Advisory board

The Australian School of Petroleum and Energy Resources Advisory Board is comprised of influential industry and government leaders.

These leaders share with us their perspectives and expertise on strategic topics, ensuring that we continue to produce highly sought-after graduates, offer the professional training opportunities the sector needs, and focus our research expertise towards critical applied problems.


  • Bonnie Lowe-Young | B Sc (Geology), MBA, Independent Advisor

    Bonnie Lowe-Young

    Bonnie has over 35 years industry experience in the natural resources sector, and has worked for multinational and major independent companies in Australia and Canada.

    With a combined business and technical background, she has held management, advisory and geoscience positions with responsibility for the exploration, development and commercial production of major petroleum and energy assets. Expertise in strategic planning, corporate governance, risk analysis, and stakeholder management has been acquired through management oversight of joint venture projects and innovative technology trials for petroleum development. Throughout her career, she has been proactive in providing support for the career development of Young Professionals in the resource industry and contributing to the promotion of diversity in the workplace. She has previously been employed by Santos Ltd, Delhi Petroleum Pty Ltd, Esso Resources Canada Ltd, and MIM Holdings Ltd.

    Bonnie has now retired from her career and is currently involved with applying her expertise to board and committee roles with Not-for-Profit entities. She is currently the SA/NT Branch President of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA).

Advisory board members

  • Alison Elliott | Former Head of Subsurface, BHP (currently on 12 month sabbatical)

    Alison Elliot

    Alison has worked for BHP since 2001, most recently as Head of Subsurface for BHP's Petroleum Assets in Australia. She has a BEng (Petroleum Engineering) from the University of NSW.

    During her time at BHP, Alison has worked in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. She has worked across the full value chain from Exploration and Appraisal to Development, Production and Abandonment as a reservoir engineer and subsurface manager.  She has worked both conventional and unconventional reservoirs.

    Prior to joining BHP, Alison worked for Santos in Queensland. She currently resides in Perth, where she is taking a 12 month break from full time work. 

  • Andrew Farley | Exploration Manager, Strike Energy

    Andrew Farley

    Andrew graduated from the University of Newcastle (Australia) in 2002 with a B.Sc in Geology.

    He has 18 years of experience working with onshore oil and gas operators on exploration and development projects in all five mainland states of Australia.

    Prior to joining Strike Energy in 2012, Andrew worked with AGL Energy in Sydney. Since joining Strike in 2012, Andrew has held a number of technical positions, becoming Exploration Manager in September 2019. Andrew has been a key member of the Strike team during the design and execution of the Jaws Project in the Cooper Basin, and more recently the West Erregulla discovery in the Perth Basin.

  • Jay Feeney | General Manager Reservoir Development, Santos

    Jay Feeney

    Jay Feeney is the General Manager - Reservoir Development for Santos, based in Adelaide, where he leads the reservoir engineering and subsurface production engineering disciplines.

    He joined Santos in 2019 after spending 7 years working with ConocoPhillips in Canada, where he held reservoir engineering and subsurface management roles. Prior to joining ConocoPhillips, he worked with OMV and Shell for over 15 years in New Zealand, The Netherlands, the USA and Canada.

    Feeney is a SPE Certified Engineer and a Professional Engineer with APEGA in Alberta, Canada. He graduated from the University of Auckland with a BE (Hons) degree in Engineering Science.

  • Neil Gibbins | Managing Director, Vintage Energy Ltd.

    Neil Gibbins

    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.

  • Barry Goldstein | Executive Director Energy Resources, Dept for Energy and Mining

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    Barry Goldstein aims to sustain trust with the public and investors in the energy sector.

    Barry was Exploration Manager – Santos, Chief Geologist - Bridge Oil, and Chief Geologist – KUFPEC after starting with Phillips Petroleum. He has explored and discovered petroleum in the North Sea, Indonesia, Australia, PNG, and South America. He is now a regulator and policy maker.

    Barry is the chair for CoAG’s Upstream Petroleum Resource Working Group. Barry was awarded with an Order of Australia Public Service Medal, APPEA’s Gold Medal - the Lewis G. Weeks Award, PESA’s Distinguished Member Award and the AAPG’s Distinguished Service Award, He represented Australia in the International Energy Agency’s geothermal energy forum (2005 – 2015), was a coordinating lead author for Chapter 4 (Geothermal Energy) in the IPCC's 2012 Special Report on Renewable Energy, and served on the USA-based Geothermal Resource Council Board (2010-13). He graduated from the University of New York (Bachelors – Geology, 1975) and the University of Missouri (Masters – Geology, 1977).

    Last, Barry has a sense of humour.

  • Suzanne Hunt | General Manager Production Planning and Performance, Beach Energy Ltd

    Suzanne Hunt

    Current position with Beach Energy, General Manager Production, Planning and Performance, responsible for production planning (reservoir to market), integrated planning and operational excellence across all operated assets.

    Previously Executive General Manager with AWE/Mitsui position was West Australian Assets and Engineering.

    Suzanne has a Ph.D. in Geomechanics, a BSc Geophysics with Mathematics, a MSc in Mining Geology and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. During her 25-year career in mining and petroleum, Suzanne has worked across multiple disciplines including geology, geotechnics, geophysics, field development and integrated planning, reserves estimation, production and facilities engineering.

    Suzanne has published over 60 papers in production engineering, field development planning, reservoir engineering, micro-seismicity and geomechanics. She has a keen interest in the integration of disciplines and the advancement of processes and systems which create interdisciplinary collaboration for asset improvement.

  • Fayaz Jamal | Chief Reservoir Engineer/Reservoir Management, Woodside Energy

    Fayaz Jamal

    Fayaz has extensive international oil and gas experience working on greenfield, brownfield and producing assets.

    Fayaz has worked with Woodside Energy since 2001 in various roles with previous experience working with Gulf Canada, Mobil, Santos, OMV and Occidental of Libya.

    He is passionate about delivering business outcomes working with multi-disciplinary teams and M&A opportunities.

  • Iain MacDougall | General Manager – HSEC and Technical Services, Cooper Energy

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    Mr MacDougall’s career in the upstream petroleum exploration and production business spans 32 years, prior to which he worked in automotive powertrain research and development and briefly in the nuclear power industry.

    He gained extensive experience with international oilfield services company Schlumberger comprising operational and management assignments in Australia, Asia, the UK, Europe, West Africa and the Middle East.

    Since 2001, he has been based in Australia, initially with Schlumberger and then with independent Operator Stuart Petroleum as Production and Engineering Manager and subsequently as acting CEO prior to the takeover of the company by Senex Energy in 2011.  After the takeover, he took on the role of COO at Bight Petroleum, a privately held independent exploration company and subsequently was a Director of Barker Wentworth, a specialist oil and gas consulting company. He joined Cooper Energy in 2014 where he is a part of the Executive Leadership Team in the role of General Manager for HSEC and Technical Services.

    Mr. MacDougall is an alumnus of Manchester University in the UK where he achieved a BSc (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and of the International Executive Programme at INSEAD Business School in France.  He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and serves on the Advisory Board of the Australian School of Petroleum and Energy Resources at Adelaide University.

  • Dr Matthias Raab | Chief Operating Officer, CO2CRC Limited

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    Dr Matthias Raab is an experienced manager with international credentials in successful, high-profile and complex blue sky and applied projects in government, industry and academia.

    His expertise covers strategic planning; energy transition and climate change; operations management with project teams located in Australia and overseas; program and project management; business development; promotion; and stakeholder engagement. Matthias has 25 years of experience in commercial and R&D environments with major sector clients. 

    As COO Matthias has strategic and operational responsibility for CO2CRC’s research facilities, research programs and the delivery of major research and infrastructure projects. Matthias manages a group of Senior Program, Project and Operations Managers and provides leadership to CO2CRC’s strategic planning and implements new strategic initiatives.

    In previous roles Matthias managed Australia’s largest 2D marine seismic survey in Bass Strait, led the Victorian CCS initiative exploring for industrial scale CO2 storage in the Gippsland Basin and was a Project Manager building and documenting the border between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Yemen.

  • Janny Spilsbury-Schakel | Independent Member

    Janny Spilsbury-Schakel stands, hands folded, with her reflection in the glass on the right.

    Dr Janny Spilsbury-Schakel MAICD has had a 32 year career in the oil and gas industry.

    Starting with Shell International as a geologist in 1988 working in the North Sea, she also worked for Shell in Western Siberia and Malaysia. She then moved to Australia, working for Santos, Woodside and Oilsearch in a number of senior technical and leadership positions; Development Manager, Chief Geologist and SVP Subsurface Value Assurance.

    She is currently taking a career break, exploring early retirement, but remains active via Women in STEM and Earth Science / Petroleum Geology Education, having an Adjunct Associate Professor position with ASPER as well as UQ.

  • Aghogho Udi | Digital and Integration Manger, Schlumberger Australasia.

    Aghogho Udi

    Aghogho Udi has over 20 years career in the Oil and Gas industry.

    He started with Shell as an Operations Geologist before Joining BP as exploration Geoscientist. He then moved to Schlumberger where he worked as a Drilling service engineer, Petrophysics consulting manager and Business Owner for software covering North America. In 2012, Aghogho worked as a Product manager for Petrophysics and Interpretation software eventually becoming the Digital Technology manager for Exploration commercial software in Schlumberger.

    Aghogho recently moved to Australia to manage the Digital and Integration Division providing digital solutions to the Energy industry leveraging digital technologies to deliver integrated solutions.