Board of Governors
The Petroleum Club of Western Australia is an association governed by a Board of Governors whom are appointed to manage the affairs of the Club in accordance with its Rules and Constitution. At each Annual General Meeting members shall be elected to the Board of Governors for a period of 3 years.
President - Mark Small
Mark is an experienced Senior Manager and Company Director currently holding Board positions with the Petroleum Club of Western Australia (past President) and the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation (Chair).
Mark is the General Manager for Commercial Development with Site Group International.
Mark is a member of the Institute of Company Directors, Nautical Institute, Safety institute of Australia, and is an Associate Member of the Company of Master Mariners.
Vice President - Scott Laurance
Scott has over 20 years’ experience in the resources industry with the last 12 in oil and gas covering business development and strategy, commercial, corporate finance, structured finance, risk management and project delivery. He is currently the Business Development Manager, Onshore/Offshore for Technip Oceania where he is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with the upstream and downstream oil and gas industry across Australia and New Zealand.
Treasurer - Mark Cunningham
Mark is a Director (Assurance) with accounting firm EY, and has extensive background in the oil and gas industry.
Mark joined the Board in 2014 and currently acts as the Club’s Treasurer.
Secretary - Brooke Arnot
Brooke has over 15 years commercial & sales experience working for a number of high profile companies throughout the UK, Europe & Australia. She brings over 8 years’ experience within Executive Search in the Oil & Gas sector & Renewables sector, and has extensive networks both in Perth and also internationally.
Brooke is involved in the following Committees; AOG Steering Committee, AOG Women (Diversity & inclusion), AOG Subsea.
Governor - Rowan Mackay
Rowan is Northern Australia Manager at Santos and leads development and strategic direction across the Browse and Bonaparte Basins including Bayu Undan and Darwin LNG. Prior to Santos, Rowan was with Woodside Petroleum Limited and has over 17 years industry experience.
Rowan is involved with our Introduction to Petroleum Industry Seminars.
Governor - Kirsty Danby
Kirsty is the Founding Director of Platform Communications and has 18 years’ experience in public relations, corporate communications and marketing arenas with her role focusing on building or protecting reputations.
She has strong experience with not-for-profit organisations. Kirsty is currently a Board Member for Solaris Cancer Care, Curtin University’s Board of Humanities, Vice-President of WA Mining Club, a Committee Member for AOG Diversity & Inclusion and an Exec Director of Simplicity from Complexity.
Governor - Craig Marshall
Craig is a Director of Reservoir Engineering with over twenty-five years extensive Reservoir and Petroleum Engineering experience. Particular emphasis placed on reservoir management issues – field development planning, workovers & recompletions, waterflood practices and technology initiatives to enhance production and safeguard reserves.
Governor - Angus Argyle
Angus has 17 years of oil & gas industry experience with Shell in The Netherlands, UK, Norway, Malaysia & most recently Australia; this being a return to Perth and the city in which he was born and educated.
His core professional capacity is in upstream development; having worked opportunities & projects of all phases from acreage bidding in exploration through to commissioning & start-up of major industry projects.
Angus believes it's paramount we have a strong body in Western Australia enabling our industry to communicate and collaborate effectively, and to achieve this requires in turn strong working relationships between us all - suppliers, contractors, commercial services and operators.
Governor - Hamish Smith
At the end of an extensive career in Oil & Gas and associated industries, Hamish is currently the Hydrocarbon Business Development Manager for Primero, a boutique design and construction company based in Perth. Hamish has a wealth of experience in Project and Construction Management for EPC projects in the oil & gas, mining and infrastructure industries, both in Australia and overseas.
Hamish has an extensive background in project management providing a broad base to augment his current project/construction management roles. He has held positions with Shell International, Woodside, Buru Energy, Forge Group and Toll Logistics and Resources in Senior Engineering and Project Management roles.
Governor - Colby Hauser
Colby has over 13 years’ experience in the Oil & Gas industry in both Canada and Australia with a skillset that has focused on contracts and procurement, engineering services and operations and maintenance areas of major projects and existing assets. He is currently the Business Development Manager for Upstream Production Solutions where he is responsible for all business growth across Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Colby is a 5-year member of the Petroleum Club of Western Australia and has been a Lead Mentor for the last 2 years in the club’s Next Generation school program.
Governor - Paul Stone
Paul is a highly qualified General Manager with over 25 years’ experience gained in the offshore / onshore oil and gas industry in the UK, Europe, Australia, Asia and the Middle East, with both client organisations and EPC / PMC consultancies. My experience has been gained within general management, business development, and project management roles.
I believe my key differentiator is a strong generalist industry experience with constant emphasis on building and maintaining win-win relationships, and delivering outstanding value-adding outcomes for both internal and external customers. I pride myself on being a self-motivated, proactive and progressive leader with advanced communication skills, and proven team building capability.
Governor - Richard Baddeley
Trained as a chemical engineer with a background in the resources industry, Richard is now an intellectual property consultant with over twenty years experience advising multinational and SME companies on a range of projects in the petroleum industry, both upstream and downstream. FLNG technology is a current field of interest.
As Vice President of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys and a 16 year member of its governing Council, I’m familiar with the objectives of providing opportunities for members of a not for profit organisation to access both social and educational events, ideally a combination of both. IP is an important focus for the petroleum industry and I’m keen to foster educational events in this field too.
Governor - Mike Gentry
Mike has 16 years of Oil & Gas Process Engineering and Project experience grounded in conceptual design engineering, EPCI, Commissioning, Start Up and Steady State Operations. His industry experience includes employment with Engineering Consultancy (Granherne), Engineering Contractor (Technip) and Operating Company (Woodside), based in locations across Western Australia and also internationally (UK).
Mike currently leads a multi-discipline team of engineers across two locations, responsible for providing frontline engineering support to an operational facility. Prior to this he held advisory roles in Pre-Production and Major Projects including Browse FLNG.
His skills are centred on an ability to inﬂuence and integrate teams and individuals, supporting a proven track record of delivering technical and business solutions. He shows passion for continuous improvement, professional development and learning through collaboration.
Governor - Renee Rugless
Renee is a high performing business improvement and marketing leader with over 15 years’ experience developing growth and business development strategies, client relationship management programs, capture and pursuit planning, strategic marketing and communications for professional services firms in Western Australia and New South Wales.
Having started my professional career in WA’s Oil and Gas sector in 2004, I quickly came to learn that Perth has a lot to offer. The talent and innovation that has driven our sector forward motivates me as an individual to help shine a spotlight on the next generation of amazing innovators who will be real game changers for our industry. I look forward to building our membership to include these talented individuals, develop strategies where we can help influence and connect innovative ideas amongst our membership, support social networking and engagement across all ages and continue to provide a highly collegiate speaking program.