Board of Directors

Silverwell is a privately-owned UK company, whose principal shareholders include Sir Lloyd Dorfman and Lord Young of Graffham.

BOARD Lord David Young

The Rt Hon Lord Young of Graffham CH

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BOARD Lord David Young

The Rt Hon Lord Young of Graffham CH

The Rt Hon Lord Young of Graffham CH has had a varied and distinguished career in business and in public service. After graduating from University College London he practiced as a solicitor for a year, before entering the world of business, founding the first of many enterprises in 1961.

In 1979 he joined the government and he led on programmes to alleviate youth and adult unemployment. He entered the Cabinet in 1984, later becoming Secretary of State for Employment and then Trade and Industry until 1989 when he returned to the private sector.

He was Executive Chairman of Cable & Wireless PLC from 1990 until he retired in 1995 when he founded Young Associates. He was an initial investor in Silverwell and he introduced the other principal investors. He is Chairman of the Silverwell Board.

In 2010 Lord Young was appointed Adviser to the Prime Minister on Enterprise and served for the whole of the Coalition Parliament in No.10 publishing a number of reviews on the relationship between Government and small firms and enterprise and education.

In the 2015 New Year Honours List he was appointed a Companion of Honour.

The Rt Hon Lord Young of Graffham CH has had a varied and distinguished career in business and in public service. After graduating from University College London he practiced as a solicitor for a year, before entering the world of business, founding the first of many enterprises in 1961.

In 1979 he joined the government and he led on programmes to alleviate youth and adult unemployment. He entered the Cabinet in 1984, later becoming Secretary of State for Employment and then Trade and Industry until 1989 when he returned to the private sector.

He was Executive Chairman of Cable & Wireless PLC from 1990 until he retired in 1995 when he founded Young Associates. He was an initial investor in Silverwell and he introduced the other principal investors. He is Chairman of the Silverwell Board.

In 2010 Lord Young was appointed Adviser to the Prime Minister on Enterprise and served for the whole of the Coalition Parliament in No.10 publishing a number of reviews on the relationship between Government and small firms and enterprise and education.

In the 2015 New Year Honours List he was appointed a Companion of Honour.

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Darrell Johnson

Darrell is the CEO of Silverwell. He is an entrepreneur and technologist based in the UK. His thirty-year plus oilfield career encompasses senior leadership roles in drilling contracting, oilfield services and E&P operations. A theme throughout has been new technology introduction, initially in underbalanced drilling, and more recently in artificial lift. In addition to his role at Silverwell, Darrell has served in advisory and directorship roles, professional societies, and charitable organizations.

BOARD Jake Irwin

Jake Irwin

Jake is Managing Director of Sir Lloyd Dorfman’s family office where he focuses on private equity investments, primarily in growth businesses. He serves on the board of several investee companies, including Media Finance Capital, Doddle Parcel Services, Usnoop, Byhiras, and Untold Studios. Prior to that, he was Co-CEO of Fleming Family and Partners’ Advisory business. He joined Fleming Family and Partners in January 2003, and was involved in a range of transactions including managing the consortium of investors in Resolution Life plc, the acquisition of Heesen Yachts and advising on a wide range of private equity investments. Before joining Fleming Family and Partners, Jake spent three years in investment banking at Robert Fleming before moving to the consumer products investment banking team at Lehman Brothers. Jake graduated with honours from Oxford where he studied Biological Sciences.

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Munro Sutherland

Munro is Commercial Director at Silverwell. Munro is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience in the oil industry. He has served as Finance Director of Cairn Energy and Melrose Resources and as CFO of Seven Energy. Additionally, Munro has held several executive and non-executive positions with companies in the oil and gas and oilfield service sector. Munro holds a Bachelor Degree in Accounting and Finance from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

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