Leadership Team

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Richard SandoverBoard Chairman
Richard is an experienced litigator practicing in the area of commercial litigation and mediation with a focus on contract law, property development and planning law. He acts for clients in a range of commercial, property, contractual, statutory and construction related matters. Building on 30 years of working with business and government, Richard has a broad experience and a wide network in Western Australian and Australian business circles. He is the Chairman of Partners of Jackson McDonald.
Capt. Walter P. PurioChief Executive Officer
Captain Walter P. Purio is the Chief Executive Officer at LNG Marine Fuel Institute and he serves as a non-executive director to Pelican Clean Energy Pty Ltd which provides marine expertise, insight and advice to government, resource, and oil and gas companies as they explore the potential to develop LNG as a marine fuel industry in the Southern Hemisphere. Captain Purio is a seasoned maritime industry executive who has worked across several marine disciplines including commercial shipping, marine finance, marine compliance, naval operations, offshoring, mining and support to the oil and gas industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and MBA’s from the University of Chicago and the Katholieke Universitat in Leuven, Belgium, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Mike UtslerBoard Member
Michael has more than 35 years' global experience in the upstream oil and gas industry. He joined Woodside in 2013 as Chief Operations Officer and is responsible for Woodside’s global logistics, drilling, production, HSEQ and security and crisis management. Prior to joining Woodside, Michael held the position of President for the BP-Gulf Coast restoration organisation.
Mary HackettBoard Member
Mary Hackett is CEO for Baker Hughes a GE Company (BHGE) Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Mary is responsible for the business execution of one of BHGE’s significant Oil and Gas regions globally. This encompasses a portfolio of technology solutions for the industry; from hydrocarbon discovery and development, through to hydrocarbon processing and energy generation. Prior to Mary joining General Electric in 2014, her 30 year industry experience has seen her in several leadership positions at Woodside, including Senior Vice President for their Australian Oil Business Unit and Project Manager for the Pluto Expansion. Before that, Mary spent 10 years in managerial and engineering roles in Brown & Root Engineering. Mary chairs the Industry Advisory Committee for Curtin University’s School of Science & Engineering and is co-chair of the Energy Industry Collaboration Group. Mary is a fellow of the institute of engineers holding a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University College Galway.
The Honourable Stephen SmithBoard Member
Professor Stephen Smith was Federal Member for Perth for the Australian Labor Party from March 1993 until September 2013. In a distinguished career spanning 20 years in the Australian Federal Parliament, Professor Smith served as the Minister for Defence, and prior to that, as Minister for Foreign Affairs. In opposition, Professor Smith held a range of Shadow Ministerial positions including Shadow Minister for Trade, Shadow Minister for Resources and Energy, Shadow Minister for Communications, Shadow Minister for Health, Shadow Minister for Immigration, Shadow Minister for Industry, Infrastructure and Industrial Relations and Shadow Minister for Education and Training. He is Chair of the Asia Desk of Perth Law firm Lavan and a member of the Government and Public Sector Advisory Board for Ernst and Young Australia.
Tony BrooksBoard Member
Over the past 25 years, Tony has enjoyed an extensive and diverse international business background where he has held various senior executive and directorship roles in Australia, North America and New Zealand working within both the Property and Advertising sectors. Tony is currently CEO of Altegra Property Group, a Western Australian based Commercial Property business that he founded over a decade ago. He is also a Co-Founder of Pelican Clean Energy, a company that provides marine expertise, insight and advice to government, resource, and oil and gas companies as they explore the potential to develop LNG as a marine fuel industry in the Southern Hemisphere. In October 2014, Tony was appointed to the Board of Management at the Botanical Gardens and Parks Authority, a Western Australian State Government entity, by the Minister for Environment. Tony is also a Board member at the well-respected Parkerville Children and Youth Care organisation having been appointed in February 2015.
Hero GohdaBoard Member
Hero Gohda is Deputy Managing Director & Perth Branch Manager for Mitsubishi Australia Limited. He has worked in the oil and gas industry for over 25 years and has assumed various roles in relation to Mitsubishi’s natural gas business globally. Hero has strong commercial and LNG trading capability having spent a large part of his career focusing on contract negotiation and commercial roles associated with market development and sale of LNG.

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