APPEA has about 30 staff working in areas such as policy, events, advocacy, administration and communications, including an Executive team

APPEA’s head office is located in Canberra and the association has offices in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Canberra (Head Office)

Chief Executive
Andrew McConville
Deputy Chief Executive
Damian Dwyer
Director Government Relations
Ashley Wells
Deputy Director Policy
Karan Sharma
Media Manager
Brad Watts
Finance Manager
Tracey Pinto
Finance Officer
Anne Lowe
Office Manager and Chief Executive Support
Alanna Simmons
Corporate Communications Manager
Debra Surman


Director Queensland
Georgy Mayo
Director Member Relations and Events
Julie Hood
Director Northern Territory and Exploration
Keld Knudsen
Policy Director Queensland
Matthew Paull
Manager Member Relations and Events
Jason Avery
Manager Member Relations and Events
Karen Spillane
CRM Administrator
Karen Patterson
Executive Assistant and Administration Coordinator (Queensland)
Kathy Crawford


Director Western Australia and SA
Claire Wilkinson
Director Environment, Health and Safety
Jason Medd
Senior Policy Adviser EHS
Luke Earnshaw
Manager Member Relations and Events
Daniela Dwyer
Corporate Communications Manager
Robbie Williamson


Director Commercial
Simon Staples
Director Public Affairs
Sarah Browne
Executive Assistant
and Project Support
Emily Ryan
Content Coordinator
Ewen Hosie