Board & Management

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Mark Carnegie, BA and a BSc (Hons)
Mr Carnegie has more than 30 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, investor and corporate adviser in New York, London and Sydney. He was a principal of Carnegie, Wylie & Company before the acquisition of that business by Lazard Limited and was previously the CEO of Lazard Australia Private Equity Pty Ltd (formerly LCW Private Equity Pty Ltd), Lazard’s Australian private equity business. Mr Carnegie established M.H. Carnegie & Co. Pty Ltd in 2010, a venture capital and private equity firm. Mr Carnegie is also a Director of Chandler Macleod Group Limited and a large number of private companies.
Mr Carnegie was appointed Non-Executive Director on 9 August 2013 and Chairman on 11 September 2013.
board_ashton Non-Executive Director
Simon Ashton, B Sc (Hons) M Sc MBA
Mr Ashton has over 40 years experience in the Australian and international petroleum and resources industries. He spent over 22 years with WMC Limited (WMC) holding various positions in Australia and Internationally in WMC’s petroleum divisions. Amongst other things, Mr Ashton established WMC’s USA petroleum subsidiary, Greenhill Petroleum, where he served as Senior Vice President in Houston, Texas.
Mr Ashton co-founded Strike Energy Limited in 1997 and served as Managing Director until 30 September 2011.
board_brendan Non-Executive Director
Mr Brendan Ostwald MAICD
Mr Ostwald is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ostwald Bros, a diversified, market-leading construction and mining services company employing over 1,200 people nationally. Mr Ostwald has over 20 years’ experience in the management of remote infrastructure developments with a particular focus on Australian on-shore oil & gas and coal projects.
Mr Ostwald was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director on 30 June 2014.
Jodie_Rowe-5 Non-Executive Director
Ms Jody Rowe, Dip Acc, Dip FM, MAICD, MCIP
Ms Rowe is a contracts and procurement specialist with over 20 years in the oil & gas sectors. Having held a number of senior management positions with organisations such as QGC, QGCLNG, Santos and Rio Tinto, Ms Rowe recently established roweSMG a boutique advisory practice that advises clients on strategies to realise value from emerging and developing resource projects. During her career Ms Rowe has been involved in the management of a number of large scale contracts and procurement and construction projects.
Ms Rowe was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director on 30 June 2014.
David_Baker_Edit_2 Managing Director
David Baker, BA, LL.B (Hons)
Mr Baker has extensive experience in commercial joint ventures, utility financing, development/project finance and mergers and acquisitions in the resources and infrastructure sectors. Originally trained as a banking and finance lawyer with a major Australian legal firm in Sydney and Singapore, he has held high profile investment banking and resource industry leadership positions.
Mr Baker was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director on 11 August 2013, as an Executive Director on 1 July 2014 and as Managing Director on 9 September 2016.
Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary
Matthew Montano, B. Com (Accounting), CA, GAICD
Mr Montano joined Strike Energy Limited in the role of Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary in January 2017. He is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in financial management across ASX-listed, multinational and private equity specialising in business transformation, capital management and mergers and acquisitions. Mr Montano previously held the position of Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of the franchise group, LJ Hooker, achieving business and revenue growth, overseeing the successful sale of the business, subsequent debt refinancing and project team to take LJ Hooker to an Initial Public Offering. Prior to LJ Hooker, holding various financial, commercial and senior management positions at GPT and Intercontinental Hotels Group. Mr Montano has responsibility for all aspects of Strike’s finance, corporate and company secretarial functions and brings extensive experience in strategy and planning, driving change, joint venture management and operations.
Chief Operating Officer
Chris Thompson
Mr Thompson has over 20 years of oil and gas experience in Australia, the USA, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Mr Thompson has worked as a reservoir or petroleum engineer for a number of operating companies, including Oil Search, Novus Petroleum and Origin Energy and as Business Development Manager for Leed Petroleum. Mr Thompson Graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Geology) from QUT in 1991 and completed a Graduate Diploma in Reservoir Evaluation and Management from Heriot Watt University in 1994.
Mr Thompson joined Strike in September 2012 and was promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer effective 1 July 2014 with responsibity for all aspects of Strike’s exploration and evaluation activities.