Board of Directors

Chris Newton

Chris Newton

B.Sc Hons (Geology), Grad Dip (App Fin)

Non-executive Director

Mr. Chris Newton is a geology graduate from the University of Durham, England and also holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia (SIA).  Chris has had a 37 year career in oil and gas covering the spectrum of the industry – from exploration, development, production and petroleum economics to strategic planning, business development and senior leadership.

Chris has spent more than 25 years in senior resource industry roles in South East Asia including as Managing Director of Fletcher Challenge in Brunei and of Shell Deepwater Borneo, President of Santos’ Indonesian operations, and CEO of Jakarta-listed oil and gas company EMP.

Chris was an active Director of the Indonesian Petroleum Association (IPA) between 2003 to 2008, including serving as President from 2004 to 2007. He remains active in the IPA, is the oil and gas advisor to the Jakarta-based Castle Asia Group and is also currently a Director of Lion Energy Ltd.

Govert van Ek

B.Eng (Hons), Ph.D

Non-executive Director

Dr Govert van Ek started his upstream oil and gas career at Shell in 1996 having graduated from The University of Manchester with a Ph.D in total technology. He then worked for a number of investment banks becoming responsible for signing off technical matters for loans in the upstream oil sector. He became Managing Director of a number of upstream E&P companies including Spyker Energy Plc which later sold its Dutch operations to a Barclays bank subsidiary in 2012. He was briefly Sun Resources Managing Director before co-founding a number of successful software technology companies where he remains active.

Kamarudin bin Baba


Non-executive Director

Mr. Kamarudin Baba holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of London and was also admitted as Associate of The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, United Kingdom. He was issued a certificate of Legal Practice from the Legal Profession Qualifying Board Malaysia and was admitted to practice as Advocate and Solicitor in the High Court of Malaya, Peninsular Malaysia.

Kamarudin has over 30 years’ experience as a company secretary, in private legal practice and in-house counsel. He is currently the General Counsel of the Northern Gulf Petroleum Group (NGP).