Chris Rowe - BA, MA Economics and Law - Chairman
Chris Rowe graduated from Cambridge University in Economics and Law. Chris practised in the UK and Perth where he consulted to both the oil and gas and hard rock sectors of the resource industry before becoming the Executive Chairman of Cultus Petroleum NL in 1979 where he served until 1990. During his tenure, the company participated in a number of commercial discoveries in Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Subsequently, Chris was Chairman of UTS Energy and International Oiltex, both of which are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Chris is currently Chair of ASX-listed Northern Star Resources Ltd. He is also the Chairman of fund manager Hawkesbridge Private Equity Pty Ltd and Blue Ocean Monitoring Pty Ltd.
In addition to his resource-related activities, Chris was one of the Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission into "WA Inc" and has served on the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) of Western Australia as both a member and as Deputy Chairman.
Laurence Roe - BSc - Managing Director
Laurence Roe is a petroleum professional with over 30 years experience gained in the industry both in Australian and international projects. He commenced his career with Santos Limited, subsequently taking a senior technical position with Magellan Petroleum Australia Limited, where he was later appointed Exploration Manager. While with Magellan, he had substantial involvement with US and other international projects.
In 1997, Laurence left Magellan to start a consulting practice, working for a number of Australian explorers in domestic and international projects. In 2001, he was appointed Exploration Manager for Bounty Oil & Gas NL, responsible for its portfolio of Australian and international acreage. He was later appointed as Managing Director. In 2006, he co-founded Target Energy Limited.
His experience encompasses most Australian sedimentary basins, as well as the USA, New Zealand, Mauritania, Tanzania, Canada, Indonesia, Belize and Argentina.
Stephen Mann is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and has more than 30 years of experience in public practice.
Stephen was Managing Partner in BDO Chartered Accountants and Advisors and established its Corporate Finance Division. Since 2003, Stephan has been Chief Financial Officer of, and, more recently, a consultant to, the Nacap Asia Pacific Group - a large Dutch group that specialises in oil and gas pipeline construction.
He is also a Director of Investmet Limited (a significant shareholder in Target Energy), a Non-Executive Director of the ASX-listed company Pegasus Metals Ltd and a Non-Executive Director of Altus Renewables Ltd, an unlisted public company.
Rowan Caren, BCom, CA - Company Secretary
Rowan Caren graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He commenced his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, working for them in Australia and overseas for six years.
Rowan has been directly involved in the exploration industry for a further 12 years, initially with a minerals explorer based in Perth, but with operations in South America and Asia, for which he served as an executive director and company secretary.
In 2004 he created a specialist company secretarial and advisory consultancy, which provides financial and corporate services to several listed and unlisted companies involved in the resources, industrial and property sectors.
Don L. Sytsma, BSc-Accounting, CPA - VP (Finance) TELA (USA) Inc
Don Sytsma has 30 years financial, commercial and accounting experience in the oil and gas industry in the upstream and midstream segments. He has previously served as Chief Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer of Lucas Energy Inc. (LEI: NYSE:AMEX) and multiple microcap OTC stock exchange traded oil and gas exploration and production companies. He is a prior Executive Committee member of the North American Energy Standards Board and has co-chaired various industry standards subcommittees. He currently provides CFO-related services and public company SEC compliance filing assistance to both domestic and international entities with US-based oil and gas operations.
Don graduated with highest distinction with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Indiana University, and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas.