Leadership Team


Richard SandoverBoard Chairman
Richard is an experienced commercial, infrastructure and property litigator practicing in the area of commercial litigation and mediation with a focus on contract law, resources, 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 plus of working with business and government, in respect of some of Western Australia’s iconic infrastructure projects, 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. Richard graduation from the University of Western Australia with a bachelor degrees in Juris Prudence and Laws.
Margot MatthewsChief Executive Officer
Margot Matthews is the Chief executive Officer of LNG Marine Fuel Institute. She has 30 years technical leadership experience in blue chip resources companies including Woodside, Alcoa and Tronox. Margot has a broad range of experience in strategy, technology/innovation and driving collaboration for impact. As an Adjunct Associate Professor she has lectured in Chemical Engineering at the University of Western Australia. More recently she started up the not for profit COLAB.org that brought together ‘build environment’ professionals with community organisations in need of their pro bono services. Margot has an Honours degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University in Canada.
Capt. Walter P. PurioBoard Member
Captain Walter P. Purio is a former Chief Executive Officer of LNG Marine Fuel Institute. Walter 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 and a director of gold mining producer, Northern Star Resources. 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 has been a Professor of Public International Law at the University of Western Australia since 2014. He is currently the Chairman of archTIS, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Sapien Cyber, Chair of the Advisory Board of the UWA Public Policy Institute, a member of the Board of the Perth USAsia Centre and a Member of the Board of the LNG Marine Fuel Institute. Professor 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 and Minister for Trade. Following upon his retirement from the Australian Parliament in 2013, Professor Smith was a member of the EY (Ernst and Young) Oceania Government and Public Sector Advisory Board (2014 - 2017),Chair of the Asia Desk and a member of the Advisory Board of Perth Law firm Lavan (2014 – 2017), and a member of the Board of Hockey Australia (2013 - 2016). Professor Smith completed his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Western Australia, and has practised as a Barrister and Solicitor in Perth. He then completed a Master of Laws in Public International Law at London University, and subsequently lectured and tutored in Law in London.
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 of the Botanical Gardens and Parks Authority, a Western Australian State Government entity. Tony is also a Board member of the Parkerville Children and Youth Care organisation.
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 operation 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. 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 is CEO of GLNG Operations Pty Ltd. GLNG operations are based in Curtis Island near Gladstone, Queensland and currently have a joint venture between Santos, Petronas, Total and Kogas. Rod 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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