The Board

  • Colin Welsh

    Chairman

  • Fernando Assing

    Chief Executive Officer

  • Euan Leask

    Chief Financial Officer

  • James Harris

    Non-Executive Director

  • Pauline Lafferty

    Non-Executive Director

  • Charles Matthews

    Non-Executive Director

  • Joe Oatley

    Non-Executive Director

  • Sean Rice

    Non-Executive Director

Colin Welsh

Chairman

Colin serves as Chairman of Centurion’s Board. Colin is International Partner with SCF Partners, an energy services focussed private equity fund. Prior to joining SCF Partners, Colin was Head of International Energy Investment Banking at Simmons & Company International. Colin joined Simmons in 1999 and built the firm’s activities outside of North America from its offices in Aberdeen, London and Dubai. Simmons & Company International was sold to Piper Jaffray (NYSE: PJC) in February 2016. Before joining Simmons & Company he spent 16 years at Ernst and Whinney, Touche Ross and RMD.

Fernando Assing

Chief Executive Officer

Fernando is Centurion Group’s Chief Executive Officer. Prior to becoming CEO of Centurion Group, Fernando was President, CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of the NASDAQ-listed oilfield services Group, Tesco Corporation. Having joined Tesco Corporation in 2009 as the Senior VP of Marketing and Business Development, with a particular focus on technology and the corporate strategy, he was appointed COO and Executive Vice President in 2011 and January 2014 respectively, becoming President & CEO in December 2014. Fernando managed the sale of the business to Nabors in late 2017 in an all-stock transaction. Prior to Tesco Corporation he worked at Schlumberger, a leading oilfield services company. Fernando is also a non-executive director of Enerflex, a TSX listed energy services company.

Euan Leask

Chief Financial Officer

Euan was appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer of Centurion Group in December 2017. Previously, Euan was CFO of Centurion International having been appointed to the role following its merger with ATR in 2016 having held the role at ATR since 2012. Prior to joining ATR, he was CFO at Triton Group, a SCF platform company that merged with Forum Energy Technologies. A Chartered Accountant, Euan has also held senior roles at RBS as head of structured finance, providing leveraged finance for oil services and acquisitions. Euan started his career at Deloitte in Audit and Assurance.

James Harris

Non-Executive Director

James joined Centurion’s board in 2019. He is Senior Vice President and CFO of Pacific Drilling, a global deep-water offshore drilling company, following a 13 year tenure with Forum Energy Technologies Inc., where he served as CFO and Executive Vice President - Drilling & Subsea. From 2004 to 2005, James served VeriCenter Inc as Vice President and Controller, and held various roles with Enron Energy Services between 1999 and 2003, including Vice President - Tax, Finance and Contractor. James was with Baker Hughes Incorporated from 1994 to 1999, his last position being Vice President - Tax and Controller, and with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 1985 to 1994, his last position being Senior Tax Manager.

Pauline Lafferty

Non-Executive Director

Pauline joined Centurion’s board in 2019. Pauline also holds non-executive positions at XP Power plc, a FTSE250 manufacturer and supplier of critical power control solutions; Scottish Event Campus Limited (SEC), Scotland's leading concert, exhibition and conference centre; and Bronzegate Ltd, a London-based executive search company with exclusive focus on CFO and Finance Leadership appointments. Pauline was formerly Chief People Officer at The Weir Group plc, worked in executive search as a Partner with The Miles Partnership, and previously, as Executive Director at Russell Reynolds Associates.

Charles Matthews

Non-Executive Director

Charles joined Centurion’s Board in 2019. He has spent his career in the manufacturing, engineering and technology sectors, leading to Chief Executive and then Chairman positions across several high-profile businesses. Previous roles have included Chairman of Wheelabrator, a major US capital equipment manufacturer and Beck & Pollitzer, a UK and US-based contract engineering services business; Chairman of Porvair plc, a leading aerospace technology group; Chief Executive of Cosworth Group, the F1 and automotive technology business; and Managing Director of Rolls Royce and Bentley Motor cars.

Joe Oatley

Non-Executive Director

Joe joined Centurion’s Board in 2019. He served as Chief Executive of Cape plc from 2012 until 2018 – a global FTSE-listed company specialising in the provision of critical industrial services to the energy and natural resources sectors. Joe was previously Chief Executive of Hamworthy plc, a global oil and gas engineering business, which he joined in 2007 and led until its takeover by Wärtsilä in 2012. Prior to this, Joe spent the majority of his career in the engineering sector in a broad range of roles, including Managing Director of a number of different businesses, Strategy Development and M&A. Joe is also a non-executive director of Carclo plc, a UK listed international manufacturing group, and Wates Group Limited, a leading UK based construction, development and services group.

Sean Rice

Non-Executive Director

Sean has been with SCF Partners for four years and is responsible for SCF’s North American based investments. Prior to joining SCF, Sean was with Goldman, Sachs & Co. for 18 years and served as the Global Head of Energy Investment Banking. He was also a long-time member of the Merger Leadership Group and had previously led Goldman’s Mergers & Acquisitions efforts for the Energy Group. Sean earned a BS in Finance from Boston College in 1994 and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1999.