Senior Management

Mike Bucknill – General Manager Exploration

Mike is an upstream professional with 30 years’ experience in exploration, appraisal and development.

He commenced at Esso Australia exploring the North-West Shelf and Timor Sea, followed by roles in Delhi and MIMPEX. A decade of international assignments expanded his expertise across Africa, Middle East, Asia and Americas, adding a deepwater oil discovery in Japan to his credit.

Returning to Australia, Mike was instrumental in expanding Acer Energy’s asset portfolio, culminating in takeover by Drillsearch. At Central Petroleum he conducted successful exploration programs, and rationalised exploration and development strategies.

Mike has strong technical and team management skills, with an excellent track record in formulating objectives and delivering results across G&G and Engineering disciplines. He has proven ability to identify opportunities and assess risks, and is well versed in technological advances and leveraging these to advantage.

Jan Hulse – Chief Geologist

A highly experienced geologist with 30 years experience in reservoir management, petroleum field development and geophysics.

Jan has been a leader on exploration teams for numerous petroleum companies. Including time with Santos Asia Pacific 1997-2003, BP Australia PNG and MIM Petroleum in PNG.

BSc, Geology/Mathematics, 1981-1985 from the Australian National University.

Filomeno DeAndrade – General Manager Government and Community Relations  

Filomeno is the former President of the Timorese Australian Council in Australia and the former Vice President of Timorese Council in Portugal. Filomeno has extensive international experience – 40 years in engineering, management and environment roles.

Filomeno was the Head of Infrastructure United Nations UNTAET (United Nations Transitional Administration of East Timor) in East Timor -responsible for Sectors of Public Works, Water and Sanitation, Electricity, Telecommunication, Transports, Roads and Land and Property and Representative of the Cabinet Member for Infrastructure.

Filomeno has worked as an engineer at  NEPEAN Sydney,  ITT-International and Telecommunications Portugal, Transfield Construction responsible for construction of  some major projects such as Esso Topside Oil Rigging  Platforms ; “Bream B” and  “West Tuna”  for  Bass  Strait – Australia,-Upgrading of Loy Yang B  Power Station Cad/Cam Programmer for structural steel.

Filomeno was born in Timor. He has worked abroad in many countries but calls Australia and Timor home.

Brad Whatson – Chief Financial Officer

Brad joined Nepean in January 2015. Brad has over 20 years’ senior leadership experience in start-up organisations through to global market leaders, focused on pre-empting business risks and identifying solutions that protect organizations long term growth and profitability. His leadership and extensive change experience covers managing multiple departments including Finance, IT, Legal, Human Resources, Safety and Quality while engaged in business acquisitions and divestments, regional restructures, diligent financial analysis, implementing new business systems, complex financing structures, starting up new businesses and implementing governance strategies