Board of Directors

TransGlobe's Board members are seasoned veterans of the international oil and natural gas industry and are committed to the highest standards in corporate governance.


Mr. Cook was appointed to TransGlobe’s Board of Directors in August 2014 and became Chairman in May 2019.  He is a member of the Human Resources and Governance Committee.  Mr. Cook is an independent businessman having recently resigned from his position as the Head of Strategy at INEOS Oil & Gas.  Mr. Cook was previously Chief Executive Officer of INEOS DeNoS, located in London, UK, having taken that role following the sale to INEOS of DONG Oil and Gas (part of the DONG Energy group, now Orsted) where he was also the CEO.  He possesses more than 25 years’ experience in the energy business having held senior positions at INEOS, DONG, the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (“TAQA”), BP, TNK-BP and Amoco.  Mr. Cook served as Executive Officer and Head of Oil and Gas at TAQA.  Prior to joining TAQA, he served as Vice President for BP Russia.  He has held a variety of global technical, commercial and managerial positions based from the US, UK, Russia and the Middle East, as well as Board Director roles.  Mr. Cook has previously served on the Board of WesternZagros Ltd., in addition to previously serving as a Director for three BP/Rosneft joint ventures.  Mr. Cook holds a BSc in Geophysics and a PhD in Geological Sciences from Michigan State University and currently resides in Copenhagen, Denmark.


Mr. Clarkson was appointed to the Board of Directors in October of 1995 and served as President and CEO until January 2018.  In January 2018, Mr. Clarkson was appointed as CEO until January 2019.  Mr. Clarkson has more than 40 years of oil and gas exploration, management and executive experience.  His international familiarity extends to numerous countries on all continents.


Mr. Neely was appointed President and CEO of the Company in January 2019 and to the Board of Directors in May 2018.  He was previously appointed as President in January 2018 and Vice President, Finance and CFO in May 2012.  Mr. Neely has 25 years of experience in executive and financial roles, including CFO of Zodiac Exploration, CFO of Pearl (Blackpearl) Exploration & Production and CFO of Trident Exploration.  Prior to working directly in the oil and gas industry, Mr. Neely spent three and a half years in investment banking with TD Securities and eight years with KPMG LLP.  


Ms. MacKenzie was appointed to TransGlobe’s Board of Directors effective April 22, 2014. Ms. MacKenzie has been an independent consultant since September 2010. She is Chairman of the Compensation, Human Resources  and Governance Committee and is a member of the Reserves, Health, Safety, Environment and Social Responsibility Committee. Prior thereto, Susan served as Chief Operating Officer with Oilsands Quest Inc., from April 2010 to September 2010. Prior to that, was employed for 12 years at Petro-Canada (an integrated oil and gas company) where she held senior and executive roles including Vice-President of In Situ Development & Operations and Vice-President of Human Resources until Petro Canada was merged with Suncor Energy Inc. in 2009.  Susan was also with Amoco Canada for 14 years in a variety of engineering and leadership roles in natural gas, conventional oil and heavy oil exploitation. Ms. MacKenzie holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree from McGill University, an MBA from the University of Calgary and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). Ms. MacKenzie also holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.


Mr. LaFehr was appointed to TransGlobe’s Board of Directors in March, 2019. Mr. LaFehr is the Chief Executive Officer of Baytex Energy Corporation, a mid-sized oil and gas company based in Calgary. Mr. LaFehr has 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry working with Amoco, BP, Talisman and Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA), holding senior positions in North American, Europe and the Middle East regions. Prior to joining Baytex, he was President of TAQA's North American oil and gas business based in Calgary and subsequently Chief Operating Officer for TAQA, globally. Prior to this, he served as Senior Vice President for Talisman Energy in Calgary. From 2009 to 2011 Mr. LaFehr was Managing Director of Pharaonic Petroleum Company in Cairo, Egypt. In this capacity he served on BP Egypt's executive team and represented BP's interests on the Board of Directors of Pharaonic and ENI's Petrobel JV companies with the Egyptian Government. Mr. LaFehr holds Masters degrees in geophysics and mineral economics from Stanford University and the Colorado School of Mines, respectively.


Mr. Sinclair was appointed to TransGlobe’s Board of Directors in March, 2017.  He is Chairman of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Human Resources and Governance Committee.  He is a corporate director, who has over 30 years of financial and operating experience, retiring from his position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ARC Resources Ltd. in 2014. Mr. Sinclair is also a director and chair of the audit committee of a Calgary headquartered private oil and gas company. Mr. Sinclair received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary in 1978 and his Chartered Accountant's designation in 1981.


Dr. Bell was appointed to TransGlobe’s Board of Directors in January 2019.  Dr. Bell is an independent businesswoman and corporate director with over 35 years of experience in the natural resources sector.  Dr. Bell has experience as a director on companies listed in Canada, Norway and the UK.  Dr. Bell’s career includes Managing Director of Chase Manhattan Bank’s Global Oil & Gas Group, Head of European Equity Research at JP Morgan and several years as an equity research analyst in the oil and gas sector at Credit Suisse First Boston and UBS Phillips & Drew.  Dr. Bell began her career in corporate planning and business development at Charterhouse Petroleum plc and RTZ Oil and Gas.  Dr. Bell currently sits on the Board at BlackRock Commodities, Bonheur ASA, Ophir Energy plc and Tharisa plc and has served or serves on several private and charitable boards.  Dr. Bell holds a MA, Natural Sciences from Cambridge University; a BA, Earth Sciences from Open University; and a PhD, Archaeology of Trade from University College London.