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

Paul 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 Australia. Paul 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.  Paul 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.

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.

Kris Waddington

Dr Kris Waddington

Chief Operating Officer

Dr Waddington has experience across production, development and operational aspects of the oil and gas value chain. Kris has specific expertise integrating environmental and heritage aspects into project planning and operations, ensuring that on ground operations are executed with minimal impact on the environment and deliver benefits to local stakeholders and native title parties. Kris has an excellent understanding of the requirement and drivers of the transition to new, low carbon forms of energy.

Frank Glass

Mr Frank Glass

General Manager Exploration and New Ventures

Mr Glass joined Buru in July 2018 and has 32 years of experience in both technical and managerial roles in hydrocarbon exploration and production. For most of his career he was employed by Shell International and worked in various international locations, including USA, The Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia and UK. His roles included acting as Asia-Pacific regional exploration advisor, supervising and assuring technical and economic inputs into regional exploration projects for Shell International. As an independent consultant, Frank has advised regional oil and gas companies on technical aspects of commercial transactions and strategic decisions relating to exploration and early development projects. He is a member of the Petroleum Society of Australia, Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers and South East Asia Petroleum Exploration Society.

Mark Devereux

Mr Mark Devereux

General Manager – Subsurface and Technical Integration

Mr Devereux joined Buru in November 2013 and has more than 25 years of technical and managerial experience primarily in offshore exploration and entirely with operating companies. He has previously worked for international operating companies including Arco, Mobil and OMV and also for former Australian independent Ampol Exploration Limited mostly on Australian exploration and new venture opportunities. Prior to joining Buru, Mr Devereux held the position of Exploration Manager for OMV’s Australian exploration portfolio of 11 operated offshore permits for eight years. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Association of Petroleum Geologists and Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia.

Ibrahim Kale

Mr Ibrahim Kale

Drilling and Completions Manager

Mr Kale has over 15 years of international oil & gas experience working with major operators including Shell, Woodside, Apache, Quadrant & Beach. He has been responsible for roles including Drilling Manager, Drilling Supervisor, Lead Drilling Engineer, Senior Design Engineer & Operations Engineer. He has worked on a variety of onshore and offshore projects in field and office based roles supporting Semi-Submersibles, Drill Ships, Jack-Ups, Tender Barges, Platforms, Hydraulic Workover Units & Land Rigs. Working in developed and developing countries with logistically challenging environments, harsh weather conditions, political issues, cultural and language barriers has developed his skills to implement fit for purpose management systems to deliver excellent HSSE and operational performance through his unique leadership and management style.