“The expert in battle seeks his victory from strategic advantage.”
- Sun Tzu
“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
- Charles Darwin
“Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit.”
- Vince Lombardi
“In all realms of life it takes courage to stretch your limits, express your power, and fulfil your potential... it's no different in the financial realm.”
- Suze Orman
“Everyone experiences tough times, it is a measure of your determination and dedication how you deal with them and how you can come through them.”
- Lakshmi Mittal
“The only question to ask yourself is, how much are you willing to sacrifice to achieve success?”
- Larry Flynt
“A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.”
- Ralph Lauren
“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”
- Vince Lombardi
“What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.”
- Sun Tzu
“Leaders need to be optimists. Their vision is beyond the present.”
- Rudy Giuliani
“Executives owe it to the organization and to their fellow workers not to tolerate nonperforming individuals in important jobs.”
- Peter Drucker
“You are surrounded by simple, obvious solutions that can dramatically increase your income, power, influence and success.”
- Jay Abraham
“Doing a job badly and then getting someone in to sort it out can be much more expensive than getting someone in to do the job properly in the first place.”
- Sarah Beeny
“Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing. the result.”
- Vince Lombardi
“When you confront a problem you begin to solve it.”
- Rudy Giuliani
“It's through curiosity and looking at opportunities in new ways that we've always mapped our path. There's always an opportunity to make a difference.”
- Michael Dell
“Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.”
- Peter Drucker
“Don't let anyone say you can't do it.”
- John Ilhan
“You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety.”
- Abraham Maslow
“Success is not for the timid. It is for those who seek guidance, make decisions, and take decisive action.”
- Jose Silva
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
- Albert Einstein
“The most important adage and the only adage is, the customer comes first, whatever the business, the customer comes first.”
- Kerry Stokes
“The best way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
- Walt Disney
“Strong, deeply rooted desire is the starting point of all achievement.”
- Napoleon Hill
“Failure is a word I don't accept.”
- John H Johnson
“When I'm under the gun and I've got pressure on me, I don't panic. I look for the right solution, and then I go for it.”
- Magic Johnson
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
- John F Kennedy
“If we are together nothing is impossible. If we are divided all will fail.”
- Winston Churchill
“It is rare to find a business partner who is selfless. If you are lucky it happens once in a lifetime.”
- Michael Eisner
“In the short term the market is a voting machine but in the long term it is a weighing machine.”
- Warren Buffett
Mike Jones, Advisory Board Member
Mike is arguably one of the most respected Investment Bankers in small to mid Cap mining worldwide. With over 25 years of experience he is a BSc qualified mining engineer from the Royal School of Mines - Imperial College London. Mike moved into Mining operations in South Africa, initially with Gencor where he achieved Mine Management status, thereafter flourished with DeBeers in various operations. After achieving a high degree of success with DeBeers Mike moved to Iscor to help the company move into base metal projects in the Congo (DRC) and Zambia. He returned to the UK in 1997 and moved into the corporate finance sector as a mining analyst with T Hoare & Co which was a predecessor of Canaccord Genuity, progressing to his most recent role as Global Co-Head of Mining. He now heads up Makerfield, an independent advisory firm focussing on the Resource sector.
David Bamford, Advisory Board Member
David Bamford is a non executive Director of Tullow Oil (since 2004, and is a member of the Audit, Nominations and Remuneration Committees).
With a PhD in Geological Sciences from the University of Birmingham, he has had over 23 years exploration experience with BP where he was Chief Geophysicist from 1990 to 1995, General Manager for West Africa from 1995 to 1998, and acted as Vice President, Exploration, directing BP's global exploration programme, from 2001 to 2003. He is a geophysicist by background and an explorer by recent history, and is well known as both around the oil & gas industry. In addition to acting as a director or advisor to several small companies, including his own consultancy, he writes regularly for journals such as OilVoice, ROGTEC etc, and has recently co-founded Finding Petroleum as a vehicle for on-line communication in the oil & gas industry.
Jacob Kunzer, Advisory Board Member
Jacob Kunzer has a Masters degree in international affairs from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Ottawa. He specialised in international trade and international economics.
Jacob has been a Canadian Trade Commissioner for more than 25 years working in Canadian Embassy offices in emerging markets in Asia, Central, Eastern Europe, CIS countries and the Caribbean. He has helped Canadian companies in their international business including investigating market prospects, identifying key contacts and providing relevant advice and market intelligence in areas such as risk management, financing and corporate social responsibility. He has specialised in commercial matters related to the oil, gas and mining sectors.
He was the Deputy Director of the Canadian government's International Trade Centre in Vancouver from 1997 to 2002 where he facilitated incoming investments from Japan and Korea to British Columbia, Canada and oversaw export related matters in the mining, forestry oil & gas and natural resources area.
From 2002 to 2007 he was the Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Embassy in Moscow responsible for all matters related to the natural resources sectors involving the Canadian government and Canadian business matters in Russia, Uzbekistan and Armenia.
Most recently Jacob was Senior Adviser to Petro-Canada in London on international corporate relations.
Examples of Opus ‘Partners’ current and previous clients
“In terms of depth of contacts, relationship building and focus on delivery, there are many blue chip organizations that have benefitted from Opus, time and time again.”
“Opus show great interpersonal skills and a solid high level network in the Resources industry. They are effective in dealing with clients, and understand the dynamics of these clients businesses. We appreciated their enthusiasm and they were a pleasure to deal with.”
“Opus possess an excellent understanding of the skills, qualities and experience required at senior levels in the oil and gas industry. This knowledge, coupled with an exceptional global candidate reach, enable them to meet clients' needs swiftly and reliably. They can always be relied upon to provide quality candidates and creative appointment solutions in a trustworthy and reliable manner.”
“Have worked with Opus for many years during which time they have consistently produced first class results. With a deep understanding of sector and business issues, they bring forth creative solutions and work tirelessly on behalf of their clients. It is always a real pleasure doing business with Opus Executive Partners, and I have pleasure in recommending them without reservation.”
“Opus came to us from a first-class recommendation from a well-known high-ranking executive at a large finance house, and in our preliminary discussions leading up to engaging Opus, they were extremely sensitive to our needs as an organisation. They were helpful beyond the call of duty to us to achieve our objectives, and went out of their way to help us outside the remit. They are professional and well connected. I will be using Opus exclusively for our HR in the future.”
“Based on the five plus years I have known the partners in Opus, they are consummate professionals of high integrity. They thoroughly understand the increasingly complex business environment and the powerful market pressures facing companies today in the oil gas sector.”
“Opus have a deep knowledge of the energy and resources sector and a strong network within it; they have helped assemble a strong team of directors at our company.”
“In my experience, the Partners in Opus are honest, straightforward, and show strong commitment to both the companies for whom they undertake searches, and the executives they place. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone involved in Executive Search.”
“With Opus on your team the concept of "6 degrees of separation" comes close to being a reality. Opus' deep and wide network delivers results when it comes to finding the right individual for a challenging role."
“Opus are extremely knowledgeable and professional in the type of service they provided to me when I was a Regional Manager in a Oil Services Company. This service was as recruitment advisor for executive/technical professionals and managerial staff within the upstream oil and gas industry. They go to extraordinary lengths to find the right person and are able to draw upon a very detailed knowledge of the key players in both the UK and various international oil and gas industries.”
“Opus has provided me high calibre senior and board level candidates for selection. I was able to recruit high quality people who are not only at the top of their game but suit the work ethic and culture of my respective organisations."
“Great understanding of the oil and gas industry supported by an extensive and diverse network of contacts. Innovative in their approach to suit your needs, they will find the right candidate and are creative in closing the deal. Pleasure to work with.”
“The partners I dealt with at Opus are relaxed and knowledgeable individuals, with a quick grasp of the key issues for recruitment. Using them as my recruitment representative, I find that reassuring, as it saves a lot of unnecessary action. I would certainly recommend them to other senior specialists seeking new challenges."
“We used Opus to search for Executives and Directors as well as general research. They provided a bespoke, thorough and responsive service, displaying a good understanding of our sector. They completed all assignments successfully.”