Board and Management

Russell Brimage portrait
Russell Brimage
Executive Chairman

Russell has over 40 years’ experience in the upstream oil and gas industry, ranging from public listed oil & gas companies to the service industry - both onshore and offshore.

Prior to Lion Energy, Russell was Managing Director of Oilserv Australia, an oil field service company which he founded in 1982. The company became a dominant service contractor in Australia providing contract field operations, testing and wire-line services, facility design and construction, drilling and work-over services.

In the public company arena, Russell has demonstrated capability in capacity as CEO to secure and develop producing assets in both Indonesia and the state and federal shallow waters of the US Gulf Coast, often via industry counter-cyclical transactions, to transform companies from zero revenue to positive cash flow and profitability, with successful outcomes. As chief executive officer of Entek Energy Limited, he was an early mover in identifying shale opportunities in the US with the farm-in to approximately 60,000 acres in the Niobrara shale play in the states of Colorado and Wyoming in August 2009.

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Kim Morrison
Managing Director and CEO

Kim has a successful 28 year career working in senior technical and managerial positions with both majors and small cap companies in locations throughout the world. He graduated from The University of Sydney in 1984 with an Honours degree in Geology and Geophysics and also holds a Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from The Securities Institute of Australia.

Kim commenced his career as a geologist with Hartogen Energy in Sydney and in 1989 joined Marathon Oil in Perth, subsequently moving with them to Jakarta and Houston. In 2000 he returned to Asia with Fletcher Challenge in Brunei as Head of Regional Geology. In 2001, Kim took on a senior portfolio management role with Shell in Malaysia and was posted to The Hague in 2005 to lead Shell's Asia Pacific New Ventures team. In 2006 he moved to Libya with Woodside as Onshore Exploration Manager and in 2008 returned to Perth as Business Development Manager for Oilex Ltd. Mr Morrison set up an exploration advisory business in 2010 and also co-founded KRX.

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Stuart B Smith
Executive Director

Stuart has over 20 years experience in the energy industry. He spent 16 years in investment banking specialising in the energy sector including involvement in equity research, IPO's, secondary capital raisings and M&A. From 2005 to 2008 Stuart was Head of Asia-Pacific Oil & Gas Research for Merrill Lynch, based in Singapore. In the last six years he has held senior management roles with a number of privately-held Asian-based oil and gas companies, with responsibility for commercial and finance functions. These include Ephindo Energy (Indonesia’s leading CBM company), Triton Petroleum and Triton Hydrocarbons.

Stuart is a qualified Chartered Accountant (Australia) graduating from the University of Melbourne in 1988, and his initial experience was with Deloitte. From 2009 to 2010 he was a Non-Executive Director of Warsaw listed E&P company, Kulczyk Oil Ventures Inc, where he served on the Audit and Reserves Committees.
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Tom Soulsby
Non Executive Director

Tom is the CEO of Risco Energy Investments and has 22 years’ experience of the oil and gas and resources sector spanning investment banking, corporate business development and management/leadership roles.

A graduate of Swinburne and Monash Universities, he initially worked as an accountant, starting his career at KPMG and Western Mining. Tom then moved to Potter Warburg (now UBS) in Melbourne as an energy and resources equity research analyst. He subsequently joined ANZ in Melbourne, before being posted to Jakarta and ultimately Singapore as director of corporate finance and merchant banking. As a Director at Indonesian-listed Energi Mega Persada (EMP) from 2003 to 2008, he was responsible for the acquisition of assets which added 525 MMboe to EMP’s 2P reserves – a key growth driver for the company.

Tom has been instrumental in securing backing for Risco prior to its incorporation in 2010, as well as growing the company and its capabilities in his role of Chief Executive Officer. Under Tom’s leadership, Risco has participated in and funded over US$400m in successful transactions since 2010. He led the significant valuation creation, and subsequent monetisation, of Risco’s first South East Asian oil and gas conventional and unconventional portfolio in 2013.

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Chris Newton
Non Executive Director

Chris is director of business development and operations for Risco Energy Investments. In a career spanning 35 years in oil and gas he has covered the spectrum of exploration, development and production, developing core strengths in petroleum economics, strategic planning, business development and ultimately, top management.

A 1978 Geology graduate from Durham University, England, Chris also holds a Grad Dip in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia (SIA). He has spent more than 25 years in South East Asia in various industry capacities including Managing Director of Fletcher Challenge in Brunei, a stint as Managing Director of Shell Deepwater Borneo, President of Santos – Indonesia and CEO of Jakarta-listed oil and gas company, EMP. Along with Mr Soulsby, he was a co-founder director of Risco Energy in July 2010.

Chris was an active Director of the Indonesian Petroleum Association (IPA) between 2003 to 2008, including serving as President from 2004 to 2007. He remains an advisor to the IPA Board and is also the oil and gas advisor to the Jakarta based Castle Asia Group.

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Sammy Hamzah
Principal Advisor

Sammy is CEO of Tower Energy and a pioneering authority in Indonesian unconventional oil and gas.

Sammy formed Tower in 2012 to pursue early entry into unconventional exploration (non-CBM) opportunities in Indonesia. He is also the founding shareholder and CEO of Ephindo Energy Private Limited, Indonesia’s leading first mover CBM company. He was formerly Unocal Indonesia Company’s (now Chevron Indonesia Company) Senior Vice President in Indonesia and has over 20 years of general management experience.

He is currently also Vice Chairman of the Indonesian Petroleum Association, Chairman of the Permanent Committee of Coordination of Energy Association at KADIN (Indonesian Chambers of Commerce) and a founder of the CBM Advisory Board, as well as a non-executive director of Rio Tinto Indonesia.

Zane Lewis
Zane Lewis
Company Secretary

Zane is a principal and joint founder of corporate advisory firm SmallCap Corporate which specialises in corporate advice and compliance administration to public companies. He is also a member of Chartered Secretaries Australia.

Zane provides the board with a wealth of knowledge obtained from his diverse financial and corporate experience in previous appointments.


Arron Canicais
Joint Company Secretary

Arron is a Chartered Accountant with 9 years experience in audit and assurance and financial officer roles. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Notre Dame Australia and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia.

Arron worked at Bentleys Audit and Corporate, a West Perth audit firm, for 5 years which specialized in the audits of junior exploration entities in WA. He has had significant exposure to the reporting and financial requirements of exploration entities and post-audit has been the financial officer and company secretary of other resource exploration entities in West Perth.


Amrullah Hasyim
Amrullah Hasyim

Amrullah has over 30 years experience in the oil and gas industry. His background encompasses extensive operations, technology and business development experience in both onshore and offshore operations.

Prior to his appointment as an Advisor to Lion Energy, Amrullah was General Manager and Chief Business Development Officer at Ephindo Energy Private Limited from 2007. He continues to work at Ephindo as Advisor to the CEO.

Amrullah worked with international service company Halliburton Energy Services for over 25 years. He has undertaken a number of international assignments including USA, Abu Dhabi and Dubai United Arab Emirates.

He graduated from UPN Veteran Yogyakarta majoring in Petroleum Engineering and has a Master of Business Administration from Institute Management Newport Indonesia, Jakarta. He has been a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE), USA since 1992.


Andrew Cullen
Technical advisory panel

Dr Andrew Cullen, holder of a BSc, MSc and PhD in Geology, is a petroleum geoscientist with deep and diverse skills and has been involved in international and North American discoveries and reserves additions totalling more than 700 million barrels of oil.

He is currently a Senior Advisor with Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma City, working on major unconventional projects, as well as assessing unconventional plays throughout the US. He also has an adjunct appointment teaching Petroleum Geology at the University of Oklahoma. Andrew spent nearly 20 years working for Shell International in Nigeria, Malaysia, the Netherlands and the US, and, prior to joining Chesapeake in 2010, he was responsible for a team evaluating unconventional plays throughout the Western Hemisphere.


Harold Williams
Technical advisory panel
Dr Harold Williams, also a holder of a BSc, MSc and a PhD in Geology, is a geochemist with strong unconventional expertise currently working on shale gas studies in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin (WCSB), Australia (NT) and in Europe, and on Coal Bed Methane also in the in WCSB. 

He has impressive international experience and has held senior technical positions with Caltex in Indonesia and published widely-cited papers on Sumatran petroleum systems. Harold has developed and taught courses on applied geochemistry and seismic stratigraphy and also brings to Lion strong operations experience with geological supervision of unconventional wells.


Michael Ellis
Technical advisory panel
Mike holds a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology, and MBA in Management from Monash University. He is a Registered Petroleum Engineer in the State of Alaska. Mike has an intimate knowledge of the challenges and success factors of working in Indonesia and has proven track record in successfully running drilling operations in wide variety of geographical environments in a safe, cost effective and efficient manner.

Mike has recently completed an assignment with Pexco in Jakarta where he managed drilling projects in Aceh, Sulawesi and onshore South Sumatra. In this latter case he played a key role in successfully bringing an onshore oil field through development to production. In 2003-2005 Mike was a VP of Exploitation for Maxus-YPF Repsol, where we was responsible for all operation activities, including financial performance, of 150,000 bopd production from 71 offshore structure with in excess of 400 wells and two FPSO’s. From 2005-2006 he was based in Oklahoma working for Samson Oil and Gas on US onshore unconventional projects.