Shell has operated in Australia for over 120 years. From operating Australia’s first oil refinery, which was central to meeting Australia’s fuel needs, to fuelling the first Qantas commercial flight in the 1920s, to playing a foundation role in building some of Australia’s largest and most innovative natural resource developments - as the energy needs of Australia have changed, so have we. Today, we are a leading natural gas producer and are playing our part in the transition to a low-carbon future by investing in the power sector, renewable energy sources and carbon abatement activities.

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Meet the Leadership team

Find out here about our business and function leaders who make up the Shell Australia Country Leadership team.

Tony Nunan

Tony Nunan

EVP Integrated Gas Australia and Australia Country Chair

January 2020 marked the start of a new role for Tony, as EVP Integrated Gas Australia and Country Chair. Tony describes it as an honour and a privilege to lead the Shell business in Australia through the energy transition, where our purpose is to power progress together to provide more and cleaner energy solutions, for Australia and the world.

With degrees in Land Resource Science from the University of Queensland and Law from the University of New England, Tony joined Shell’s QGC business in 2008. Since then he has held a variety of land, community, asset management and legal roles. In 2015, just prior to the Shell and BG integration, Tony became QGC Managing Director as the business commenced production operations. Following Shell’s acquisition of BG, he was appointed Vice President QGC for Shell Australia, and then VP East, Shell Australia, until his appointment as EVP Integrated Gas Australia and Country Chair.

Caitlin Westgarth

Caitlin Westgarth

Associate General Counsel Integrated Gas/Head of Legal, Australia

Caitlin has 18 years of legal experience between private practice and Shell. She balances technical proficiency with commercial and operational experience to advise executive and business leadership teams effectively on strategic, operational and transformation goals. Prior to her current role, Caitlin was the Royal Dutch Shell (RDS) Executive Committee Secretary, where she worked closely with the RDS plc Board and the CEO’s Executive Committee during a key period of defining Shell’s energy transition strategy.

Since joining Shell in 2009, she has held a variety of legal roles in Perth and in The Hague, and in doing so has worked on a range of Australian and international upstream and integrated gas projects, and growth/M&A opportunities. These include the start-up of the Gorgon LNG project and the Prelude FLNG facility, the global 2015 Shell and BG combination and the 2010 Arrow acquisition. A strong advocate for diversity, Caitlin is committed to creating a workplace that is respectful, inclusive and enriched by different perspectives. Caitlin holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (first-class honours) from the University of Sydney.

Cecile Wake

Cecile Wake

CEO, Arrow Energy

Cecile is the CEO of Arrow Energy, Shell’s joint venture project with PetroChina and is a member of the Shell Australia Country Leadership team. Cecile joined Arrow Energy in 2020 after assuming Commercial Leadership roles at Shell and the BG Group prior to acquisition, which included VP Commercial & New Business Development Australia and Growth Director with the BG Group. 

Prior to joining Shell and BG Group, Cecile was a corporate partner at the leading international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills in London for nine years and her corporate energy practice focused on complex cross-border oil, gas and LNG project development, high-value mergers and acquisition transactions in the oil, gas, and mining sectors and long-term sales arrangements for oil, gas, and LNG. Cecile holds two degrees from The University of Queensland, with Bachelors in Economics and Law

David A. Connolly

David A. Connolly

VP Finance LNG, Australia

David’s current role is VP Finance LNG, Australia. He has more than 20 years of experience across a broad range of businesses and a track record of accomplishment in complex transactions, mergers and acquisitions, contract management and international arbitration. Prior to his current role, David has served as VP Finance of Shell Energy America’s gas and power trading business and before this he was Finance Director for Shell Australia’s East operating businesses, following Shell’s acquisition of BG Group. David has also held the role of Finance Director of BG Group Australia businesses where he was responsible for all aspects of finance, contract tender board, IT and people logistic services.

Before joining BG Group, David spent 13 years at BHP working across a variety of finance and commercial roles across sectors including iron ore, oil and gas, steel manufacture and IT in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Queensland University of Technology and is a Fellow of CPA Australia.

Drew MacOwan

Drew MacOwan

VP Human Resources, Australia

Drew became VP HR Australia in January 2020. He’s held executive roles in the energy and professional services sectors in Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East.

Drew started his career with the Royal Marines where he gained foundational leadership experience in challenging environments, before pursuing a career in human resources, where his experience has spanned organisational change, employee and industrial relations, talent development, Diversity and Inclusion, business growth and transformation. Drew has a MA (Hons) in English Literature, 2.1 from the University of Edinburgh, and an MSc Human Resource Management from the University of London.

Godson Njoku

Godson Njoku

SVP East, Australia

Godson Njoku is SVP East, Australia – a role he has held since January 2020. He joined Shell in 2002 and has experience across Upstream and Downstream businesses, including various asset management, business development, sales and marketing and production leadership roles in Europe and Africa.

In 2011, Godson was appointed Business Advisor to the Upstream International Director before taking on role of Président Directeur Général and Country Chair of Shell Gabon in 2013. From 2016 – 2020, he was EVP – Production Support and Excellence and a member of Shell Upstream Leadership team.

Godson holds a first-class degree in International Business and Marketing and an MBA from the Warwick Business School. He is married and has two sons and a daughter.

Greg Joiner

Greg Joiner

CEO Shell Energy Australia and VP Renewables and Energy Solutions

Greg has held several roles within Shell over the last three decades that have prepared him for the challenge of leading Shell’s ambitions in new energies and power in Australia. With a degree in Economics from Monash University, initially working within Shell’s downstream retail and commercial marketing businesses, Greg played a key role in the establishment of Pulse Energy – the company’s early 2000’s entry into electricity and gas retailing. Greg subsequently held leadership roles in Shell’s Global Commercial division in both Singapore and London across strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and general management of regional and global business units.

He returned to Australia in 2013 to head upstream business development and the role of Shareholder Representative for Shell’s interests in Arrow Energy in 2015. In January 2019, Greg took up leadership of the Shell Energy trading business in Australia, becoming CEO of ERM Power following Shell’s acquisition in November 2019. In February 2021 these businesses came together under the Shell Energy brand. Greg leads Shell Energy in Australia in its ambition to continue to build a new energies business that helps its customers thrive through the energy transition.

Michelle Barry

Michelle Barry

Head of Corporate Relations, Australia

Michelle became VP Corporate Relations, Australia in October 2021. She has held senior executive roles in the energy and financial services sector in Australia and the United Kingdom spanning the disciplines of corporate affairs, strategy, human resources, marketing and communications.

In 2015 she joined ERM Power, which was acquired by Shell in November 2019. Michelle was appointed to the role of Executive General Manager, Corporate Services for Shell Energy, focused on advancing Shell’s ambitions in new energy and power, championing the energy transition in Australia.

Michelle has more than 25 years’ experience in media, strategy, investor relations and corporate affairs roles.

Sander Stegenga

Sander Stegenga

VP Non-Operated Ventures, Australia

Sander is VP Non-Operated Ventures Australia and is responsible for managing Shell’s interests in the Gorgon, North-West Shelf and Browse joint ventures. Sander joined Shell in 1991 after he obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering. Since then he has covered multiple technical and commercial roles, both in Shell and seconded into joint ventures starting and staying in the emerging and evolving world of natural gas.

With a PhD in Chemical Engineering and Economics from the University of Amsterdam, Sander has held roles in Australia, the US, Russia, UAE, Singapore, India, again in Russia and then in Australia. He brings a broad range of experience in project development, joint venture operations, business development and asset management and support.

Steph Lock

Steph Lock

VP HSSE, Australia

Steph was appointed VP HSSE, Australia in August 2018. She has spent more than 20 years in new business, exploration, projects, downstream refining, and upstream operations.

Before returning to Australia in 2018, she was General Manager HSSE and was working for Sakhalin Energy in Russia, driving Shell’s Goal Zero ambition and world class HSSE performance. Steph holds a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering, inclusive of Civil/Chemical/Environmental subjects.

Virang Gadoya

Virang Gadoya

VP Commercial/New Business Development, Australia

Joining Shell in 2003, Virang spent his first two years with its integrated gas business in India. In 2005, he moved to the Netherlands in the central New Business Development and Deal leadership role to support the Integrated Gas and Upstream businesses, with the role eventually taking him to Singapore in 2013 as head of deal delivery for upstream and Integrated Gas business across Asia Pacific. During this time, he has worked across many parts of the world including New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Kuwait, Egypt, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines amongst others.

In addition to his qualifications as a Mechanical Engineer and an MBA from INSEAD, he has 18 years of commercial experience. As the VP Commercial & NBD for Australia since mid-2020, Virang is responsible for directing and managing the commercial and business development strategies and activities across the organisation to deliver maximum value for Shell Australia.

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