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Quadrise has a highly experienced board and management team, with market-leading expertise in oil-in-water emulsion fuels. Our team has the breadth and depth required to drive Quadrise's transformation into a leading provider of technology and services to a burgeoning market for MSAR® emulsion fuels. We are now in the final stages of acceptance testing in both the marine and the power generation markets and are poised to deliver strong growth from these enormous opportunities.

Our People

Board of Directors

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Mike Kirk
Executive Chairman
Mike served as a corporate finance partner at Cazenove providing advisory services to a number of clients in the utilities, oil and gas and oilfield service sectors. Whilst at Cazenove, Mike led the flotation of Wood Group, Expro International and KBC Advanced Technologies, where he also served as a non-executive director for 9 years. Since leaving the City, Mike has held a portfolio of non executive directorships for a variety of companies and is currently Chairman of Portsmouth Water, Chair of First Wessex and Deputy Chair of TCV. Prior to working in the City, Mike worked in the chemical and nuclear industries and has a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Leeds University, an MSc in Nuclear Fuels Technology from Imperial College and a Finance MBA from Cass Business School. Mike is a member of the QFI Nominations Committee.
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Jason Miles
Chief Operating Officer
Jason spent the first twelve years of his career developing emulsified fuel projects as a Process Engineer for BP, and subsequently for PDVSA as Business Development Manager where he implemented numerous Orimulsion® power projects globally. Jason joined Quadrise in 2006 and now has some 25 years’ technical and commercial experience in the emulsion fuels industry. Jason is a chartered Chemical Engineer, with an honours degree in Chemical Engineering from Loughborough University, and has an Executive MBA from the Cass Business School in London.
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Hemant Thanawala
Non Executive Director
Hemant is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years professional and commercial experience. He played a key role in the AIM listings of Nautical Petroleum plc in 2005 and Quadrise Fuels International plc in 2006, assuming the role of Finance Director in both companies upon their listings. Prior to 2005, Hemant served as CFO of Masefield AG, a Swiss-based energy trader, for a period of 4 years. Between 1989 and 2001, he served as CFO for Premier Telesports Group and Rostel Group, with diversified business interests in the emerging markets of Eastern Europe, Former Soviet Union and Africa. Before that, Hemant was engaged in professional practice, following his qualification with KMG Thomson McLintock (now KPMG) in 1981.
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Laurie Mutch
Non Executive Director
Laurie is a management consultant to multi-national organisations. He has 25 years’ experience in the energy industry with the Royal Dutch/Shell Group where he sat on the Board of Shell International Gas & Power, as Executive Director for business development in the Eastern Hemisphere. From 1994 to 1996, he was the Finance Director in Shell International Gas, and Principal Executive to the International Energy Agency's Coal Industry Advisory Board (CIAB). Prior roles include senior management positions in Shell's Coal and Chemical Divisions. During his last two years of service he was Group Chief Information Officer. Laurie holds a BSc in Mathematics & Physics and an MSc in Astrophysics. He is a member of the QFI Audit, Remuneration and Nominations Committees.
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Philip Snaith
Non Executive Director
Philip has spent more than 35 years with the Royal Dutch Shell group in senior executive positions, latterly as General Manager of Shell International Trading & Shipping Company Limited in London. Between 2004 and 2008, Philip spent four years in Singapore as President of Shell International Eastern Trading Company – with responsibility for Asia-Pacific trading portfolio. Concurrent with this executive position, he was a non-executive director of Shell Eastern Trading Company (Pte) Ltd, with annual revenues of around US$55 billion, and was also Chairman of both Shell Tankers Singapore (Pte) Ltd and Shell International Shipping Services (Pte) Ltd. Philip holds an MBA from Cranfield University, a BSc (Physics) from Imperial College and a Diploma in Marketing (Dip.M) from the UK Chartered Institute of Marketing. Philip is a member of the QFI Audit and Compensation Committees.
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Dilip Shah
Non Executive Director
Dilip has over 25 years of commercial experience in trading, finance, manufacturing and distribution. He has most recently been involved in trading and manufacturing in West Africa with focus on Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo and Ghana. He is a founder member of various successful companies in West Africa involved in the distribution of fertilisers, chemicals, tobacco related products and the manufacture of food products. In addition, he serves on the boards of a number of private UK and international companies.
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Audrey Clarke
Company Secretary

Senior Management

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Bernard Johnston
Head Of Operations
Bernard joined Quadrise in 2008 as a consultant with over 25 years of experience in the manufacturing, chemicals and oil industry. He specialises in project and risk management, health & safety, process commissioning, streamlining, problem solving and fabrication. Bernard is well versed with emulsion fuels having spent nearly 10 years with PDVSA assisting Jason and Paul with Orimulsion power project development activities, and prior to that supporting BP Engineering emulsion fuel initiatives for boilers. Bernard started his career at Hawker Siddley Aviation and Imperial College, London.
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Mark Whittle
General Manager, Refining
Mark is a Chemical Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in energy, covering both the downstream oil and renewables sectors. He started his career as an Engineer with Esso at their Fawley Refinery before working for Criterion Catalysts & Technologies (Shell), Louis Dreyfus and ConocoPhillips on a worldwide basis. His experience is both technical and commercial, and includes; refining, technology transfer, asset optimisation, refinery economics & strategic planning, project development and trading. Mark has an honours degree in Chemical Engineering with Minerals from the University of Birmingham.
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Martin Verle
General Manager, Marine
Martin has over 25 years of experience in the marine and fuel industries, most recently as Global Services Director for VPS (formerly DNV·GL) a fuel testing company. During his tenure with VPS he served as the primary technical contact for clients based in the Americas and supported them with troubleshooting marine and power plant fuel problems, in addition he was responsible for the cruise market client base. He also managed the VPS global lab network and served for 2 years in Singapore on an internal business process excellence project. Prior to that he sailed as a marine engineer on a variety of vessels including cruise ships, bulk carriers and tankers for Maersk and other operators.
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Paul Gunter
Head of RDI & Quality
Paul joined BP Research in 1985 as a Chemist in the team developing emulsification technology for utilisation of heavy oils in Canada (Transoil) and Venezuela (Orimulsion®). In 1995 he joined the BP/PDVSA JV responsible for marketing Orimulsion® to power plant clients with Jason and Bernard. In 2003 he joined Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL), the world’s largest oil spill response organisation, working as Principal Consultant responsible for co-ordination of departmental activities including the oil spill preparedness arrangements for Orimulsion®. Since 2006 Paul has worked on an increasing number of consulting and project support roles for Quadrise, taking up a full-time position with the company in June 2015.
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David Scott
Group Financial Controller
David joined KPMG in 1998 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2001. David spent seven years with KPMG, progressing to Audit Manager before joining Cable and Wireless plc as a Finance Manager. In 2006, David took a position as a Financial Controller at Consolidated Water Co. Ltd, a NASDAQ listed utility and engineering company, before joining Quadrise as Group Financial Controller in 2011. David has a Master’s degree in Physics from Durham University.