenland Minerals and Energy Ltd and identified and executed the Greenland opportunity with the acquisition of Kvanefjeld in 2007 being the result.

Mark Bilsland
Chief Executive Officer

Mark has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry managing assets and operations in the UK North Sea, Eastern Mediterranean, Western Siberia, Kazakhstan and Australia. Mark has a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College London, and a Degree in Geology from the University of Nottingham. After working for UK independent Enterprise Oil for over 15 years in a variety of technical and senior management roles in the UK and overseas, Mark joined Khanty Mansiysk Oil Corporation (KMOC) in Moscow where he managed the transformation of the company from a local West Siberian explorer to a mature production company, ultimately selling KMOC to US independent Marathon Oil. Mark has since been involved in the startup of a number of companies in both the exploration and production and the oil services sector. Mark joined the Board as a non-executive director in September 2015, and was appointed Chief Executive in January 2017.

Eric Sondergaard
Chief Operating Officer

Mr Eric Sondergaard is a graduate of the University of Calgary in Canada, and is a registered Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo). He has over a decade of on-ground exploration and operational experience in challenging conditions and remote locations. Eric managed the exploration team that uncovered the super-giant Kvanefjeld Rare Earth project in Greenland. He has experience in permitting regulations required by the various Ministries in Greenland, and has served as a primary regulatory contact for a number of years. Eric also has a broad spectrum of oilfield experience across North America, ranging from production/optimization, exploration, geosteering, modelling, and natural fracture characterization.

Michael Hutchinson
Non-Executive Director

Mr Michael Hutchinson has had a distinguished career in resources and commodity trading, having served as Director of the London Metal Exchange, the world’s largest market in options and futures contracts on base and other metals.

Mr Hutchinson also served as Chairman of RBS Sempra Metals Limited, and Wogen Plc; a trader of off-exchange metals that sources metals worldwide for industrial end users. In addition, Mr Hutchinson previously served as a director of MG Plc.

Greg Kuenzel
Non-Executive Director

Mr Greg Kuenzel holds a Bachelor of Business Degree and is an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Greg has over 18 years’ experience in providing accounting and corporate advice in a diverse range of industry sectors including mining and resource development, venture capital and property.

He started his career in the audit and corporate services division of Howarth Chartered Accountants in Perth, Australia where he specialised in the resource and venture capital sectors. For the past nine years he has worked with AIM listed resource companies, operating in multiple jurisdictions, providing corporate and financial consulting services including listing services on the LSE and AIM markets.

Sam Moody
Non-Executive Director

Sam is a co-founder and CEO of Rockhopper and has been responsible for building and managing the group from its formation in early 2004. Rockhopper was admitted to AIM in 2005 and made the first oil discovery in the Falklands, the 500 million barrel Sea Lion field in 2010, subsequently selling 60% of its interest to Premier for an undiscounted value of approximately $1bn in 2012 before making additional discoveries at Isobel & Zebedee. In addition to its interests in the Falklands Rockhopper produce gas in Italy and oil in Egypt. He previously worked in several roles within the financial sector, including positions at AXA Equity & Law Investment Management and St Paul’s Investment Management.

Bo Møller Stensgaard
Non-Executive Director

Dr. Stensgaard is a Danish national and preeminent geologist with extensive operational experience in Greenland. He was a senior research scientist at the Danish state survey and has advised multiple European federal and commercial entities in the field of commodity development.


Garth Palmer
Chief Financial Officer

Mr Garth Palmer holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accounts in England & Wales. Mr Palmer began his career at Howard Chartered Accountants (now part of BDO) in the audit and corporate services division before moving to KPMG’s audit and risk advisory team.

Garth was a finance manager at Apple for four years and for the past five years has been working with AIM listed companies, predominantly within the mining and resources industries, providing corporate and financial consulting services.

Scott McKelvie
EHS Manager

Dr Scott McKelvie has been involved in the upstream oil and gas industry for over 20 years originally through academic research in Canada and later with consultancies based in the United Kingdom. Dr McKelvie has acted as EHS Manager for a number of international oil companies and has managed EHS issues for projects over all stages of the life cycle of upstream oil and gas activities from license acquisition to decommissioning.

Experience in Greenland includes management of EIA’s for 2D seismic surveys at Disko West (Sigguk and Eqqua) and South Greenland (Kingittoq and Saqqamiut) and site surveys in Block 13 in Baffin Bay for Capricron Energy Ltd.

Other experience of cold environments includes EHS management of operations in the Falkland Islands. Experience of Polar Regions in academic research (Newfoundland Institute for Cold Ocean Science).

He has developed and implemented HSE Management Systems for numerous E&P companies and assisted in the development of policies and strategic issues. He regularly leads audit teams in the review of management systems and as part of contractor assessment teams. He has also been involved in a number of research and development projects for industry and government organisations including the United Nations, UK Department of Trade and Industry, the E&P Forum, the American Petroleum Institute and the US Minerals Management Service.

International experience includes work throughout Europe (UK, Norway, Netherlands, Greece, France, Ireland, Bulgaria, and Poland), the Middle East (Oman, Yemen, Abu Dhabi, and Saudi Arabia UAE), Africa (Namibia, Cote D’Ivoire, and Nigeria), Asia (India, Pakistan), South America (Brazil, Venezuela) and the US.

John Jacques
Geological Advisor and Acting Exploration Manager

Dr John Jacques is the founder and Managing Director of the JMJ Petroleum Group, based in the UK and Singapore. An Exploration Geologist with over 20 years of experience, he received a Ph.D. in Structural Geology from the University of Durham, U.K., and since then he has worked on numerous regional and global exploration play fairway and petroleum system studies. Over the last eight years, John's team has been particularly active in South East Asia, and this success has resulted in an extensive portfolio of multiclient and proprietary studies covering all of the basins of the Asia-Pacific region through to the basins of Africa and the Middle East. This extensive, in-depth portfolio of studies and datasets is probably unparalleled by any other geological consultancy for the Asia-Pacific region, resulting in a very extensive international client-base consisiting of small, medium and major oil companies.

John manages a highly experienced team of exploration geologists and support specialists that cover all geological disciplines using state of the art techniques to undertake regional and basin scale exploration screening through to in-depth block evaluations and prospects and leads mapping. As part of GGO's activities, this experience and skills base has been used over the last couple of years to assess the hydrocarbon exploration potential of East Greenland, with a particular focus on the onshore basin of Jameson Land. The group has now worked extensively through all available data and existing reports, and has evaluated the Jameson Land Basin both in terms of its hydrocarbon potential for oil and gas, and its risk and uncertainty; which culminated in the identification of several new commercially viable attractive play concepts and drillable targets in a huge basin that still remains untested to this day.