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.

David Darby
Manager Commercial, Analysis & Investment, ERM – MBIE

David leads the Commercial Analysis and Investment team. His team promotes New Zealand’s petroleum and mineral sectors to potential investors around the globe. The team is made up of technical, market and resource analysts. They work closely with colleagues in MBIE and other agencies on strategies to attract growth capital to the New Zealand resource sector.

David has over 20 years’ experience in the upstream oil and gas sector. He has BSc and PhD degrees from Glasgow University. Prior to joining NZP&M in October 2015, David was with Maersk Oil in the UK, and has previously held roles with GNS Science, Ikon, and BG Group.


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.

Kevin Faure

Kevin Faure
Director, Geological Resources Division

Kevin leads the Petroleum, Geothermal, Palaeontology and Marine Geoscience Departments. He specialises in stable isotope geochemistry and has researched and published on ore deposits, submarine volcanoes, gas hydrates, and geothermal springs. He joined GNS Science in 1997 and has previously worked as an exploration and mining geologist in South Africa, and as a research scientist at the Geological Survey of Japan.


Rob Jager
Chairman of the Shell Companies in New Zealand and General Manager, Taranaki Limited

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.

Dr Joanna Breare
Vice President New Zealand Upstream Energy, Chief Executive Todd Energy (NZ Assets)

Joanna Breare was appointed Chief Executive Todd Energy in 2014 and in addition to this role, she is Executive Vice President New Zealand Upstream Energy with Todd Energy’s parent company, the Todd Corporation.

Joanna graduated from London University with a BSc. (Geology, Hons  1st class) and a PhD (Geology). Joanna has 28 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry with involvement in exploration, development, project management and reservoir geology roles. She has worked in the UK and Vietnam with BP. Joanna migrated to New Zealand in 1997 and was a consultant to Shell, STOS and Fletcher Challenge Energy prior to joining STOS in 2002. During her 12 years at STOS, Joanna has held the positions of Deputy Development Manager, Joint Venture Business Manager and Deputy General Manager with her most recent role being Exploration and Development Manager for STOS and Shell New Zealand.

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.