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Management Team

Leon Devaney | Managing Director and 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.
Ross Evans | Chief Operations Officer | GAICD MBA BE(Hons 1)

Ross Evans has been appointed Chief Operations Officer with oversight of both projects and operations and will become a member of the management committee effective immediately.

Mr Evans was recently Executive General Manager for Exploration & Development for Lattice Energy, the upstream business divested by Origin. Prior to that Ross held various senior roles with Origin where he was instrumental in the rapid growth of Origin’s upstream business and the successful delivery of the APLNG Coal Seam Gas to LNG project in Queensland. Mr Evans brings to Central more than 20 years’ experience diversified upstream industry experience particularly in Queensland and the Northern Territory, and holds a number of qualifications including a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Queensland and an MBA from the University of NSW.
Robin Polson | Chief Commercial Officer | BCom GDipAppFinInv MAICD

Robin joined Central Petroleum Limited after most recently 15 years as a financial advisory partner at Deloitte. At Deloitte and previously PricewaterhouseCoopers he has more than 27 years professional experience within the audit, advisory and valuation and strategy professional practices. He has a further three years M&A experience as a director of an investment bank. He regularly advised resource companies and government around issues relevant to the resources industry. Robin has deep experience advising the oil and gas industry in Australia and internationally, including: the preparation of numerous independent expert reports and other strategic advice in respect of most of the significant Australia East Coast on market and other corporate transactions since 2003, the Queensland Government Gas Demand and Supply Action Plan and assisting the Queensland coal seam gas to LNG players in their representations to the Queensland Government (through APPEA) around the approach to calculating and providing Financial Assurance in respect of environmental disturbance. Robin has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment. He is a member of the Queensland Exploration Council Executive and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Daniel White | Group General Counsel and Joint Company Secretary | LLB BCom LLM

Mr White's oil and gas legal experience includes local and international negotiation and documentation of corporate finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt capital raisings, energy related transactions, joint venture, farmout and partnering arrangements, project development and dispute resolution.

Mr White is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Courts of Queensland and Western Australia, and is a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales (non-practising).

Prior to his appointment at Central Petroleum Limited, Mr White was Group General Counsel of Kuwait Energy. Mr White has also held senior legal and management positions in Australia and overseas for Clough Limited. Prior to joining Clough, Mr White worked for many years as a commercial litigator with Perth boutique litigation law firm Arns & Associates.
Joseph P Morfea | Joint Company Secretary | FAIM GAICD

Mr Morfea has over thirty five years of experience in the resource industry having held key financial positions with both Australian and international based companies. He was most recently Chief Financial Officer of Magellan Petroleum Australia Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Denver based Magellan Petroleum Corporation. Prior to Magellan, Mr Morfea worked for Santos Limited and Thiess Dampier Mitsui Coal Pty Ltd. Mr Morfea has also held Board and Committee positions with ASX listed and Not for Profit organisations.


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