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

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.