Directors & Management

Mr Philip Byrne

Mr Philip Byrne

Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Philip Byrne has been appointed as Non-Executive Chairman and to the Board of 88 Energy. Phil is a petroleum geologist by training with over 40 years’ experience in the international oil and gas industry across technical, exploration, commercial and executive leadership roles.

Previous positions he has held include Executive Vice President Marketing & Trading and Commercial, for Santos Energy, Managing Director and CEO of Nido Petroleum, President of the North-West Shelf Australia LNG organisation (the JV marketing arm of the NW Shelf LNG Project) and various roles with BHP Petroleum including General Manager (Pakistan), President Gas Marketing (Asia/Australia) and General Manager (Australia).

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Mr Ashley Gilbert

Mr Ashley Gilbert

Managing Director

Mr Gilbert was appointed as Managing Director on 10 May 2021. Prior to his appointment, he was Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of 88 Energy. He is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years’ experience in commerce and public practice.

Prior to 88 Energy Mr Gilbert was C.F.O. of Neptune Marine Services Ltd, a leading provider of integrated oil field services, and also C.F.O. of Nido Petroleum Ltd (ASX:NDO) for just under 10 years. He has also held various finance positions within Woodside Petroleum Limited, GlaxoSmithKline plc. in London and public practice in taxation, auditing, business development, financial management and governance roles.

Mr Gilbert graduated from Curtin University of Technology with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Business Administration), and completed various post-graduate studies with professional bodies including with the Chartered Accountants in Australia & New Zealand, Australian Institute of Company Directors and Governance Institute of Australia.

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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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Ms Joanne Kendrick

Ms Joanne Kendrick

Non-Executive Director

Ms Joanne Kendrick has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director and to the Board of 88 Energy. Joanne is a petroleum engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the global oil and gas sector.

She is currently a Non-Executive Director of Buru Energy Limited and Sacgasco Limited and has previously held Board and senior management positions with various international oil and gas companies including more recently as Managing Director and CEO of Blue Star Helium.

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