Our Leadership

Executive Chairman, Phil Maxted

Phil was appointed executive chairman of Starn in October 2015 having spent over 35 years working in the global Oil, petrochem and power generation industries.

A large portion of his career was spent with Hydratight Limited, where he held many senior level positions and was instrumental in leading the organisation to become a global provider of specialist on site services.

His remit is to guide Starn to broaden its product offering, expand geographically and to target and integrate strategic acquisitions. In addition to Starn, Phil also provides consultancy services to a number of oil and gas related businesses and investment groups.

Chief Financial Officer, Rick Clark

Rick was appointed CFO of Starn Energy Services Group in December 2013 and is also finance director of Safehouse, a subsidiary of Starn. His remit includes ensuring that Starn has the people, systems and controls in place to sustain its global presence and to support its drive for organic and acquisition-led growth.

For six years prior to joining the team at Starn Rick was Group finance director at Reservoir Group, where he oversaw more than 20 acquisitions and led the corporate team during its private equity-backed ownership. As CFO at ALS Oil and Gas during 2013, Rick oversaw the effective transition of the corporate functions of Reservoir Group into ALS Limited.

Rick was previously a partner for over 15 years with KPMG, specialising in audit and assurance services, but also has significant experience in M&A activity.

He is a trustee of Dundee Heritage Trust, a charity that owns and manages two independent museums in Dundee.

Group Business Development Director, Calum Melhuish

Calum has joined Starn Group to head up all commercial aspects of the group globally. Prior to joining Starn Calum spent over 19 years in the oil, gas and energy industry in a number of senior and leadership roles, most recently as executive director for Score Energy.

Director, Allister Langlands

Allister was appointed as non-executive director of Starn in 2014, having spent 35 years in a number of leading international organisations.

He retired as chairman of John Wood Group PLC in 2014, having previously served as chief executive (2007 – 2012), deputy chief executive (1999 – 2006) and group finance director (1991 – 1999).

As a key member of the senior management team, Allister was instrumental in Wood Group’s revenue growth from less than US $200 million in 1990, to over $7 billion revenue in 2013.

He currently serves as chairman of Maven Income and Growth VCT 5 PLC, is senior independent director of Exova Group plc and also a non-executive director of WS Atkins plc and Standard Life UK Smaller Companies Trust plc. Allister serves on the Investment Committee of Simmonds Private Equity Funds I & II and is a Director of a number of private companies.