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).
Mary HackettBoard Member
Mary Hackett is the Principal of Lekayla, an Energy and Resources consultancy firm. She previously held the role of CEO for Baker Hughes a GE Company (BHGE) Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea where she was responsible for the business execution of one of BHGE’s significant Oil and Gas regions globally. Leading 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 is Chair Elect for Future Energy Exports a proposed CRC for LNG and future energy exports from Australia. 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.
Meg O'NeillBoard Member
Meg O’Neill is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Woodside Energy, based in Perth, Australia. She assumed this position in May 2018 and is responsible for Woodside’s global logistics, drilling, production, HSEQ, reservoir management and the operations of all Woodside producing facilities. Prior to joining Woodside, Meg held the position of Vice President, Africa for ExxonMobil Development Company based in Houston, where she was responsible for ExxonMobil’s major projects across Africa, including Angola, Nigeria, Tanzania and Mozambique. Meg’s recent experience also includes her role as Executive Advisor to the Chairman of ExxonMobil Corporation in 2016. And in 2014 to 2015, she was Vice President, Asia Pacific for ExxonMobil Production Company, where she was responsible for ExxonMobil’s production business in Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. From 2012 to 2014, Meg was the Managing Director of the ExxonMobil and Esso companies in Norway, based in Stavanger, Norway. From 2010 to 2012, she was the President of ExxonMobil Canada, based in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Meg is originally from Boulder, Colorado, and is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with degrees in Ocean and Chemical Engineering.
Rod DukeBoard Member
Rod Duke has extensive global experience in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry with over 33 years in project management, engineering, construction, commissioning, operations, commercial, marketing and business development areas. Rod successfully delivered the Santos GLNG 420 kilometre long gas transmission pipeline and completion of the 2 train LNG plant on Curtis Island. He has overall responsibility for project execution, commissioning & start-up, ongoing plant & pipeline operations, commercial, LNG marketing and production planning for GLNG. With a capacity of 7.8 million tonnes per annum, GLNG is one of Australia’s largest resource projects, employing around 14,000 people at peak construction and more than 1,000 during ongoing operations. Rod’s qualifications include an Honours Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma of Business Management from Deakin University.

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