Formed in the UK in 2007, Cuadrilla is a privately owned British exploration and production company focused on discovering and recovering natural resources, primarily natural gas, from shale rock. The company is headquartered in Bamber Bridge, Lancashire.
Cuadrilla aims to be a model company for exploring and developing shale gas in the UK. We are acutely aware of the responsibilities this brings, particularly with regard to safety, environmental protection and working with local communities. Shale gas exploration and development can be carried out safely, securely and in an environmentally responsible way, and we will do that, so that as a country we have less need to use coal to generate electricity and import less gas from overseas.
The company currently has onshore exploration licences in the North and South of the UK. You can find out more about our sites here.
Cuadrilla is owned 47% by AJ Lucas, an Australian specialist service provider to the energy, mining and infrastructure sector, 45% by Riverstone Holdings, a private equity company, and the remaining 8% by Cuadrilla employees (including former employees). The company is registered in the UK. You can view our latest report and accounts here.
Roy was appointed Chairman of Cuadrilla Resources in 2015, having joined the Board in 2012. A geologist by training, he has extensive petroleum industry experience, including several executive positions with British oil and gas companies. He joined the advisory board of Kerogen Partners, which is a major investor in AJ Lucas, a Cuadrilla shareholder, in 2011. His career span includes 18 years at BP where he headed up BP’s Exploration’s acquisition and divestitures group, four years as Group Managing Director of Clyde Petroleum and eight years as Chief Executive Officer of Paladin Resources. He is Deputy Chairman of Statoil A/S, the privatised Norwegian State oil company, and is also a director of Santos Ltd, an Australian-listed oil and gas company, and AmecFW plc, the London-listed contracting engineering company. Roy was awarded ‘Order of the British Empire’ in 2004 in recognition of his services to the oil and gas industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Southampton.
Francis has over 30 years of diverse international experience working in engineering and management roles in the upstream oil and gas industry. Prior to joining Cuadrilla, Francis worked in Houston, Texas as President of Production for BHP Billiton Petroleum. He also held management roles at BHP in Algeria, Pakistan, UK and Australia. Prior to joining BHP Billiton, Francis spent eight years with Marathon Oil in a variety of engineering and commercial roles. He was educated in Ireland, obtaining a BE Civil Degree with First Class Honours and a Master of Engineering Science Degree. He spent time as a PhD Student and research assistant at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Los Angeles and also holds a MBA from the University of Warwick.