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Our Team

Our senior management team comprises highly experienced individuals drawn from leading Australian and international oil and gas companies, with strong track records in exploration and development of large-scale gas projects.

Our broader team is focused on making efficient, value-driven decisions across our entire value chain, from exploration to development to operation. And we are supported by in-house functional and technical expertise, as well as by proven service providers and suppliers.

A key strength of Western Gas is our collaborative and flexible approach to all aspects of our business, with the goal of delivering a fit-for-purpose development option for our Equus Gas Project and superior value for our business partners and customers.

Western Gas is committed to attracting and retaining the right people for a business of our scale and focus. All our people and contractors are committed to our high standards of health, safety and environmental management.

Andrew Leibovitch - Executive Director

Andrew is a Chartered Accountant with more than 25 years experience in corporate finance and project management

Executive Director and co-founder of Goshawk Energy Pty Ltd, an onshore West Australian focused oil and gas explorer and developer

Previously held executive roles at Woodside Petroleum Ltd as General Manager, Browse LNG project and General Manager, Eastern Australia Gas Business Unit

Former director and co-founder of Sunbird Energy Ltd, a Southern African focused gas explorer and developer

Former director Transerv Energy – involved in acquiring Transerv’s interests in the Perth Basin and commencement of appraisal program

Will Barker - Executive Director

Will is a Geologist with more than 15 years experience in the exploration and development of large scale gas projects in Australia and internationally

Executive Director and co-founder of Goshawk Energy Pty Ltd, an onshore West Australian focused oil and gas explorer and developer

Previously, General Manager LNG at Arrow Energy Ltd and responsible for development of the company's lead coalbed methane to LNG export project in Queensland. Led the project from initial concept to Final Investment Decision, before Royal Dutch Shell and PetroChina completed a takeover of Arrow for $3.5 billion in August 2010

Former director and co-founder of Sunbird Energy Ltd (ASX: SNY), a Southern African focused gas explorer and developer

Former Operations Manager of New Guinea Energy and Technical Director of Transerv Energy in the Perth Basin

The Hon. Michael Ahern - Non-Executive Director

The Hon. Michael Ahern AO is a former Queensland Premier and has held the Ministries of Primary Industries, Industry and Technology, and Health

Mike is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences and Engineering, a Member of the Board of Governors of the ATSE Clunies Ross Foundation and has been appointed Special Representative of the Queensland Government for Africa, The Middle East and India

Howard Paver - Project Advisor

Howard is a Petroleum Engineer with more than 40 years of experience in international Exploration and Production companies, including 20 years at senior executive level. Howard has lived and worked in Europe, Africa, US, Middle East and Australia, working across all aspects of exploration and production

Former Senior Vice President of Strategy, Commercial and New Business Development at Hess Corporation and Senior Vice President of Global New Business Development of Amerada Hess Corp

Previously held senior executive positions at BHP Petroleum (Regional President), Mobil and Dowell Schlumberger

Eamonn McCabe - Project Director

Eamonn is an engineer with a strong oil and gas technical background and 30 years experience in Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe and North America

Eamonn has extensive experience across the full breadth of the oil & gas business from reservoir to export facilities including LNG, Unconventionals, Concept development, Project execution, Operations, Joint Venture Management, and Non-Operator roles

Previously held executive roles at Woodside Petroleum Ltd as Senior Vice President Development Planning, Senior Vice President Kitimat LNG and Development Manager Pluto LNG Former Project Manager at Shell’s Malampaya, Troll and Ormen Lange projects

Damon Buckley - Chief Financial Officer

Damon has more than 20 years of experience in the commodity trading, freight management, finance, resources and energy sectors

Damon has extensive experience as a senior manager responsible for complex trading, financial dealing and physical commodity transactions with organisations including BHP Billiton, ICBC-Standard Bank, Deutsche Bank and Woodside Energy

Previously held senior finance and trading roles at ICBC-Standard Bank as Managing Director: Head of Bulk and Energy and Deutsche Bank as Vice President: Head of Iron Ore Sales

Former Marketing Manager and Senior Commercial Advisor at BHP Billiton Iron Ore and Financial Risk Dealer and Commercial Advisor at Woodside Petroleum

Tony Johnson - Corporate Communications

Tony Johnson is a senior corporate affairs practitioner and principal of Cobalt28, a consultancy that provides strategic corporate communications advice and support to organisations involved in resource development in Australia. Tony has held management and advisory roles in the oil and gas, mining and banking sectors, including senior communications and stakeholder engagement roles at Woodside Energy and South32. Tony has a business-focused approach to managing public activities and issues, effectively managing the interface between organisations and their stakeholders.

Petrina Raitt - Environment & Safety

Petrina Raitt is an environmental scientist with twenty years professional experience within government and oil and gas industries in Western Australia.  She has held lead environment roles in significant offshore and onshore resource projects and is experienced in navigating state and Commonwealth approval processes.

As a Director of Green Light Environmental, Petrina leads a team of professionals providing high quality environmental support and value adding solutions to the oil and gas industry.

Richard Barker - Company Secretary & Business Manager

Richard is an Australian Barrister and Solicitor with 15 years experience in corporate and construction advice and litigation working with top Australian Law firms in New South Wales and Western Australia

Richard is currently corporate and compliance advisor for a number Australian oil and gas companies and Company Secretary of listed entities on ASX and AIM.