There are currently six directors on the board of the company. The directors are responsible for preparing the accounts in accordance with applicable law and regulations. Company law requires the directors to prepare accounts for each financial year. Under that law the directors have elected to prepare the accounts in accordance with United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (United Kingdom Accounting Standards and applicable law). The accounts are required by law to give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the group and of the company and of the profit or loss of the group for that period.
In preparing the Company’s accounts, the directors are required to:
* select suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently;
* make judgements and estimates that are reasonable and prudent;
* state whether applicable UK Accounting Standards have been followed, subject to any material departures disclosed and explained in the accounts;
* prepare the accounts on the going concern basis unless it is inappropriate to presume that the group will continue in business
The directors are responsible for keeping proper accounting records that disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the group and to enable them to ensure that the accounts comply with the Companies Act 1985. They are also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the group and hence for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities.
The directors will implement such corporate governance procedures and establish such committees of the Board as will be required, including audit and remuneration committees, for it to comply with the terms of the Combined Code upon completion of the first significant acquisition by the Company, in so far as is appropriate for a company of its size. The directors have established financial controls and reporting procedures which are considered appropriate given the size and structure of the Company. These controls will be reviewed in light of significant acquisitions and adjusted accordingly.
Toby Hayward is a Chartered Accountant and has been an investment banker since 1984. He was a Director of Corporate Finance at Singer & Friedlander Limited and Henry Ansbacher & Co. Limited before working in the Oil & Gas team at Canaccord Capital Limited. He joined Jefferies International Limited as a Managing Director in 2005 with responsibility for the UK Equity Capital Markets and listed clients in the E&P sector.
Olukayode (Bobo) obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, USA. He studied Economics & Psychology and also received a Markets and Management Certificate. Since University he has worked as an investment advisor for a South African investment fund, Huxton Capital. He was instrumental in the formation and structuring of contacts in Nigeria.
Mike Hirschfield, BSc (Econ) FCA qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Peat Marwick in 1988. He has held senior management positions with a number of companies including group finance director of Utilitec plc and group finance executive of Lupus Capital plc. He is currently a director of Canisp plc, a company whose shares are traded on AIM as well as of a number of private companies including Kitwell Consultants Limited, which acts as company secretary to several listed companies.
Jack Pryde is a chartered certified accountant and has held various senior management positions in the investment banking industry. He is a former director and head of corporate finance at Henry Ansbacher & Co. and a former vice-president of corporate finance at Canaccord Capital. He left Jefferies International as director of equity capital markets in May 2010. He has extensive experience of advising companies in the resource and energy sectors.