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.

Nicholas Ong ( Non-Executive Director )

Mr Ong spent seven years as a Principal Advisor at the ASX overseeing the listings of over a hundred public companies. He has since worked as a company secretary and director to listed companies and has developed a wide network of private client advisers, high net worth individuals and sovereign fund managers.

Mr John J Palermo B.Bus, FCA, AGIA ( Company Secretary )

Mr Palermo is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years experience in Public Practice.  His areas of expertise are in corporate advisory, strategic business management and business structuring. 

Currently a Director of Palermo Chartered Accountants, he has experience in public company accounting and administration.  Mr Palermo is a Director of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Deputy Chairman of the Royal Perth Hospital Medical Research Foundation and a member of the Executive of the National Trust of Western Australia.