Management profiles


Matthew Kay 

Mr Kay joined Beach in May 2016 as Chief Executive Officer. He most recently served as Executive General Manager, Strategy and Commercial at Oil Search, a position he held for two years. In that role he was a member of the executive team and led the strategy, commercial, supply chain, economics, marketing, M&A and legal functions. Prior to Oil Search, Mr Kay spent 12 years with Woodside Energy in various leadership roles, including Vice President of Corporate Development, General Manager of Production Planning leading over 80 operations professionals, and General Manager of Commercial for Middle East and Africa. In these roles Mr Kay developed extensive leadership skills across LNG, pipeline gas and oil joint ventures, and developments in Australia and internationally.

Dawn Summers

Dawn Summers
BEng (Hons) (Chemical)

Ms Summers has been appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer and brings to Beach over 25 years of upstream and downstream, international oil and gas experience. For the past two years, Ms Summers was Chief Operating Officer of Origin Energy’s integrated gas division, with operational responsibility for the Lattice asset portfolio and Asia Pacific LNG assets. Prior to this, Ms Summers’ experience includes two years on the executive team at Genel Energy plc, an independent exploration and production company focused on Iraq and Africa, and 20 years with BP, ending up as Global Vice President for Upstream Production Operations and Safety & Operational Risk. Ms Summers is recognised as an effective and successful leader across a range of geographies, different business sectors and functions with a track record of establishing and executing strategies and plans to deliver strong business and operational performance.

Morné Engelbrecht
BCom (Hons), CA (SA), MAICD

Mr Engelbrecht was appointed Beach’s Chief Financial Officer in September 2016. He is a Chartered Accountant with experience in the oil, gas and resource sectors across various jurisdictions, including Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Papua New Guinea and China. He held the position of Chief Executive Officer of ASX-listed Carbon Energy Limited prior to his role with Beach. Prior to this he held various financial, commercial and advisory senior management positions at InterOil, Lihir Gold and PwC. He also brings extensive experience in strategy and planning, debt and equity markets, mergers and acquisitions, joint venture management and operations.

Jeff Schrull
BSc Geophysics (Maths, Geology, Physics), M.S Geophysic

Mr Schrull joined Beach in January 2017 in the position of Group Executive Exploration and Development. He brings to Beach over 30 years of upstream oil and gas experience.  Prior to this, Mr Schrull held the position of General Manager Exploration and Production at Cue Energy.  He previously held several senior international positions with Chevron over a 19 year period, and was subsequently at Addax Petroleum in the role of Corporate General Manager of Exploration.  He has a strong track record in creating and delivering growth through exploration, development, operations and M&A. 

Lee Marshall
BE Commerce (Economics and Finance)

Mr Marshall joined Beach in January 2018 from Woodside Energy, where he most recently held the position of General Manager UK. Based in London, Mr Marshall managed exploration assets and business development opportunities in the Atlantic Basin and Africa. He has extensive Australian and global commercial, business development and financial management experience across upstream oil and gas and LNG. Mr Marshall has a strong, proven track record in leading international negotiations with governments, joint venture participants, suppliers and M&A counter-parties. He is responsible for upstream commercial, strategy, economics, M&A, business development and marketing.

Geoff Barker
BSc, MEng (Pet Eng)

Mr Barker has been appointed to the role of Group Executive Development and brings to Beach over 30 years of upstream oil and gas experience. Prior to joining Beach, Mr Barker was a Partner at leading oil and gas consulting firm RISC where he managed development and value enhancement studies on a wide range of onshore and offshore major projects internationally and within the Australasian region. Mr Barker has held senior management and technical positions in development and operations at Woodside, Shell and Bridge Oil. Mr Barker has a reputation as a strategic thinker and thought leader with a proven track record in creating and delivering value on oil gas projects. Mr Barker will commence with Beach on 19 February 2018.

Brett Doherty
BEng (Electrical), LLB (Hons)

Mr Doherty has been appointed to the role of Group Executive Health, Safety, Environment and Risk, bringing over 30 years of upstream oil and gas experience to Beach. His career includes extensive exposure to both offshore and onshore development and operations. Prior to Beach, Mr Doherty was General Manager of Health, Safety and Environment at INPEX Australia. He has held several senior international positions during his career, including ten years as the Chief HSEQ Officer at RasGas Company Limited, in the State of Qatar. Mr Doherty has played a leading role in shaping global industry policy in the HSE disciplines, having led the International Oil & Gas Producers task force on Process Safety, as Vice Chair of its Safety Committee and Chair of its Strategic Planning Task Force. He holds degrees in both Engineering and Law and is a Chartered Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia. Mr Doherty will commence with Beach on 19 February 2018.

Company Secretary

Peter Kupniewski

Mr Kupniewski joined Beach in June 2018 as Senior Legal Manager & Company Secretary. He most recently worked as an in house lawyer with Santos Ltd working on asset acquisitions and divestments, gas marketing and transport, native title and cultural heritage, contracting and procurement and commercial disputes. Prior to Santos, Mr Kupniewski spent 13 years in private legal practice where he gained extensive experience working on takeovers and schemes, capital raisings, commercial disputes and meeting the daily head office needs of a range of ASX listed entities.