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.


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.

Non-Executive Directors

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 Corporation 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 Chairman

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.

Alain Vinson - Non-Executive Director

Presently the CEO and President of PIE Operating LLC, in Houston Texas, which holds more than 600,000 acres of mineral rights in Texas and Louisiana, Alain Vinson attended Sam Houston State University in Texas where he attained Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with an emphasis on management. Alain worked for Interoil Corporation in a variety of roles from 2005 – 2013 where his primary responsibilities included procurement, logistics and project management. His project management skills saw him assume primary responsibility for the co-oridination of Interoil’s field activities notably the construction of well sites and the execution and delivery of the civil works programs to support drilling and seismic operations.

Independent Directors

The Board considers the independent Directors are Dr Ila Temu and David Vance. These Directors are considered independent as they are non-executive Directors who are not members of management. Dr Temu is 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 his judgement. 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) .