Early confirmed speakers:

  • The Hon. Matthew Kean MP
    Minister for Energy and Environment
    NSW Government
  • Sam Bartholomaeus
    Head of Energy (Australia), BHP Billiton

    Sam Bartholomaeus has been with BHP for over a decade and worked across its Petroleum portfolio in various commercial roles in Australia, Singapore and the US. Sam leads a team of focused energy professionals seeking to deliver optimal solutions to meet customer needs. 

    Prior to joining BHP, Sam worked for Dampier Bunbury Pipeline and the Office of Energy (Western Australian State Government). Sam holds a Masters of Business Administration.

  • James Baulderstone
    Project Director Australia
    GFG Alliance
  • Stephen Bell
    Chief Executive Officer, Qenos

    Stephen Bell completed a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the University Of Melbourne and following this, he undertook 2 years postdoctoral research in Boston, USA.  Thereafter, Steve joined ICI Australia's Crop Care business in 1987 as a Research Team Leader prior to moving into ICI's Plastics business. 

    With more than 25 years’ experience in the Petrochemical and Engineering Plastics businesses, Steve has a strong track record of delivering growth and improved business performance through differentiation utilising innovation and technology. During his career, Steve has held a range of business management and executive roles.  Until recently, Steve had executive responsibility for all aspects of Qenos's commercial operations including Marketing & Sales, Supply Chain, Feedstock & Procurement, Product Technology and the Specialty Products trading business. He was also the Vice President Commercial for ChemChina.

    Steve’s current role is Chief Executive Officer, Qenos.

  • Graeme Bethune
    Chief Executive Officer , EergyQuest

    Graeme Bethune has over 20 years’ experience in the energy industry. He is founder and CEO of EnergyQuest, an Australian-based energy advisory firm.

    Graeme is the author of major EnergyQuest reports and has undertaken numerous consulting assignments on energy for Australian and international clients, particularly on natural gas, coal seam gas and LNG

    He is regularly asked to speak at energy conferences in Australia and Asia and his comments are regularly sought by the domestic and international media.

    Prior to establishing EnergyQuest in 2005, Graeme held a range of senior positions with the Australian energy group, Santos.

    Graeme is Chairman of the Australian Gas Industry Trust. In this capacity he represents Australia on the Executive Committee of the International Gas Union.

    He has a first-class honours degree in economics from Monash University and a PhD from the Australian National University and has undertaken the executive program at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

  • Johanna Boothey
    Commercial Director, ExxonMobil Australia

    Johanna Boothey is the Commercial Director for ExxonMobil Australia and Esso Australia with responsibility for marketing, production and operations commercial activities, as well as new opportunities.

    Johanna’s previous assignments have included a variety of commercial, technical and leadership roles across ExxonMobil’s global businesses, including North American Gas Processing and Transportation Manager, ExxonMobil Manager leading the negotiations to form a Joint Venture with Rosneft for development within the Artic, Marketing Manager assignments supporting Gorgon, PNG and Gippsland Basin, and technical roles in Reservoir and Drilling Engineering.

    Johanna holds a Bachelor’s Degree with honours in Chemical Engineering from RMIT University. She has a passion for mentoring and inclusion & diversity. In her free time she enjoys renovating, watching her two children play soccer and spending time with her husband and friends.

  • Nicholas Browne
    Asia Gas and LNG Director
    Wood Mackenzie
  • Sarah Browne
    Director – Communications, Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA)

    As APPEA’s Director – Communications, Sarah has led the Brighter community and stakeholder engagement program since its inception in 2018. Sarah was previously a senior advisor to a number of Premiers and Ministers in both Western Australia and Victoria, including undertaking significant work in strategic policy development and integrated communications planning. Most recently, Sarah was Managing Director of the Strategic Communications group of FTI Consulting, a global consultancy specialising in public affairs campaigns.

  • Senator The Hon. Matt Canavan
    Minister for Resources and Northern Australia
    Government of Australia
  • Steve Davies
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA)

    Steve Davies is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Pipeline and Gas Association. September 2017. Issues on Steve’s mind this year include: the future of gas in Australia, competition and economic regulation of transmission pipelines, stakeholder engagement and pipeline safety. 

    Prior to being CEO, he was APGA’s National Policy Manager with responsibility for government relations and policy development for the gas transmission industry. After training as an engineer, Steve took a different path and has held a range of policy and regulatory roles related to infrastructure and resources in industry associations and the Federal Government. Having spent the majority of his career in industry associations, Steve especially enjoys the opportunities and challenges of working in small teams delivering a wide range of service to members.

  • Steve Davies
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA)

    Steve Davies is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Pipeline and Gas Association. September 2017. Issues on Steve’s mind this year include: the future of gas in Australia, competition and economic regulation of transmission pipelines, stakeholder engagement and pipeline safety. 

    Prior to being CEO, he was APGA’s National Policy Manager with responsibility for government relations and policy development for the gas transmission industry. After training as an engineer, Steve took a different path and has held a range of policy and regulatory roles related to infrastructure and resources in industry associations and the Federal Government. Having spent the majority of his career in industry associations, Steve especially enjoys the opportunities and challenges of working in small teams delivering a wide range of service to members.

  • Mark Dayman
    Managing Director
    Fyfe
  • Kai Eberspaecher
    Country Manager, Bengal Energy

    Kai C. Eberspaecher is Bengal Energy’s Country Manager for Australia. Kai started his career as a Production Engineer with Shell International working in the Netherlands and Scotland. He then joined BG Group where he held a number of senior corporate, project delivery and operational roles working in the UK, Kazakhstan and Australia. 

    Remaining in Australia, Kai joined Worley’s Corporate Advisory (Advisian) as Operational Excellence Practice Manager for APAC working with clients on organisational change, operational improvement, corporate due diligence and strategic questions across the Hydrocarbon Value Chain.

    In 2019, Kai joined Bengal Energy as Country Manager to drive the commercialization of Bengal Energy’s gas resources in the Cooper Basin.

    Kai is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, a Fellow of the Association for Project Management and a Chartered Engineer. Kai holds an MEng in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London and an MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

  • The Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP
    Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Resources
    Federal Opposition
  • Lisa France
    Global Head of Corporate Affairs
    Energy Developments
  • Andrew Garnett
    Director, UQ Centre for Natural Gas

    Professor Andrew (Alf) Garnett is a former Shell and Schlumberger executive. He currently leads large multi-disciplinary research programs contributing to future energy transitions through natural gas and through carbon abatement at The University of Queensland. He was bought on board by UQ for his deep industry experience, having worked widely on oil and gas developments across the globe for the past 30 years, most notably, those with high greenhouse gas emission footprints. 

    Andrew heads up UQ’s Centre for Coal Seam Gas, a centre formed in 2012 to drive world-class research in Queensland. The Centre is conducting high quality, independent scientific research in the CSG sector to help improve stewardship of the State’s resources. The research spans the areas of petroleum engineering and geoscience, groundwater management and impacts, and community and social performance. 

    More recently he was also charged by the university to lead research investigating the potential development of large-scale carbon capture and storage in Queensland, a technology which is flagged internationally as one of the key solutions to significantly reduce emissions. The broad-scale technical, environmental, social and economic scoping study will be used to inform public debate and policy makers.

  • Kylie Hargreaves
    Government & Stakeholder Relations, Australian Industrial Energy

    Kylie has a unique blend of International, Government, Policy and Commercial expertise.  She has over 25 years’ experience in Federal and State Government, including a decade working overseas in Europe and the USA. Kylie has managed operations with net budgets of $400+ million, asset bases of $12+ billion and teams of 550 people spread over dozens of locations.

    In 2019, as a private consultant, she was instrumental in securing the first ever Infrastructure Development Consent for an LNG Import Terminal in Australia.

    As Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner (Austrade) in the UK, USA and Spain, Kylie represented Australia on the international stage and worked with hundreds of small, medium and large companies to capitalise on new growth opportunities. Her experience spans consumer products, services (tourism, education and the arts), resources, energy and infrastructure.

    As Deputy Secretary (Deputy CEO) for four different portfolios in the NSW Government, including Resources and Energy, Kylie has a deep understanding of the challenges of operating in highly regulated sectors, the importance of good governance, risk management and social license.

    A past and present Chair and Non Executive Director on various Boards, a NSW Finalist in the 2017 Telstra Business Women’s Awards, and a successful private consultant, Kylie has a track record for delivering innovative business models.

  • Samantha Hepburn
    Director of the Centre for Energy and Natural Resources Law
    Deakin University
  • Saul Kavonic
    Head of Equities Research, Oil and Gas, Credit Suisse

    Saul is Director, APAC markets at Credit Suisse where he is head of Australian energy research. He presents at leading industry conferences in the region and is a regular gas and energy commentator in print and broadcast media. 

    Saul was previously head of oil, gas, LNG and energy in Australasia for Wood Mackenzie, the world’s largest energy consulting company.  He has also worked at Woodside Energy, Australia’s largest oil and gas company, at M.H.Carnegie & Co, one of Australia's largest Venture Capital funds, and has advised on resource policy for the United Nations and African Union Commission. 

    Saul is a member of the industry advisory board for the University of Western Australia Oceans Graduate School and a co-founder of Refugees Welcome Australia. Saul holds degrees in Law (Honours) and Chemical Engineering (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.

  • Matthew Kay
    Chief Executive Officer, Beach Energy

    Mr Kay joined Beach in May 2016 as Chief Executive Officer. He most recently served as Executive General Manager, Strategy and Commercial at Oil Search, a position he held for two years. In that role he was a member of the executive team and led the strategy, commercial, supply chain, economics, marketing, M&A and legal functions.

    Prior to Oil Search, Mr Kay spent 12 years with Woodside Energy in various leadership roles, including Vice President of Corporate Development, General Manager of Production Planning leading over 80 operations professionals, and General Manager of Commercial for Middle East and Africa. In these roles Mr Kay developed extensive leadership skills across LNG, pipeline gas and oil joint ventures, and developments in Australia and internationally.

  • Matt Kay
    Chief Executive Officer, Beach Energy

    Mr Kay joined Beach in May 2016 as Chief Executive Officer.  He most recently served as the Executive General Manager, Strategy and Commercial at Oil Search, a position he held for the last two years.  In that role he was a member of the executive team and lead the strategy, commercial, supply chain, economics, marketing, M&A and legal functions.  Prior to Oil Search, Mr Kay was the Vice President of Corporate Development at Woodside Petroleum Limited, holding several leadership roles across corporate and business units, developing extensive leadership skills across LNG, pipeline gas and oil joint ventures and developments both internationally and within Australia. 

    He is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • David Leitch
    Principal
    ITK Services Australia
  • David Maxwell
    Chief Executive Officer
    Cooper Energy
  • Andrew McConville
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA)

    Andrew McConville is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA), a position he has occupied since April 2019. 

    APPEA is the peak national body for Australia’s oil and gas exploration and production industry. APPEA represents almost 200 companies involved in oil and gas exploration and production as well as the provision of goods and services to the upstream oil and gas industry.

    As Chief Executive, Andrew is responsible for leading the Association and its members to be the effective voice the Australian oil and gas industry, building community trust and support, driving advocacy and engagement, developing the industry’s key policy positions and executing a strategy for growth of the Association.

    Andrew is an advocacy and corporate affairs professional with more than 25 years’ experience across the oil and gas, agribusiness, banking and finance, FMCG and government sectors.  

    Andrew holds a first class honours degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of New England, a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Oxford University and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Stuart Nicholls
    Chief Executive Officer, Strike Energy

    Mr. Nicholls is an energy industry professional having worked across Commercial, Strategy and Exploration primarily within Royal Dutch Shell’s gas businesses. He has a deep knowledge of the global energy system and previous experience also includes six years with the Australian Army in senior command positions. He has worked in Australia, The Netherlands, Myanmar and Malaysia in both a corporate and operational capacity. Mr. Nicholls joined Strike as Chief Executive Officer in April 2017 and was appointed to the Board as Managing Director in August 2017.

  • Rachel Parry
    First Assistant Secretary, Department of the Environment and Energy

    Rachel currently leads the Energy Division having previously led the Great Barrier Reef Branch and the Communication and Ministerial Services Branch in the Department.  Rachel has over 20 years’ experience working in communications, program management and policy development for a variety of public, private and not-for-profit organisations in Australia and overseas including the CSIRO, the Australian Institute of Sport, the World Health Organization and the International Institute of Sustainable Development.  She holds undergraduate and post graduate degrees in Environmental Studies and is a Graduate of the Australia Institute of Company Directors.  When not tackling energy policy, Rachel enjoys keeping up with her three teenagers, and crazy dog.  In her not-often spare time she enjoys yoga, is an avid reader of current affairs and loves to travel the world.

  • Samantha Read
    Chief Executive Officer
    Chemistry Australia
  • Clyde Russell
    Asia Commodities and Energy Columnist, Thomson Reuters

    Clyde Russell is Asia Commodities and Energy Columnist at Reuters. He has been a journalist and editor for 30 years covering everything from wars in Africa to the resources boom and its current struggles. Born in Glasgow, he has lived in Johannesburg, Sydney, Singapore and now splits his time between Tasmania and Asia. He writes about trends in commodity and energy markets, with a particular focus on China. Before becoming a financial journalist in 1996, Clyde covered civil wars in Angola, Mozambique and other African hotspots for Agence- France Presse.

  • Damien Sanford
    Chief Operations Officer
    Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)
  • Lachlan Shaw
    Director, Head of Commodity Research
    National Australia Bank
  • Lachlan Shaw
    Director, Head of Commodity Research, Markets Corporate & Institutional Banking
    National Australia Bank
  • Rod Sims
    Chairman
    Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
  • Frank Tudor
    Managing Director, Jemena

    Frank has more than 30 years’ experience in the international oil, gas, and power industries having held various senior executive roles across the sector throughout his career. Before joining Jemena Frank was CEO at Horizon Power – Australia’s only vertically-integrated electricity utility which provides energy services to customers across regional Western Australia.

    Frank holds first class degrees in engineering, economics, and business administration from Curtin University (WA), the London School of Economics (UK) and AGSM (the University of NSW). He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and lectured in oil and gas economics and legal frameworks at the University of Western Australia.

    Frank also serves on the Expert Advisory Panel with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), is a Board member of Energy Networks Australia (and is Chair of its Asset Management Committee), and is also a former member of the Federal Government’s Australia China Council.

  • Daniel Walton
    National Secretary , The Australian Workers Union

    Daniel Walton is the National Secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union, Australia’s oldest and largest blue-collar trade union with over 100,000 members.

    Daniel began his career in the union movement in 2003, when he started working for Unions NSW. It was here that he began to develop specialised campaigning and negotiating skills.

    In 2008, he joined the Australian Workers' Union National Team as a Campaigns and Growth Co-ordinator, where he gained unique experience in change management and team leadership. He led a number of union recruitment projects, the success of which has been recognised by the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

    In 2014, Daniel became National Vice-President of the Union, and used this position to advocate for policies that protect and strengthen Australian industries. His leadership in the 2015 Bluescope Steel negotiations kept the manufactuer from closing down their Australian operations.

    In November 2016 Daniel was elected National Secretary of the AWU.

    Daniel is a director on the board of Chifley Financial Services. He is also completing a Masters in Business Administration at the University of New South Wales.

  • Matthew Warren
    Columnist
    Australian Financial Review
  • Rob Wheals
    Chief Executive Officer, APA Group

    Appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director 6 July 2019.

    Rob has more than 25 years’ experience in Australia and internationally in energy infrastructure and telecommunications, across roles in operations, finance, commercial, strategy, infrastructure investments and M&A, as well as regulatory.

    Rob joined APA in 2008 as General Manager Commercial to manage the commercial function of APA's transmission business, which includes over 15,000 kilometres of gas transmission pipelines, storage and processing facilities.

    In 2012, Rob was appointed Group Executive Transmission, responsible for approximately 85% of APA's earnings before interest, tax and depreciation. In this role, Rob was responsible for the commercial, operational and safety performance of APA Group's transmission and gas storage assets.

    Rob has a deep understanding of the Australian energy market and the challenges facing Australia today and into the future, in particular the challenge of balancing sustainable lower emissions energy with reliable and affordable energy for end users.

    Prior to joining APA, Rob was General Manager of Strategy at AAPT in Sydney.

    Rob has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, is a Chartered Accountant and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Ben Wilson
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group

    Ben Wilson is Chief Executive Officer of Australian Gas Infrastructure Group, which comprises Dampier Bunbury Pipeline, Dampier Development Group, Multinet Gas, and Australian Gas Networks. Together these represent one of Australia’s largest gas infrastructure businesses, active nationwide, with 2 million distribution customers, 4,000 km of transmission pipelines, and 34,000 km of networks. AGIG recently developed the Tanami gas pipeline project in the Northern Territory and is partnering with the SA government on Australia’s largest renewable hydrogen project, Hydrogen Park SA. Ben became CEO of AGN in 2015 and of AGIG in 2017.

    Previously, Ben was the Director of Strategy and Regulation and Chief Financial Officer at UK Power Networks (UKPN), a large electricity distribution company in the UK with 8 million customers. At UKPN Ben’s responsibilities included negotiating UKPN’s 2015-2023 price control under Ofgem’s RIIO framework, and UKPN’s Business Transformation Program. Before joining UKPN in 2011 Ben was a utilities investment banker for fifteen years, working in Europe, Asia and Latin America, most recently at Deutsche Bank.

    Ben is Deputy Chairman of Energy Networks Australia and is Chairman of the ENA’s Gas Committee.

    Ben has a Bachelors Degree in Natural Science from Cambridge University in the UK.