Craig Burton - Executive Chairman

Craig Burton is a high net worth investor in the oil and gas, mining, and technology sectors.

His philosophy is to identify and back quality new business opportunities, with a particular interest in early stage or development projects in the resources sector.  These opportunities are then pursued by backing (and adding) quality management and raising capital, either privately or through a public listing.

Mr Burton has over 15 years' experience investing in oil and gas projects.  Current investments include:

  • The Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania (royalty retained)

  • The liquids rich Montney in British Columbia

  • Extensive onshore oil and gas licenses in the UK and Poland

  • ASX listed Grand Gulf Energy Ltd, which has oil and gas production in Texas and Louisiana

Mr Burton has 25 years' experience in wider venture capital, including as:

  • Co-founder of 3 mining projects that became ASX 300 listed companies

  • Major shareholder and director of Capital Drilling Ltd, an African focused hard rock drilling company listed on the London Stock Exchange

  • Major shareholder and director of 5 private resource service companies:

    • Hofco Oilfield Services Pty Ltd – Queensland based hirer of specialty tools

    • Mader Contracting Pty Ltd – 300 diesel mechanics in Pilbara and Goldfields

    • Deepcore Drilling Services Pty Ltd – drilling services in Victorian and PNG goldfields

    • MSP Engineering Pty Ltd – recent EPC for $360m Lithium Hydroxide plant in Kwinana

    • Enerdill Pty Ltd (not a director) – 3 onshore oil and gas drilling rigs

Joseph Graham - Chief Executive Officer

Joseph has 21 years’ experience as a Petroleum Engineer. Joseph has worked in many locations around the globe including; North Sea, Middle East, South East Asia, Australia, Gulf of Mexico and North and South America.  He has worked in many technical and managerial positions from the super majors to small E&P companies, in both development and production.

Since 2011 Joseph has been working in the Gulf of Mexico in Houston, TX with a director role of a private company leading multi-discipline teams increasing reserves and production, from offshore deep carbonates to onshore unconventional studies.

Joseph is the founder of Tanami Energy.

Joseph has a Bachelor of Science and a Post Grad in Petroleum Engineering from Curtin University. 

Chris Bath - Chief Financial Officer

Chris is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years' experience, primarily in mining, oil & gas and commodities trading in Australia and South East Asia. He has held  the role of CFO for companies listed on ASX, AIM and JSE and been responsible for managing a broad range of financial, commercial and corporate issues.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Business, is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ted Jacobson - Non Exec Director and Exploration Manager

Ted is a petroleum geophysicist with 40 years’ experience in oil and gas exploration, predominantly in the North Sea, South East Asia, South America and Australia.

Ted was a co-founder of Discovery Petroleum and more recently since 1996, co-founder and technical director of Tap Oil Ltd which grew to a market capitalization of over $400 million under his technical leadership. More recently, Ted was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Carnarvon Petroleum from 2005 to 2011.

Ted holds a Bachelor of Science (Geology, Honours), is a member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Geophysicists.

Brett MacRae - Development Manager

Brett has over 25 years’ experience in major oil and gas projects throughout Australia, China and Southeast Asia.  He has held several senior management roles in innovative, fast-paced developments.  His experience encompasses conceptual, through to construction and commissioning of projects, and also operations and decommissioning & abandonment.

Brett Lawrence - Commercial Manager

Brett has 12 years’ of diverse experience in the oil and gas industry.  Brett worked with Apache Energy for over 8 years, performing roles in drilling engineering, reservoir engineering, project development and commercial management before seeking new venture opportunities with ASX listed companies.

Morgan Taylor - Graduate Petroleum Engineer

Morgan is a recent graduate from the University of Western Australia with a double degree in Petroleum Engineering and Commerce, majoring in Investment Finance and Corporate Finance. Morgan completed an internship with Texas based Galvez Energy LLC, completing some economic modeling for a development in the Gulf of Mexico. He is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.