Board and management

Michael Fry, Bachelor of Commerce (University of Western Australia)

Non-executive chairman

Michael is a Fellow of Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and is a past member of the ASX.

Michael has extensive experience in capital markets and corporate treasury management specialising in the identification of commodity, currency and interest rate risk and the implementation of risk management strategies. 

Michael was a founding Director of Challenger Energy Limited and currently serves as its Chairman.

 

Robert Willes, Geology Honours (Durham University)

Managing director

Robert has over 25 years of extensive international experience in the oil, gas and energy industries – primarily with BP. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, and was formerly a director of Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA).

His early career with BP involved several positions in petroleum product supply, trading, and marketing, and as a lead negotiator for numerous gas transactions in Europe. He subsequently joined BP’s Group Mergers and Acquisitions team, where he led the divestments of Burmah Castrol’s Chemicals Division and Great Yarmouth Power Ltd, and advised the Corporation on a number of acquisition opportunities.

In Australia, he was BP’s General Manager of the North West Shelf LNG Project. In this role, he had accountability for strategy, production, safety, marketing, and profitability. He secured BP’s investment approval for the North West Shelf Train 5 LNG Expansion, managed the negotiation of several key LNG contracts with Japanese utilities, and oversaw the closing of the North West Shelf’s Project’s landmark, A$25 billion LNG sale into China.

Robert also had overall accountability for BP’s interests in the Browse LNG and Greater Gorgon LNG Projects, and for Business Development activities in Asia Pacific. In this latter role, he developed new hub strategies around the Bontang and Tangguh LNG Projects in Indonesia, secured multiple conventional and unconventional Production Sharing Contracts in Kalimantan and West Papua, Indonesia, and was instrumental in securing VICO’s Coal Bed Methane-to-LNG Project in Kalimantan, Indonesia.

More recently, he was CEO of Eureka Energy Limited, and was instrumental in managing the recommended A$107m on-market takeover by Aurora Oil and Gas Limited.

 

William Bloking, Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering

Non-executive director

William has over 40 years of experience in the oil and gas sector and has worked in the USA, Europe, South America, Australia, and throughout Asia. Until his retirement from the corporate sector in 2007, William was President of Australia/Asia Gas for BHP Billiton Petroleum. Prior to joining BHP Billiton, he spent 24 years with ExxonMobil in a variety of technical and senior executive positions.

William is currently the Non-executive Chairman of Nido Petroleum Limited and a Non-executive Director of Strandline Resources Ltd. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

William was formerly the Managing director of Eureka Energy and Non-executive Chairman of Transerv Energy Limited, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority Advisory Board, Norwest Energy NL, Cool Energy Limited, and Cullen Wines (Australia) (Pty) Ltd. He was also a Vice-chairman of the Australia China Business Council, a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, an Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University, and has held the role of Non-executive Director in other companies.

 

Adrien Wing, Certified Public Accountant

Company secretary

Adrien is a qualified and certified practicing accountant. He worked in the audit and corporate divisions of a chartered accounting firm before working with a number of public companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange as a corporate/accounting consultant and company secretary.