Board of Directors

Chris Newton

Executive Chairman

Chris has had a 43-year upstream oil and gas industry career covering the spectrum of exploration, development and production, developing core strengths in exploration, petroleum economics, strategic planning, business development and ultimately business leadership.

A 1978 Geology graduate from Durham University, England, Chris also holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia (SIA). After a 10-year early career as a petroleum geologist, primarily in Australia, he spent more than 27 years in South East Asia in various industry capacities including Managing Director of Fletcher Challenge in Brunei, a stint as Managing Director of Shell Deepwater Borneo, President of Santos – Indonesia and CEO of Jakarta-listed oil and gas company, Energi Mega Persada (EMP). Along with Mr Tom Soulsby, he co-founder Singapore based Risco Energy in July 2010.

Chris was an active Director of the Indonesian Petroleum Association (IPA) between 2003 to 2008, including serving as President from 2004 to 2007.

Chris is an oil and gas advisor to the Jakarta based Castle Asia Group and is an active industry speaker.  Chris is also a Non-Executive Director of ASX Listed Lion Energy.   

Dave King

Non-executive Director

Dr King attained his Ph.D in geophysics at ANU in the 1970's. After an early career in research/academia, David worked in the oil and gas industry as Chief Geophysicist/Exploration Manager with Offshore Oil NL and later Hartogen Energy Ltd.

Dr King was a founder and director of Eastern Star Gas Ltd, Gas2Grid Ltd and Sapex Ltd. He has substantial natural resource related experience, having previously served as managing director of North Flinders Mines Ltd and CEO of Beach Petroleum Ltd and Claremont Petroleum Ltd.

Dr King is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; a Fellow of the Australasian institute of Mining and Metallurgy; and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.

Dr King is currently non-executive Chairman of Cellmid Ltd (ASX.CDY), Litigation Capital Management Ltd (ASX.LCA), and African Petroleum Corporation Ltd (OAX.APCL), and Non-executive Director of Galilee Energy Limited (ASX.GLL).

Dr King brings strong oil and gas technical and management skills and combined with his extensive board experience will enhance the overall Tap board capability.

Zane Lewis

Zane Lewis

Non-executive Director

Zane is a principal and joint founder of corporate advisory firm SmallCap Corporate which specialises in corporate advice and compliance administration to public companies. He is also a member of Chartered Secretaries Australia.

Zane provides the board with a wealth of knowledge obtained from his diverse financial and corporate experience in previous appointments.