Board of Directors and Management


Mr Alexander Parks

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director


Mr Alexander Parks was appointed to the Board as Chief Executive Officer and  Managing Director on 2 November 2017. Mr Parks previously served as Non-Executive Director since 18 February 2016. Mr Parks is an energy expert with over 20 years’ of experience in the oil and gas industry, commencing as a petroleum engineer with RPS Energy Australia (formerly Troy-Ikoda, UK & Australia) in 1997. Mr Parks has managed companies and company projects in Australia, SE Asia, North America, New Zealand, Europe, FSU and North Africa. Projects have included onshore and offshore exploration, development, production and significant new ventures and transactions. Recently Mr Parks has focussed on building a sound knowledge of unconventional oil and gas plays in North America. Mr Parks has a Petroleum Engineering degree from Imperial College, London, is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), is a Member of both the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA) and Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). Mr Parks is currently a Director of Tamaska Oil & Gas Ltd (ASX:TMK), he has previously held the positions of Chief Commercial Officer at Cue Energy Resources Ltd, CEO of Mosaic Oil NL, CEO of Otto Energy Ltd, Director of TMK Montney Ltd, and Technical Director at RPS Energy.

 Jaap Poll

Mr Jaap Poll

Non-Executive Director and Chairman

Jaap Poll was born in the Dutch Indies (now Indonesia) and attended High
School and University in Holland, where he obtained a BSC, MSC and a
PHD in Structural Geology from the University of Leiden.
He has Dutch & Australian passports and learned 6 languages.
He commenced his career in the oil industry with Shell and worked in
Central America, Europe, the Middle East and Australia. In 1973 Jaap
decided to stay in Australia and joined Woodside. He became Technical
Advisor to the Woodside Board and E&P Manager of Woodside subsidiary
Vamgas between 1973 and 1980.
Jaap moved to Perth in 1980 with his family to set up a Canadian subsidiary
Ranger Oil, which later changed its name to Petroz. 
In 1992, Jaap was appointed CEO of Oil Search in Port Moresby. He staffed
up Oil Search as it moved into production after ~60 years of exploration.
Since 1994, Jaap assisted companies acquiring petroleum interests
worldwide in Argentina, Vietnam, Mozambique, Thailand, Indonesia, The
Philippines, Europe, Russia and the last 20 years extensively in Turkey.
In 2014, Jaap acquired petroleum interests in Turkey and floated Ottoman
Energy which discovered 10 small gas fields before selling out and reinvesting
in offshore oil development in the Philippines.
Jaap became Chairman of ASX listed Sun Resources between February and October 2016.
Jaap obtained several “Best Paper” awards and was awarded Distinguished
Life Membership of the Australian Petroleum Society. He was awarded the
Australian “Legend” Status by “Excellence in Energy”.
Jaap is an Accredited Arbitrator and Mediator (Uni. of Adelaide) and has
been an active Rotarian since 1992.


Mr Troy Hayden

Non-Excecutive Director


Mr Hayden has more than 27 years’ experience in the upstream oil and gas industry. He was the CEO/Managing Director at ASX listed, Tap Oil for 6 years and worked at Woodside Petroleum Limited for 12 years, where he held several positions, including Treasurer, Acting CFO, Vice President of the USA Business Unit based in Louisiana, and Vice President of the Pluto Business Unit. Mr Hayden spent two and a half years living in Louisiana whilst working for Woodside (USA), where he worked on Woodside’s Gulf of Mexico operating assets and exploration portfolio. Troy has worked on numerous oil and gas asset acquisitions, divestments and M&A transactions.Troy is currently a non-executive director of ASX listed Global Oil and Gas Limited and is the part time Business Development Manager at Transborder Energy, a small-scale Floating LNG company



Sonu Cheema – Company Secretary & Chief Financial Officer 

Mr Sonu Cheema, B.Com (Curtin University) CPA

Mr Cheema is a Director at Cicero Group Pty Ltd and have over 12 years’ experience working with public and private companies in Australia and abroad. Roles and responsibilities include financial control, preparation of statutory financial reporting, investor relations, initial public offers (IPO), reverse takeovers (RTO), management of capital raising activities, project management and audit management. Mr Cheema currently serve as a Non-executive Director and Company Secretary for Avira Resources Limited (ASX: AVW), Austin Metals Limited (ASX: AYT) & Technology Metals Australia Limited (ASX: TMT). He is also a Company Secretary for eMetals Limited (ASX: EMT), Yojee Limited (ASX: YOJ) and Comet Resources Limited (ASX: CRL).