Board of Directors

Mr Eric Streitberg

Executive Chairman

BSc (App Geoph)

Mr Streitberg has more than 40 years of experience in petroleum geology and geophysics, oil and gas exploration and oil and gas company management. He was a founding shareholder and held the position of Managing Director of ARC Energy Limited from 1997 until August 2008, during which time ARC Energy Limited was transformed from a junior oil and gas exploration company into a mid-size Australian oil and gas producer.  He was also the founding shareholder and Managing Director of Discovery Petroleum which was a key participant in the renaissance of the Perth Basin as a significant gas producer until the takeover of that company in 1996.  Prior to that he held various senior international exploration roles with Occidental Petroleum and BP.  He was a founding shareholder and Non-executive Director of Adelphi Energy Limited from 2005 until its takeover in 2010.  He is a founding shareholder of Buru Energy and has been a Director since its listing in October 2008.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Mr Streitberg is a Director and past Chair  of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association and has also chaired the APPEA Exploration and Environment Committees.  He is the immediate past Chair of the Marine Parks and Reserves Authority of Western Australia.

Mr Streitberg is a Certified Petroleum Geologist and Geophysicist and holds a Bachelor of Science (App. Geoph.) from the University of Queensland.

Ms Eva (aka Eve) Howell

Independent Non-Executive Director

Ms Howell has over 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in a number of technical and managerial roles, primarily with Amoco Corporation, Apache Energy Ltd and Woodside Energy Ltd. She is currently a director of MMA Offshore Ltd.

Ms Howell has previously served on ASX-listed company boards including Downer EDI Ltd and Tangiers Petroleum (as Executive Chairman). She also served on the boards of the Fremantle Port Authority, the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, and as a board member and President of the Australian Mines and Metals Association.  She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Howell began her exploration career in the UK and since 1981 has worked for several Australian based companies including Apache, during a time when the company developed significant oil production from the Carnarvon Basin and became the second largest domestic gas supplier. She held various senior positions in Apache in Australia including Exploration Manager, Business Development Manager and Managing Director. Between 2006 and 2011, Ms Howell was a Woodside Executive Committee member, with her positions including Executive Vice President – North West Shelf and CEO of the North West Shelf Venture and Executive Vice President – Health, Safety & Security.

Ms Howell holds a Bachelor of Science (with Honours in Geology and Mathematics) from King’s College, University of London and an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School.

Robert Willes

Mr Robert Willes

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Willes has over 25 years of extensive international experience in the oil and gas and energy industries. He is the Managing Director of Challenger Energy Ltd (ASX:CEL) and has previously served on a number of boards including the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA), North West Shelf Gas Pty Ltd, North West Shelf Liaison Co. Pty Ltd, North West Shelf Australia LNG Pty Ltd, North West Shelf Shipping Services Co. Pty Ltd, Carbon Reduction Ventures Pty Ltd and Perth Centre for Photography.

His early career with BP involved several positions in petroleum product supply, trading and marketing, and as a lead negotiator for numerous gas transactions in Europe.  He subsequently joined BP’s Group Mergers and Acquisitions team, where he led the divestments of Burmah Castrol’s Chemicals Division and Great Yarmouth Power Ltd, and advised the Corporation on a number of acquisition opportunities.

In Australia, Robert was BP’s General Manager of the North West Shelf LNG Project.  Robert also had overall accountability for BP’s interests in the Browse LNG and Greater Gorgon LNG Projects, and for Business Development activities in Asia Pacific.

More recently, Robert was CEO of Eureka Energy Limited, and was instrumental in managing the recommended A$107million on-market takeover by Aurora Oil and Gas Limited.

He is currently Managing Director of Challenger Energy Ltd, an ASX-listed oil and gas explorer with exposure to the emerging world-scale shale gas province in South Africa’s Karoo Basin.

Robert is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.  He holds an Honours Degree in Geography from Durham University in the UK, and has completed Executive Education Programmes at Harvard Business School in the USA and Cambridge University in the UK.

Mr Shane McDermott

CFO and Company Secretary

Mr McDermott, CA, AGIA, BComm (Accounting and Finance) has an accounting and auditing background having worked at a large international accounting practice for five years at its Perth office before joining Buru Energy in 2009.  He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and an Associate of the Governance Institute of Australia.  He acted as Buru Energy’s Joint Company Secretary from 1 December 2011 to 1 November 2012 and was the Assistant Company Secretary for two years prior to that appointment.