Directors, Management and Senior Consultants
The Kina Board and senior management have a broad experience base covering operational, technical, corporate and commercial backgrounds spanning a number of decades in the Australian and international oil and gas and finance industries. The Kina Board is well positioned to implement the Company’s strategic objective of continuing its planned exploration activities and seeking to acquire or participate in additional oil and gas related projects.
Non Executive Directors
John Prendiville – Non Executive Chairman
John is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon. He has a BSc (Hons) and MBA. John was a chairman of Macquarie Capital Advisors, based in Sydney, and was recently head of the global resource group for Macquarie. John was with Macquarie for 20 years and was instrumental in some of the largest and most complex takeovers, financings and transactions in Australia and offshore. Over the last 8 years, he built their resource team from one primarily focused in Australia to one of the largest and most profitable teams globally in mining and metals and, more importantly, the oil and gas space globally, from Houston to Calgary, London, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Richard Schroder – Managing Director
Richard Schroder has a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Geophysics, from the University of Sydney. He is experienced in Australian and international oil and gas exploration commencing with Conoco in the North Sea in 1975.
Richard’s 30 years of experience extends to both UK and Norwegian sectors of the North Sea, Africa, Indonesia, PNG, NZ and onshore and offshore Australia. Richard has 20 years experience as an operator in the lowland and highland jungles of PNG and has managed junior companies such as Sydney Oil Company as well as majors such as Santos in the capacity of Exploration Manager, South East Asia.
Richard has drilled 11 wells in PNG and Papua Province Indonesia, resulting in 1 commercial oil field, and 3 other oil and or gas intersections, and helped pioneer the boutique seismic technology which was responsible for considerable savings and drilling success.
Dr Ila Temu – Non Executive Director
Ila achieved a distinguished career with the University of Papua New Guinea, the National Research Institution, the Australian National University and the University of California, Davis USA, where he was awarded his PhD. Ila entered the private sector in 1996 when he was appointed Managing Director, Mineral Resources Development Company and during 2000 he accepted the appointment as General manager, Government Relations, Placer Niugini Ltd. Ila is President, PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, Director Corporate Affairs, Australia Pacific, for Barrick PNG, Non Executive Director Bank South Pacific Limited, Chairman of PNG Ports Corporation, Director Bank of South Pacific Capital Port Moresby and Council Member, Divine Word University.
Barry Tan - Non-Executive Director
Appointed March 2009 on the formation of Kina Petroleum Limited as the Executive Director, Barry Tan is a naturalised citizen of Papua New Guinea and has spent over 35 years in Papua New Guinea developing and operating various businesses in Papua New Guinea. Barry is currently Chairman of TST Trading, Chairman of the TST Group of Companies that span property development and running supermarket franchises in PNG and also diversified industry through Starland Freezers, Tanpac, Kokoda Tailoring.
Barry brings to the company a wealth of knowledge in understanding the culture of PNG and the most efficient way to run a business. Barry also has a strong network of interpersonal relationships in commerce in PNG through his various associations.
The Board considers the independent Directors are Mr John Prendiville and Dr Ila Temu. These two Directors are considered independent as they are non-executive Directors who are not members of management and who are free of any business or other relationship that could materially interfere with, or could reasonably be perceived to materially interfere with, the independent exercise of his judgment.
Senior Management and Consultants
Ian Longley – Consultant Geologist and Technical Adviser
Ian is an experienced senior oil and gas executive having worked globally over the past 25 years for companies such as Woodside Energy Ltd, Oil Search Ltd and Shell Oil. Ian is a proven oil and gas finder with established new business development skills (including negotiation, commercial, tax and legal experience). Ian was responsible for concept development and execution of Woodside’s entry into South Korea as well as other new Australian and PNG opportunities (e.g. South Brecknock Browse Block, Great Australian Bight) and has significant hands on experience in all major hydrocarbon provinces in Australasia particularly those in PNG, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, India and Vietnam.
Ian is a recognised world expert on the Petroleum Geology of Australasia with multiple keynote publications. Ian is currently a senior lecturer for the industry based Petroleum Geology of SE Asia training course with an extensive contact-base and knowledge of historical and current opportunities in the region.
John Chan - PNG Operations and Community Affairs Manager
John has more than 30 years experience in PNG in commerce and been with Kina Petroleum since May 2008 and handles all local matters and has a great understanding of the PNG culture and its people.
Under the stewardship of Richard Schroder, John is an asset to the organisation with his network of relationships in government and commerce in Papua New Guinea.
Stanley Pono - PNG Geophysicist/Geological Consultant
Stanley graduated with a BSc and a post-graduate diploma (Edu) from the University of PNG in 1983 and 1985 respectively, completed the PETRAD diploma Management of Petroleum Development and Operations in 1996 in Norway, and obtained a MSc in Energy Studies from the Center for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee, in 2000.
Stanley has 20 years experience as a Petroleum Geoscientist with Schlumberger, Geco-Prakla (PNG and Tunisia) and for the PNGDPE reaching the position of Assistant Director-Exploration Branch, Petroleum Division and acting Director-Petroleum Division, from April 2002 to August 2004. He managed and implemented the World Bank project loan, for over two years. The Division had a professional staff of 60 geoscientists, engineers, lawyers and economists working under exploration, engineering, policy, registry and coordination branches.
In 2006 he consulted to Fugro Multi Client Services assisting the DPE on the first PNG petroleum licensing round project during which 12,000km2 of seismic data was acquired in the Gulf of Papua followed by a global road show.
Most recently he has held the position of Country Manager for Chinampa Exploration Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Fugro Holdings (Australia). Besides assisting Kina, he is also Country Manager for Searcher Seismic Pty Ltd and Ivy Exploration Pty Ltd.
Peter Impey – Company Secretary – Papua New Guinea
Mr Peter Impey is a Certified Practicing Accountant and a full member of The Chartered Institute of Secretaries & Administrators. He holds a Bachelor of Business degree, majoring in Accounting from the University of Southern Queensland and a Graduate Diploma in Fraud Investigation from Charles Sturt University in NSW.
Peter has worked in an accounting environment for over thirty years , and has worked in a Public Accounting Practice in Papua New Guinea for twelve of the last fifteen years involving preparation of accounts, taxation matters and secretarial responsibilities for companies utilising the registered office.
Shane Hartwig – Company Secretary Matters - Australia
Mr Shane Hartwig is a Certified Practicing Accountant and Chartered Company Secretary and holds a Bachelor of Business degree, majoring in Accounting and Taxation from Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia.
Shane is involved in the areas of Initial Public Offerings, capital raisings, prospectus and information memorandum preparation and project management, company assessments and due diligence reviews, mergers and acquisitions and providing general corporate advice and is currently Company Secretary of an ASX listed medical device company on a contract basis.
Shane has over fourteen years experience in the finance industry both nationally and internationally with exposure to both the debt and equity capital markets.
Alex Mitchell– Chief Financial Officer
Chartered accountant with 20 years of experience in ASX listed organizations in both Corporate and Business unit roles. 13+ years experience in upstream E&P Finance and Operations management covering PNG, Middle East, Australia, South East Asia and USA. Working background also spans Chartered Accounting, Insurance, Property and Construction industries. Bachelor of Economics (Macquarie University) .
Okaro is a proud Eastern Highland’s woman, with two young children and has more than 9 year’s industry experience in petroleum exploration for oil and gas in Papua New Guinea. Okaro excelled and gained her Bachelor of Science degree through the University of PNG and then completed her PostGrad certificate in Petroleum engineering at the University of New South Wales, Australia.
Okaro has in depth knowledge on activities involved on geoscience data acquisitions in the field, planning, executing projects within time & budget, building sustainable relationships with key stakeholders and she is a respected member of her community. Okaro brings great enthusiasm and is an asset on the KPL team.
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PNG: PO Box 212, Waigani, NCD PNG
Australia: PO Box 589, Manly, NSW, 2095, Australia