Board of Directors

Geoff Albers LL.B, FAICD
Executive Chairman
Appointment 2 October 1984

Mr Albers has over thirty five years oil and gas industry experience, having first became involved in oil exploration in 1977. Mr Albers is a law graduate of the University of Melbourne and extensive experience as a director and administrator in corporate law, petroleum exploration and resource sector investment. He is a member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia.

Mr Albers has formed and served as a director of a number of listed oil and gas companies including Cue Energy Resources Limited, Southern Petroleum NL, MEO Australia Ltd, Bass Strait Oil Company Limited and Moby Oil & Gas Limited. In addition he has interests in a number of unlisted public and private companies active in the exploration for oil and gas in Australian offshore waters.

Mr Albers founded Octanex NL and is a substantial shareholder in the company. On 4 February 2013 Mr Albers became a director in the ASX listed Peak Oil & Gas Limited. Mr Albers is also a substantial shareholder in that company.

Rae Clark B.Bus(dist), CA, MAICD, AGIA, ACIS
Executive Director
Appointed 17 October 2014

Mrs Clark has more than fifteen years experience focussed primarily on the upstream oil and gas sector. She has wide operational, commercial and project development knowledge and her experience includes business development, financial modelling and analysis, capital raising and mergers and acquisitions, as well as managing joint venture partners, government, regulator and investor relations.

Mrs Clark was appointed Chief Operating Officer and has been a Director of Octanex since 17 October 2014. She was previously Commercial Manager of Octanex. Having commenced her career with Deloitte in 1997, Mrs Clark has worked with oil and gas companies since 2005. She is a Director and Company Secretary of Peak Oil & Gas Limited (ASX:PKO).

Mrs Clark holds a Bachelor of Business (with distinction), a Graduate Diploma (ICAA) and Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and Governance Institute of Australia.

Tino Guglielmo B.Eng(Mech), FIEAust, DipAICD
Non-Executive Director
Appointed 18 December 2014

Mr Guglielmo is a Petroleum Engineer with over 33 years of technical, managerial and senior executive experience in Australia and internationally.

Mr Guglielmo was the CEO and Managing Director of two successful ASX listed companies; Stuart Petroleum Ltd for seven years and Ambassador Oil & Gas Ltd for three years. Both companies merged with larger ASX listed companies generating significant value for shareholders following the identification of compelling resource potential in their respective petroleum resource portfolios.

Mr Guglielmo also worked at Santos Ltd, Delhi Petroleum Ltd, and internationally with NYSE listed Schlumberger Corp. Mr Guglielmo is currently the Chair of the Resources and Energy Sector Infrastructure Council and member of the Resources Industry Development Board, both South Australian Government advisory bodies. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and Australian Institute of Company Directors.

James Willis LL.M (Hons), Dip Acc
Non-Executive Director
Appointed 18 August 2009

Previously an executive director of Octanex (2009-2011) Mr Willis is an upstream petroleum consultant. Mr Willis is a former partner in the leading New Zealand law firm of Bell Gully where his practice speciality was in the upstream oil and gas area, particularly relating to issues concerning gas contracting and the development of oil and gas reserves, joint ventures and upstream petroleum related acquisitions. He has acted for many of the leading participants in the upstream petroleum industry in New Zealand.

Mr Willis was a director of MEO Australia Limited until July 2008, a position he had held for 10 years during a crucial period of its growth. With Mr Albers, he was co-founder and later a director of Southern Petroleum NL. Mr Willis has been Chairman of Toronto Stock Exchange listed New Zealand Energy Corp since 23 March 2015.

David Coombes LL.B, M Tax, CTA
Non-Executive Director
Appointed 16 May 2012

Mr Coombes is a partner in the law firm, Gadens Lawyers, and is a member of the firm’s corporate advisory and tax group. His practice involves advising clients on a range of corporate, commercial and taxation law matters, as well as preparing and advising on a range of commercial agreements, structures and transactions including mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, capital raisings, corporate and trust restructuring, asset sales and purchases, joint ventures, business reconstructions, trusts and superannuation law and estate and succession planning. Mr Coombes acts for a number of Australian and overseas listed and private clients in numerous industry sectors.

Mr Coombes was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1971 after graduating from Melbourne University Law School in 1970. He has completed a postgraduate degree in taxation law, is a Chartered Tax Advisor and has been accredited as a Tax Law specialist by the Law Institute of Victoria.

Mr Coombes is a director of several charitable organisations including Wintringham Limited, Wintringham Housing Limited and Newsboys Foundation Limited. He is also a director of the Wynn Group of Companies.

Kevin How Kow FCA
Non-Executive Director
Appointed 18 December 2014

Datuk Kevin How Kow is a director of Sabah Development Bank.  He is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a fellow member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. He was made a partner of Ernst & Young (“EY”), Malaysia in 1984 and served as the partner-in-charge of EY’s offices in Sabah and Sarawak.  Later from 1996 onwards, he was the partner-in-charge of EY’s practice in Sabah and Labuan until his retirement at the end of 2003. He also serves as a Director of Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad, K&N Kenanga Holdings Berhad, Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad, Saham Sabah Berhad, Sarawak Cable Berhad, M3nergy Berhad and several private limited companies.

Suhnylla Kler  FCCA, BSc (Hons) Monetary Economics
Non-Executive Director
Appointed 18 December 2014Ms Kler has extensive experience in the financial services industry, having worked with the Arab-Malaysian Banking Group, HSBC Bank (M) Berhad and ABN AMRO Bank Debt Origination, Global Financial Markets Malaysia. She is currently an Executive Director and CEO and Capital Markets & Services Representative of Sabah Development Bank Asset Management and also serves as a Director of M3nergy Berhad and Group.

Ms Kler is registered as Associate Member of Persatuan Kewangan Malaysia (PKM) or Forex Association of Malaysia, and is a member of the Corporate Finance Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales (ICAEW). She received her Bachelor degree in Monetary Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) and subsequently studied Japanese at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), U.K. Having completed her stint with KPMG Peat Marwick, she is additionally registered as a Chartered Accountant and fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA).