James Menzies was the founder of Salamander Energy, an oil and gas business listed on the London Stock Exchange with activities in South East Asia, that was acquired by Ophir Energy in 2015. Mr Menzies holds a BSc in Geology from the University of London and an MSc in Geophysics and Planetary Physics from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Prior to founding Salamander Energy, Mr Menzies was senior partner of Lambert Energy Advisory, an upstream oil and gas corporate finance advisory business. He spent most of his career with LASMO, a UK-listed independent exploration and production company, first as a geophysicist in the UK North Sea exploration team and later in Vietnam and Indonesia. Mr Menzies returned to the London head office in 1997 to work in corporate development and mergers & acquisitions. As a member of LASMO’s senior management team, he held a variety of corporate positions including corporate affairs, strategic planning and investor relations.