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Directors & Management

Patrick Cross

Non Executive Chairman

Dr Cross has international experience in corporate finance, organisation structures, marketing and joint venture operations. His previous positions include 25 years with BP specialising in marketing, strategic planning and business development across different cultures. He also worked for two years as President of Cable and Wireless Japan, and six years as Managing Director of BBC World Ltd. Dr Cross has operated in South America, Asia, Europe and the United Kingdom establishing relationships at senior levels with major companies, Governments and the European Commission. He is non-executive chairman of Mercom Capital Plc, was a non-executive director of Orca Interactive Limited, until the company was successfully sold in 2008 and is a Trustee of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Tom Kelly

CEO/ Director

Mr Kelly has worked in the corporate, financial and investment banking industries for over 20 years. During this period, Mr Kelly has had involvement in and been responsible for the financing of numerous listed companies on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and several mergers and acquisitions within the Australian corporate sector. He is a Senior Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a founding director of Empyrean Energy.

Frank Brophy

Technical Director

Mr Brophy has over 50 years’ experience as a petroleum geologist in the exploration, development and production of many world class oil and gas projects. His roles have seen him involved in operations around the world, including Australia, Asia, Europe, the USA, Africa and the Middle East. More recent overseas activities include four years as General Manager of the Hanoi operation in North Vietnam, for France-based company Maurel & Prom, and almost two years in Sicily representing the same company in gas appraisal and development. Mr Brophy’s previous positions also include his former role as Manager of International Business Development for Ampolex Limited, Chief Geologist of Elf Aquitaine Australia and Exploration Manager for five years with Peko Oil Limited.

John Laycock

Financial Director

Mr Laycock has over 30 years’ experience in accounting, finance and risk management. His previous positions include 22 years with BP both in UK and international experience in France and Japan. Mr Laycock has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bristol University and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, who is based in the UK

Gaz Bisht

Executive Director (China)

Mr Bisht is an oil and gas professional with over 28 years’ of proven skills in all aspects of Exploration and Production. In the past 5 years, he has developed strong business acumen in strategy framing and execution and has built deep and effective relationships with international companies as well as regulators in South East and North Asia, particularly in Indonesia, China and Malaysia.

Jonathan Whyte

Company Secretary & CFO

Mr Whyte is a Chartered Accountant (CA) with extensive company secretarial, corporate and accounting experience across several listed and unlisted mineral companies, being involved in most aspects of the business with a primary focus on corporate and compliance. Mr Whyte is Company Secretary of ASX listed uranium producer Peninsula Energy Limited and Non-Executive Director and Company Secretary of ASX listed Indus Energy NL. Mr Whyte was previously Company Secretary of ASX listed Lefroy Resources Limited. Prior to that Mr Whyte worked in the investment banking sector in London over a period of 6 years for Credit Suisse and Barclays Capital Plc.