Vintage Energy is supported by a highly experienced board of directors and advisors with many decades of leadership, management, operational and technical background in the oil and gas industry and Australian equity markets. This includes broad experience in energising and inspiring employees and organisations to achieve success in both difficult and buoyant commodity price periods.
The team has strong relationships with Government and Government Agencies, connections with existing explorers and operators, in addition to a deep knowledge of Australian petroleum basins. As a result, Vintage Energy has very extensive networks within the Australian and International petroleum industry, as well as the financial community.
Reg Nelson has a long and distinguished career in the Australian petroleum industry and is widely respected within commercial and government circles, for his successful and innovative leadership.
As Managing Director of Beach Energy Ltd, until retiring from the position in 2015, he led the company to a position as one of Australia’s top mid-tier oil and gas companies. He was formerly Director of Mineral Development for the State of South Australia, a Director of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) for eight years and was APPEA Chairman from 2004 to 2006. He is a director of highly successful petroleum exploration company FAR Ltd and has been a director of many ASX listed companies.
Neil Gibbins has over 35 years of technical and leadership experience in the petroleum industry. He has been involved in many successful exploration, development and corporate acquisition projects.
He is a well respected geophysicist with experience over a wide variety of regions in Australia and internationally. Before joining Vintage Energy in 2017, he spent 19 years at Beach Energy, commencing in 1997. Initially in the role of Chief Geophysicist, he was appointed as Exploration Manager in 2005, Chief Operating Officer in 2012 and acting CEO in 2015, leading Beach during its merger with Drillsearch Energy in 2016. Prior to his 19 years at Beach, he was employed by Esso Australia and Santos Limited, initially as a geophysicist and later in supervisory roles. He is a member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia and the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists.
Nick Smart has over 40 years of corporate experience, including technology start-up companies. He has participated in capital raisings for numerous private and listed natural resource companies.
This experience includes commercialisation of the Synroc process for safe storage of high level nuclear waste, controlled temperature and atmosphere transport systems and the beneficiation of low rank coals.
He has been a full associate member of the Sydney Futures Exchange, a senior adviser with a national share broking firm, and has had significant International and local General Management experience. Nick has been on publicly listed company boards and is currently an Alternate Director for Maximus Resources Limited (since May 2005) and Flinders Mines Ltd (since 2009).
Ian Howarth created Collins Street Media, one of Australia’s leading resources sector consultancies. Prior to that he was the Resources Editor of the Australian Financial Review for 18 years.
Ian also spent several years as a mining and oil analyst with Melbourne stock broking firm May and Mellor and was senior resources writer at The Australian.
Major petroleum clients with Collins Street Media have included, the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA), AWE Ltd, Karoon Gas, Beach Energy Ltd and FAR Ltd, Ambassador Oil and Gas Ltd and Shell Australia. Ian Howarth’s expertise lies in marketing and assisting in capital raising. Ian has completed the Securities Institute of Australia Certificate in Financial Markets.
Simon Gray has over 35 years' experience as a Chartered Accountant and 20 years as a Partner with Grant Thornton. In the last 5 years he was responsible for the Grant Thornton Mining and Energy group. Simon retired from active practice in July 2015. His key expertise lies in Audit and Risk, Valuations, Due Diligence and Australian Stock Exchange Listings. His professional qualifications and memberships include B.Ec (Com) Adelaide.
John Jackson is a petroleum industry professional with over 40 years' experience in basin analysis, geochemistry, exploration, appraisal, environmental management, development, production, risk management, project finance and marketing. Employment positions over the past 40 years include Shell Development Australia, Royal Dutch Shell, Shell UK, Shell Gabon, Petroleum Oil and Gas Corp of South Africa, Heritage Oil and Gas (London), Universidad Lusiada (Lisbon) and Bengal Energy of Calgary.
John is also heavily involved in the creation and development of Billabong Drifting Pty Ltd, an earth science education organisation.
Previous positions include CEO, Academic coordinator for the Petroleum Management School, senior member of APPEA’s Legal and Environmental committees, and WA state chairman for APPEA.
Ian Northcott has 42 years' experience in the upstream petroleum industry in geoscience, reservoir engineering and economics. He was co-founder and Director of PetroVal Australasia Pty Ltd and for 20 years specialised in the technical and commercial analysis of petroleum reserves and resources, divestments, mergers, target statements, and capital raisings via prospectus. Ian is also the major shareholder and Chairman of a privately-owned wine company based in the Adelaide Hills.