Mick McCormack was previously Managing Director and CEO of APA Group (2004-2019) and has over 38 years of experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors in Australia, including gas-fired and renewable energy generation, gas processing, LNG and underground storage. Prior to joining APA in 2000, Mick held senior management roles with AGL Energy.
Mick is a non-executive director at Origin Energy and Austal Limited and a director of the Clontarf Foundation and Chairman of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Foundation.
Mr McCormack’s special responsibilities include chairing the Remuneration and Nominations Committee and membership of the Audit and Financial Risk Committee and the Risk and Sustainability Committee. Mr McCormack has been a director of Central Petroleum Limited since 1 September 2020.
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.
Mr Devaney has been a director of Central Petroleum Limited since 14 November 2018.
Stephen Gardiner has over forty years of corporate finance experience at major companies listed on the ASX, culminating in 17 years at Oil Search Limited including eight years as Chief Financial Officer, a role that he stepped down from in March 2021.
While at Oil Search, Mr Gardiner covered a range of executive responsibilities including corporate finance and control, treasury, tax, audit and assurance, risk management, investor relations and communications, ICT and sustainability. He also served as Group Secretary for ten years while performing his finance roles.
Prior to Oil Search, Mr Gardiner held senior corporate finance roles at major multinational companies including CSR Limited and Pioneer International Limited. Mr Gardiner has a particular capability in capital management and funding, both debt and equity, having raised many billions of dollars, including via structured financings such as working on the US$15 billion PNG LNG Project financing, the largest such financing ever undertaken at the time.
Mr Gardiner is currently a director of ioneer Ltd.
Mr Gardiner’s special responsibilities include chairing the Audit and Financial Risk Committee and membership of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee and the Risk and Sustainability Committee. Mr Gardiner has been a director of Central Petroleum Limited since 1 July 2021.
Troy Harry is a professional investor with interests in many ASX listed companies, as well as private businesses and property. He formerly had a career in stockbroking and funds management and was the founder of Trojan Investment Management Pty Ltd.
Troy is currently a director of numerous private entities. He has not held any other ASX directorships in the last 3 years.
Through his associated entities, Troy is a substantial shareholder in Central Petroleum Limited.
Mr Harry’s special responsibilities include membership of the Audit and Financial Risk Committee and the Remuneration and Nominations Committee. Mr Harry has been a director of Central Petroleum Limited since 1 September 2022.
She is currently the Chair of Powerlink and a board member of Spark Infrastructure RE Limited, its subsidiaries and related entities (which includes the Boards of SA Power Networks and Victoria Power Networks (Powercor and CityPower)).
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, Snowy Hydro and Queensland Urban Utilities. She was a member of Senate of the University of Queensland for 10 years.
Previously she held 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.
In 2019 Ms Hirschfeld was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to engineering, to women, and to business.
Ms Hirschfeld’s special responsibilities include chairing the Risk and Sustainability Committee and membership of the Audit and Financial Risk Committee. Ms Hirschfeld has been a director of Central Petroleum Limited since 7 December 2018.
Dr Agu Kantsler has over 45 years of experience in the international and Australian upstream oil and gas industry and has spent over 20 years in senior leadership positions and 12 years serving on the boards of several listed and private companies.
He is currently the Managing Director of Transform Exploration Pty Ltd. He is a former Director of Oil Search limited, a former President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia, a former Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a former Chairman and Director of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA).
Agu spent 15 years working for Shell International Petroleum in various international exploration assignments and his final position was Exploration Manager for the Shell Group of Companies in Indonesia. He then spent 13 years as Executive Vice President for Exploration and New Ventures with Woodside Petroleum Limited where he led teams credited with numerous oil and gas discoveries including the giant Pluto and Calliance gas fields. Agu then spent two years as the Executive Vice President for Health, Safety and Security at Woodside where he restructured the team of HSS professionals providing management advice on safety, welfare and security for over 16,000 construction workers in Southeast Asia and Australia as well as operations at Woodside’s nine major production facilities.
Dr Kantsler was awarded APPEA’s Reg Sprigg gold medal for service to the industry in 2005 and in 2006 was elected to Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
Dr Kantsler’s special responsibilities include membership of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee and the Risk and Sustainability Committee. Dr Kantsler has been a director of Central Petroleum Limited since 15 June 2020.