Directors, Management and Senior Consultants
The Kina Board and senior management have a broad experience base covering operational, technical, corporate and commercial backgrounds spanning a number of decades in the Australian and international oil and gas and finance industries. The Kina Board is well positioned to implement the Company’s strategic objective of continuing its planned exploration activities and seeking to acquire or participate in additional oil and gas related projects.
Non Executive Directors
Richard Schroder - Managing Director
Richard Schroder has a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Geophysics, from the University of Sydney. He is experienced in Australian and international oil and gas exploration commencing with Conoco in the North Sea in 1975.
Richard’s 30 years of experience extends to both UK and Norwegian sectors of the North Sea, Africa, Indonesia, PNG, NZ and onshore and offshore Australia. Richard has 20 years experience as an operator in the lowland and highland jungles of PNG and has managed junior companies such as Sydney Oil Company as well as majors such as Santos in the capacity of Exploration Manager, South East Asia.
Richard has drilled 11 wells in PNG and Papua Province Indonesia, resulting in 1 commercial oil field, and 3 other oil and or gas intersections, and helped pioneer the boutique seismic technology which was responsible for considerable savings and drilling success.
Dr Ila Temu - Non Executive Director
Ila achieved a distinguished career with the University of Papua New Guinea, the National Research Institution, the Australian National University and the University of California, Davis USA, where he was awarded his PhD.
Ila entered the private sector in 1996 when he was appointed Managing Director, Mineral Resources Development Company and during 2000 he accepted the appointment as General manager, Government Relations, Placer Niugini Ltd.
Ila is President, PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, Director Corporate Affairs, Australia Pacific, for Barrick PNG, Non Executive Director Bank South Pacific Limited, Chairman of PNG Ports Corporation, Director Bank of South Pacific Capital Port Moresby and Council Member, Divine Word University.
Barry Tan - Non-Executive Director
Appointed March 2009 on the formation of Kina Petroleum Limited as the Executive Director, Barry Tan is a naturalised citizen of Papua New Guinea and has spent over 35 years in Papua New Guinea developing and operating various businesses in Papua New Guinea. Barry is currently Chairman of TST Trading, Chairman of the TST Group of Companies that span property development and running supermarket franchises in PNG and also diversified industry through Starland Freezers, Tanpac, Kokoda Tailoring.
Barry brings to the company a wealth of knowledge in understanding the culture of PNG and the most efficient way to run a business. Barry also has a strong network of interpersonal relationships in commerce in PNG through his various associations.
David Vance - Non-Executive Director
David Vance is a senior corporate and project finance attorney and CFA charterholder with more than 25 years of experience in Asia and the US. He holds an A.B. degree from Stanford University and received his J.D. (with honors) from the University of Texas School of Law. He is a member of the New York (State) Bar. As a former partner in private practice with two major US law firms, David represented some of the world’s largest infrastructure and financial institutions in complex, first-of-its-kind transactions, including numerous “Deals of the Year” for Asia. He was also recognized as a leading lawyer for project finance in Japan by an industry publication. David moved in-house to focus on oil and gas matters in PNG and other countries, initially with InterOil Corporation and now as Upstream Counsel for Asian Oil & Gas Pte Ltd., in Singapore.
Richard Robinson - Non-Executive Chairman
Richard has over 35 years' experience in the Oil & Gas sector and has been involved with the PNG Oil & Gas industry since 1988. He has worked for a number of Upstream companies including; Esso, Woodside, Santos, BP and Oil Search. He has also worked for gas transmission and international engineering companies.
Richard's background includes extensive experience in; upstream and pipeline development projects, production and drilling operations management and asset management. He has worked extensively throughout Australia and PNG as well as other parts of SE Asia. From 2010 to 2013 as Executive General Manager - PNG Operations for Oil Search, Richard was responsible for all Oil & Gas production and associated drilling operations in PNG.
The Board considers the independent Directors are Mr Richard Robinson, Dr Ila Temu and David Vance. These Directors are considered independent as they are non-executive Directors who are not members of management. Mr Robinson and Dr Temu are free of any business or other relationship that could materially interfere with, or could reasonably be perceived to materially interfere with, the independent exercise of their judgment. While Mr Vance is associated with the company’s major shareholder, he and the Board consider that he applies an independent frame of mind in his role as a Non-Executive Director.
Senior Management and Consultants
John Chan - PNG Operations and Community Affairs Manager
John has more than 30 years experience in PNG in commerce and been with Kina Petroleum since May 2008 and handles all local matters and has a great understanding of the PNG culture and its people.
Under the stewardship of Richard Schroder, John is an asset to the organisation with his network of relationships in government and commerce in Papua New Guinea.
Peter Impey - Company Secretary - Papua New Guinea
Mr Peter Impey is a Certified Practicing Accountant and a full member of The Chartered Institute of Secretaries & Administrators. He holds a Bachelor of Business degree, majoring in Accounting from the University of Southern Queensland and a Graduate Diploma in Fraud Investigation from Charles Sturt University in NSW.
Peter has worked in an accounting environment for over thirty years, and has worked in a Public Accounting Practice in Papua New Guinea for twelve of the last fifteen years involving preparation of accounts, taxation matters and secretarial responsibilities for companies utilising the registered office.
Alex Mitchell - Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for Australian matters
Chartered accountant with 20 years of experience in ASX listed organizations in both Corporate and Business unit roles. 16+ years experience in upstream E&P Finance and Operations management covering PNG, Middle East, Australia, South East Asia and USA. Working background also spans Chartered Accounting, Insurance, Property and Construction industries. Bachelor of Economics (Macquarie University) .