About Us

Board and Management

Dr Peter Hill
Non Executive Chairman
Dr. Hill has over 40 years of experience in the international oil and natural gas industry. He commenced his career in 1972 and spent 22 years in senior positions at British Petroleum including Chief Geologist, Chief of Staff for BP Exploration, President of BP Venezuela and Regional Director for Central and South America. Dr. Hill then worked as Vice President of Exploration at Ranger Oil Ltd. in England (1994-1995), Managing Director Exploration and Production at Deminex GMBH Oil in Germany (1995-1997), Technical Director/Chief Operating Officer at Hardy Oil & Gas plc (1998-2000), President and Chief Executive Officer at Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. (2000-2005), Director/Chairman at Austral Pacific Energy Ltd. (2006-2008), independent advisor to Palo Alto Investors (January 2008 to December 2009), Non-Executive Chairman at Toreador Resources Corporation (January 2009 to April 2011), Director of Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc. (April 2013 to March 2015), interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc. (March 2014 to March 2015) and Chief Executive of Triangle Petroleum (2010 – 2012) before being appointed Chairman in 2012 to present. Dr. Hill has a B.Sc. (Honors) in Geology and a Ph.D.
 
 
Mr Terence Maxwell Barr
Managing Director
Mr Barr was appointed Managing Directors of the Company on 25 January 2005.  Mr Barr is a petroleum geologist with over 30 year's experience, including 11 years with Santos.  In recent years, Mr Barr has specialised in tight gas exploration, drilling and completion and is considered an expert in this field. Prior to joining Samson, Mr Barr was employed as Managing Director by Ausam Resources from 1999 to 2003 and as was the owner of Barco Exploration from 2003 to 2005.
 
Mr Denis Rakich
Executive Director & Company Secretary

Mr Rakich was appointed Company Secretary on 18 June 1998.  Mr Rakich is an accountant and Company secretary with extensive corporate experience within the petroleum services, petroleum and mineral production and exploration industries.  Mr Rakich is responsible for the legal, financial and corporate management of Samson Oil & Gas Limited.  He is a member of the Australian Society of Accountants and is currently Company Secretary for another public Company in the resources sector.

Mr Gregory Channon
Non Executive Director
Mr Channon is a geologist with over 31 years of international experience in the oil and gas industry.  Mr Channon commenced his career in 1984 as a Wellsite and Operations Geologist at Delhi Petroleum before joining Santos as an Explorationist in 1987.   For the next 13 years, Mr Channon held various executive and mangement roles in Santos, and made a number of onshore and offshore discoveries.  In 2000, Mr Channon moved to New Zealand with Fletcher Challenge Energy and later became the Exploration Portfolio Manager for Shell in New Zealand and then Manager of Geology for Swift Energy New Zealand.  In 2005, Mr Channon had returned to Australia and taken up the role of CEO for the unconventional gas start-up company Alto Energy.   He secured and developed a portfolio of shale gas assets in the Appalachia region of the USA.  In late 2006 he joined Salinas Energy as General Manager, undertaking a heavy oil development in California, USA.  Between 2009-2012, Mr Channon moved to Hong Kong and joined Brightoil Petroleum Holdings Limited as the Upstream CEO.  He is currently the CEO of Pathfinder Energy  Pty Ltd.  During his career, Mr Channon has sat on the Board of Directors of companies listed on the ASX, TSX and HKSE.
 
 
Ms Robyn Lamont
Chief Financial Officer
Ms Lamont has served as the Company's Chief Financial Officer since 1 May 2006, prior to which she served as Financial Controller since 2001.  Ms Lamont graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1999 with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting and Finance.  Ms Lamont worked for Arthur Andersen in Perth, Western Australia for three years and qualified as a Chartered Accountant through the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia in 2001.
 
David J. Ninke
Vice President Exploration

Mr. Ninke was appointed Vice President, Exploration of Samson effective April 1, 2008. Mr. Ninke brings 18 years of geological and geophysical exploration experience in the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast, the Permian Basin, the Rockies, and the North Slope of Alaska. From May 2002 to April 2008, Mr. Ninke served as a Sr. Geologist/Geophysicist with Aspect Energy, LLC in Denver, Colorado, prior to which he worked with BP in Anchorage, Alaska and Killam Oil Co, Ltd. in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Ninke has drilled approximately 100 oil and gas wells in his career with a success rate greater than 80%, including several significant exploration discoveries. Mr. Ninke holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Geology from Wittenberg University and Bowling Green State University, respectively.