Directors and Management

Richard Cottee
Executive Chairman

Internationally renowned for energy experience, and commercial strategy and acumen within the energy and utilities sector. Former Managing Director Queensland Gas Company Ltd, Central Petroleum Ltd and Nexus Energy Ltd, former CEO CS Energy & NRG Europe. Chairman of Elixir Petroleum Ltd.

Took QGC from early stage explorer to a major non-conventional gas supplier, building market value from $20m to $5.7 billion & facilitating sale to Britain’s BG Group.



Tony Bellas
Deputy Chairman

Extensive energy sector and governance experience. Former Chairman ERM Power Ltd, former CEO of Ergon Energy and CS Energy. Chairman NOVONIX Ltd, intelliHR and Shine.

Mike Herrington
Chief Operating Officer

40+ years’ experience in petroleum operations in Australia, US, Europe, and Asia.  Former COO & Executive Director Central Petroleum Ltd, President Upstream QGC, & MD Enron Exploration Australia. Particular expertise in bringing new coal seam and conventional gas fields from discovery through to full commercial operation.

Greg Baynton
Executive Director

Director of NOVONIX Limited, SUPERLOOP Limited, intelliHR and Orbit Capital. Former Director of PIPE NETWORKS Limited, NEXTDC Limited, Asia Pacific Data Centre Limited, and COALBANK Limited.  Former roles with Queensland Treasury, Department of Mines and Energy and H.R.L. Morrison & Co Limited.

Lucy Snelling
Head Corporate & Commercial

Senior roles at AGL Energy Ltd, Queensland Government and legal sector. Former director Cross River Rail Delivery Authority. Former Manager oil and gas exploration and development projects for AGL Energy, lead Partner for oil and gas at Brisbane city law firm, Director for transport infrastructure investment Queensland Government.

Ian Paton
Non-executive Technical Director

Petroleum geophysicist and engineer, instrumental in many oil and gas discoveries, former Exploration and Development Manager for SANTOS, senior technical and management roles in exploration and development with Conoco, Coogee Resources, New Standard Energy.


James Crowley
Executive General Manager – Exploration & Development

Petroleum geoscientist, brings global expertise in successful petroleum exploration, appraisal, development and production. Has held senior executive roles for AGL Energy Ltd, Senex Ltd, Origin Energy Ltd, and Apache Corporation in Australia, Egypt, New Zealand and the North Sea.

Rob Towner
Non-executive Director

25 years’ corporate advisory and executive experience in energy and biotechnology sectors, including business and project development, financial markets, corporate governance, organisation structuring and working capital requirements.

Suzanne Yeates
Company Secretary & CFO

Chartered Accountant working with clients for over 20 years as CFO and Company Secretary for public and private companies.

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