FERGUS JENKINS, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Solo Oil Plc | 09:20 – 09:30
Mr Jenkins is a Chartered Engineer with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mining Engineering and a Master of Engineering degree in Petroleum Engineering. He has 20 years of experience working in industry, initially in mining before moving to petroleum. Mr Jenkins worked in a variety of technical and increasingly senior managerial positions in mid-sized independent oil companies, including Enterprise Oil, LASMO, OMV (UK) Ltd and Afren plc and he currently serves as Chief Operating Officer to the AIM-traded Leni Gas & Oil Plc.
LUCIUS CARY AND ANDREA MICA
Oxford Technology | 09:30 – 09:40
Talk Title: Investing through the Oxford Technology (S)EIS Fund – the logical thing to do
Lucius Cary is the founder and managing director of Oxford Technology, which has specialised in making and managing investments in start-up technology-based businesses since 1983.
Prior to joining Oxford Technology, Andrea Mica worked in the entrepreneurial, technology and investment field – technology licensing, growing technology companies and identifying new technologies to invest in.
Oxford Technology has specialised in investing in technology start-ups since 1983. Almost all the investments are within an hour’s drive and Oxford Technology gets actively involved with its investees to help. The founders may be Nobel Laureates, but they will not before have established a price for a new product in a new market, or filled in a VAT return.
The talk will explain how Oxford Technology goes about its business using some of the investments in the most recent fund (including some of the bad investments!) as examples. How investments are sourced. How they are analysed. The process of making the investment. The involvement post-investment. Questions (if time allows).
Critical Elements Corp | 09:40 – 09:50
Critical Elements is developing the Rose lithium-tantalum Deposit in Quebec. An independent economic assessment of the project prepared in 2011 by Genivar (WSP) showed a pre-tax NPV 8 of $488 million and a 33% IRR with a lithium carbonate price of $6000/t and $118/lb for tantalum. The project was designed to be open-pit with a mine life of 17 years. The company is now at the feasibility stage and well positioned to capture the rising lithium demand for battery products. With a lithium carbonate purity of 99.98% the Rose project demonstrates strong economics with high quality materials.
SEAN KEYES, EDITOR
The Penny Share Letter | 09:50 – 10:00
RICHARD WOLANSKI, FINANCE DIRECTOR
Avation Plc | 10:30 – 10:50
Mr Richard Wolanski, B.Com, ACA, is a Chartered Accountant and his qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia. Mr Wolanski has extensive professional experience in the international finance industry. He has provided corporate, strategic and financial advisory assistance to public companies in Australia, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Mr Wolanski has significant corporate experience during his career serving in a range of Executive Director Chief and Financial Officer Company roles. In his current role as Finance Director at Avation Plc he is primarily responsible for maintaining access to capital, debt and equity profile and cost of debt capital.
DR. SATU VAINIKKA, PHD, MBA, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
iirx Plc | 10:50 – 11:10
Has been the Chief Executive Officer of Valirx plc since it listed on AIM on October 3rd in 2006. Having a strong background in the biotechnology industry, technology commercialization, equity financing and business management. Dr. Vainikka was trained as a molecular biologist and also holds a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Helsinki in Finland.
Following on she engaged in post-doctoral research with a prestigious EMBO fellowship in oncology at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now CRUK) where she undertook research in the field of oncology, working in the area of signal transduction pathways. Later she went on to work with a number of biotechnology companies prior to founding Valirx in conjunction with others.
Dr. Satu Vainikka also has an MBA from Imperial College Business School in London.
SIEGFRIED KONIG, EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN
LWP Technologies Ltd | 11:45 – 12:05
Talk Title: Developing innovative Australian technology for the global Oil & Gas Services industry
- Chairman of Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) Listed LWP Technologies Limited.
- Entrepreneur and early stage investor in emerging technology companies.
- Successfully founded / developed / mentored 4 start-up Companies to IPO on ASX.
- 30+ years’ experience in business management.
- 25+ years as public company Director.
- Global relationships in capital markets & public company sector.
- Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors.
JAMES PARSONS, Chief Executive Officer
Sound Energy Plc | 13:00 – 13:30
James Parsons has 23 years’ experience in the fields of strategy, management, finance and corporate development in the energy industry. James Parsons was appointed Chief Executive Officer in October 2012. James started his career with the Royal Dutch Shell group in 1994 and spent 12 years with Shell working in Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Scandinavia, Holland and London. Leading up to 2006 (when he left Shell to join Inter Pipeline Fund), James held various positions in Shell’s exploration and production business, latterly as Vice President, Finance, of New Business. James joined Sound Energy as Chief Financial Officer in 2011 from the European division of Inter Pipeline Fund, a Toronto-listed resources business, where he held the position of Finance and Corporate Development Director of Inter Pipeline Europe. James is a qualified accountant and has a BA Honours in Business Economics.
STEPHEN SANDERSON, EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
UK Oil & Gas Investments Plc | 13:30 – 14:00
Stephen Sanderson joined UK Oil & Gas Investments PLC in September 2014 and was appointed Executive Chairman and Chief Executive in July 2015.
A highly-experienced petroleum geologist with over 30 years operating experience, Stephen is a proven oil finder and was instrumental in making the recent Horse Hill oil discovery near Gatwick Airport. The recent flow tests produced a rate of over 1,500 barrels of oil per day, the highest rate seen in any UK onshore well.
Stephen was previously instrumental in the discovery of more than 10 commercial conventional fields and held a variety of senior management roles for ARCO (which was acquired by BP in 2000) and Wintershall AG (a subsidiary of German chemical giant BASF). He created and ran successful new exploration businesses in Africa, Europe, the United States and South America.
He is a graduate and Associate of the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London, a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He served for four years in the British Army and TAVR as a platoon commander, serving in the UK and Berlin.
VectorVest | 14:30 – 14:50
Talk Title: Creating wealth, aggressively and safely on the London Stock Market with VectorVest
David Paul has been trading in the financial markets since 1982 and as a self-supporting trader since 1988. He is a qualified Mechanical Engineer with a PhD in applied Mathematics. His first job after University was with mining firm Anglo and was Head of Research for an Anglo subsidiary named Boart International prior to becoming a full time trader. In 1990 he began to move from unleveraged share trading to short term leveraged trading of the Ft100 contract and in the last 10 years to trading in the Foreign Exchange markets. His plan is to make cash from short term trading and to invest that cash in companies that are growing earnings both aggressively and safely. It’s the same model that Soros used in the Quantum Fund. In 1992 after speaking at an investment club he was asked to train a group of traders and this lead to a second career as a trading coach and mentor. Over the last 20 plus years he has done seminars in trading of stocks, futures and Forex all over the world. These seminars have been conducted at both retail and institutional level. In 2008 along with Tom Hougaard he started WhichWayToday. The company gives real time calls in stock indices and Forex markets. He still trades there and lends a hand when the full time traders needs a break. While in London during 2010 trading at Whichwaytoday he discovered the power of the VectorVest stock market trading program. He started there as a customer but became so happy with the product that he is, at the time of writing, the MD of VectorVest UK and VectorVest SA. He continues to trade short term for cash and to bank that cash into more solid longer term UK shares for both growth and dividend income using the VectorVest methodology.
IAN BRISTOW, FINANCE DIRECTOR AND COMPANY SECRETARY | MICHAEL LAURIER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Symphony Environmental Technologies Plc | 15:00 to 15:10
Ian was in private practice for seven years, qualifying as a certified accountant in 1992. In 1994, he joined Brentapac UK Plc until it was sold in 1994. He went on to co-found Symphony Plastics in 1995.
Michael is the Chief Executive of the Company. Michael’s career began with his long established family packaging business, Brentwood Sack and Bag Co Limited. He took over responsibility for sales and production in the mid -1970s and changed the emphasis of the company’s business from jute products to polythene packaging, introducing the then innovative high density and medium density polythene bags into the UK market in 1975. He was appointed Managing Director of Brentapac UK Plc, which formerly owned the Tuffy trademark, in 1985, with continuing responsibility for national and international sales. He co-founded Symphony Plastics in 1995.
JUSTIN URQUHART STEWART
Seven Investment Management | 15:40 – 16:00
Talk Title: Brexit, Grexit, fire exit
Justin was involved in the development of Big Bang in 1986 with BZW. From this he, with others, went on to found Broker Services which eventually went to become Barclays Stockbrokers where he was Corporate Development Director.
He is an enthusiast for greater financial education and the reform of investment structures for both investors and companies needing easier access for funding. As a result he has helped in the establishment of educational body Proshare, and also the development of the AIM market. Currently, he is keen on developing reforms for government privatisations as well as the development of regional investment structures for businesses of all sizes. He is a regular commentator and columnist on the media and is often called upon to demystify complicated financial jargon and stories.
He and his business partner of many years founded Seven Investment Management (7IM) in 2001 to provide some “radical common sense” to change “a lazy, lethargic and self-satisfied” investment industry which they saw as being primarily run for the benefit of itself rather its clients.
In March 2015 Justin won The Spectator Money Award for Lifetime Achievement.