Leadership team

Gary Casswell


Mr. Casswell has more than 35 years industry experience. Mr Casswell serves as Director of Ensign Energy Services Inc since 2017. Most recently Mr.Casswell served as Chairman and Director of Northern Drilling Ltd from 2017. Mr Casswell was President and CEO of Northern Offshore LTD from 2010 until mid 2017. Prior to this he served as Vice President, Eastern Hemisphere Operations for Pride International responsible for the deep water, shallow water, and land operations in more than 18 countries. Prior to joining Pride, Mr. Casswell worked for Santa Fe International for more than 20 years and held a variety of increasing responsible positions including development of Santa Fe’s deep water strategy. Mr. Casswell has served with the IADC and received the IADC Exemplary Service award in 2007. He is also serving as Chairman of Northern Drilling Ltd, and is a board member of Ensign Engery Services Inc (ESI). Mr. Casswell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Long Beach. He is a US citizen and resides in Houston, Texas.

Bote de Vries


Bote de Vries (1958) is an experienced professional in off shore and ship finance. Since 2009 Mr. De Vries is working as an independent non-executive director and financial advisor for the offshore and maritime industry using his broad experience as lender, borrower and investor in the shipping and off shore industry. Mr. De Vries has held positions in TBS Shipping, North Atlantic Drilling, Lloyds funds, Deap Sea Metro, Artilium and Meadsea.

Mr De Vries was from 1996 to 2001 responsible for the transportation portfolio of NIB Capital Bank in The Hague, The
Netherlands. In 2001, Mr. De Vries has established NFC Shipping Funds. During a period of eight year ten shipping and offshore funds were established acquiring assets with a value of USD 2.6 billion.

Currently, Mr De Vries is a.o. non-executive board member of Vallianzholdings in Singapore, chairman of the board of the Dutch Investment Fund for sea going vessels, adviser to Chemship and chairman of the board of Northern Netherlands P&I club. Mr De Vries holds a master degree in Law of the University of Leiden, The Netherlands.

Ole Falk Hansen


Ole Falk Hansen has more than ten years of industry experience, which includes working as a consultant for Mckinsey and Company with focus on the energy industry as well as several positions within the Aker Solutions ASA group of companies.
Mr. Falk Hansen has also been the CFO of MHWirth, an offshore drilling equipment and lifecycle supplier. Currently, Mr.
Falk Hansen is the CEO of Beckmann AS, a private equity owned company in Norway. Mr. Falk Hansen holds a master in
Finance from Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration from the National University of Singapore.

James Ayers


Mr. Ayers has almost ten years of industry experience. In addition to being a member of the Company`s Board, Mr. Ayers has a range of other director and management positions  across the sector as underlined below. Mr. Ayers has also a total of six years of experience of serving as a company secretary for several SEC regulated and publicly listed companies, as well as company secretary roles within the UK based firms Karm Research Group and Co-operative Banking Group Ltd. Lastly, Mr. Ayers has an extensive legal education with a Bachelor of Laws from Liverpool John Mores University, proceeded by an LLM in International Business and Commercial Law and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the same university.

Scott McReaken


Scott McReaken was appointed CEO of NOL in December 2019 and NODL in December 2018. Mr McReaken has over 15 years of experience in the offshore drilling industry. Prior to this appointment Mr McReaken has been a part of the Seadrill group companies since 2012, where he served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Sevan Drilling Ltd and Chief Financial Officer of North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. amongst other roles in Seadrill. Mr McReaken serves as the Treasurer and Secretary of the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) since 2013, which is the worldwide oil and gas drilling contractor’s non-profit advocacy association. Mr McReaken began his career at Arthur Andersen LLP and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor. He holds a degree in business administration from the University of Texas. Mr McReaken is a US citizen and resides in the US.