Jeff Steketee – Managing Director
Mr Steketee was appointed to the board of Peak Oil & Gas in April 2011; following the acquisition of Peak Oil & Gas (Australia) which he co-founded in April 2009. Mr Steketee has over 20 years of experience in the energy sector, and has held senior technical and managerial positions within service and E&P companies in Australia and Asia, including Halliburton and Unocal. Over the last decade, he was pivotal in developing a number of new energy related companies across Asia including CUEL Limited, an innovative and successful developer of offshore oil and gas fields, and JSX Energy, an E&P company established to focus on upstream investments in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Prior to establishing Peak Oil & Gas (Australia), Mr Steketee managed a large investment portfolio for a private Asian based conglomerate focussing on resource sector investments in Australia. During that time he also developed the company’s globally focused oil and gas division, serving as its inaugural head and building a substantial portfolio of interests in exploration and production companies and offshore production assets.
Mr Steketee has worked extensively throughout Asia with a particular emphasis on business development, strategic and commercial management and private equity investment.
Jim Durrant – Technical Director
Mr Durrant was appointed to the board of Peak Oil & Gas in April 2011; following the acquisition of Peak Oil & Gas (Australia) which he co-founded in April 2009. Mr Durrant has over 30 years of experience in the Australian and international petroleum sector, having held senior technical, management and corporate positions with major companies including Delhi Petroleum and Western Mining Corporation Ltd.
Prior to establishing Peak Oil & Gas (Australia), Mr Durrant co-founded and was Technical Director of Strike Oil Ltd (now Strike Energy Ltd). He played a major role in the development of the company into a respected ASX listed oil & gas company having amassed a successful exploration and production portfolio including the offshore Casino gas discovery, a coal bed methane portfolio in eastern Australia and successful US oil and gas production.
Mr Durrant is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists; was an elected Board Member of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) for 8 years and served as State and National President of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA). He was awarded the PESA Meritorious Service Medal in 1998 and honorary life membership of APPEA in 2009.
Frank Jacobs – Independent Director
Mr Jacobs was appointed to the board of Peak Oil & Gas on 4 February 2013. Mr Jacobs has over 35 years’ experience as a petroleum engineer and has been a director of companies in Australia, the USA and Canada since 1994.
Mr Jacobs was instrumental in building Peko Oil Ltd and Cultus Petroleum NL into significant oil and gas production companies through the acquisition of oil and gas production properties. Under the leadership of Mr Albers, Mr Jacobs as the Managing Director listed Cue Energy Resources NL (ASX: CUE), diversified its oil and gas portfolio and pursued new ventures (1994-1998).
Mr Jacobs was the Managing Director of Anzoil NL (2000-2001). Between 2002 and 2009 Mr Jacobs assisted Canadian juniors with acquisitions focused on the Gulf of Mexico and put together an offshore drilling consortium in Thailand.
In 2009 with Triangle Energy (Global) Limited (ASX:TEG), Mr Jacobs was responsible for the acquisition of Pase Production Sharing Contract in Aceh Province, Indonesia.
Mr Jacobs has been an independent advisor/consultant since retiring from Triangle in 2010.
Geoffrey Albers – Non Executive Chairman
Mr Albers was appointed to the board of Peak Oil & Gas on 4 February 2013. Mr Albers has over 35 years experience as a director and administrator in corporate law, petroleum exploration and resource sector investment. He is a law graduate of the University of Melbourne and, after being admitted in 1969 as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, held a corporate practicing certificate in Victoria until 2001.
Mr Albers became involved in oil exploration in 1977 and has a track record of developing significant oil and gas assets. The Yolla Gas/Condensate Field in Bass Strait, which is now being produced by Origin Energy Limited and others was discovered as a direct result of exploration activities undertaken by companies associated with Mr Albers. Cue Energy Resources Limited, now a significant exploration and production company, and Southern Petroleum N.L. in New Zealand, now a substantial production subsidiary of Shell New Zealand, were both formed by Mr Albers in the early 1980s. Natural Gas Australia Ltd was formed by Mr Albers in 2000 and subsequently successfully merged into Santos Limited.
Mr Albers also founded ASX listed Octanex NL, MEO Australia Limited (formerly Timor Sea Petroleum NL), Bass Strait Oil Company Limited and Moby Oil & Gas Limited. Mr Albers has interests in a number of unlisted public and private companies active in exploration for oil and gas in Australian offshore waters. He is a member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia. Mr Albers is presently a director of ASX listed entities; Octanex NL and Moby Oil & Gas Limited.
Mark Maitland – Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Mark Maitland joined Peak as Chief Financial Officer in March 2013. Mr Maitland was previously Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of nearmap ltd (formerly ipernica ltd) (ASX:NEA). As CFO, Mr Maitland was involved in a variety of commercial and operational matters across the group and also was instrumental in restructuring and repositioning the group to focus on the nearmap business and in setting its new strategic direction.
Mr Maitland was also previously Financial Controller and Company Secretary for a Singaporean private-equity group which acquired strategic investments in the upstream oil and gas and minerals industries. Mr Maitland has been a Chartered Accountant for more than 20 years including 10 years as principal of his own business advisory firm.