Nido Petroleum is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bangchak Corporation, a Multinational Energy Company.

Board & Management

William Bloking FAICD

B.E Science
Chairman (Appointed 2009, previously Non-Executive Director appointed 2008)
Member and Chair, Remuneration and Nomination Committee (Appointed 2008)
Member, Audit & Risk Management Committee (Appointed 2010)

Mr Bloking has more than 40 years’ experience in the energy sector. Until 2007, he was President of Australia / Asia Gas at BHP Billiton Petroleum, where he had overall strategic, commercial and corporate accountability for BHP Billiton’s international LNG business and its domestic gas business in Australia. Read more +

Prior to this, he spent 24 years with ExxonMobil holding a variety of senior executive positions including Chief Operating Officer of Esso Eastern Products Trading Company, Supply Operations Manager for the Far East and Western Hemisphere and General Manager of Natural Gas in Indonesia.

Mr Bloking is currently Executive Chairman and President of KAL Energy, Inc. (appointed 2007), Chairman of Transerv Energy Limited (appointed 2011) and a Non-Executive Director of the John Holland Group (appointed 2007), Miclyn Express Offshore Limited (appointed 2010), the Lions Eye Institute (appointed 2003) and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (appointed 2005).

Mr Bloking was formerly Chairman of Cool Energy Ltd (appointed 2007), the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority (appointed 2008), Norwest Energy NL (appointed 2007), Cullen Wines (Australia) Pty Ltd (appointed 2006) and Executive Director of Eureka Energy Limited (appointed 2012).

He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia and an Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University.

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Andrew Edwards FAICD

Non-Executive Director, Independent (Appointed 2009)
Member and Chair, Audit and Risk Management Committee (Appointed 2009)
Member, Remuneration and Nomination Committee (Appointed 2014)

Mr Edwards is a former managing partner of PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ Perth Office, past National Vice President of the Securities Institute of Australia (now known as the Financial Services Institute of Australasia) and past President of the Western Australian division of that Institute, past State Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Local Education Committee and a past member of its National Education Committee. Read more +

Mr Edwards is a current Board member of Mermaid Marine Australia Limited (appointed 2009), Mermaid Marine Vessel Operations Pty Ltd (appointed 2010), Mermaid Marine Charters Pty Ltd (appointed 2010), Activ Foundation Inc. (appointed 2008) and is Chairman of MACA Limited (appointed 2010).

Mr Edwards is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Krairit Nilkuha

MSc.Eng (Petroleum), BSc.Eng (Mechanical)
Non-Executive Director, Non Independent (Appointed 2015)

Mr. Krairit Nilkuha has more than 30 years’ in the oil and gas industry across the private sector and Government, both as a senior executive and as a Non-Executive Director. Mr. Nilkuha is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Technical Petroleum Training Institute of Thailand. Read more +

Mr. Nilkuha was formerly a Non-Executive Director of the Bangchak Petroleum Public Company Ltd and served as the Chairman of Bangchak’s Risk Management Committee. He was also a former Non-Executive Director of the PTT Public Company Limited and a Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy in Thailand.

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Chaiwat Kovavisarach

M.Eng, M.B.A
Non-Executive Director, Non Independent (Appointed 2014)
Member, Remuneration and Nomination Committee (Appointed 2014)

Mr Kovavisarach has over 25 years’ experience in engineering, investment banking and senior executive management, he commenced his career in 1987 with The Siam Cement Public Company Ltd in Thailand as a project engineer and then subsequently as a production engineer.  He then moved into investment banking in 1993 working for Asset Plus Company Ltd in Thailand as an investment banker before taking on a role as a director with SG Crosby (Thailand) / SG Securities (Singapore) Pte Ltd between 1996-2002. Read more +

He was a fellow director of the Association of Thai Securities Companies in 2000.

In 2002 Mr Kovavisarach founded TURNAROUND Company Ltd, a boutique financial advisory / investment banking company in Thailand, holding his managing director position until 2007 before becoming an advisor for Avantgarde Capital Limited in Thailand.

Mr Kovavisarach, apart from holding various directorships including Bangchak Petroleum Public Company in Thailand and Asia Insurance Company Limited is also a member of the Investment Committee of the Government Pension Fund of Thailand. He holds a Masters of Engineering, a Masters of Business Administration, has studied Investment Banking at the Kellogg School of Management and has completed the Director Certification Program through the Thai Institute of Directors.

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Vichien Usanachote

BS (Engineering), M.Eng, 
Non-Executive Director, Non Independent (Appointed 2014)
Member, Audit and Risk Management Committee (Appointed 2014)

Mr Usanachote has over 35 years’ experience in the downstream oil and gas sector, he is currently the President of Bangchak Petroleum Public Company Ltd, Thailand (‘Bangkchak’) being appointed in 2013 to this position and has worked at Bangchak since 1993 where he has held various senior executive positions. Mr Usanachote is currently the Chairman of Ubon Bio Ethanol Company Ltd, Bangchak Biofuel Company Ltd (a subsidiary of Bangchak) and the Activities Committee, Environmental Engineering Association of Thailand. Read more +

Mr Usanachote holds a Masters of Engineering from Ohio State University, an Advanced Diploma in Public Law and Management (Thailand), has studied at the Kellogg School of Management and at the Thai Institute of Directors, completing both the Director Certification Program and the Finance for Non-Finance Directors course.

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Dr. Mike Fischer

Managing Director (Appointed 2015)

Dr. Fischer has more than 30 years’ of International experience in the oil and gas industry. Dr. Fischer started his career as an Exploration Geologist with BP in Aberdeen and progressed into Senior Technical roles working on BP’s PNG and Chinese portfolios. He then joined Woodside Energy Limited in Perth, where he served in a number of roles including Chief Geoscientist. Read more +

Dr. Fischer was part of the team responsible for the development of Woodside’s international portfolio and subsequently led the team that was responsible for Woodside’s success in West Africa.

Following a brief period with OMV, where he held the position of Senior Vice President of Exploration, Operations and Production Dr. Fischer joined Ophir Energy. In the 9 years with Ophir energy Dr. Fischer moved progressively through roles of increasing executive responsibility, including General Manager of Exploration, Director of Operations, Chief Operating Officer and finally Director of the Africa Business Unit with full responsibility for Ophir’s highly successful African Operations.

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Jani Surjan

B.Comm, CA, TIA, GAICD, CSA(Cert)
Financial Controller

Mr Surjan is a Chartered Accountant with more than 22 years’ experience in commerce and public practice. His previous roles have included various finance positions within private and public practice in taxation, auditing, business development, financial management and governance roles. Read more +

Mr Surjan experience includes financial control and accounting, statutory and joint venture reporting, tax planning and compliance, treasury management, capital raising, negotiation of debt facilities, risk management and insurance matters, as well as experience in company secretarial and governance matters.

Mr Surjan graduated from Curtin University of Technology with a Bachelor of Commerce (Major in Accounting), and completed various post-graduate studies with professional bodies including the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, The Tax Institute of Australia, Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chartered Secretaries Australia.

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John Newman

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Mr Newman is responsible for managing Nido's legal teams in Perth and Manila and has more than 21 years’ experience as a lawyer. His previous experience includes a senior legal position with the Timor Sea Designated Authority where he worked on the Bayu-Undan LNG Project, an executive appointment with the Northern Territory Government working on the Ichthys LNG Project and with Cridlands Lawyers where he negotiated the project agreements for the Bootu Creek manganese mine. Read more +

Mr Newman also worked at the Northern Land Council representing traditional Aboriginal owners in projects such as the Ranger Uranium Mine. Prior to working in a resources context Mr Newman was the principal lawyer with the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre in Melbourne where he was an accredited specialist in immigration law.

Mr Newman graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws.

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Stuart Nichol

B. Petroleum Eng (Hons)
Production Manager

Mr Nichol is a Senior Petroleum Executive with 27 years' experience in the oil and gas industry with a proven ability to lead technical and business teams. Mr Nichol has extensive experience in petroleum engineering, field appraisal and development and production operations in Australia, the US Gulf of Mexico and Asia. Read more +

Mr Nichol commenced his career working onshore Australia gas projects before joining BHP Billiton in 1994. During a 20 year BHP Billiton career Mr Nichol held a range of senior technical roles and progressed to senior management roles, including Technical Manager and Asset Manager for appraisal and development projects in Australia, Pakistan and the Gulf of Mexico.

Mr Nichol graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Petroleum Engineering (Hons).

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Kris Thirakaosal

M.Sc, M.Econ, B.En (Industrial)
Commercial Manager

Mr Thirakaosal has over 18 years' experience in the engineering, advisory, investment banking and senior executive management. In 2005 as managing director of Thai boutique Investment Group he started his involvement in resources and energy sector. In 2008 he founded Thai Australian Resources (TAR) a corporate advisory, which is focused in the Resources & Energy sector in South East Asia. Read more +

Mr Thirakaosal is also currently a Non-Executive member of the Audit Committee of the Chritiani & Nielsen (Thai) Public Company Limited, Bangkok, Thailand, one of the largest construction company's listed in the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET).

Mr Thirakaosal holds a Master of Science in Electronic Commerce, Master of Art in Economics from Claremont Graduate University, Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Engineering from Thammasat University, and has completed the Director Certification Program through the Thai Institute of Directors.

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