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Board of Directors

Martin Kriewaldt | Non-Executive Chairman | BA, LL.B (Hons 1st ), University Medal, FAICD (Life), AICDQ Gold Medal

Martin Kriewaldt is a professional company director with over 25 years’ experience.

He is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, serves on its Corporate Governance Committee, is Chair of an AICD Nexus group and a Mentor in the AICD mentoring programme for women. He is a past President of the Institute of Company Directors (Queensland Division) and has been awarded the AICD Gold Medal.

He was previously Chairman of Suncorp, Infratil Australia, Suncorp Property Trust and Thin Technologies, and was a director of listed entities including Campbell Brothers, Oil Search, Macarthur Coal, GWA, ImpediMed, BrisConnections and QDL. He has also been the chairman or a director of a number of unlisted companies including Suncorp Building Society, Suncorp Finance, Hooker Corporation, Graham and Company and Golding Contractors, as well as the national board of AICD.

In addition to these roles, he has chaired Board Sub-Committees for Audit, Risk, Environment, Remuneration, Investment, Corporate Governance, Corporate Advisory and Nominations. He has also served as Deputy Chairman and Lead Independent Director. He was Chairman of Opera Queensland and has also served on a number of other not-for-profit boards, including the Senate of the University of Queensland.

Previously, Mr Kriewaldt was a Partner of Allen Allen & Hemsley (now Allens Linklaters) for 25 years specialising in banking and insurance, mining, oil and gas and construction.
Wrixon Frank Gasteen | Non-Executive Director | B.E.(Mining) Hons, Qld, MBA (Distinction), Geneva

Mr Gasteen is a Director and co-founder of Ikon Corporate (Singapore), established in 2007 to provide corporate advisory, capital raising and management consulting services. He has over 20 years’ experience in the mining, oil and gas, manufacturing and IT industries in Australia and Asia.

Mr Gasteen has been CEO and Director of both listed and private companies in Australia, Asia, and the United States, and 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 technical team that discovered and then developed the Boundary Hill Coal Mine in Central Queensland. He became its inaugural Mine Manager.

As CEO and Director of Hong Leong Asia Limited, listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX: HLA), he transformed the company through acquisitions and organic growth from a loss making company with revenue of $300m to a highly profitable conglomerate with $2.2 billion in sales, 80% of which were in China and the remainder in SE Asia. During his term as CEO, he was presented with two successive annual awards by the Securities Investors Association of Singapore (SIAS), recognizing Hong Leong Asia for its effort in demonstrating corporate transparency. The BRW ranked Mr Gasteen No.3 in their Top 20 Australians Managing in 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). He was appointed Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of ASX listed, Sino Australia Oil and Gas in March 2014, resigning in November 2015.
Katherine Hirschfeld | Non-Executive Director | BE(Chem) UQ, HonFIEAust FTSE FIChemE CEng FAICD

Ms Hirschfeld is a highly regarded non-executive director, having served on the Boards of a number of companies listed on the ASX, NZX and NYSE, as well as Government and private company boards.

She is currently the Chairman of Powerlink, President of the UN Women National Committee Australia, Senator at the University of Queensland and a Board member of Qld Urban Utilities and Tellus Holdings Ltd.

Kathy has also been a Non-Executive Director of Energy Queensland, Tox Free Solutions, InterOil Corporation, Broadspectrum, Snowy Hydro.

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

Kathy 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.
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 positions with research teams at Macquarie Bank and Bankers Trust and as a Petrophysical Engineer at Schlumberger Inc., 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.
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.

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