Meet The Team

Board Of Directors

Our Board is made up of a strong executive leadership from diverse and professional backgrounds.

Kola Karim

Chairman

Kola Karim is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Shoreline Natural Resources Ltd. He has a proven ability to start companies from scratch and nurture them to success, an aptitude for spotting new business and creating new opportunities and is also adept at building and nurturing business partnerships with leading international companies. His current portfolio consists of businesses in the Construction, Commodity Trading, Oil and Gas, Engineering and Power sectors.

Kola Karim is also the current Chairman of the Board of Directors of Costain (West Africa) plc, Nigerian Ropes plc, and serves as director in seven other companies including Shoreline Power Company Ltd, Shoreline Energy International Ltd, Ecobank Nigeria plc, Schlumberger Testing & Production Services Nigeria Ltd, Trans Amadi Facilities Ltd, grange Education Ltd and African Eagles plc.

Kola Karim is a Young Global Leader 2008 Award Honoree.

Ladi Bada

Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer

Ladi Bada has a proven track record in the Nigerian Oil and Gas sector. He worked as an adviser to Oriental Energy, a Nigerian Exploration and Production company from 2004 to 2010.  He was involved in the various development cycles of the Ebok field from exploration to development and eventually to production. He has led teams to develop oil and gas investment in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. He also worked in Nigeria and Algeria to develop opportunities in the Trans Saharan Gas Pipeline. He is a member of the Institute of Directors, Nigeria.

Paul Atherton

Director

Paul Atherton is a qualified accountant, having qualified with Deloitte & Touche.
He holds a degree in Geology from Imperial College London. He has a Corporate Finance background with specific experience in the International Mining and Resource sectors. He joined Heritage in 2000 and subsequently joined the Board of Directors in 2005.

Tunde Karim

Director

Tunde Karim holds a degree in Biochemical Engineering B.Eng (Hons) from the University College of Wales, Swansea and an Post Graduate Diploma, Entrepreneur Practice from the University of Wales Glamorgan, Treforest, South Glamorgan. He is a member of the Institute of Directors, Nigeria.

Tunde joined John Churchill & Co, London as a Stock Analyst and Valuer shortly after his graduation. He then moved on to British Telecoms from 1999 to 2003 where he rose rapidly through the ranks, after which he joined Koda Trading International a part of the Shoreline Energy International group..

He also serves on the boards of the various companies within the Shoreline Group.

Phillip Blows

Director

Philip Blows is a chartered accountant and has been an adviser to Heritage Oil for 20 years.
He holds a degree in Business Law.

Executive Management

Lara Coker

Head of Legal/External Communications

Lara Coker was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1988, she also holds an LLM degree in Corporate and Commercial Law from Kings College, University of London. Lara had practiced as a Litigator and has appeared extensively in all superior courts of records in Nigeria and was appointed as a Notary Public in 1998 by the Chief Justice of Nigeria. She now regards herself as a Business Advisor rather than a Lawyer, having worked in the Tax and Business Regulatory division of Arthur Andersen (now KPMG Professional Services) where she gained experience in proffering Tax and Business Regulatory advice to Clients of the Firm in diverse businesses. She is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria.
Lara has extensive Company Secretarial practice having worked as the Company Secretary of a Listed Public Liability Company. Lara has Senior Management experience from working as Group General Counsel to a holding Company with interest in diverse industries where she has had to negotiate and review business arrangements of the companies in the Group.

Patrick Sawczyszyn

Head of Finance

Patrick Sawczyszyn is a qualified accountant with 30 years’ experience in auditing, financial management, commercial negotiations, and consulting in a variety of industries, of which over 20 years relates directly to the Oil and Gas Industry. He has worked for Elf Aquitaine, Lasmo and Heritage Oil in Uganda, and has had extensive experience in a variety of management and commercial roles. Patrick Sawczyszyn has considerable international experience working in the Middle East, South America, East and West Africa

Funmi Lanre-Phillips

Head of HR, Admin & Corporate Services

Funmi graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Hons degree in Communication and Language Arts in 1988 from the University of Ibadan, after which she obtained an MBA (majoring in Human Resources Management and Marketing Management) from the Cardiff Business School, Wales.
Over the course of her career, she has held various portfolios which include corporate affairs, business development, share registration, corporate banking and human resources management; across various industries, including construction, finance, banking and energy. Funmi is passionate about people and all her roles have involved an interface with people either on the external clients’ side or with the companies’ internal clients, its people.
Funmi serves as an alternate director on the board of Grange School, Lagos and is a member of the school’s Governing Council.

Stephen Kobak

Head, Technical

Stephen Kobak, a qualified engineer, has 27 years of experience in oil and gas production operations, reservoir studies and asset development. The companies he has worked for include ESSO, Shell International and Khanty Mansiysk Oil Corporation in Western Siberia where he held senior management positions guiding technical and operations activities. He has extensive international experience working in Russia, the Far East, Middle East and Canada.