Meet the board

Hui Ye ( Non-Executive Chairman )

Mr Ye is the Chairman and President of Beijing Chunhui Yuan Group which is a large private company with extensive interests in real estate, hotels, natural resources, education and entertainment. Mr Ye was a graduate of Shenzen University in 1988. Through Notable Pioneer Limited he holds the largest shareholding in Helios Energy Limited (473,998,197 shares equating to a 33% shareholding in Helios Energy). 

Richard He ( Managing Director )

Richard He is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist in natural resources with a particular focus on oil and gas. Mr He was an investment banker and venture capitalist based in Shanghai and Beijing for more than 12 years with a capital markets practice and investment focus on Chinese equities listed on the major Chinese stock exchanges. Over the past 12 years, he has been based in Houston, Texas and has invested in and managed exploration and production shale plays in Texas, USA. Mr He is noted for his successful development of the Halliday Oil Field in the Woodbine tight sands play located in East Texas in which he was a joint venture participant. After drilling 14 successful fracked horizontal wells, the joint venture participants sold the Halliday Oil Field to Halcon Resources for US$520m.

Robert Bearden ( Non-Executive Director )

Mr Bearden has over 25 years of senior management experience in oil and gas exploration, development and production throughout the Gulf of Mexico, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, China, Iraq and West Africa.

He was previously the President and CEO of the ASX listed public company Sino Gas & Energy Holdings (ASX Code: SEH) which under his leadership reached a market capitalization of $375m.

Prior to that role, he was the Operations Director for Addax (a Sinopec subsidiary) and the Production Excellence Manager for the Americas for Hess Corporation. He began his oil and gas career with Chevron where he worked for 27 years, and held positions including Managing Director Mid-Africa, Sr. Vice President EuroAsia, General Manager Tengizchevroil, and Operations Manager for the Gulf of Mexico.

Mr Bearden has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Texas A&M and a Master of Petroleum Engineering degree from Tulane University. He also holds a MBA from Purdue University and an International Masters in Management from ESCAP-EAP, Paris.  Mr Bearden lives in Texas, USA, and he is a petroleum engineer by profession.

Mark Lochtenberg ( Non-Executive Director )

Mr Mark Lochtenberg graduated with a Bachelor of Law (Hons) degree from Liverpool University, U.K. and has been actively involved in the coal industry for more than 30 years. Mr Lochtenberg is the former Executive Chairman and founding Managing Director of ASX listed Baralaba Coal Company Limited (formerly Cockatoo Coal Limited).

He was a principal architect of Cockatoo’s inception and growth from an early stage grassroots explorer through to an emerging mainstream coal producer.  Mr Lochtenberg was also formerly the co-head of Glencore International AG’s worldwide coal division, where he spent 13 years overseeing a range of trading activities including the identification, due diligence, negotiation, acquisition and aggregation of the coal project portfolio that would become Xstrata Coal.

Prior to this Mr Lochtenberg established a coal “swaps” market for Bain Refco, (Deutsche bank) after having served as a senior coal trader for Hansen Neuerburg AG and as coal marketing manager for Peko Wallsend Limited. Mr Lochtenberg has previously been a Director of ASX listed Pacific American Coal Limited and Cumnock Coal Limited and of privately held United Collieries Pty Limited.

Mr Lochtenberg is currently appointed as Non-Executive Chairman of Evolve Limited, ASX listed Terracom Limited (TER) and Equus Mining Limited (EQE) and is also Non-Executive Director for ASX listed Nickel Industries Limited (NIC).

John Kenny ( Non-Executive Director )

Mr Kenny is a lawyer by profession and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia.

Mr Kenny co-founded Helios.

Henko Vos ( Company Secretary )

Mr Vos is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), the Governance Institute of Australia (GIA), and the Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) with more than 20 years’ experience working within public practice, specifically within the area of corporate services and audit and assurance both in Australia and South Africa. He holds similar secretarial roles in various other listed public companies in both industrial and resource sectors.  He is a Director at Nexia Perth, a mid-tier corporate advisory and accounting practice.