Our Board

  • Andrew Waite

    Chairman - appointed 2011

    Andrew (Andy) has more than 30 years’ experience within the energy sector.  He commenced his career with the Royal Dutch / Shell Group and supported the company in a variety of technical and operational roles in the Netherlands, Egypt, the USA and Norway.  He was then appointed Vice President of Simmons & Company International – one of the largest and most experienced energy investment banking teams in the industry, which offers M&A advice, capital markets execution and investment research.  In 1995 Andy accepted his current position as Co-President of SPF Partners, which specializes in developing businesses within the oil and gas sector.

    Andy’s professional qualifications include: a Bachelor of Science with first class honours in civil engineering from England’s Loughborough University of Technology; a MS degree in Environmental Engineering Science from the California Institute of Technology; and a MBA from the Harvard Business School where he achieved a high distinction and was elected a Baker Scholar.

    Other Directorships include:  Forum Energy Technologies; Nine Energy Service; Centurion Acquisition; and Shelf Subsea.

    Andy is also dedicated philanthropist and active contributor to his community.  He currently serves as:  a Director (previously Co-Chair) for Making it Better – a not-for-profit organization for at-risk children in low income areas; a Director (previously Chairman) of Family Services of Greater Houston; a Board Member for the Houston Museum of Natural Science; and a Director for the Greater Houston Partnership.  Andy was also past Vice President of the Board of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association.

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  • Peter Stuart

    Director - appointed 2011

    Peter has 27 years’ oilfield experience.  He commenced his career as an Engineering Specialist with Halliburton before working with Sparrow Offshore as a Project Engineer.  In 1985 Peter joined Drexel Equipment, which became part of National Oilwell Varco in 2004.  During his 21 years with this company, he was responsible for its operations throughout the Eastern Hemisphere – particularly in the North Sea, the Middle East, Africa and the Far East.  He was also appointed Group Vice President for its Tuboscope and Brandt Eastern Hemisphere operations.

    Peter holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Heriot-Watt University in Scotland and is an active member of charitable organizations and his community.  Peter’s contributions include: Secretary and Chairman of Montrose Round Table; Secretary (past President) of the Montrose Burns Club; Director of the Montrose Port Authority; and Director of the Montrose Football Club.

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  • Marshall Allen

    Director - appointed 2011

    Marshall has extensive international investment banking experience gained by investing in, arranging or managing over US$2 billion for multi-nationals, corporate and institutional investors within the United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, PRC, India, Korea, Philippines and Australia.

    He commenced his career in the United Kingdom during the 1991 recession working on leveraged and acquisition financing for the Dai-lchi Kangyo Bank, which became Mizuho Bank.  During this period Marshall gained substantial corporate turnaround experience working in steering committees for poorly structured and over geared buyouts.  He also strengthened his knowledge and appreciation for contrarian investment philosophies.

    Marshall returned to Western Australia in 1994 with Bain & Company, which became Deutsche Morgan Grenfell Australia.  During his time with this company he successfully arranged research and development funding for local businesses.   In 1997 he was seconded to Asia where he spent 8 years with Deutsche Bank, Societe Generale and Credit Agricole Lazard Financial Products.  Marshall then re-established ANZ’s private equity business in Western Australia and managed numerous investments including Nomad Building Solutions Ltd and ThinkSmart Limited – two of the Group’s most successful investments.  In 2007 Marshall co-founded Viburnum Funds where he currently works as General Manager and oversees the Group’s private equity strategy.

    Marshall’s professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and a MBA from Cornell University.

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  • Peter Vause

    Director - appointed 2011

    Peter Vause is often described as an accomplished businessman and a veteran oilman.  This reputation was confirmed when he received the Petroleum Sector Hall of Fame Award in 2013.

    During a career within the oil and gas industry, Peter successfully established Vause – a New Zealand based well services company in the early 1980s.   The company subsequently established a wireline operation in Roma, Queensland and a Training Centre in Taranaki, New Zealand.   The Training Centre highlights Peter’s commitment to: safety; industry training and excellence; and his entrepreneurial spirit.

    In 2012 Vause partnered with Surtron Technologies as part of Vautron Holdings Pty Ltd, now Kinetic.

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  • Top Phuwadon Suntornwipart

    Director - appointed 2016

    Top commenced his 22 year career with Schlumberger as an oilfield services engineer.  He then gained valuable international, operational and management experience as:  Services Manager; HR Manager; Business Development Manager; Country Director; Vice President and Regional MD within Central East Asia; Global Strategy Implementation Manager; Global Quality Systems Manager; and Global Account Director.  In 2012 Top was appointed Sub-Regional Managing Director of SunEdison – the world largest renewable power plants developer for the Thailand-Myanmar-Cambodia region.

    Top is currently Founding-Partner and Director of Top Green Group, which focuses on biomass power and solar energy projects.

    Top holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the University of Chulalongkorn in Bangkok.

    Top is a Council of Trustees Member of the Petroleum Institute of Thailand and Secretary General of the Thai Photovoltaic Association – an association that actively encourages the use and growth of Solar PV business in Thailand.

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  • Sarah Ryan

    Non-Executive Director - appointed 2016

    Sarah has more than 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, including 15 years with Schlumberger Limited in various technical, operational and senior management positions.  She is currently an energy adviser for institutional investment firm, Earnest Partners, where she was previously responsible for research and portfolio management from 2007 until 2014.

    Sarah serves as a Director of Woodside Petroleum and is an active member of the company’s Audit & Risk, Sustainability and Nominations Committees.  She is also a Director of Akastor ASA – a Norway based oil services investment company – and a member of Chief Executive Women.

    Sarah’s professional qualifications include: a PHD in Petroleum and Geophysics and a Bachelor of Science (Geophysics) with first class honours from the University of Adelaide; and a Bachelor of Science (Geology) from the University of Melbourne.

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