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Board of Directors

Wrixon Frank Gasteen | Non-Executive Interim Chairman | B.E.(Mining) Hons, Qld, MBA (Distinction), Geneva

Wrix Gasteen has over 30 years’ experience in mining, oil and gas and manufacturing industries in Australia and Asia.

He is an experienced Managing Director and CEO, Executive Director, Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of both listed and private companies in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, and the United States. He is a Senior Advisor to Australian companies.

He has held senior management positions in the Resources Industry in Australia. As Chief Mining Engineer, he led the Exploration and Engineering team that discovered and then developed the Boundary Hill Coal Mine in Central Queensland. He became its inaugural Mine Manager. As Managing Director and CEO of Hong Leong Asia Limited, listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX: HLA), he transformed and grew the company 7 fold, through acquisitions and organic growth, from a loss making company to a highly profitable conglomerate with $2.2 billion in sales, 80% of which were in China and SE Asia. Mr Gasteen was also Director of Tasek Corporation (cement) listed on Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (KLSE) and Chairman and President of China Yuchai International (diesel engines) listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

During his term as Managing Director and CEO of HLA, he was presented with two successive annual awards by the Securities Investors Association of Singapore (SIAS) for Corporate Transparency. The BRW ranked Mr Gasteen No.3 in their Top 20 Australians Managing in Asia.

Mr Gasteen is an Executive Director of Australian dairy milk powder products company, CBS International. He is a Director and co-founder of Ikon Corporate (Singapore), established in 2007 to provide corporate advisory, capital raising and management consulting services.
Leon Devaney | Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer | BSc MBA

Mr Leon Devaney has over 15 years of commercial and finance experience within the Australian oil and gas sector and holds an MBA and BSc (Finance) from the University of Southern California, USA.

Leon joined Central Petroleum in 2012 as Chief Commercial Officer, making the transition to CFO in November 2014. Leon was instrumental in negotiating the Mereenie acquisition from Santos in 2015, as well as the Palm Valley and Dingo Gas Field acquisition from Magellan Petroleum in 2014.

Leon was appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective 21 February 2019, after serving as Acting CEO since July 2018.

Prior to joining Central Petroleum, Leon worked at QGC and played a pivotal role in its growth from a small cap gas exploration company into a multi-billion dollar takeover target by the BG Group in 2008. Leon continued with BG following the QGC takeover, where he served as General Manager, Gas and Power, responsible for the domestic gas and electricity portfolio.

Prior to QGC, Leon held senior roles at Deloitte in the Corporate Finance Advisory group where he was active in structuring and implementing commercial and financing transactions for major energy and infrastructure projects throughout Australia.
Stuart Baker | Non-Executive Director | BE(Elec), MBA. Member, AICD

Mr Baker has more than four decades of experience in the oil and gas sector and currently provides independent advice to corporates and investors in the Australian oil and gas industry.

Previously he was Executive Director, Morgan Stanley with dual roles as Co-Head Asia Oil, Gas and Chemicals Research and team leader, Australian energy, mining and utility research, with positions held over a 13-year period.

He also held senior equity research positions in oil and gas, at Macquarie Bank and Bankers Trust, and as a Petrophysical Engineer at Schlumberger Inc. based in South east Asia, rising to General Field Engineer.

Mr Baker is currently a member of the investment committee of resource focused ASX listed Lowell Resources Fund, and is a strategic advisor to Karoon Gas.
Dr Julian Fowles | Non-Executive Director | PhD BSc(Hons) GDipAFI GAICD

Dr Fowles is a petroleum industry professional with over 30 years in international leadership roles, including 17 years with Shell International, as well as positions with other major listed companies. Dr Fowles comes with extensive board, shareholder and analyst engagement experience.

Most recently Dr Fowles was a senior executive with Oil Search Limited, leading the PNG operated and non-operated oil and LNG production and development businesses.

Dr Fowles was previously the executive leading Oil Search’s Exploration and New Business teams and has also been involved in the development and implementation of Oil Search’s opportunity development framework, targeting major projects through key assurance processes from pre-concept to FID.

Dr Fowles is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a BSc (Hons) degree from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Dr Fowles also holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment.
Katherine Hirschfeld AM | Non-Executive Director | BE(Chem) UQ, HonFIEAust FTSE FIChemE CEng FAICD

Katherine Hirschfeld is a highly regarded non-executive director, having served on company boards listed on the ASX, NZX and NYSE, as well as government and private company boards.

She is currently the Chair of Powerlink, Senator at the University of Queensland and a board member of Queensland Urban Utilities and Tellus Holdings Ltd.

Ms Hirschfeld has also been a Board Member and President of UN Women National Committee Australia and non-executive director of Energy Queensland, Tox Free Solutions, InterOil Corporation, Broadspectrum and Snowy Hydro.

Previously she had leadership roles with BP in oil refining, logistics, exploration and production located in Australia, UK and Turkey.

Ms Hirschfeld was recognised in the AFR/Westpac 100 Women of Influence 2015, by Engineers Australia as one of Australia’s Top 100 Most Influential Engineers 2015 and as an Honorary Fellow in 2014. She is a member of Chief Executive Women and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Academy of Engineering and Technology. Kathy is also an executive mentor/coach with Merryck & Co.

In 2019 Ms Hirschfeld was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to engineering, to women, and to business.

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