Finlay has been advising oil and gas companies for over twenty years, initially as a research analyst at Wood Mackenzie, Panmure Gordon, ABN Amro and Canaccord and, for the past six years, as an independent investor relations consultant. He has advised numerous exploration and production companies including Tullow Oil, Cairn Energy, Imperial Energy, Faroe Petroleum and Eland Oil & Gas. He has a BSc in Mathematics.