Investment & Advisory Board

Stir­ling Infrastructure’s Invest­ment and Advi­so­ry Board con­sists of mem­bers who have:

  • Demon­strat­ed lead­er­ship in the oper­a­tion of infra­struc­ture assets
  • M&A trans­ac­tion­al experience
  • Indus­try insight and intelligence
  • Influ­en­tial rela­tion­ships with debt and equi­ty providers

Stir­ling Infrastructure’s Invest­ment and Advi­so­ry Board con­sists of mem­bers who have:

  • Demon­strat­ed lead­er­ship in the oper­a­tion of infra­struc­ture assets
  • M&A trans­ac­tion­al experience
  • Indus­try insight and intelligence
  • Influ­en­tial rela­tion­ships with debt and equi­ty providers

Stir­ling Infrastructure’s Invest­ment and Advi­so­ry Board con­sists of mem­bers who have:

  • Demon­strat­ed lead­er­ship in the oper­a­tion of infra­struc­ture assets
  • M&A trans­ac­tion­al experience
  • Indus­try insight and intelligence
  • Influ­en­tial rela­tion­ships with debt and equi­ty providers

Investment and Advisory Board

Michael Stir­ling 

Michael Stir­ling is the Chair­man of the Invest­ment and Advi­so­ry Board. Michael has over 25 years of expe­ri­ence in invest­ment bank­ing, eco­nom­ics and law.  He is expe­ri­enced in review­ing invest­ment propo­si­tions and assess­ing whether invest­ments in the sec­tor Stir­ling Infra­struc­ture cov­ers rep­re­sent val­ue to insti­tu­tion­al investors. Michael is an expe­ri­enced cor­po­rate finance lawyer and M&A trans­ac­tions specialist.

Col­lec­tive­ly with the fel­low mem­bers of the Invest­ment and Advi­so­ry Board, the firm deter­mines which invest­ments it believes are suit­able for this firm to advise on for both cap­i­tal rais­ing and M&A transactions.

Thomas Maier

Thomas Maier has had a dis­tin­guished career in invest­ment bank­ing; he head­ed the infra­struc­ture busi­ness group at the EBRD. Thomas is a high­ly respect­ed thought leader and has con­tributed to strate­gic think­ing to both the G20 and World Eco­nom­ic Forum in the devel­op­ment of infra­struc­ture. Thomas has not only had a proven track record in advis­ing on com­plex infra­struc­ture trans­ac­tions but has an exten­sive net­work with nation­al and inter­na­tion­al finan­cial insti­tu­tions, gov­ern­ments, pri­vate oper­a­tors, and asset own­ers. His exper­tise and insight also enable Thomas to nav­i­gate clients through busi­ness, oper­a­tional and polit­i­cal chal­lenges for nation­al and sub­na­tion­al gov­ern­ments in the deliv­ery of infra­struc­ture. Thomas has exten­sive expe­ri­ence on the boards of pri­vate companies.

 

Lord Moy­lan

Lord Moy­lan has unique expe­ri­ence of the inter­face between the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors. He has had over­sight of and key respon­si­bil­i­ties for the suc­cess­ful deliv­ery of large and com­plex infra­struc­ture, trans­port and devel­op­ment projects. He has served as Deputy Chair­man of Trans­port for Lon­don under Boris John­son, Chair­man of Lon­don Council’s Trans­port and Envi­ron­ment Com­mit­tee and Chair­man of the Lon­don Lega­cy Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion dur­ing the 2012 Olympic and Par­a­lympic Games. He is co-Chair­man of Urban Design Lon­don, a pub­lic sec­tor pro­fes­sion­al train­ing and devel­op­ment net­work. In a pro­fes­sion­al capac­i­ty, he is able to share his knowl­edge and expe­ri­ence in devel­op­ing crit­i­cal infra­struc­ture projects to obtain the nec­es­sary sup­port from both polit­i­cal stake­hold­ers and finan­cial institutions.

As Deputy Chair­man of TfL, he over­saw major trans­port infra­struc­ture projects with a spend of between £1bn and £2bn per annum. He played a key role in mov­ing for­ward the con­struc­tion of Cross­rail and sat for sev­er­al years until 2016 on the board of Cross­rail Lim­it­ed. He both pro­mot­ed the May­or of London’s plans for a new air­port and ini­ti­at­ed work on the con­struc­tion of Cross­rail 2.

In 2020 he was appoint­ed to sit in the House of Lords.

 

Don Kern

Don Kern has had a 40-year dis­tin­guished career in the ener­gy indus­try with Chevron Corporation.

As Chevron’s Gen­er­al Man­ag­er for Cor­po­rate Trans­ac­tions, Don was respon­si­ble for world­wide trans­ac­tion exe­cu­tion, busi­ness devel­op­ment strat­e­gy and busi­ness devel­op­ment tech­ni­cal assess­ments. Dur­ing these times, Don worked direct­ly with CEOs, Pres­i­dents, and Cor­po­rate offi­cers from var­i­ous com­pa­nies and gov­ern­ment offi­cials from var­i­ous coun­tries to set direc­tion and exe­cute com­mer­cial trans­ac­tions. Dur­ing the recent divesti­ture pro­grams in the ener­gy indus­try, Don com­plet­ed in excess of $25 bil­lion of divestitures.

Don has an exten­sive and detailed back­ground in tech­ni­cal, eco­nom­ic, finan­cial and com­mer­cial aspects of the ener­gy indus­try. Dur­ing the ini­tial years of his career, Don worked in var­i­ous tech­ni­cal roles in facil­i­ties design and oper­a­tion, reser­voir engi­neer­ing and pro­duc­tion oper­a­tions. He held sev­er­al tech­ni­cal and oper­a­tional posi­tions of increas­ing respon­si­bil­i­ty, includ­ing super­vi­so­ry and man­age­r­i­al positions.

With­in Chevron’s busi­ness devel­op­ment organ­i­sa­tion, he played an instru­men­tal role in the devel­op­ment of process­es, sup­port organ­i­sa­tions, and com­mer­cial per­son­nel. As Gen­er­al Man­ag­er of Com­mer­cial & Nego­ti­a­tions, Don was respon­si­ble for the exe­cu­tion of all Chevron’s world­wide upstream and down­stream major busi­ness devel­op­ment trans­ac­tions. Don has been involved in major indus­try-lead­ing trans­ac­tions for some of the world’s largest ener­gy projects and has com­plet­ed trans­ac­tions in North Amer­i­ca, South Amer­i­ca, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Mid­dle East. He has broad expe­ri­ence in com­mer­cial trans­ac­tions such as divesti­tures, acqui­si­tions, merg­ers, pro­duc­tion shar­ing con­tracts, joint ven­ture for­ma­tions, oper­at­ing agree­ments and com­mer­cial dis­putes. He par­tic­i­pat­ed in major merg­er projects in the US, major LNG trans­ac­tions and devel­op­ments in Aus­tralia, Ango­la and Cana­da; pro­duc­tion con­tract nego­ti­a­tions in Nige­ria, Ango­la, Indone­sia, Thai­land and Sau­di Ara­bia and sig­nif­i­cant coun­try entries and exits. He has also sup­port­ed sig­nif­i­cant upstream and down­stream divest­ments and acqui­si­tions in all regions of the world.

Don holds a BS in Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan in Cana­da, and an MBA from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia in Los Angeles.

 

Chris Dur­man 

Chris Dur­man is an expert in eco­nom­ic quan­ti­tive analy­sis with a par­tic­u­lar inter­est in glob­al ener­gy mar­kets. In his most recent roles, Chris led the glob­al LNG and Euro­pean gas and pow­er Ana­lyt­ics teams at S&P Glob­al Platts, teams tasked with deliv­er­ing com­mer­cial­ly valu­able insights and price fore­casts to clients across the nat­ur­al gas and pow­er mar­ket val­ue chains. In addi­tion to deep expe­ri­ence in analysing and fore­cast­ing sup­ply and demand fun­da­men­tals, Chris is an estab­lished expert in quan­ti­ta­tive ener­gy mar­ket mod­el­ling and the appli­ca­tion of mod­el­ling tech­niques in fore­cast­ing out­turn ener­gy mar­ket prices and their asso­ci­at­ed ranges of uncer­tain­ty. Along­side man­ag­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of reg­u­lar client-fac­ing con­tent, Chris has also led a vari­ety of bespoke con­sul­tan­cy projects for upstream and mid­stream clients. He is also a reg­u­lar speak­er and pan­elist on the con­fer­ence cir­cuit and has sup­port­ed client forums such as investor rela­tions round tables.

Before join­ing S&P Glob­al Platts, Chris held a vari­ety of roles at Cen­tri­ca includ­ing respon­si­bil­i­ty for renew­ables gen­er­a­tion fore­cast­ing, demand fore­cast­ing and pow­er mar­ket analy­sis. In his final role at Cen­tri­ca, Chris was Head of Ana­lyt­ics with respon­si­bil­i­ty for lead­ing the cre­ation and devel­op­ment of ener­gy mar­ket mod­els and price fore­casts in sup­port of Centrica’s M&A activ­i­ties and strat­e­gy devel­op­ment. Dur­ing his time at Cen­tri­ca, Chris was also the indus­try super­vi­sor for a Uni­ver­si­ty of Read­ing PhD project on the appli­ca­tion of wind fore­cast­ing to the ener­gy sector.

Chris began his career as a research sci­en­tist and numer­i­cal mod­eller at the Met Office’s world-lead­ing Hadley Cen­tre for Cli­mate Pre­dic­tion and Research, car­ry­ing out projects inves­ti­gat­ing the nature of extreme events under client change and coor­di­nat­ing the devel­op­ment of advanced cli­mate models.

Chris holds a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence degree in Astro­physics from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Edin­burgh and a Mas­ter of Sci­ence in Cli­mate and Mete­o­rol­o­gy from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Reading.

 

Paul Audu 

Paul is a pro­fes­sion­al work­ing in the pen­sions indus­try with over 25 years’ expe­ri­ence. He is an expert at assist­ing pen­sion funds to man­age their invest­ment pro­grammes. He has a proven track record of man­ag­ing invest­ments and in cor­po­rate gov­er­nance for pen­sion schemes. Paul has devel­oped invest­ment strate­gies for Trustee Boards of pen­sion funds and their invest­ment committees.

Paul has worked for both the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor, includ­ing FTSE 100 com­pa­nies. Paul has also been a Senior Invest­ment Con­sul­tant at a firm of Actu­ar­ies and Con­sul­tants and was the Head of invest­ment for the pub­lic sec­tor pen­sion funds. Paul holds a BSc (Econ) in Finan­cial Eco­nom­ics and a Post­grad­u­ate Cer­tifi­cate in Account­ing and Man­age­ment from the Uni­ver­si­ty of London.

 

Jovan Atkin­son 

Jovan is cur­rent­ly the Head of Legal and Deputy Gen­er­al Man­ag­er at Danske Bank A/S, Lon­don Branch. He has worked in finance in the City of Lon­don for over 20 years both as a pri­vate prac­tice solic­i­tor and as a lawyer and man­ag­er in the bank­ing sec­tor. His expe­ri­ence cov­ers, amongst oth­er areas, asset and project finance, deriv­a­tives, dis­pute res­o­lu­tion and restruc­tur­ing. Dur­ing the finan­cial cri­sis, Jovan also worked exten­sive­ly on the sta­bil­i­sa­tion and dis­pos­al of US real estate projects. Part of Jovan’s role has involved the imple­men­ta­tion of cor­po­rate gov­er­nance struc­tures and sys­tems, and con­trols for ensur­ing effec­tive management.

 

SHARE — STIRLING INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERS