Barath Rajgopaul

Do you find leadership to be a constant challenge for you? Who do you turn to for help in questioning your decisions? Helping his people to grow, succeed and, in turn, help others do the same has been the leadership style of Barath from his early days in business right through to leading major oil companies. Now, his peer group is designed to help other passionate and growth driven leaders become better at what they do, so they can achieve the best results possible whilst enhancing their lives at the same time. Based in London, Barath’s Vistage group comprises CEO’s and MDs from non-competing industries in an agenda-free, unbiased environment.

Barath’s background is a mix of International oil and gas business, commercial negotiations, consultancy to the hydrocarbon industry, and executive directorship of an AIM listed company. Barath has been the asset manager for 17 gas fields in the Southern North Sea, Operating committee representative for BP/Britoil, and BG Group, and their share of large oil producing fields such as Ninian, Statfjord and the giant – Kashagan oil field in Kazakhstan. He was part of the team that sold British Gas’s interest in the Kashagan field to CNOOC and SINOPEC for $1.6 billion.

Allied with commercial negotiations skills, Barath is at home negotiating with governments to obtain licences for exploration and production of oil and gas internationally. Having worked closely with all the oil major oil companies he has excellent contacts with the senior management in the oil industry. Barath also set up a consulting company in London along with five other senior executives and successfully ran the business for three years before the downturn in the oil industry lead to closing down of the consultancy.

A keen sportsman, he reached the semifinals of the doubles tournament in the world Masters squash tournament in Edinburgh. He plays golf and played cricket in the Cheshire League and the West of Scotland and Lothian leagues. He has linguistic skills and speaks three languages fluently and is familiar with two European languages (German and French).