Chairman, Impact Oil & Gas
Mike Doherty started his oil and gas career in the seismic industry. In 1971 he joined Seismograph Services Ltd (‘SSL’) as a seismologist following his qualification with a Physics degree from Trinity College Dublin. In 1979 he and two other colleagues founded Merlin Geophysical as an independent UK-based seismic company. This company was sold to Schlumberger in 1986.
Mike then joined the E&P sector by establishing Quadrant Exploration with blocks in the Porcupine Basin offshore Ireland. This was merged with Ardmore Petroleum and, subsequently, Tuskar Resources plc where Mike was CEO. Tuskar had a diverse portfolio – its most notable success was the discovery of the giant Rubiales Field in the Llanos Basin of Colombia.
Mike moved on from Tuskar to take control of Tur-Kan Petrol (Turkey) and then merge it with the Toronto listed Trans-Dominion Energy Corporation. This was later sold to Toreador Resources.
In 2010, Mike and four other upstream colleagues set up Impact Oil & Gas Limited as an independent exploration company focusing on frontier acreage offshore Africa.
Mike is a member of the PESGB and a Fellow of the Geological Society.