Management Team

Mr Thomas Z Nador

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Nador joined Buru Energy in September 2022 as Chief Executive Officer. Mr Nador is a globally experienced oil and gas executive with over 25 years’ experience in various roles across the oil and gas value chain, mining and metals, pipelines and infrastructure developments. Mr Nador has been involved in the development of major oil and gas resources from discovery to production, managed significant pre-  and post-merger integrations at an asset and corporate level, and has led large multidisciplinary and multicultural teams to deliver high value, complex and innovative programs of work.

Prior to joining Buru, Mr Nador held the position of Group Executive, Development with Beach Energy, accountable for delivering the Beach's development assets across Australia and New Zealand. He has held previous roles as Executive Vice President and Country Manager for InterOil Corporation in Papua New Guinea, as well as Development Manager, Project Interface Manager and Project Integration Manager for LNG projects at Woodside Energy.

Mr Nador holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of WA, a Post Graduate Diploma in Science from Curtin University of Technology and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Mr Paul Bird

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Mr Bird is a Chartered Accountant and Governance Professional with over 25 years’ experience, predominantly within the energy sector with ASX listed companies. Paul joined Buru in October 2022 following his most recent role as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of ASX listed Metgasco Ltd. He has held previous senior finance leadership roles with national oil companies, publicly listed and private oil companies in Australia, US, Europe and SE Asia. Mr Bird has been responsible for many aspects of finance and business administration, including financial control and reporting, corporate governance, debt and capital raising, treasury management, insurance and risk management, and tax planning. Mr Bird is experienced in corporate acquisitions and divestments including business valuations and joint venture farm in/out transactions and adds significant strength and diverse capability to Buru.


Ms Rachel McIntyre

Development Manager

Ms McIntyre joined Buru in February 2023 and has over 15 years of oil and gas experience across exploration and development and specific expertise in carbon capture and storage(CCS) projects in Australia and throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.

She has a strong geoscience background which she has utilised in a variety of roles and projects through the life cycle of appraisal, development and late life assets.

As central member of a dynamic consultancy team, Rachel has also managed multiple projects across several technical disciplines.

Rachel assumed the role of Development Manager at Buru Energy in January 2024.


Mr Grant McMurtrie

General Manager Exploration

Mr McMurtrie has 25 years of experience across geoscience and managerial roles, predominantly with multinational organisations BHP and Shell. He has led the execution of oil and gas exploration work programs across most Australian Basins including operations, seismic acquisition, seabed coring, airborne surveys and drilling wells.

His broad geoscience skillset is complimented by expertise in play-based exploration, remote sensing, new ventures and exploration portfolio management.

Mr McMurtrie assumed the role of General Manager Exploration at Buru Energy in January 2024.


Ms Rosie Johnstone

Head of CCS Solutions

Ms Johnstone has over 25 years’ experience in both oil and gas exploration and carbon capture and storage (CCS) across Australia, Asia-Pacific and the United Kingdom.

She is a technical authority on CCS in Australia, engaging with federal and state government regulators, research institutions, local communities and emitters. Ms Johnstone’s previous work with Shell Australia saw her become the focal point for CCS sink identification in the Australia/Asia-Pacific region where she was responsible for high-level screening to injection site planning in the Petrel Sub-Basin.

Ms Johnstone joined Buru Energy’s wholly owned subsidiary, GeoVault, as Head of CCS Solutions in 2021 and currently holds the position of Interim Chair of the Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage Network of Australia (CCUSNA).


Ms Leah Fuller

Project Approval and Strategy Manager

Ms Fuller has over 14 years’ experience in the resources industry having held roles in both minerals and petroleum across most Australian jurisdictions.

She has demonstrated experience with major development projects such as the Australia Pacific LNG project with Origin Energy, the Eastern Leases project with BHP/South32 on Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, the Dendrobium Next Domain project and Appin mine extension for South32 Illawarra Metallurgical Coal in NSW and more recently, the Lockyer Gas Development with Mineral Resources in the Perth Basin, Western Australia.

Along with demonstrated experience and strengths in strategy and planning, agreement negotiation, land access and tenement management, native title, heritage and regulatory approvals, stakeholder engagement and compliance, Leah is also working towards an undergraduate qualification in Business and Law.

Alex Forcke

Mr Alex Forcke

Corporate Advisor

Mr Forcke, BComm (UWA), MAICD, is a public company executive with considerable financial and commercial experience gained in over 30 years in both the resources and investment banking industries.

Mr Forcke was the Executive Chairman of Adelphi Energy Limited, a successful ASX listed oil & gas explorer with US shale gas interests. He was also a long standing Director of ARC Energy Limited in a commercial and financial executive role and more recently held a non-executive director role at Entek Energy before joining Buru in mid-2017. Prior to entering the oil and gas industry, Mr Forcke had established an international career in project finance and investment banking, including the position as WA State Manager and Director of Project and Specialised Finance for AIDC Ltd.