About Us

Management Team

Peter Botten, Managing Director

Peter was appointed Managing Director in 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.

Gerea Aopi, Executive General Manager, PNG Stakeholder Engagement

Gerea was appointed to the Oil Search management team in August 1998. Gerea plays a major role in managing relationships with the PNG Government and other joint venture partners. Prior to Oil Search, Gerea was Managing Director of Telikom PNG Ltd, held several very senior positions in the PNG public service and served as the Secretary of the Department of Finance and Planning.

Paul Cholakos, Executive General Manager, Technical Services 

Paul joined Oil Search in 2010 with more than two decades' experience in the international oil and gas and mining industries, and was appointed to the executive team in early 2011. In his current position, Paul oversees the delivery of HSES, risk, drilling, production, engineering and ICT functions that underpin the Company's operations. In his previous role as EGM PNG Operations, Paul played a major role in the Company's transition to a major LNG exporter through its contributions to the world-class PNG LNG Project.

Julian Fowles, Executive General Manager, PNG Business Unit

Julian joined Oil Search in 2012 as EGM, Exploration and Business Development, after a 23-year career with a number of large international oil and gas companies, including 16 years with Shell. In his new role as EGM, PNG Business Unit, Julian's responsibilities include the management of Oil Search's PNG assets, engagement with key stakeholders and addressing in-country issues. Julian holds geology degrees from Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities and his experience encompasses all aspects of the EP business on both technical and commercial fronts.

Stephen Gardiner, Chief Financial Officer and Group Secretary

Stephen joined Oil Search Limited in 2004, after a twenty year career in corporate finance at two of Australia's largest multinational construction materials companies and a major Australian telecoms company. Stephen's roles at Oil Search have covered senior corporate finance responsibilities. In November 2012, Stephen was appointed to the position of Chief Financial Officer of Oil Search. Stephen is also the Group Secretary of Oil Search, a role he has held since May 2009.

Michael Herrett, Executive General Manager, Human Resources

Michael joined Oil Search in 2012, after a career with BHP Billiton which spanned more than 30 years in senior Human Resources roles, including Vice President positions based in the USA, the UK and Australia. Michael oversees the Company’s new enterprise management system. He has extensive international HR experience, with previous responsibilities covering oil and gas, mining and manufacturing operations in Africa, Latin America, and Asia, in addition to Australia and the US.  Michael holds a Bachelor of Economics Degree (Industrial Relations and Psychology).

Ian Munro, Executive General Manager, Gas Business Development 

Ian joined Oil Search in August 2013 to drive growth of the Company's gas business and deliver opportunities for gas commercialisation. Ian's career spans more than 25 years in the oil and gas industry, including senior technical and commercial roles at ExxonMobil and Woodside Petroleum. Ian holds a Masters Degree in Petroleum Geology and has extensive experience in Joint Venture and commercial management, along with the delivery to sanction of major LNG projects.

Keiran Wulff, Executive General Manager, Exploration and New Ventures 

Keiran re-joined Oil Search in January 2015 with more than 30 years' experience in the international oil and gas industry. His long history with Oil Search includes a role as Chief Operating Officer and key exploration and new business roles in Port Moresby, Dubai and Sydney. Most recently, Keiran has held directorships in public Australian oil companies including a period as managing director of Buru Energy Limited. Keiran also established Aligned Energy Ltd, a biomass to power company focussed on providing power to developing countries in remote regions.