APPEA’s Executive team is based in office locations across Australia.

Board Member

Damian Dwyer

Acting 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.
Board Member

Sarah Browne

Director Public Affairs

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.
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Julie Hood

Director Member Relations & Events

Julie is responsible for ensuring APPEA delivers maximum engagement and information sharing for its members. She also directs the APPEA events team, delivering top-quality oil and gas industry events, in particular the flagship APPEA Conference & Exhibition.
Board Member

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.
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Simon Staples

Director Policy & Capital Markets

Simon leads APPEA’s commercial and investment policy stream, as well as its ESG program. Simon has over 15 years’ experience with expertise in financial markets, the resources sector, and public policy, regulation and administration.
Board Member

Ashley Wells

Director Government Relations

Ashley has 20 years of 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.
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Claire Wilkinson

Director Western Australia and South Australia

Claire joined APPEA from Total E&P Australia where she worked as Asset Manager for Total’s participation in the Ichthys LNG joint venture, and prior to that worked at Shell, as a ministerial advisor in Canberra and as a financial journalist in London.

Matthew Paull

Queensland Director

Matthew is our Queensland State Director and is also responsible for onshore EPBC policy. He has deep experience in oil and gas regulation, over 20 years in experience in public policy, and has held senior positions in the federal government.

Cassandra Schmidt

Director Northern Territory

Cassy, an Environmental Scientist with more than 20 years' experience in the industry, brings a great deal of regulatory and EIA experience to APPEA. She previously worked with exploration companies in the Beetaloo Basin and operational facilities in the top end of Australia and the North Sea.