CO2CRC’s people are focused on designing, funding, and implementing in-field and laboratory
based emissions reductions experiments that provide tangible results to our members.
More than 70 researchers from organisations across Australia, North America and Europe
collaborate on experiments we design and manage.

  • CO2CRC Board
  • Executive Team
MARTIN FERGUSON AM

Martin Ferguson, Chairman, brings decades of experience working with the resource sector from a government and private sector perspective. Martin served as the Member for Batman from 1996 to 2013 and held a variety of Shadow Ministerial portfolios including...

MARTIN FERGUSON AM

B Ec (Hons)

Chairman

Martin Ferguson, Chairman, brings decades of experience working with the resource sector from a government and private sector perspective. Martin served as the Member for Batman from 1996 to 2013 and held a variety of Shadow Ministerial portfolios including Resources and Energy. Upon the Rudd Government’s election in December 2007, Martin was appointed Minister for Resources and Energy, and Minister for Tourism, positions he held until March 2013.

During his time as Minister he oversaw the largest ever investments in the oil and gas sector, and the rapid expansion of the mining sector. Post politics, Martin has accepted a number of positions in the oil and gas industry, including Group Executive in Natural Resources at Seven Group Holdings, Non-Executive Director of the BG Board, and Chairman to the APPEA Advisory Board.

DAVID BYERS

Prior to joining CO2CRC in July 2018, David was interim CEO of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA).

David has more than 30 years’ experience across oil, gas and minerals, in Australia and overseas. He has worked in CEO and senior lea...

DAVID BYERS

GDipEnergy&ResourcesLaw, LLB, B. Ec.

Chief Executive Officer

Prior to joining CO2CRC in July 2018, David was interim CEO of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA).

David has more than 30 years’ experience across oil, gas and minerals, in Australia and overseas. He has worked in CEO and senior leadership roles in public, membership and commercial organisations.

Some highlights in David’s career include his role as Vice President Government Relations and Public Policy for BHP, four years as CEO of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA), three years as Chief Executive of CEDA (Committee for Economic Development of Australia), and 17 years working in Melbourne, Singapore and Dallas for ExxonMobil.

MICK BUFFIER

Mick Buffier has 35 years’ experience in the coal mining industry in Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons) from Sydney University and a Master of Business Administration from Newcastle University.

Mick joined Glencore Coal in 2...

MICK BUFFIER

BE (Civil), MBA

Director

Mick Buffier has 35 years’ experience in the coal mining industry in Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons) from Sydney University and a Master of Business Administration from Newcastle University.

Mick joined Glencore Coal in 2001 as the Director of Open Cut Operations in NSW. Subsequent to the Xstrata IPO in 2002 Mick held the role of Chief Operating Officer of Xstrata’s coal mining operations in NSW. In 2009 he was appointed Group Executive for Sustainable Development and Industry Relations, across the company’s global coal operations. Mick continues in this role following the merger of Glencore and Xstrata in May 2013.

Prior to this he held various positions including Mining Engineer, Senior Mining Engineer, Production Manager, Mine Manager and General Manager.

Mick is a former Chairman and a current Director and Deputy Chairman of the NSW Minerals Council, as well as a Ministerial appointee to the NSW Coal Innovation Council. He is a Director of ACALET (Australian Coal Association Low Emission Technologies Pty Ltd) and ANLEC R&D.

On an international level, Mick is the current Chairman of the World Coal Association, an Associate of the IEA Coal Industry Advisory Board and a peer reviewer of the IEA World Energy Outlook.

FIONA HICK

Fiona Hick is Vice President Health, Safety, Environment and Quality at Woodside Energy. She has over 20 years’ experience in the oil, gas and mining industries. Fiona has been with Woodside for more than 15 years through a range of senior engineering and...

FIONA HICK

BEng (Hons), BappSci, FIEAust, MAICD, AFAIM

Director

Fiona Hick is Vice President Health, Safety, Environment and Quality at Woodside Energy. She has over 20 years’ experience in the oil, gas and mining industries. Fiona has been with Woodside for more than 15 years through a range of senior engineering and operations roles including Senior VP Engineering and Australia Business Unit Strategy and Governance Manager. Prior to joining Woodside, she worked for a number of years with Rio Tinto. Fiona has a passion for building high performing teams and regular and open engagement with stakeholders.

DR ANDREW HEAP

Dr Andrew Heap is the Chief of the Minerals, Energy and Groundwater Division at Geoscience Australia.

Andrew graduated 1st class Hons in Earth Sciences from the University of Auckland (New Zealand) in 1996 after which he completed his PhD at James Co...

DR ANDREW HEAP

BSc (Hons), PhD

Director

Dr Andrew Heap is the Chief of the Minerals, Energy and Groundwater Division at Geoscience Australia.

Andrew graduated 1st class Hons in Earth Sciences from the University of Auckland (New Zealand) in 1996 after which he completed his PhD at James Cook University in 2000.

Andrew has 20 years of professional experience in leading pre-competitive geoscience research within the Australian Government. This includes more than 17 years as a senior leader in Geoscience Australia, with responsibility for energy and mineral resources, carbon capture and storage, marine geoscience and groundwater programs. Andrew has published over 100 scientific and technical papers and is a member of 12 professional organisations.

Andrew has responsibility for building a national prospectus of energy and mineral groundwater resources across Australia through regional geological framework studies, and delivery of pre-competitive scientific data and information. A key outcome is to stimulate new exploration investment in frontier areas through an improved understanding of under-explored regions and sustainable water management.

As a member of the Australian Government’s Ocean Policy Science Advisory Group Andrew had a lead role in drafting A Marine Nation 2009 and Marine Nation 2025 as blueprints for coordinating investment in marine science in Australia. Andrew represents Australia in the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) as Council Member of the Australia–New Zealand IODP consortium and is the Federal Government’s representative on the COAG Energy Council Geoscience Working Group.

BRIAN KITNEY

Brian Kitney is an independent Director with over 25 years industry experience in oil and gas in Australia and Asia. He has held senior industry positions including Vice President Commercial at Osaka Gas Australia, having spent nine years in the company. As...

BRIAN KITNEY

GAICD, MBA, MA

Director

Brian Kitney is an independent Director with over 25 years industry experience in oil and gas in Australia and Asia. He has held senior industry positions including Vice President Commercial at Osaka Gas Australia, having spent nine years in the company. As head of the Commercial team, based in Perth, his primary responsibilities included managing the company’s upstream investments in Australia and Papua New Guinea, as well as evaluating new investment opportunities. Prior to joining Osaka Gas Australia he held the position of Vice President Commodities at JPMorgan Securities Japan, based in Tokyo. Brian has also held senior positions at Apache Energy Ltd and Mitsui & Co (Australia) Ltd.

Brian has obtained an MBA from Curtin University, a Master of Applied Japanese Linguistics and a Graduate Diploma in Diplomacy and Trade from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma from Swinburne University and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance from Kaplan. Brian is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was previously Director of a number of Osaka Gas subsidiaries.

BILL MCKENZIE

Bill McKenzie is the Vice President of Surat Developments and is a director of BG International (AUS) Pty Ltd, QGC Pty Limited and their subsidiary companies. He accountable for appraisal and development activities in the QCLNG Surat Asset including field d...

BILL MCKENZIE

BE (Chem) Hons 1A, RPEQ, FIChemE, CEng

Director

Bill McKenzie is the Vice President of Surat Developments and is a director of BG International (AUS) Pty Ltd, QGC Pty Limited and their subsidiary companies. He accountable for appraisal and development activities in the QCLNG Surat Asset including field development planning, subsurface and pre-sanction projects. Bill joined QGC in 2013 where he led operations assurance and development management for Phase II projects until 2015 when he was appointed VP of Surat Developments.

Bill is a chartered chemical engineer and RPEQ with significant experience in project development, process engineering, operations, process safety and management. After a 16 year career in BP primarily in refining, Bill joined Origin Energy’s oil & gas division in 2008 as the head of safety, then head of engineering and operations before becoming GM Technical. In 2011 Bill was appointed to GM Qld CSG, accountable for the APLNG Joint Venture’s Upstream assets. Bill holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering with 1st Class Honours from the University of Queensland.

TIM WALTON

Tim Walton joined the CO2CRC Board as a research sector representative. He is currently the Director, Energy Research Initiatives, in Curtin University’s Office of Research and Development in Perth, Western Australia.With a professional backgro...

TIM WALTON

BA, MBA GAICD

Director

Tim Walton joined the CO2CRC Board as a research sector representative. He is currently the Director, Energy Research Initiatives, in Curtin University’s Office of Research and Development in Perth, Western Australia.With a professional background in corporate communications, government policy and strategy, Mr Walton has worked in science administration and resources development within the Western Australian Government’s minerals
and petroleum, and science and innovation portfolios.

Previously he has worked in a diverse range of areas including conservation education, natural resources management, policy and regulation, heavy industry and port logistics. Mr Walton is a board member of the Western Australian Energy Research Alliance which oversees a joint venture in offshore oil and gas research engagement between CSIRO, Curtin and the University of Western
Australia.

The National Geosequestration Laboratory is also managed by the Alliance. He has been a Board member of the Centre for Renewal Energy in Sustainable Transport (CREST), the Parker Centre CRC for Hydrometallurgy and the Australian Centre for Natural Gas Management.

DR GRAHAM WINKELMAN

Graham Winkelman is Practice Lead Climate Change at BHP based in Melbourne, Australia, where his global role covers BHP’s response to climate change policy, including broad engagement across company executive leadership, federal and provincial governments...

DR GRAHAM WINKELMAN

PhD, MAppFin, MEngSc, BE (Met)

Director

Graham Winkelman is Practice Lead Climate Change at BHP based in Melbourne, Australia, where his global role covers BHP’s response to climate change policy, including broad engagement across company executive leadership, federal and provincial governments, industry associations (including MCA, APPEA, BCA and CMI in Australia), peer companies, research institutes, think tanks and multilateral associations (e.g. IEA, UNFCCC). Graham’s role also includes leadership of BHP’s carbon capture and storage initiatives, with on-the-ground investment, research activity and policy engagement in various locations including Australia, the US, China, Canada, Japan and the UK.

Graham is Chair of the Board of the International Carbon Capture and Storage Knowledge Centre (Regina, Canada) and a Board Member of the Australian Industry Greenhouse Network and the Energy Policy Institute of Australia. Graham has a PhD in Materials Engineering from Monash University, and has been contributing to the resource sector’s response to climate change for 13 years in both direct and consulting roles.

DAVID BYERS

Prior to joining CO2CRC in July 2018, David was interim CEO of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA).

David has more than 30 years’ experience across oil, gas and minerals, in Australia and overseas. He has worked in CEO and senior lea...

DAVID BYERS

GDipEnergy&ResourcesLaw, LLB, B. Ec.

Chief Executive Officer

Prior to joining CO2CRC in July 2018, David was interim CEO of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA).

David has more than 30 years’ experience across oil, gas and minerals, in Australia and overseas. He has worked in CEO and senior leadership roles in public, membership and commercial organisations.

Some highlights in David’s career include his role as Vice President Government Relations and Public Policy for BHP, four years as CEO of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA), three years as Chief Executive of CEDA (Committee for Economic Development of Australia), and 17 years working in Melbourne, Singapore and Dallas for ExxonMobil.

MARGARET BROWNING

Margaret has over twenty years’ experience in finance roles with several well-known organisations.

She started her career at KPMG where she worked as an auditor and obtained the Chartered Accountant (CA) designation. A highlight of her time here wa...

MARGARET BROWNING

BBus (Acc), CA, ACIS

Chief Financial Officer

Margaret has over twenty years’ experience in finance roles with several well-known organisations.

She started her career at KPMG where she worked as an auditor and obtained the Chartered Accountant (CA) designation. A highlight of her time here was being seconded to work overseas in Hong Kong and London.

After ten years in chartered accounting Margaret moved into commerce, using her technical skills in compliance reporting roles. She gained experience in the not for profit sector, including education and sporting organisations.

Margaret has also gained valuable experience through running her own small retail business.

DR MATTHIAS RAAB

Dr Matthias Raab is an experienced manager with international credentials in successful, high profile and complex projects in industry and academia.

He has 24 years of experience in commercial and R&D environments with major sector clients. At CO...

DR MATTHIAS RAAB

PhD

Chief Operating Officer

Dr Matthias Raab is an experienced manager with international credentials in successful, high profile and complex projects in industry and academia.

He has 24 years of experience in commercial and R&D environments with major sector clients. At CO2CRC Ltd. Matthias manages large project portfolios with teams of up to 70 people and annual budgets of up to $20M.

As COO Matthias has strategic and operational responsibility for CO2CRC’s research facilities, research programs and the delivery of major research and infrastructure projects. Matthias manages a group of Senior Program, Project and Operations Managers and provides leadership to CO2CRC’s strategic planning and implements new strategic initiatives.

Matthias’ overall portfolio includes the $45M research program in Carbon Capture and Geological Carbon Storage, the CO2CRC Otway Field Facility, the Stage 3 Expansion of the Otway Project and the $51.6M infrastructure grant awarded to CO2CRC under the Education Investment Fund.

In previous roles Matthias managed Australia’s largest 2D marine seismic survey in Bass Strait, led the Victorian CCS initiative exploring for industrial scale CO2 storage in the Gippsland Basin and was a Project Manager building and documenting the border between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Yemen.