Leadership at Santos

Santos leadership includes the board members and the management leadership team, comprising both the executive team ("Excom") and key non-executive leaders. 

The Board is responsible for overseeing the performance and operations of the Company. The Board’s overriding objective is to safely and sustainably increase shareholder value within a business framework which protects shareholders’ interests. The Board seeks to ensure that management implements sound strategies and develops an integrated framework of risk management and control.

Board Directors

Keith Spence

Chairman

BSc (First Class Honours in Geophysics), FAIM

Mr Spence is an independent non-executive Director. He joined the Board on 1 January 2018 and became Chairman on 19 February 2018. He is Chairman of Santos Finance Ltd and Chair of the Nomination Committee.

Mr Spence has over 40 years’ experience in managing and governing oil and gas operations in Australia, Papua New Guinea, the Netherlands and Africa.

A geologist and geophysicist by training, Mr Spence commenced his career as an exploration geologist with Woodside Petroleum Limited in 1977. He subsequently joined Shell (Development) Australia, where he worked for 18 years. In 1994 he was seconded to Woodside to lead the North West Shelf Exploration team. In 1998, he left Shell to join Woodside. He retired from Woodside in 2008 after a 14-year tenure in top executive positions in the company, including Chief Operating Officer and Acting Chief Executive Officer. Upon his retirement he took up several board positions, including Clough Limited, where he served as Chairman from 2010 to 2013, Geodynamics Limited where he served as a non-executive Director from 2008 to 2016 (including as Chairman from 2010 to 2016) and Oil Search Limited, where he served as a non-executive Director from 2012 to 2017. Mr Spence is also a past Chair of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority Board and led the Commonwealth Government’s Carbon Storage Taskforce reporting to the Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism.

Mr Spence is currently Chairman of Base Resources Limited (since 2015) and a non-executive Director of Independence Group NL (since 2014) and Murray and Roberts Holdings Limited (since 2015).

Kevin Gallagher

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

BEng (Mechanical) Hons, FIEAust

Mr Gallagher joined Santos as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on 1 February 2016, bringing more than 25 years’ international experience in managing oil and gas operations. Mr Gallagher is a member of the Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Committee and is also a Director of Santos Finance Limited.

Mr Gallagher commenced his career as a drilling engineer with Mobil North Sea, before joining Woodside in Australia in 1998. At Woodside, Mr Gallagher led the drilling organisation through rapid growth, delivering several Australian and international development projects and exploration campaigns, before leading the Australian oil business. Then, as CEO of the North West Shelf Venture, he was responsible for production from Australia’s first ever LNG project, which underpinned a new domestic gas market, fuelling the mining sector and other industries in Western Australia. In 2011 Mr Gallagher joined Clough Limited as CEO and Managing Director where, over four years, he transformed the business and delivered record financial results. He oversaw the development of innovative programs to improve safety and drive productivity and executed an international expansion strategy.

Since joining Santos with a strong track record in transforming underperforming operations, Mr Gallagher has restructured the company and implemented a disciplined low-cost operating model. He has significantly strengthened the balance sheet, improved production and financial performance, and positioned the company on a sustainable growth trajectory around a portfolio of long-life natural gas assets with some exciting oil and liquids opportunities in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Yasmin Allen

BCom FAICD

Ms Allen is an independent non-executive Director. She joined the Board on 22 October 2014 and is the Chair of the People and Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Nomination Committee.

Ms Allen has extensive experience in finance and investment banking, including senior roles at Deutsche Bank AG, ANZ and HSBC Group Plc, as former Chairman of Macquarie Global Infrastructure Funds, and a former Director of EFIC (Export, Finance and Insurance Corporation). She is a Director of Cochlear Limited (since 2010), chairs its Audit Committee and is a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

Ms Allen is also Director of ASX Limited (since 2015), a Director of the ASX Clearing and Settlement boards and a member of its Audit Committee.

Ms Allen is also a Director of the National Portrait Gallery and is a member of the George Institute for Global Health Board. She is Chair of Advance, was appointed a member of the Australian Government Takeovers Panel in March 2017 and is a member (and former Council member) of Chief Executive Women.

Ms Allen is a former non-executive Director of Insurance Australia Group Limited (2004 to 2015) and a former national Director (2010 to 2016), and acting Chair (2015 to 2016), of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Guy Cowan

BSc (Hons) Engineering, FCA (UK) MAICD

Mr Cowan is an independent non-executive Director. He joined the Board on 10 May 2016 and is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and a Director of Santos Finance Limited.

Mr Cowan had a 23-year career with Shell International in various senior commercial and financial roles. His last two roles were as CFO and Director of Shell Oil USand CFO of Shell Nigeria. He was

CFO of Fonterra Co-operative Ltd between 2005 and 2009.

Mr Cowan is currently Chairman of Queensland Sugar Limited (since 2015) and a past Director of UGL Limited (2008 to 2017) where he chaired the Health and Safety Committee. Mr Cowan is also a former Director of Coffey International (2012 to 2016) and Ludowici Limited (2009 to 2012) where he chaired the Audit and Risk Committees for both companies. Mr Cowan was also a Shell-appointed alternative director of Woodside between 1992 and 1995.

Hock Goh

BEng (Hons) Mech Eng

Mr Goh is an independent non-executive Director. He joined the Board on 22 October 2012 and is a member of the Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Committee, Audit and Risk Committee and Nomination Committee.

Mr Goh has more than 30 years’ experience in the global oil and gas industry, having spent 25 years with Schlumberger Limited, including as President of Network and Infrastructure Solutions division in London, President of Asia, and Vice President and General Manager of China. He previously held managerial and staff positions in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

Mr Goh is Chairman of MEC Resources Ltd (since 2006) and of Advent Energy Ltd (since 2007). He is a non-executive Director of Stora Enso Oyj (Finland) (since 2012), AB SKF (Sweden) (since 2014) and Vesuvius PLC (UK) (since 2015).

He was previously a non-executive Director of BPH Energy Ltd (2007 to 2015), an Operating Partner of Baird Capital Partners Asia, based in China, (2007 to 2012), and a non-executive Director of Xaloy Holding Inc in the US (2006 to 2008).

Peter Hearl

BComm (with Merit), FAICD

Mr Hearl is an independent nonexecutive Director. He joined the Board on 10 May 2016 and is Chair of the Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Committee and a member of the People and Remuneration Committee and the Nomination Committee.

During an 18-year career in the oil industry with Exxon in Australia and the USA, he held a variety of senior marketing, operations, logistics and strategic planning positions. Mr Hearl joined YUM Brands (formerly PepsiCo) as KFC Australia’s Director of Operations in 1991 and subsequently had several senior international leadership roles as well as being President of Pizza Hut USA, before assuming the global role of YUM Brands’ Chief Operating and Development Officer in 2006, based in Dallas, Texas and Louisville, Kentucky.

He is currently a non-executive Director of Australia’s largest telecommunications company, Telstra Ltd (since 2014), and chairs its Remuneration Committee.

Mr Hearl is a former non-executive Director of the Australian listed global wine company, Treasury Wine Estates (2012 to 2017), where he chaired the Remuneration Committee and served on the Audit and Risk Committee. He was also a nonexecutive Director of Goodman Fielder Ltd from 2010 until that company was sold to overseas interests in 2015.

Dr Vanessa Guthrie

Hon DSc, PhD, BSc (Hons)

Dr Guthrie is an independent non-executive Director. She joined the Board on 1 July 2017 and is a member of the Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Committee.

Dr Guthrie has more than 30 years’ experience in the resources sector in diverse roles such as operations, environment, community and indigenous affairs, corporate development and sustainability.

She has qualifications in geology, environment, law and business management including a PhD in Geology. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Curtin University in 2017 for her contribution to sustainability, innovation and policy leadership in the resources industry.

Dr Guthrie is the former Managing Director and CEO of Toro Energy Limited (2013 to 2016) and VP Sustainable Development at Woodside Energy, and is currently Chair of the Minerals Council of Australia, Deputy Chair of the WACA, a non-executive Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Vimy Resources Limited (since 2017), and Adelaide Brighton Limited (since 2018), and a Council member of Curtin University.

She is an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Guan Yu


Mr Yu Guan is a non-executive Director. He joined the Board on 3 May 2019 as a nominee of a substantial shareholder.

Mr Guan has more than 22 years of professional experience, including five years in China’s Ministry of Power and State Power Cooperation, and 18 years in management roles in multi-national companies. His industry experience covers power and energy in China and the US. His specialties include corporate management, business management, corporate M&A, and investment and construction management for large-scale power and energy infrastructures.

Mr Guan is currently the President and board member of ENN Ecological (since June 2018). His previous roles include General Manager for International Business Development at Shell (China) Ltd., Board Chairman of Sinopec/Shell YueYang Coal Gasification Co. Ltd., General Manager of Shell (China) Projects & Technology Ltd., Global General Manager for Commercial and New Business Development of Shell Gasification, China Director of Energy Management Business Unit of Schneider Electric.

Leadership Team

Kevin Gallagher

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

BEng (Mechanical) Hons, FEIAust

Mr Gallagher joined Santos as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on 1 February 2016, bringing more than 25 years’ international experience in managing oil and gas operations. Mr Gallagher is a member of the Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Committee and is also a Director of Santos Finance Limited.

Mr Gallagher commenced his career as a drilling engineer with Mobil North Sea, before joining Woodside in Australia in 1998. At Woodside, Mr Gallagher led the drilling organisation through rapid growth, delivering several Australian and international development projects and exploration campaigns, before leading the Australian oil business. Then, as CEO of the North West Shelf Venture, he was responsible for production from Australia’s first ever LNG project, which underpinned a new domestic gas market, fuelling the mining sector and other industries in Western Australia. In 2011 Mr Gallagher joined Clough Limited as CEO and Managing Director where, over four years, he transformed the business and delivered record financial results. He oversaw the development of innovative programs to improve safety and drive productivity and executed an international expansion strategy.

Since joining Santos with a strong track record in transforming underperforming operations, Mr Gallagher has restructured the company and implemented a disciplined low-cost operating model. He has significantly strengthened the balance sheet, improved production and financial performance, and positioned the company on a sustainable growth trajectory around a portfolio of long-life natural gas assets with some exciting oil and liquids opportunities in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

David Banks

Executive Vice President Onshore Oil & Gas

BE (Hons), MBA, GAICD

David joined Santos in 2018 and is responsible for Santos’ onshore upstream business.

David has over 25 years international and domestic experience in the upstream oil and gas industry. He started his career with Schlumberger in Southeast Asia before joining BHP in Australia in 1994. Whilst at BHP, David’s roles included operational, technical and functional leadership roles including General Manager Shale Oil, Vice President HSE, Vice President Shale Drilling & Completion and Bass Strait Asset Manager. Beyond business and function leadership, David led BHP’s Petroleum Transformation and was Integration Manager for US shale assets

Philip Byrne

Executive Vice President Marketing, Trading & Commercial

MA (Natural Science), MSc, DIC (Petroleum Geology)

Philip joined Santos in August 2017 and has responsibility for the marketing and trading of all of Santos gas, LNG and liquid hydrocarbon products as well as the commercial function.

Philip has over 35 years' experience in the international oil and gas industry, starting his career as a Petroleum Geologist in the North Sea with Hamilton Brothers Oil & Gas. He subsequently spent 14 years with the BG Group in senior commercial and exploration leadership roles in the UK, Europe, Tunisia and India. He spent a further seven years with BHP Petroleum including General Manager Pakistan, President Gas Marketing Asia/Australia, and Country Manager Petroleum Australia. Philip was then seconded as President of the North West Shelf Australia LNG organisation, which is the marketing arm of the North West Shelf LNG project.

Most recently, Philip was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nido Petroleum an ASX listed company with oil production and exploration acreage in the Philippines.

Brett Darley

Executive Vice President Offshore Oil & Gas

BEng (Civil), SPE

Brett joined Santos in December 2018. He has more than 28 years’ experience in the upstream oil and gas industry, both in Australia and overseas, with technical, operational, commercial and management experience across varied assets, onshore and offshore.

Before moving to Santos, Brett held senior leadership roles including Chief Executive Officer of Quadrant Energy, Managing Director and Region Vice President for Apache Energy Limited, Vice President of Drilling & Completions at Woodside Energy and Drilling Manager at Santos.

Brett holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Queensland and is a Chartered Engineer. He is a current member of the Curtin Business School Advisory Council, an elected member of the General Council of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA, and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

Angus Jaffray

Executive Vice President People & Sustainability

BA (Hons) Geography, MBA

Angus joined Santos in 2016, and was appointed Executive Vice President People & Sustainability in February 2019, with responsibility for human resources, remuneration and performance, organisational and learning development, sustainability, and organisational integration.

He previously held the roles of Executive Vice President Strategy, Business Development & Technology and Executive Vice President Organisational Integration.

Angus has over 20 years of leadership and consulting experience as a Director of Azure Consulting, a Partner at The Boston Consulting Group and a Supply Chain Manager with the global packaging group Crown Cork and Seal.

At Azure Consulting Angus supported companies in developing strategy and driving organisational change. At BCG Angus set up the Perth office, led the Australian Operations practice and was a core member of both the Mining & Metals practice and the Energy Practice. He served clients in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and North America building strong capabilities in strategy, operational efficiency and running transformation programs. As a Supply Chain Manager Angus was accountable for procurement, planning, logistics and product delivery.

Naomi James

Executive Vice President Midstream Infrastructure

LLB (Hons), MLM

Naomi joined Santos in 2016 and is responsible for maximising the utilisation and value of Santos’ midstream infrastructure, including oil and gas processing facilities at Moomba and Port Bonython and LNG facilities in the GLNG and DLNG projects.

Previously Naomi was Executive Vice President EHS and Governance, with responsibility for Santos’ risk and audit, legal, company secretary, sustainability, safety, environment and access functions.

Prior to joining Santos, Naomi held a range of functional and line leadership roles with Arrium including Chief Executive of the Group's non-integrated steel businesses, Chief Legal Officer and Chief Executive, Strategy, leading major acquisitions and divestments, business restructuring and turnaround and the legal, company secretary, government affairs and strategy functions. 

Naomi has previously worked in private practice at law firms in Australia and the UK.

Anthony Neilson

Chief Financial Officer

B.Comm; MBA; FFin; FCA

Anthony joined Santos as Chief Financial Officer in 2016, and is responsible for the finance, tax, treasury, strategy, business development, investor relations and IT functions. He brings over 20 years' experience in chartered accounting, banking and corporate financial roles including 15 years' experience in the upstream and downstream oil and gas industry.

Prior to joining Santos, Anthony was CEO of Roc Oil Company Ltd (ROC), which was acquired in 2014 by Hong Kong-listed investor Fosun International Limited. Previously, Anthony was Chief Financial Officer of ROC (ASX listed) and has held commercial, finance and business services roles at Caltex Australia, Credit Suisse First Boston (London) and Arthur Andersen (Sydney).

Anthony holds a Masters of Business Administration from AGSM and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Bill Ovenden

Executive Vice President Exploration & New Ventures

BSc (Hons) Geology and Geophysics

Bill joined Santos in 2002, and is accountable for developing and executing a targeted exploration and appraisal strategy across Santos’ core asset hubs, while identifying new high value exploration targets.

Bill is a geologist with over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He has worked on exploration projects in Australia, Central and South-East Asia, North Africa, the Middle East and South America, with Sun Oil, Kufpec, ExxonMobil and Ampolex. He joined Santos after working for ExxonMobil in Indonesia.  Bill is a member of the APPEA Exploration Committee.

Vince Santostefano

Executive Vice President Production Operations

BEng (Civil), SPE

Vince joined Santos in March of 2016 and is responsible for the provision of technical and operational services to increase the scale and strategic value of Santos’ assets.

Vince retired from Woodside Energy in November 2013 as Chief Operating Officer. As COO he was responsible for Woodside's producing Business Units; the Production Function including 6 LNG trains with associated offshore infrastructure, four FPSOs; the Marine Division and the Brownfields Projects Group. During 2014 and 2015, Vince was engaged in board work as a non-executive director and various management-consulting assignments. Vince has a deep and respected knowledge of the industry, with significant experience in onshore and offshore operations and asset management. He has a proven capability to manage a demanding workload and to drive cultural change.

Brett Woods

Executive Vice President Developments

BSc (Hons) Geology and Geophysics

Brett joined Santos in February 2013 and is accountable for Development across Santos’ onshore and offshore assets, including major capital projects, drilling & completions, and reservoir development, as well as Energy Solutions and Technology and overseeing Santos’ Joint Venture in PNG LNG.

At Santos, Brett has previously held the roles of Executive Vice President Onshore Upstream, and Vice President, Eastern Australia. Brett has held other roles within Santos including responsibilities for exploration in Western Australia and the Northern Territory, leading the Western Australian offshore operations including development of Fletcher Finucane, Darwin LNG and the domestic gas business.

Brett has over 24 years of oil and gas industry experience including senior management, technical and business development roles at Woodside Energy and as CEO and Managing Director of Rialto Energy. He has a track record of delivering projects and efficient E&P operations and has both domestic and international experience. Brett is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, an APPEA Board Director and Chairman of the APPEA Communications Committee.

Jodie Hatherly

General Counsel and Vice President Legal, Risk and Governance

BA, LLB

Jodie joined Santos in 2019. She is the General Counsel and Company Secretary of the Santos Group and is responsible for Legal, Company Secretariat, Risk, Governance and, Corporate EH&S across the business. Jodie joined Santos from INPEX Australia, where she was General Counsel & General Manager Legal for the Ichthys LNG project and INPEX’s Australia business. Jodie brings to the table a demonstrated history of delivering some of the biggest projects in the oil & gas industry.

Jodie commenced her career in the legal private sector before taking on senior in-house roles in the oil and gas industry. Jodie also serves on the advisory board of the Curtin University Law School as well as Muscular Dystrophy WA. Jodie was recognised on The Legal 500 GC Powerlist Australia in 2018.

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