Hugh Leonard joined Buried Hill in 2005, where he has remained responsible for all the day-to-day and long-term technical and operational aspects of the business. He was promoted to Chief Executive Office in January 2019. Hugh has over thirty years of experience in the international exploration and production industry and, prior to joining Buried Hill, was Vice President, Acquisitions with PetroKazakhstan, a Central Asia-focused company. Before joining PetroKazakhstan, Hugh spent twelve years working for Enterprise Oil Plc, where he was responsible for developing Enterprise’s Russia strategy in his role as New Business Manager for the Former Soviet Union. While at Enterprise, Hugh was seconded for three years to work in Moscow as Executive Vice President of the Khanty Mansiysk Oil Corporation (KMOC), a US independent operating in West Siberia.
Hugh has also worked for Burmah Castrol Plc, Carless Exploration Ltd, and Kelt UK Ltd, where he was Drilling Manager. He has worked across a range of jurisdictions spanning the UK, West Africa, USA, Australia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Russia and Kazakhstan, and has acquired wide E&P experience across a numbers of areas including business development, sub-surface evaluation, commercial and financial reporting, HSEQ, and operations.