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Chairman
Mark Carnegie, BA and a BSc (Hons)

Mr Carnegie has more than 30 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, investor and corporate adviser in New York, London and Sydney.  He was a principal of Carnegie, Wylie & Company before the acquisition of that business by Lazard Limited and was previously the CEO of Lazard Australia Private Equity Pty Ltd (formerly LCW Private Equity Pty Ltd), Lazard's Australian private equity business. Mr Carnegie established M.H. Carnegie & Co. Pty Ltd in 2010, a venture capital and private equity firm.  Mr Carnegie is also a Director of Chandler Macleod Group Limited and a large number of private companies.

Mr Carnegie was appointed Non-Executive Director on 9 August 2013 and Chairman on 11 September 2013. 

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Managing Director
David Wrench, B Eng (Mining) Hons

Mr Wrench has extensive commercial and management experience in Australia and North America resource sector focused on oil and gas, metal and coal project development. Mr Wrench was a co-founder and Director of coal seam gas pioneer CH4 Gas Limited and has been a Director of a number of private resource companies. He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from the University of Sydney.

Mr Wrench was appointed to the Board as Non-Executive Director on 29 October 1998 and appointed Managing Director on 30 September 2011.

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Non-Executive Director
Simon Ashton, B Sc (Hons) M Sc MBA

Mr Ashton has over 40 years experience in the Australian and international petroleum and resources industries.  He spent over 22 years with WMC Limited (WMC) holding various positions in Australia and Internationally in WMC's petroleum divisions. Amongst other things, Mr Ashton established WMC's USA petroleum subsidiary, Greenhill Petroleum, where he served as Senior Vice President in Houston, Texas.

Mr Ashton co-founded Strike Energy Limited in 1997 and served as Managing Director until 30 September 2011.

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Non-Executive Director
Mr Brendan Ostwald MAICD

Mr Ostwald is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ostwald Bros., a diversified, market-leading construction and mining services company employing over 1,200 people nationally. Mr Ostwald has over 20 years’ experience in the management of remote infrastructure developments with a particular focus on Australian s on-shore oil & gas and coal projects.

Mr Ostwald was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director on 30 June 2014. 

 

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Non-Executive Director
Ms Jody Rowe, Dip Acc, Dip FM, MAICD

Ms Rowe is a contracts and procurement specialist with over 20 years in the oil & gas sectors. Having held a number of senior management positions with organisations such as QGC, QGCLNG, Santos and Rio Tinto, Ms Rowe recently established roweSMG a  boutique advisory practice that advises clients on strategies to realise value from emerging and developing resource projects. During her career Ms Rowe has been involved in the management of a number of large scale procurement and construction projects.

Ms Rowe was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director on 30 June 2014.

 

Executive Director
David Baker, BA, LL.B (Hons)

Mr Baker has extensive experience in commercial joint ventures, utility financing, development/project finance and mergers and acquisitions in the resources and infrastructure sectors. Originally trained as a banking and finance lawyer with a major Australian legal firm in Sydney and Singapore, he has held high profile investment banking and resource industry leadership positions.

Mr Baker was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director on 11 August 2013 and as an Executive Director on 1 July 2014. 

 

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Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary
Mr Sean McGuinness, B.Com (Acc and Fin) , FCA, MAICD

Mr McGuinness  joined Strike Energy Limited in the role of Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary after a finance career of over 15 years spanning roles in the UK, US, Australia and Asia.

A Senior Finance Executive, Mr McGuinness most recently held the position of GM-Finance with the ASX listed Group Lynas Corporation with oversight and responsibility for the Groups global finance operations. Prior to this Mr McGuinness held the role of Chief Accountant with Rank Group Limited (New Zealand) where he was a key member of the management team that oversaw the various acquisition and financing transactions associated with the creation of the Reynolds Packaging Group. Prior to these global roles Sean also spent a number of years in the UK and US working with the US oil and gas group ConocoPhillips, while also holding Senior roles with the professional services firms KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Australia.

Mr McGuinness has responsibility for all aspects of Groups financing, corporate and company secretarial functions.

 

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Chief Operating Officer
Chris Thompson

Mr Thompson has over 20 years of oil and gas experience in Australia, the USA, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Mr Thompson has worked as a reservoir or petroleum engineer for a number of operating companies, including Oil Search, Novus Petroleum and Origin Energy and as Business Development Manager for Leed Petoleum. Mr Thompson Graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Geology) from QUT in 1991 and completed a Graduate Diploma in Reservoir Evaluation and Management from Heriot Watt University in 1994.

Mr Thompson joined Strike in September 2012 and was promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer effective 1 July 2014 with responsibity for all aspects of Strike’s exploration and evaluation activities.