Management profiles

Matthew Kay 
BE Commerce, MBA

Mr Kay joined Beach in May 2016 as Chief Executive Officer. He most recently served as the Executive General Manager, Strategy and Commercial at Oil Search, a position he held for the last 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 was the Vice President of Corporate Development at Woodside Petroleum Limited, holding several leadership roles across corporate and business units, developing extensive leadership skills across LNG, pipeline gas and oil joint ventures and developments both internationally and within Australia. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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.

Michael Dodd
BSc (Hons) Geology

Mr Dodd was appointed Chief Operating Officer in January 2017 and was previously Group Executive Exploration and Development. Prior to this he held the position of General Manager Exploration and Development since July 2014, where he was responsible for managing Beach’s exploration and development programs. Mr Dodd joined Beach in 2007 and has been integral to the growth of our operated Western Flank oil and gas business.  Prior to Beach, Mr Dodd held senior technical and leadership roles at BG, Santos and Anadarko.  His global experience includes UK, USA, Egypt and Kazakhstan.

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. 

Cathy Oster

BA (Jurisprudence), LLM (Corporate and Commercial), FGIA, FCIS

Ms Oster was appointed Joint Company Secretary in July 2005 and subsequently appointed Company Secretary in March 2016. She was a partner in private legal practice, advising on corporate and commercial transactions before joining Beach. Ms Oster is a qualified chartered secretary. She has responsibility for governance, legal services, government engagement and corporate affairs. Ms Oster currently holds positions on not-for-profit boards and management / advisory committees.

Rod Rayner
BSc (Hons) Geology, GAICD

Mr Rayner joined Beach in 2011 following a period where as a consultant he assisted with driving growth in Beach’s gas business. His career spans more than 30 years in the oil and gas industry, including executive roles at AGL and Santos (including head of its Qld/NT business). He has extensive experience in business development, joint venture and commercial management, petroleum marketing and the delivery of major oil, gas and infrastructure projects.

Matthew Squire
BE (Hons)-Mechanical, BA (Economics), Grad Dip App Finance and Investment

Mr Squire joined Beach in 2012 and was appointed to the role of Group Executive Corporate Development in 2014.  He previously held a number of senior corporate development positions within the energy industry at Origin, Santos and British Gas.  He has been involved in several major acquisitions and divestments and specialises in economic and technical business review.  As Group Executive Corporate Development, he has responsibility for corporate transactions and new venture opportunities. 

Kevin Hollingsworth
Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology), Graduate Diploma in Occupational Psychology

Mr Hollingsworth was appointed as Group Executive Human Resources in December 2016.  He is an experienced Human Resources leader and Organisational Psychologist with over 30 years’ experience in the Resources and Oil and Gas industries.   He commenced his career as a Graduate with BHP and subsequently held senior leadership roles at Alcoa Australia and Woodside Energy. Over the last three years he was Executive Vice President HR and Organisation Development with Clough.

He has worked with and in leadership teams covering all areas of the Exploration to Production oil and gas business, as well as having experience in Australian and international HR practices and services, merger and acquisitions and new business start-ups. He is a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute and the Australian Institute of Management (WA).