Datuk Bolhassan Di (Bolhassan) – Non-Executive Chairman and interim Chief Executive Officer
Bolhassan, an elected member of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly from 1987 to 2011, has many years of political and commercial experience within the region. Bolhassan has held positions as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Assistant Minister in the Sarawak Chief Minister’s Department and subsequently Assistant Minister at the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Communication.
A graduate of the School of Engineering at Sheffield University, Bolhassan began his career in 1979 at Sarawak Shell Bhd. (a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc) where he gained project planning, design, construction, commissioning and start-up experience in offshore projects. These included the F6A project in Sarawak waters (the largest offshore gas project in the region), the E11 and F23 gas production projects in Sarawak waters and also projects such as the St Joseph and South Furious offshore oil production platforms in Sabah waters.
From 1987 to 1997, Bolhassan was also the Chairman of the Miri Port Authority, now a key economic catalyst in the industrial and economic development of Sarawak and an important port for not only Sarawak’s, but Malaysia’s, development of trade with the rest of the world.
Bolhassan has had significant oil and gas experience with Shell in South Korea, Singapore, the North Sea and the Netherlands.
Christopher Pitman – Non-Executive Director
Christopher brings over 35 years’ international upstream oil & gas experience, including time with Schlumberger Geoquest Inc., Qatar General Petroleum Co. and Petroleum Geo-Services ASA. This has been spent in a wide range of technical, commercial and senior management roles.
Christopher holds a B.Sc in Geology and a PGCE, both from the University of Wales, and an M.Sc in Sedimentology from the University of Reading.
Jeremy King – Non-Executive Director
Jeremy is a senior corporate finance executive with over 19 years experience.
He has a wealth of experience advising clients on IPOs, fundraising, takeovers, mergers and acquisitions and continuing obligations.
Jeremy is currently a director of, and head of corporate finance for, Optiva Securities Limited.
Previously he was a Director of English Trust Company Ltd, a corporate finance house, where he originated and led the IPO of Private Equity Investor plc on the Full List of the LSE, raising £100m from investors. Prior to this he was at Kleinwort Benson Investment Management Ltd, where he became Head of UK Smaller Companies, managing unit trusts, investment trusts and pension funds investing in UK smaller companies.
Dixon Wong – Non-Executive Director
Dixon is a director of a number of businesses owned by Tune Group and has been involved in a variety of roles within the organisation including but not limited to, corporate finance, group strategy, driving organisational change and synergies across organisations for the group. Tune Assets Limited, one of Upland’s major shareholders, is part of the Tune Group of companies which holds major or controlling stakes in companies including AirAsia, Queens Park Rangers FC and Caterham Cars Ltd.
Dixon has previously worked for HSBC Bank Malaysia and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi. Dixon holds a BCom, Accounting and Finance from the University of Queensland, Australia and a Master of Business degree from the Queensland University of Technology.
Aimi Nasharuddin – Non-Executive Director
Mr Nasharuddin carries over 28 years of business, corporate finance and hands-on operational experience. An accountant by profession, he started his career in Arthur Andersen & Co. as an auditor and business advisor where he was involved in mapping out strategies & implementing business processes for various sectors of corporates, including manufacturing, financial & investment, property & development, construction and oil & gas based companies.
He later gained further expertise in the corporate world at CIMB Investment Bank Berhad, the largest investment bank in Malaysia, where he was integral to some of the largest transactions involving financial restructuring, business re-engineering, take-overs, reverse take-overs, acquisitions and corporate financing.