Advisory Committee

Trevor Brown

Mr. Trevor Brown, BSc. Hons (Geology), has a 33-year career history in oil and gas exploration, development and operations in Australia and internationally. He has worked for Woodside, Unocal (a US Oil and Gas company – now part of Chevron) and Santos. His most recent major project role was as Vice President Queensland for Santos where he led the Upstream part of the GLNG Project – a US$18.5 billion Coal Seam Gas to LNG Project in Queensland. Trevor was accountable for the reserves base, planning, construction, initial and ongoing development and operations of the fields and infrastructure delivering gas supply for two LNG trains. He has worked on large offshore and onshore projects and is experienced with both conventional and unconventional resource exploration, development and production. Trevor was a Board Member of the Queensland Resource Council 2012 – 2015 and a member of Queensland CSG to LNG Industry Leadership Group (ILG) 2012 – 2016. Trevor was a founding Board member of the Queensland “Safer Together” organisation that brought over 100 Operating and Contracting organisations together to improve safety outcomes in the Queensland natural gas industry.  He also guided the establishment of the WA/NT Safer Together organisation. Trevor is currently Chairman of an emerging Brisbane technology company and an Advisory Board member of another.  Both provide productivity improvement tools to the energy sector and other industries.  Trevor provides strategic advisory services to the energy sector and Project Leadership advisory services across a variety of industries. In 2017, in conjunction with McKinsey & Co., Trevor co-authored an industry paper on The art of project leadership: Delivering the world’s largest projects.  He graduated from Melbourne University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) majoring in Geology.

Staffan Ever

Mr. Staffan Ever, MBA, M.Sc. (Civil Eng.) is a co-founder and serves as Managing Director of the Square Group of Companies. Mr. Ever served as Chief Executive Officer of QCoal. He also served for 12 years with AMCI as General Manager of AMCI Australia, Founder and Managing Partner of Triangle Resource Fund. Mr. Ever is a highly experienced executive in the coal sector with experience in managing and financing coal projects from greenfields through to production coupled with extensive experience in coal marketing and mergers and acquisitions. In his previous roles, he has undertaken and overseen equity investments and/or divestments in Gunnedah, Glennies Creek, Alliance, Coppabella, Moorevale and Sonoma mines. Mr. Ever has been a Director of Realm Resources Limited since November 2016. He served as a Non-Executive Director of Coalbank Limited from September 1, 2011 to November 22, 2013. He served as Director, on behalf of AMCI, on all Australian investee companies.

Brad John PSM

Mr. Brad John PSM, MBA, MSc (Geology) has a distinguished career in working with overseas and Australian companies seeking to invest in Queensland’s exploration and resource industries. Brad’s deep experience across Queensland has included identifying opportunities through understanding Queensland’s geology, resources and resource potential, and awareness of resource companies, operations and projects in the State. He has a deep knowledge of the role of government liaison and understanding Queensland’s exploration and mining governance, including navigating the approvals processes. Brad has held several senior leadership roles in the Queensland Public Service, culminating as Chief Government Geologist and head of the Geological Survey of Queensland (GSQ). As Chief Government Geologist and earlier as Director, Exploration Attraction and Director, Exploration and Industry Support, Brad promoted exploration and resource investment opportunities in Queensland at conferences, seminars and meetings in Australia and in China, India, Korea, Japan and Canada on behalf of the Government of Queensland. Brad hosted delegations from these and other countries, and based on his deep knowledge of Queensland’s geology, resources, resource potential, and exploration and mining governance, he provided information and advice on exploration and resource investment opportunities, and carefully matched potential strategic investors with resource companies operating in Queensland with companies from all over the world. Brad was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) as Chief Government Geologist with the GSQ, for working with the resources industry and State and Federal Government agencies in facilitating and promoting exploration and resource investment in Queensland.

Greg Martin B.Ec. LLB, FAIM, MAICD

Mr. Greg Martin has over 35 years’ experience in the energy, energy utilities, energy infrastructure and resources sectors, having spent 25 years with The Australian Gas Light Company (AGL), including five years as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director. Most recently, Greg is a former Director of Santos Limited (2009 to 2017). After leaving AGL, Greg was Chief Executive Officer of the infrastructure division of Challenger Financial Services Group and, subsequently, Managing Director of Murchison Metals Limited. In 2012 Greg co-founded Prostar Capital, a private equity investment firm established to invest across the mid-market energy value chain in the Asia-Pacific region. The firm invests in operating companies, projects and assets that are focused on midstream (gathering and processing), storage and downstream (transportation and distribution) energy infrastructure. Greg retired as a Partner of Prostar Capital in December 2017 but remains an investor in Prostar’s funds. Greg currently serves as Chairman of Iluka Resources Limited, Chairman of Sydney Desalination Plant Pty Limited, Chairman of Coronado Global Resources, Deputy Chairman of Western Power and a Non-Executive Director of Spark Infrastructure Group. Greg is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers & Leaders and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Technology Sydney and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney.

The Hon Andrew Robb AO

Until his recent retirement from politics, Andrew Robb was Australia’s Minister for Trade and Investment. In this role Mr Robb negotiated Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Japan and China, as well as the 12 country Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement and the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with Singapore.  Additionally he conducted 85 investment roundtables with 28 countries. Mr Robb is currently a Board Member of the Kidman cattle enterprise, Chair of Asialink and CNSDose, and strategic advisor to Beef Innovations Australia, as well as a range of national and international businesses. In 2003, Mr Robb was awarded the office of the Order of Australia (AO) for his service to agriculture, politics and the community. As well, Mr Robb is the author of “Black Dog Daze: Public Life, Private Demons” (Melbourne University Publishing).