APPEA Management & Staff

APPEA has about 25 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, Melbourne, Adelaide and Darwin.

Senior Management

Malcolm Roberts

Chief Executive

Dr Roberts was previously Chairman of the Queensland Competition Authority. He has held senior roles at several industry associations and has worked as a ministerial policy adviser and in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Noel Mullen

Deputy Chief Executive

Noel is responsible for APPEA’s commercial, fiscal and access policy and advocacy. He was previously a senior officer in the Department of Primary Industries and Energy’s petroleum taxation division.

Matthew Doman

Director — External Affairs

Matt is a former journalist and press secretary to federal Cabinet Ministers. He has also held senior corporate affairs roles at Santos and has worked closely with industry, government and regional communities in South Australia and the NT.

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.

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 of experience in the public and private sectors, including senior roles in business, industry associations and in federal politics. He has worked for senior ministers and shadow ministers and most recently was the policy director for the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.

Sarah Browne

Director - Communications

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