Dr Malcolm Roberts appointed APPEA Chief Executive

Incoming APPEA Chief Executive Malcolm Roberts.

Incoming APPEA Chief Executive Malcolm Roberts.

The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) Board has appointed Dr Malcolm Roberts as Chief Executive.

Dr Roberts is currently serving as the chairman of the Queensland Competition Authority, and will resign in mid-June to join APPEA in mid-June.

He has considerable experience in industry associations, having held leadership roles with the Energy Networks Association, The National Generators’ Forum, the Australian National Retailers Association and the Housing Industry Association.

Dr Roberts has also worked in government as a policy adviser to ministers and in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, along with work as an adviser and then Chief of Staff to Ian Macfarlane in 2001–04 and 2006–07.

“Our oil and gas sector is a world-class industry with huge potential to deliver even more prosperity for Australia,” Dr Roberts said.

“I am excited by the role APPEA can play to realise this potential.”

APGA Chief Executive Cheryl Cartwright said Dr Roberts had a broad range of relevant experience to undertake the role.

“This is an excellent appointment by APPEA and will stand the organisation in good stead for the future,” Ms Cartwright said.

“Dr Roberts has significant experience in leading associations, he has worked in politics and he is an excellent negotiator.

“APGA looks forward to a strong working relationship between our two organisations.”

The appointment follows David Byers’ resignation from the position in March to take up a senior role in public policy and government affairs with BHP Billiton.

Mr Byers joined the organisation in 2011.

Paul Fennelly has been acting Chief Executive since his exit.

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