Board of Directors

 

 

David Casey

Managing Director

David Casey graduated with an Honours degree in Geology from the University of Sydney in 1991 and in the same year joined specialist coal seam gas (coalbed methane) company in Situ (Australia) Pty Ltd. In 1996, he formed his own unconventional energy consultancy business. David has over 20 years' experience in the management and evaluation of all aspects of unconventional oil and gas exploration and appraisal, from initial reservoir characterisation and fairway identification through to drilling, testing and production operations. David’s most recent executive role was Managing Director of Eastern Star Gas Limited, which he and his team grew from modest beginnings to recently being the subject of a $924m takeover by Santos Limited valuing the Narrabri Project at $1.42b. 

David was executive director and chief operating officer at Molopo Energy from 2001 to 2005 where he worked closely with Stephen Mitchell in developing a very successful unconventional energy company with assets in Australia, the US, Canada, China and South Africa.
 

 
 
Alexander Sundich

Non Executive Chairman

Alex has over 20 years' experience in the financial services industry and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Alex is a Non Executive Director of Eastern Star Gas Limited and Executive Director of Harvest Capital Partners, an investment firm that he co-founded in 2008. From 2003 to 2008, Alex held senior management positions within the funds management industry. Prior to that, Alex was an investment banker providing advice to corporate clients on merger and acquisition transactions and debt and equity capital raisings, with a particular focus on the oil, gas and mining industries. Alex worked with Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse First Boston during this period which included six years working in New York. Alex is also a Non-Executive Director of Ellex Medical Lasers Limited, an ASX listed manufacturer of medical equipment.
 

 
 


 
 
Russell Porter

Non Executive Director

Russell currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Gastar Exploration Inc. a NYSE MKT-listed oil and gas exploration and production company with a $1 billion enterprise value. Over a 30-year career, Russell has obtained a unique background with substantial exposure to the international natural resources industry and capital markets. He has a MBA from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has substantial experience in acquisition, development and divestiture of high-quality assets including the Deep Bossier and Eaglebine plays in East Texas Basin, the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and the Gunnedah Basin in New South Wales. Russell serves as Lead Director and Audit Committee Chair for Caza Oil & Gas Inc. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the E.J. Ourso School of Business at Louisiana State University.

Russell was CEO of Gastar Exploration Inc. when it held a 35% interest in the Narrabri Gas Project operated by Mr David Casey then Managing Director of Eastern Star Gas Limited. The Narrabri Gas Project was ultimately sold to Santos Limited with Gastar and Eastern Star Gas Limited shareholders realising $320m and $924m respectively.

       
Andrew Williams

Non Executive Director

Andrew has been an equity research analyst in the top echelons of Australian capital markets for the past two decades focusing on the global energy sector, and in particular across the oil and gas markets. His formal education in geology and finance put Andrew at the vanguard of analysis of unconventional energy, which has only inhabited the listed space for the past decade.  His focus on technical, commercial and financial merits of the Cooper, Surat and Gunnedah basins provided analysis and key support for project before they became widely appreciated by the wider investment community.

Andrew holds a Masters’ Degree in Applied Geology and Grad Dip (Finance) from RMIT University, and over a 30-year career Andrew has developed a strong technical and commercial background through hands-on oil industry experience as a geologist with Mobil Minerals, Woodside and Schlumberger.

       
Ian Kirkham

Company Secretary & Chief Financial Officer

Ian is a resources finance professional with over 20 years’ experience in project evaluation and construction, equity and debt markets, statutory reporting, treasury, taxation and corporate governance. His most recent executive role was Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for Eastern Star Gas Limited, recently the subject of a $924m takeover by Santos Limited. Previous executive experience includes similar posts for ASX listed companies including Hillgrove Resources Limited, Intermet Resources Limited, Allstate Explorations N.L. and Otter Gold Mines Limited. In all these roles he worked closely with MDs, Boards, Audit and Risk Committees etc. to evaluate, finance and construct resource projects. Ian’s early career involved audit positions with Coopers & Lybrand in Sydney and Toronto. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics and is a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants and AUSIMM.