Advisory Board

The key role of the Advisory Board is to provide governance-level oversight, leadership and guidance to ensure that the Conference achieves its objectives.

The Advisory Board is comprised of senior representatives of key stakeholders who have shared interests in the growth of the sector and its contribution to New Zealand


Dr. Malcolm Roberts
Chief Executive Officer – APPEA

Dr Roberts was previously Chairman of the Queensland Competition Authority. He has held senior roles at several industry associations and has worked as a ministerial policy adviser and in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.


Dr. Neal Wai Poi
Acting Chief Executive Officer – GNS Science

Neal leads External Relations & Commercialisation at GNS Science and he was appointed Acting Chief Executive Officer in May 2016.

He has over 20 years international experience in industry-focussed research and development and commercial technology transfer, with skills in negotiation and strategic management. Before coming to GNS Science he worked with CSIRO, most recently as Group Manager Strategic Alliances. He also worked at Simonsen AS as Technical manager and Comalco as a Senior Research Engineer.

Neal holds a PhD in Chemical and Materials Engineering from the University of Auckland.


James Stevenson-Wallace
General Manager, ERM – MBIE

James Stevenson-Wallace joined the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment as General Manager in April, 2014.

He is responsible for development of policy advice for energy and resource markets and the delivery of the regulatory and promotional activities of MBIE’s New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals team.

James is a seasoned manager with a background in strategy, policy development and programme implementation gained through a career spanning the public service in both social and economic portfolios. Prior to joining MBIE James was Director, Fisheries at the Ministry for Primary Industries. He joined MPI in 2007 following two years with the Crown Financing Agency as Manager Strategy and Policy.


Andrew Jefferies
Acting Chief Executive Officer, New Zealand Oil & Gas  

Andrew Jefferies started his career with Shell in Australia after graduating with a BEng (Mechanical Hons) from the University of Sydney in 1991. He has worked in Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom, Thailand and Holland, in Operations and Petroleum Engineering – gaining an MBA (technology management) from Deakin University in Australia, and an MSc  (Petroleum Engineering) from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. He joined Austrian Company OMV in New Zealand in 2007 and took up his first role with New Zealand Oil & Gas in early 2013 as VP & GM, Exploration & Production before becoming the company’s Chief Executive in 2016 . Andrew is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).


Quentin Quin
General Manager—Capital, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

Quentin leads NZTE’s Capital team, which promotes New Zealand business opportunities to targeted international investors and facilitates high quality investment into New Zealand. The team is also responsible for improving the capability of New Zealand businesses to raise and manage capital.
Prior to joining NZTE Quentin was a Senior Investment Manager with the World Bank Group, based in Sydney. In this role he specialised in agribusiness working across Asia. Quentin has also held positions as Managing Director Corporate Banking Pacific for ANZ, and CEO of New Zealand furniture manufacturer, Design Mobel. In these roles he developed significant experience in global markets, finance and leadership of investments, and managing a business.


Gabriel Selischi
SVP Australasia – OMV

Gabriel Selischi is responsible for the upstream activities of OMV in New Zealand and Australia. He studied electrical & mining engineering and started his professional career with Schlumberger in France. He held a range of engineering, petroleum engineering and consulting roles internationally and most recently held the position of Director of Projects & Engineering in OMV Petrom. He has worked and lived internationally in France, South Africa, Algeria, Angola and Romania.


Mark Annand
General Manager Schlumberger Australia New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Mark’s career in the Oil and Gas industry spans 25 years. He studied Mechanical Engineering and Design in Aberdeen Scotland and began his career with WEIR engineering services designing equipment for the Directional Drilling market which progressed to an international career with Schlumberger based in Europe & Africa, Asia, USA, The Middle East and Australasia. Marks Oil and Gas experience has been both on land and offshore covering Technical, Sales, Marketing and Managerial roles. Marks most recent position in Schlumberger’s Houston Headquarters focused on addressing the challenges of the ongoing downturn in the Oil and Gas industry through Change Leadership and Change Management.


Rob Jager
Chairman of the Shell Companies in New Zealand and General Manager, Shell Todd Oil Services

Rob Jager is Chairman of the Shell Companies in New Zealand and General Manager, Shell Todd Oil Services. Rob has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry in a variety of technical, project, operational, business, management, and Governance roles locally and overseas.


Colin Cruickshank
VP New Zealand Upstream – Todd Energy

Colin Cruikshank is seconded as Todd Energy’s CEO until June 2017. Colin has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector commencing in 1985 as a drilling and completions engineer with Esso in Bass Strait, Australia. Colin progressed through a range of management roles in development, operations, HSE and planning with Esso prior to joining Santos in 1996.

At Santos, Colin held a range of senior management roles in drilling and completions, reservoir development, asset management and technical services. As a result of Colin’s time at Santos, he has industry leading experience in the appraisal and development of liquids rich gas resources from deep, tight, on-shore reservoirs.

Colin holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Melbourne University.

Stuart Trundle
CEO, Venture Taranaki

Stuart Trundle is the chief executive of Venture Taranaki Trust, the regional development agency for Taranaki regarded as one of the premier models for economic development in New Zealand.  He is a board member for the Economic Development Centre at AUT, and past chair and currently deputy chair of the Economic Development Association of New Zealand.  Prior to joining Venture Taranaki, Stuart was managing director at the largest Chamber of Commerce in the United Kingdom and Chairman of two companies.