The Board has wide experience of the sector and regulatory environment in which Cairn operates, as well as the appropriate financial and risk management skills.

James Smith was appointed to the Board in May 2014 as CFO.

James joined Cairn in March 2014 from Rothschild where he was a director of the energy & power team with 15 years' experience advising E&P companies, oil majors and national oil companies on their M&A transactions and equity and debt market financing.

Prior to joining Rothschild, James was a member of the oil & gas team at Merrill Lynch and prior to that at Harrison Lovegrove (now part of Standard Chartered Bank).

In addition to his experience advising European oil and gas clients, James has previously spent time working in both Houston and Perth.

He holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Oxford.

James is a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Governance Committee and the Group Risk Management Committee and attends meetings of the Audit Committee by invitation.