Our People


We have a robust reputation for excellence and expertise with a strong track record.


Our team credentials enable us to serve the UKCS in a safe and sustainable manner. We intend to play a material role in the North Sea’s future.

An agile and proactive team with strong operational and commercial experience, established intelligence network, excellent local market knowledge and relationships ensures efficient evaluation of opportunities and effective execution.

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Meet Our Leadership Team

Alan Curran

Alan Curran

CEO

Alan has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, and has worked with many high profile companies in senior positions. Alan’s career highlights include the construction and shaping of Oryx/Kerr-McGee’s UK business and its ultimate sale to Maersk Oil, roles as managing director at Lundin Britain Ltd and chief executive of Wood Group’s North Sea business. Prior to joining Verus Petroleum, Alan worked as chief operating officer with North Sea development production company Iona Energy. On graduating from Edinburgh University with a BSc Hons in Chemical Engineering, Alan spent the first 10 years of his career with Shell as a petroleum engineer.

Colin Christie

Colin Christie

Finance Director

Colin has over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry with international experience covering UK, Canada, USA, France, Norway, Middle East, North Africa and Trinidad and Tobago. He has held senior finance roles with companies such as Iona Energy, Dana Petroleum, MUSC, TSMarine Subsea, Lundin Petroleum and Venture Production. Within these roles Colin’s career highlights have included mergers and acquisition activity, commercial negotiations for infrastructure access, decommissioning security and LoC funding and stakeholder management. Colin is a Fellow of The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.

John Baillie

John Baillie

Subsurface Director

John has over 30 years of upstream experience in the North Sea, Atlantic Margin, Africa and the Middle East. His highlights include being instrumental in the growth of Dana Petroleum from 2006 to 2013, as head of reservoir engineering and operated assets manager and latterly as director of reservoir management and technology. John takes his independent company experience from Enterprise Oil, Dana Petroleum and Iona Energy with his major experience from Marathon Oil, Total, ENI and Kerr-McGee. John graduated from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh with a Master of Engineering (MEng), Petroleum Engineering.

Peter Campbell

Peter Campbell

Business Development Director

With over 35 years in the oil and gas industry, Peter has worked with small and large global organisations in Australia, South East Asia and Europe. Highlights include working as Director of Strategic Planning/M&A and Head of New Business/M&A at Maersk Oil and Gas (Copenhagen), offshore development projects for Shell, Exxon, Arco and Ampolex and development projects and decommissioning manager at Kerr-McGee. Prior to joining Verus Petroleum, Peter worked as VP asset management with Iona Energy. Peter graduated from Curtin University, Australia with a BSc. in Civil Engineering and from the University of Western Australia with an MBA.

Meet Our Board of Directors

Mike Whyatt

Mike Whyatt

Chairman

With more than 35 years in the oil and gas industry, Mike has held a range of senior roles. Working in Norway and Italy as chief geologist and country manager for Enterprise Oil, Mike was also executive chairman of AIM listed Plectrum Petroleum until its acquisition by Cairn Energy. He served as an exploration and new ventures advisor to Petroceltic and as a non-executive director of Oyster Petroleum until its subsequent acquisition by Verus Petroleum. Mike is non-executive Chairman of Spike Exploration and an operating partner of HitecVision. Mike graduated from Kingston Polytechnic with a BSc Hons Geology.

Gunnar Halvorsen

Gunnar Halvorsen

Senior Partner

Gunnar has worked for HitecVision and its predecessors for the past 17 years and has over 25 years of oil industry experience. He started his career as an investment manager with Cybernetix and later as the company’s general manager. Before this he spent a number of years at Amoco in Norway and Houston, where his latest position was head of the analytical department at Amoco Norway Oil Company. Prior to Amoco, Gunnar held positions as senior corporate advisor at the Kreditkassen bank and finance manager at BJ Hughes. Gunnar graduated from the University of Colorado with an MSc in Finance.