Directors & Management

Mr Michael Evans

Mr Michael Evans

Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Michael Evans (Non-Executive Chairman, appointed 9 April 2014). Mr Evans, a Chartered Accountant based in Perth, has extensive executive and board level experience with publicly listed companies in the natural resources sector spanning 30 years.

Mr Evans’ was the founding Executive Chairman of ASX oil and gas explorer FAR Limited, a position he held from 1995 until his resignation in April 2012. Under Mr Evans’ stewardship, FAR established and built up an extensive international oil and gas portfolio spanning Africa, North America, China and Australia with industry partners including Amoco, Shell, BHP, BP, Exxon, CNOOC, Woodside and Santos, amongst others.

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Mr David Wall

Mr David Wall

Managing Director

As a leading oil and gas equity analyst for six and a half years, Mr Wall brings extensive experience with junior oil and gas exploration companies. His skillset spans asset evaluation across many fiscal regimes / play types as well as corporate advisory / M&A and equity capital markets, having led >$400m in capital raisings.

Prior to his career as an analyst, Mr Wall managed a small team at Woodside Petroleum Ltd that reported to the Executive Committee. This team was responsible for vetting reports from all departments within the business, prior to Board submission, including exploration, development, operations, commercial and M&A. The team was also responsible for generating the annual budget and providing significant input into the Five Year Plan and the Company Strategic Plan. By virtue of these experiences, Mr Wall brings strong commercial and strategic skills as well as generalist knowledge across all levels of the oil and gas industry. This is complemented by financial markets experience focussed on junior exploration companies. Mr Wall holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, majoring in Management and Finance.

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Mr Brent Villemarette

Mr Brent Villemarette

Non-Executive Director

Mr Brent Villemarette is a petroleum engineer with more than 35 years experience in the oil and gas industry, both domestic and international.

His experience spans a wide range of disciplines including exploration, development, operations, marketing, acquisitions and new ventures.  He was recently Chief Operations Officer for Transerv Energy, which has assets in the onshore Perth Basin in Western Australia and in Alberta Canada. He has previously been Operations Director for Latent Petroleum, a private oil and gas exploration company co-founded with a small team of industry professionals engaged in commercialising the Warro tight gas field in the northern Perth Basin.  He has also held the roles of International Reservoir Engineering Manager for New Ventures with Apache Corporation based in Houston, Texas, Reservoir Engineering Manager for Apache Energy Limited based in Perth, and several senior engineering positions in the US with Apache Corporation and Oryx Energy (formerly Sun E&P). Brent holds a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Petroleum Engineering, from the Louisiana State University. Brent is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

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Dr Stephen Staley

Dr Stephen Staley

Non-Executive Director

Dr Stephen Staley ( Non-Executive Director, appointed 9 April 2014). Dr Staley has 34 years’ of management and technical experience in the European, African and Asian oil, gas and power sectors, including with Conoco and BP.

More recently Dr Staley was founding Managing Director of upstream start-ups Fastnet Oil & Gas plc and Independent Resources plc and a Non-Executive Director of Cove Energy plc.  He is a Fellow of the Geological Society, holds a BSc (Hons.) in Geophysics from Edinburgh University, a PhD in Petroleum Geology from Sheffield University and an MBA from Warwick University.

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