Nicholas mATHER, eXECUTIVE chairman
B.Sc (Hons. Geology)
Nicholas Mather has been involved in the junior resource sector at all levels for 34 years during which time he has been instrumental in the creation of resource companies with aggregate market caps at takeover and currently of approximately $6.8Bn.
He is currently CEO of SolGold plc, heading up a tier 1 copper gold porphyry in Ecuador driving the market capitalisation to £630 million. Nick also sits on the board of IronRidge Resources, Aus Tin Mining, Dark Horse Resources and Lakes Oil.
Nick is Managing Director and co-founder of DGR Global Limited (ASX) and was:
- co-founder and served as an Executive Director of Arrow Energy NL until 2004. Arrow Energy was acquired in 2010 by Shell and PetroChina, for a value of approximately $3.5 billion.
- founder and Chairman of Waratah Coal Inc. until December 2008 when it was acquired for $130m.
- a co-founder and Non-Executive Director of Bow Energy Limited until its recent takeover by Arrow Energy Pty Ltd in January 2012 for approximately $550 million
Nick also drove, as CEO, the discovery of the Pooncarie Mineral Sands project for BeMaX Resources prior to its purchase (£350 million) and the generation of the bulk of the asset base for Northern Energy ($250 million). He was a founding director of Orbis Gold which was sold in 2014 for AU$178 million and sub underwrote the refinancing of Ballarat Gold prior to its AU$500 million takeover by Lihir Gold.
Stephen Bizzell, Non-executive director
Stephen is the Chairman of boutique corporate advisory and funds management group Bizzell Capital Partners Pty Ltd. He is currently also a director of ASX listed Stanmore Coal Ltd, Renascor Resources Ltd, UIL Energy Ltd and Laneway Resources Ltd.
He is also a former director of Queensland Treasury Corporation, Diversa Ltd, Apollo Gas Ltd and Dart Energy Ltd.
Stephen was previously an Executive Director of Arrow Energy Ltd from 1999 until its $3.5 billion acquisition by Shell and PetroChina in 2010.
Stephen was a co-founder and Non-Executive Director of Bow Energy Limited until its takeover by Arrow Energy Ltd in January 2012 for approximately $550 million.
He qualified as a Chartered Accountant, has considerable experience and success in the fields of corporate restructuring, debt and equity financing, and mergers and acquisitions and has over 25 years’ corporate finance and public company management experience.
william stubbs, non-executive director
William (Bill) is a lawyer of 35 years experience and has previously worked with Executive Chairman Nicholas Mather on the boards of numerous emerging globally significant resource companies. He is the co-founder of the legal firm Stubbs Barbeler and has practised extensively in the area of Commercial Law including Stock Exchange listings and all areas of mining law.
Bill has held the position of director of various public companies over the past 25 years in the mineral exploration and biotech fields. He is also the former Chairman of Alchemia Limited, and BeMax Resources N.L which discovered and developed extensive mineral sands resources in the Murray Basin. He was the founding Chairman of Arrow Energy NL which originally pioneered coal seam gas development in Queensland’s Bowen and Surat Basins from 1998, and is now a world-wide coal seam gas company. He is also a former Non-Executive Director of Coalbank Limited.
Mr. Stubbs currently also acts as the Non-Executive Chairman of DGR Global Limited and as a Director of Lakes Oil.
roland sleeman, non-executive director
Roland has 34 years experience in oil and gas as well as utilities and infrastructure.
Roland has served in senior management roles, including with Eastern Star Gas Limited as Chief Commercial Officer and AGL as General Manager of the Goldfields Gas Pipeline.
Roland is currently Chief Executive Officer of Lakes Oil.
Matthew Beach, Non-Executive Director
Matthew is a finance and investment professional with over 20 years' experience in acquiring, building and selling businesses across a range of industries both domestically and internationally.
Matthew is a partner at MH Carnegie & Co, a leading private equity and alternative asset manager. He was the founding CEO of Global Aviation Asset Management (GAAM), an international aircraft leasing business. Matthew grew GAAM from a start-up to a fleet of 53 commercial aircraft, valued at $2 billion, and successfully sold the portfolio to the NYSE-listed FLY Leasing Limited in October 2011.
Matthew was previously an Executive Director at the Liberman Family's LJCB Investment Group, one of Australia's largest family offices. He has worked on M&A transactions in industries ranging from aviation and property to advertising and marketing, and has experience in capital markets transactions, preparing businesses for IPO, managing the underwriting of equity capital raisings and preparing bidder's statements for ASX takeovers.
Roger Cressey, chief executive officer
Roger joined Armour in November 2011 as General Manager - Infrastructure and Project Development.
Prior to joining Armour, Roger has been involved in the oil and gas industry for 20 years, mainly in project management roles involving the design, construction and commissioning of gas pipelines and processing plants, and also refinery upgrades.
During that time, he worked on major projects for clients such as Chevron, Santos, Caltex ($320m), Origin and many others; across Australia, in PNG and Indonesia.
Since joining Armour, Roger has been involved with operations management of Armour’s petroleum exploration activities and more recently on the management of the Kincora Project restart. His management responsibilities have involved corporate and operational functions as well as Native Title negotiations, Government and stakeholder liaison, and contracts management for drilling, seismic surveys and other service providers.
Luke titus, chief geologist
Luke has extensive experience in progressing exploration plays into both resources and reserves for both private and public companies.
Luke gained his Bachelor of Science from Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado. He has over 17 years’ experience in both conventional and unconventional oil and gas exploration and development in the US, Australia, Africa, Canada, Central and South America.
He is a member of AAPG, SPE, SPWLA.
Luke has been instrumental in the development of Armour’s subsurface program across all projects and most recently and relevantly the Roma Shelf Project
Priy jayasuriya, Chief financial officer
B. Com, CA
Priy is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years' experience in public practice and has a broad knowledge over a number of industries.
Priy has worked as a chartered accountant in Australia, Singapore and the United States of America and brings a range of expertise in the areas of due diligence, internal control, corporate governance, international financial reporting and statutory compliance.
He has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions and has been actively involved in multiple IPOs on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and the London Alternative Investments Market (AIM).
Priy commenced his career with Ernst & Young and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Queensland and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
Peter Ashford - Chief Commercial Officer
M.Eng (Chem), FAICD, FIChemE
Peter joined Armour in May 2017 as Chief Commercial Officer.
He has over 34 years of oil and gas experience and a broad experience covering technical, commercial and general business management including extensive international experience. Peter's most recent appointments include General Manager for Origin’s interests in their coal seam gas to LNG business (5 years - to 2015) and Project Director for Origin’s US$1 billion Kupe Gas Project offshore North Island New Zealand (5 years – to 2010). Peter has also worked for Shell International (17 years – including 3 years at Woodside), for a small oil and gas start-up oil company (West Oil) and in Management Consulting.
Peter is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Peter Dingle - OPerations Manager
Peter has over 20 years of hands on management experience in the minerals and oil & gas industries, in global corporate environments as well as site-based roles in Australia and abroad.
Prior to joining Armour, Peter was Operations Manager and Site Safety Manager for WestSide’s Meridian CSG field:
- maintaining a zero Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate rate through over 300,000 hours of operations;
- effectively managing an Operating & Maintenance work program to a $20m yearly budget, coordinating a rolling development and exploration program in excess of $50m annually; and
- ensuring licence to operate through full compliance with all stakeholders.
Peter has significant commercial experience, including global strategic procurement with BHP Billiton and Vale (responsible for supply contracts >$100m USD), project contracts & materials control with Alcan (Gove G3 >$3bn USD) and BHP Billiton (Ravensthorpe Nickel >$2bn USD), and operational supply chain management with Wesfarmers (>$400m annual spend, >$30m inventory).