Board of Directors & Management

Rita Fern Whittington
Chief Operations Officer

Mrs Whittington is a petroleum landman with more than 32 years’ experience in acquisitions, operations and management of oil and gas properties. She joined Primary Natural Resources I and II as a senior member of the asset management team, where she was jointly responsible for company growth. Both companies were sold in an aggregate eight-year period generating a 3:1 return on equity.

Steven Otis Snead
Chief Executive Officer

Mr Snead is a petroleum landman with 35 years’ experience in the US onshore oil and gas industry. During this period he has owned and operated successful oil and gas operating and services companies. He founded and still owns Enerlex Inc. for the purpose of acquiring and managing royalty interests. He has extensive experience in oil and gas lease acquisition, drilling, development and operations.


Ronald Sanford Harwood
Non-Executive Director

Mr Harwood has been actively involved in originating and developing projects in oil and gas exploration and production since 1981.  He founded Bellwood Petroleum Corporation in 1985, Bellwood Petroleum LL Cin 2007 and Colony Petroleum, LLC in 1990.  Colony secured US and international investors to participate in oil and gas exploration and production ventures originated and operated by American and Canadian independent oil and gas companies.

Leonard Wallace
Non-Executive Director

Mr Wallace is a highly experienced oil and gas engineer with over 50 years’ experience, specialising in drilling engineering, well construction and rig operation within the oil and gas, exploration and production industry.  He was a consultant to Tartan Petroleum Ltd, during which time he acted as a contractor for Chevron USA, Dovre Group and Alpha Deepwater Services.

Derec Norman
Vice President of Accounting

Mr Norman has spent the last eight years working in the oil and gas industry in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  He began his career with Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK), a leading operator in Oklahoma, where in his role as Acquisition & Divestiture Supervisor, he specialised in oil and gas accounting, acquisitions, divestitures, and mergers managing deals totalling over US $10 billion.  He graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with an honours degree in finance.