APPEA Management & Staff

APPEA has more than 30 full-time staff working in areas such as policy, events, administration and communications.

Its head office is in Canberra and it also has offices in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Darwin.

Senior Management


David Byers

Chief Executive

David has spent more than 20 years in the oil and gas industry. He is a former Chief Executive of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), a leading national economic research and policy forum.


Noel Mullen

Deputy Chief Executive — Access, Fiscal & Corporate

Noel is responsible for reviewing and providing recommendations on commercial, fiscal and access issues. He was a previously a senior officer in the Department of Primary Industries and Energy’s petroleum taxation division.


Stedman Ellis

Chief Operating Officer — Western Region

Stedman manages APPEA’s WA, South Australia and NT advocacy and policy development. He has held senior government and industry roles in regulation and policy, stakeholder engagement and advocacy for more than 25 years.


Paul Fennelly

Chief Operating Officer — Eastern Region

Paul's extensive career in business and government includes senior executive roles with the Australian Industry Group, Queensland's Department of State Development, Innovation and Trade, and Hastings Funds Management, Westpac.

20150224: Portrait of Michael Bradley. Portrait by Sean Davey.

Michael Bradley

Director — External Affairs

Michael is responsible for APPEA’s external communications, branding, media and government relations, and marketing. He joined APPEA in 2010 after more than a decade working as a journalist, media advisor and political advisor.


Damian Dwyer

Director — Economics

Damian is responsible for APPEA's economic, trade, climate and energy markets analysis and policies. His 20-year public policy career includes positions as an economist at another industry association and in the Australian Public Service.


Cath Sutton

Company Secretary & Director — Support Services

Cath heads APPEA’s finance and administrative team. With APPEA since 1994, she was previously Chief Financial Officer at the Real Estate Institute and worked in the print industry.


Miranda Taylor

Director — Safety, Environment & Skills

Miranda is responsible for advocacy, policy development and collaborative industry projects in the environment, labour, skills and safety areas. She has held high-level health, safety & environment roles in the public sector and in industry.


Rick Wilkinson

Chief Technical Officer

Rick has worked in operations, project management and commercial areas of the oil and gas industry for more than 25 years.