Board of Directors
With over 45 years’ experience in both the upstream and downstream petroleum industry, Mike Hannell has a wide network within business, government and the community. His extensive experience includes a wide range of engineering, operations, exploration and development, commercial, financial and corporate areas in the UK, USA, Europe and Australia at a senior executive level.
Mike Hannell has held positions including senior executive with Santos Ltd. Prior to that, he worked in a wide variety of senior roles within Mobil Oil.
Mike Hannell was President of the Chamber of Mines and Energy from 1994 to 1997, President of Business SA from 1999 to 2001 and has previously held a number of board positions.
Eric McCrady has over 15 years of entrepreneurial experience including over six years with The Broe Group, a Denver-based private investment firm. He has an extensive track record in mergers and acquisitions, joint-ventures, IPOs, privatisation transactions and senior and mezzanine debt transactions.
Judy Buie has spent over 25 years in the upstream oil and gas business tailoring investment strategies to capture upside and mitigate risk, leading business development initiatives; and, managing oil and gas fields through different commodity and life cycles. Having successfully worked side by side with private equity and executive management teams, she is uniquely positioned to view investment opportunities and business plans from both Operators’ and Investors’ perspectives.
Ms. Buie is currently an Oil and Gas Industry Advisor to KKR, a leading global investment firm; and, serves on the Board of Directors for FlowStream Vintage I Ltd, an international company which owns oil and gas revenue streams. From 2012-2017, Ms. Buie was Co-President and SVP Engineering for RPM Energy Management LLC, a private company which works exclusively with KKR to evaluate and manage oil and gas investments, including multiple joint ventures in the Eagle Ford. Prior to RPM, she held a variety of leadership and technical positions with Newfield Exploration, BP, Vastar Resources, and ARCO. Ms. Buie received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Damien Hannes has over 25 years’ finance experience, most recently completing 15 years with Credit Suisse in the Asia/Pacific region. He has a strong track record of building and managing successful businesses in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, India and Australia.
Damien Hannes’ skills include management, interpersonal, strategic business planning as well as sales/marketing.
Weldon has over 30 years of extensive US technical, operational and managerial experience in some of the leading unconventional resource plays, including the Haynesville, Fayetteville and Permian areas. Most recently, Weldon Holcombe was the Executive Vice President, Mid-Continent Region, for Petrohawk Energy Corporation before its acquisition by BHP Billiton. Prior to Petrohawk, Weldon Holcombe served in a variety of senior level management, operations and engineering roles for KCS Energy and Exxon.
Weldon graduated from Auburn University in Alabama where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.
A partner with the law firm Minter Ellison in Adelaide, Neville Martin has 40 years’ experience in corporate law and mining and gas law. He is a former State president of the Australian Mining & Petroleum Law Association.
Neville Martin brings a wealth of corporate and legal experience to the Board. He is also sits on the Board of Sky Australia Limited, Newklar Asset Management Limited and Anglo Russian Energy Limited.