Paydirt for April 11, 2018: ‘A flexible and pragmatic approach’: London-based project management specialist joins Pennine’s board

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Steeped in natural resources experience, Jon Harris adds immediate clout as a PNN Non-Executive Director

When your sweet spot is natural resources, it helps to be . . . resourceful.

And that’s what Pennine Petroleum Corporation (TSX-V: PNN) is getting in Jon Harris.

On Monday, Pennine announced that Harris, a London-based project management specialist, had joined the company, effective immediately, as a Non-Executive Director.

Mr. Harris’ 30 years of international management experience include high-ranking executive and operational roles for several private and public companies in the United Kingdom, Canada, and elsewhere, focused on both mining and oil and gas.

“My experience is based largely in developing economies where project management is an inexact science,” says Mr. Harris. “A flexible and pragmatic approach to resolving problems is key, especially where one has limited choices when it comes to people and materials.”

Lining up people and materials is what Pennine’s VP Operations Albania, Carey Chilliak, does best. Since January 2018, Mr. Chilliak has been using his four years of on-the-ground upstream experience in Albania to identify service and supply companies in Albania that can provide those people and materials for a timely and transparent Velca Block drilling bid framework.

Mr. Harris has served as a Non-Executive Director for several AIM- and TSX-listed companies—including Bankers Petroleum Ltd., which pioneered Albania’s Patos-Marinza heavy oil fields and, at its peak, was responsible for 5.5% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product. His public company directorships include:

  • Bankers Petroleum (TSX/AIM: BNK) from 2004 through 2016;
  • Eastern Platinum Limited (AIM/TSX: ELR) from 2004 through 2006; and
  • Hard Assets Incorporated (AIM: HAI) from 2004 through 2006.

He also has experience in leading two AIM listings for clients in the past decade.

“Jon will provide us with excellent guidance as we move forward with our extraction and production plans in Eastern Europe,” says N. Desmond Smith, Pennine’s Chief Executive Officer.

As a consultant, Mr. Harris has successfully led a series of projects for clients involved in early-stage mineral exploration in French-speaking West Africa—including gold- and bauxite-focused drilling programs and due diligence assessments in Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Zimbabwe.

Mr. Harris has both United Kingdom and Zimbabwean citizenship. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the London Business School, a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from South Africa’s University of Natal, and a Financial Times Non-Executive Director (NED) Diploma.