Our Leadership


MR Philip Byrne

Non-Executive Chairman

A petroleum geologist 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 VP 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).

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 CFO of Neptune Marine Services Ltd, a leading provider of integrated oil field services, and also CFO of Nido Petroleum Ltd 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.


Non-Executive Director

Ms Williams is a petroleum engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the global oil and gas sector. Ms Williams has previously held Board and senior management positions with various international oil and gas companies including more recently as a Managing Director and CEO of Blue Star Helium. 

Dr Stephen staley

Non-Executive Director

Dr Staley has more than 35 years of wide-ranging management, technical and commercial experience in the international oil, gas and power sectors. He co-founded and brought to the AIM market both Fastnet Oil & Gas plc (where he was the founding CEO) and Independent Resources plc (where he was the founding Managing Director). He was also both a technical consultant to, and Non-Executive Director of, Cove Energy plc – the highly successful East Africa focused explorer. Dr Staley is owner and founder of Derwent Resources Limited, an upstream consultancy advising on oil and gas opportunities. Prior to this he has worked for Cinergy Corp., Conoco, and BP.

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