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Tailwind is led by a team of experienced oil and gas specialists with over 80 years of combined industry knowledge focussed on the delivery of maximising hydrocarbon resources from the UK Continental Shelf

We are a company with a clear focus and operating model - bringing investment to existing assets and infrastructure de-prioritised by other market participants. Through development of in-field opportunities, workover campaigns, brownfield developments we have breathed new life into assets, increased production, and unlocked new reserves.
Tailwind is focussed on a returns-based model that realises efficiencies through innovation and data to maximise economic recovery and reserves within our assets.Steve Edwards, CEO


Steve has over 25 years of experience in upstream oil & gas. He started his career in operations with Schlumberger before joining Shell as an explorer working in a variety of international basins and jurisdictions, including Australia, Africa and Europe. Joining Nexen in 2006, Steve became Business Development Manager for Europe, expanding the company’s footprint into Norway and Poland while helping the company become the UK's largest oil producer. After the CNOOC takeover of Nexen, Steve became Vice President for Business Development, Commercial and Technical for Europe & Africa. Steve left CNOOC to found Tailwind in 2016.
Steve holds a BSc (Hons) in Geology from the University of St Andrews, a PhD in Petroleum Geology from Durham University, and an MBA from the University of Cambridge. Steve also sits on ESCP’s Advisory Committee and is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN).


Dave has over 25 years of upstream E&P experience, including extensive knowledge of the North Sea. He has worked for Shell, Woodside and BG Group; based in Holland, Australia and the UK. During his career, Dave has worked primarily in technical roles focussed on production and development assets. Prior to joining Tailwind, his most recent role was Upstream Technical Director at BG Group, covering their global portfolio. Dave started his career as a reservoir engineer before advancing to management.
Dave holds both a first class BSc degree in Mathematics and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Birmingham. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.


Jacques has 15 years of experience in international energy investing and financing on behalf of banks and private funds based in New York. He has worked on investments for various oil and gas ventures, and participated in the privatisations and IPO of national oil companies. Jacques has extensive offshore oil and gas experience gained from projects in the United States and Europe.
Jacques graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Engineering and Economics.

General Counsel

Tom brings 20 years of transactional and energy sector experience to Tailwind. He is a former Senior Partner at Baker & McKenzie specialising in M&A and capital markets. He has also been involved in the energy sector for over 15 years, initially as co-founder of a renewable energy company in Central Europe, and subsequently as founder and Managing Director of North Sea Ventures Ltd, focussed on acquisition of oil & gas assets in the UKCS.
Tom is a qualified lawyer in England and Wales, as well as Canada. He holds LLM and MBA degrees from the University of Cambridge. Tom sits on the Advisory Board of the Cambridge Judge Business School.


Tailwind is led by a team of experienced oil and gas specialists, and supported by a management team with over 200 years of combined industry knowledge.

Tailwind is an agile oil and gas venture, established in 2016 on foundational values of teamwork, trust and transparency.