APPEA Management & Staff

APPEA has about 30 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, Melbourne, Adelaide and Darwin.

Senior Management

Andrew McConville

Chief Executive

Andrew has extensive international experience in advocacy, policy, corporate affairs and issues management after recently working in Switzerland as Global Head of External Affairs and Communications for Syngenta.

Damian Dwyer

Deputy Chief Executive

Damian is responsible for APPEA's economic, trade, climate and energy markets analysis and policies. His 25-year public policy career includes positions as an economist at another industry association and in the Australian Public Service.

Simon Staples

Director — Commercial

Simon has over 12 years experience across the Australian Tax Office and Commonwealth Treasury. In recent roles as Senior Director at the ATO, Simon led the ATO’s energy and resources industry strategy, assurance and audit teams.

Georgy Mayo

Director — Queensland

Georgy most recently worked as the Director Resource Policy for the Queensland Resources Council as well as a Director of the Queensland Exploration Council. She has also previously worked for Origin Energy.

Claire Wilkinson

Director — Western Australia

Claire has a wealth of experience in the oil and gas sector. She joins APPEA after working for Total E&P Australia as Asset Manager for Total’s involvement in the Ichthys LNG joint venture with INPEX.

Matthew Doman

Director — External Affairs

Matt worked as a journalist in Australia, Latin America and the USA before serving as a press secretary to federal Cabinet Ministers. He's held senior corporate affairs roles at Santos, working with industry, government and regional communities.

Julie Hood

Director — Events and Member Relations

Julie joined APPEA in 2001 after working for several years at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. She is responsible for delivering top-quality oil and gas industry events, in particular the APPEA Conference & Exhibition.

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.

Ashley Wells

Director – Federal Government Relations

Ashley has 20 years experience in the public and private sectors, including senior roles in business, industry associations and federal politics. He has worked for senior ministers, shadow ministers and was previously at FCAI.

Keld Knudsen

Director - Northern Territory, Exploration and Onshore Environment

Keld is experienced in policy, communications and government relations with an in-depth understanding of the upstream petroleum industry, energy markets and related policy issues.

Sarah Browne

Director - Communications

Sarah is responsible for APPEA’s broader community and stakeholder engagement program. Previously a senior advisor to Premiers and Ministers, Sarah most recently worked with a global consultancy specialising in public affairs campaigns.

Jason Medd

Director - Environment, Health and Safety

Jason is responsible for APPEA’s Environment, Health and Safety policy and advocacy. His 20-year career includes senior positions within government petroleum policy and reform, the petroleum industry and advocacy.