Mr RJ Lee, BEng (Chem) (Hons), MA (Oxon), FAICD, 63 yearsMr Lee joined the Board on 9 May 2012 and was appointed Chairman on 28 February 2013. Mr Lee has extensive resource banking and international commercial experience. His previous senior executive roles include 16 years with CSR Limited and 9 years in the position of Chief Executive Officer of NM Rothschild Australia Limited. Mr Lee is Chairman of Salmat Limited, Deputy Chairman of Ridley Corporation Limited and Director of Newcrest Mining Limited.
Mr G Aopi, BEc, BAC, MBA, CBE, 59 years Mr Aopi joined the Board as an Executive Director on 18 May 2006 and presently holds the position of Executive General Manager External & Government Affairs and Sustainability. Mr Aopi has substantial public service and business experience in Papua New Guinea, having had a long and distinguished career in government, filling a number of important positions, including Secretary for Finance and Planning and Managing Director of Telikom PNG Ltd. He was previously the Chairman of Telikom PNG Ltd and Independent Public Business Corporation (IPBC). Mr Aopi is a Director of Steamships Trading, Bank of South Pacific and a number of other private sector and charitable organisations in Papua New Guinea.
Mr PR Botten, BSc, ARSM, CBE (Managing Director), 58 years Mr Botten was appointed Managing Director on 28 October 1994, having previously filled both exploration and general manager roles in the company since joining in 1992. He has extensive worldwide experience in the oil and gas business, previously holding various senior technical and managerial positions in a number of listed and government owned organisations. Mr Botten is immediate past President of the Papua New Guinea Chamber of Mines and Petroleum and is on the Executive Committee of the Australia PNG Business Council. He is also a Director of Business for Millenium Development. He was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to commerce and the mining and petroleum industry in Papua New Guinea.
Mr KG Constantinou, OBE, 55 years Mr Constantinou joined the Board on 16 April 2002. He is a prominent business figure in Papua New Guinea, holding a number of high level public sector and private sector appointments. Mr Constantinou is Chairman of various companies, including Airways Hotel & Apartments Limited, Lamana Hotel Limited, Lamana Development Limited, Hebou Constructions, Alotau International Hotel, Pacific Games 2015 Authority and Bank of South Pacific. He is a Director of Heritage Park Hotel in Honiara, Gazelle International Hotel in Kokopo, Grand Pacific Hotel in Fiji and Airlines PNG Limited. Mr Constantinou is also Vice President of the Employers Federation of Papua New Guinea, Deputy Chairman of St John Council, Honorary Consul for Greece in Papua New Guinea and Trade Commissioner of Solomon Islands to Papua New Guinea.
Ms FE Harris, BCom, FAICD, FCA (Aust), 52 yearsMs Harris joined the Board on 1 March 2013. Ms Harris has over 17 years of experience as a non-executive director, including on the boards of numerous resource and other companies in the ASX50, ASX100 and ASX200, and several with international operations. She is currently a non-executive director of listed companies Aurora Oil & Gas Limited, BWP Trust, Infigen Energy Limited and Sundance Resources Limited. Prior to commencing her career as non-executive director, Ms Harris was a partner at KPMG, working in Perth, San Francisco and Sydney.
Dr AJ Kantsler, BSc (Hons), PhD, GAICD, FTSE, 62 years
Dr Kantsler joined the Board on 19 July 2010. Until his retirement in mid 2010, Dr Kantsler worked with Woodside Petroleum for 15 years, where he was most recently the Executive Vice President Health, Safety and Security. Prior to this, Dr Kantsler was Woodside Petroleum’s Executive Vice-President Exploration & New Ventures from 1996 to 2009. Before joining Woodside Petroleum, Dr Kantsler had extensive experience with the Shell Group of Companies working in various exploration roles in Australia and internationally. Dr Kantsler has been a director of Forte Consolidated Limited. He was also Councillor and Director of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) for 15 years, where, as well as being chairman of several of APPEA’s committees, he was Chairman from 2000 to 2002. In 2005, Dr Kantsler was awarded the APPEA Reg Sprigg Medal for his outstanding contribution to the oil and gas industry in Australia. Dr Kantsler was also a founding member of the Australian Government's Council for Australian Arab Relations (CAAR), where he served for two terms. He is Managing Director of Transform Exploration Pty Ltd, a Director of Savcor Group Limited and the Chamber or Commerce & Industry, WA.
Mr B Philemon, 68 years
Mr Philemon joined the Board on 5 November 2012. Mr Philemon is acknowledged as one of Papua New Guinea’s most influential leaders, with distinguished careers in both business and public service. Mr Philemon’s career highlights include serving as Chairman of Air Nuigini and holding a number of ministerial posts in PNG Government, including Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister for Finance and Treasury. Mr Philemon served as the member for Lae Open in Government from 1992 until the 2012 elections. Mr Philemon is a director of Highlands Pacific Limited.
Mr KW Spence, BSc (Geophysics) (Hons), 59 years
Mr Spence joined the Board on 9 May 2012. Mr Spence brings over thirty years of oil and gas experience to the Board, having served in senior executive positions with Woodside Petroleum Limited, including Chief Operating Officer and Acting Chief Executive. Mr Spence was with Shell for 18 years prior to Woodside. Mr Spence is Chairman of Clough Limited and Geodynamics Limited. He is a Director of Verve Energy and also chairs a number of other bodies including the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority Advisory Board and the Australian Institute of Management (WA).
Dr ZE Switkowski, BSc (Hons), PhD, FAICD, FTSE, 64 years Dr Switkowski joined the Board on 22 November 2010. Dr Switkowski’s career highlights include serving as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Telstra, Chief Executive Officer of Optus and Chairman and Managing Director of Kodak (Australasia). Dr Switkowski currently serves as a Director of Tabcorp Limited and Lynas Corporation Limited and is Chairman of Suncorp Group. He is also Chancellor of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University). Dr Switkowski is former Chairman of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and Opera Australia. He holds an honours degree in science and a PhD in nuclear physics from the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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