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Our Executive Team

Meet our Executive Team

Matthew (“Matt”) Kay

Mr Kay joined Beach in May 2016 as Chief Executive Officer and was appointed to the Board as Managing Director in February 2019.  In November 2018, he was elected to the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) Board.

Mr Kay brings 28 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry to Beach. Before joining Beach, he 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 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.

Since joining Beach, Mr Kay has approximately tripled the company’s production, reserves and market capitalisation having successfully led the company through the transformational acquisition of Lattice Energy. This has seen Beach enter the ASX 100 and solidify its position there.

Matthew (Matt) Kay

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

Mr Engelbrecht joined Beach in 2016 as Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for the finance, tax, treasury, IT, contracts & procurement, insurance, internal audit and investor relations functions.

He is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years’ experience including in the oil & gas and resource sectors across various jurisdictions including Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Papua New Guinea and China.Prior to this he held various financial, commercial and advisory senior management positions at InterOil, Lihir Gold (Merged with Newcrest), Harmony Gold and PwC.

Mr Engelbrecht also has extensive experience in strategy and planning, capital management, debt and equity markets, Mergers & Acquisitions and joint venture management and operations.

Morné Engelbrecht

Ian Grant

Mr Grant has over 25 years’ experience in the energy industry, having held senior leadership and executive roles in operations, projects, drilling and supply chain functions.

Born in Scotland, Mr Grant has extensive North Sea experience and has worked in Europe and Australia with companies such as Mobil, ARCO/BP, Apache, Quadrant Energy and Santos.

Most recently Mr Grant was Chief Operating Officer for Quadrant Energy and Vice President of Production Operations for Santos based in Perth.

He is passionate about delivering safety, operational and commercial performance in both onshore and offshore environments.


Ian Grant

Sam Algar

Dr Algar joined Beach in February 2021 and brings over 25 years’ experience in the energy industry, having held senior leadership and executive roles in Australia and internationally, including the UK, Indonesia, Malaysia, Canada and the USA, looking after global exploration, new venture and subsurface portfolios.

Most recently Dr Algar was Senior Vice President, Subsurface and Exploration with ASX listed Oil Search Limited. Dr Algar holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Geology from Oxford University and a PhD Geology from Dartmouth College in the USA.

Previous employers include Ophir Energy, Murphy Oil, ENI, LASMO and Enterprise Oil.

Sam Algar

Thomas Nador

Mr Nador joined Beach in July 2019 as General Manager, WA Development, representing Beach in the Waitsia Joint Venture. He has over 25 years’ experience in the energy sector at senior management and executive levels.

He has held previous roles as Executive Vice President and Country Manager for InterOil in Papua New Guinea, as well as Development Manager, Project Interface Manager and Project Integration Manager for LNG projects at Woodside Energy.

Mr Nador holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of WA, a Post Graduate Diploma in Science from Curtin University of Technology and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Thomas Nador

Lee Marshall
BE Commerce (Economics and Finance)

Mr Marshall joined Beach in January 2018 as Group Executive Corporate Strategy and Commercial. Prior to joining Beach, Mr Marshall was most recently General Manager UK for Woodside Energy. Based in London, Mr Marshall managed exploration assets and business development opportunities in the Atlantic Basin and Africa. He has over 20 years of Australian and global commercial, business development and financial management experience across upstream oil and gas and LNG.

Mr Marshall is responsible for upstream commercial, strategy, economics, M&A, business development and marketing.

Lee Marshall

Brett Doherty
BEng (Electrical), LLB (Hons)

Mr Doherty joined Beach in February 2018 as 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.

Brett Doherty

Lesley Adams

Ms Adams commenced with Beach in October 2019.  She is an experienced executive with more than 25 years’ experience within the international and Australian oil and gas industry, with business experience in Human Resources, Continuous Improvement, Strategic Planning, Joint Venture Management, Emergency Management, Sustainability, Indigenous and Government Affairs and Mergers and Acquisitions.

Prior to Beach, Ms Adams was Group Executive Corporate Services for Quadrant Energy and assisted the integration post-acquisition by Santos Ltd.  Lesley has previously worked for Santos, Woodside, AMEC and Schlumberger.

Ms Adams is recognised as a strategic and successful leader across a range of different disciplines and functional areas and brings a track record of delivering efficient and effective business outcomes that drive performance. Holding qualifications from the CIPD (UK), Lesley is a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Lesley Adams