Industry Advisory Board

Functions of the Industry Advisory Board

The Industry Advisory Board (IAB) of the School of Petroleum Engineering at UNSW Australia has been constituted in order to:

  1. Provide the School with a dynamic view of the external environment and of developments in energy technology
  2. Provide advice to the School on the relevance and application of its research programs
  3. Provide insight into the skills of graduate students sought by industry and the community in Australia and overseas, and feedback on how well the School is meeting these needs
  4. Mentor the School in the development of new relationships that will assist with the execution of its research strategy and the alignment of its curriculum

The board members are drawn from all over Australia and from a variety of sectors. The new board includes members from finance and law, government and the environment movement, as well as the oil and gas industry. 

Composition of the Industry Advisory Board


John Saunders
Chairman, Industry Advisory Board, School of Petroleum Engineering, UNSW Australia
Natalia Beliakova

Natalia Beliakova
Principal Reservoir Engineer, Asset Manager, AWE Limited

  Gordon Grieve
Chairman, Piper Alderman, Sydney
  Amy Hodson
Manager, Well Engineering and Technology, Geodynamics, Brisbane

Andrew Lewis

Director of Policy, Office of the NSW Minister for IndustryResources and Energy

Andrew has more than 15 years' experience in the NSW Government, where he held senior roles with a strong focus on identifying, developing and implementing strategies and programs for energy market reforms, policy development, consumer protection and technical regulation. Andrew most recently worked as General manager, Regulation and Policy, for the Energy Retailers Association of Australia.  He has also worked for Duke Energy International. Andrew's leadership, stakeholder engagement and management experiences have been gained at a time of intense public and political interest in energy market issues including prices, ownership, renewable energy, solar development and climate change.


Susan Mallan
General Manager Business Development,  Powerlink

With a background in petroleum and mechanical engineering, Susan has held technical roles, senior leadership and governance positions in commercial, operations and project management across Australia, the Middle East and Indonesia. She has held General Management and Chief Operating Officer roles with Australian operators, consulting companies and a downstream Government Owned Corporation, following ten years internationally with Schlumberger Ltd. She holds B.Eng (Mech), Grad Dip (Pet Eng), MBA and GAICD.

  Ian Sylvester
VP Reservoir Management and Development, Woodside, Perth
  Paul Toni
National Manager, Science Policy and Government Partnerships, World Wildlife Fund Australia, Canberra
  Alan Young
Principal, Highbury Partnership, Sydney
Ross Evans

Ross Evans
General Manager, Exploration & New Resources, Origin, Brisbane

Ross Evans has 20 years’ experience in the Oil and Gas Industry and has worked in many different facets of the Industry.  In his current role, he is responsible for the front-end of Origin’s upstream projects from exploration through appraisal and into development planning.  Prior to his current role, Ross was a key part of the successful APLNG CSG to LNG project from pre-FID through to completion where he led the exploration, appraisal and development planning for the project.  Origin is amongst the largest companies in Australia by market capitalization and is involved in upstream exploration and production, power generation and energy retailing principally in Australia and New Zealand.



School staff

Klaus Regenauer-Lieb, Head of School

Milou van Oostrum, Administration & Project Manager

Stuart Walsh, Deputy HoS Industry


 Other academic staff, as required.

Notes: Jane Kelly

Meetings and attendance

a. The Industry Advisory Board shall meet at least twice per annum: one meeting in the period March-April and the second in October-November. The Chair may convene meetings at any time on reasonable notice.

b. The agenda will be set by the Chair and any supporting papers will be delivered to the External Advisory Committee members in advance of the meeting. At the discretion of the Chair of the

meeting, additional papers may be tabled for discussion at the meeting.


Minutes of all meetings shall be approved by the Board and signed by the Chair.