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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.

Matt Kay - Beach Energy CEO

Matt Kay – Beach Energy MD & CEO

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

Mr Engelbrecht joined Beach in September 2016 as Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for the finance, tax, treasury, information technology, contracts & procurement, insurance and investor relations functions. He is a Chartered Accountant with more than 19 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.

He held the position of Chief Executive Officer of ASX-listed company, Carbon Energy, prior to his role with Beach. Prior to this he held various financial, commercial and advisory senior management positions at InterOil, Newcrest (formerly LGL), Harmony Gold and PwC. Mr Engelbrecht also has extensive experience in strategy and planning, capital management, debt and equity markets, M&A and joint venture management and operations.

Morne Engelbrecht – Beach Energy CFO

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, Beach Energy COO

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

Mr Schrull joined Beach in January 2017 in the position of Group Executive Exploration and Development bringing 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.

Jeff Schrull – Beach Energy GE

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 – Beach Energy GE

Sheree Ford

Ms Ford joined Beach in March 2018 bringing over 25 years’ experience as a corporate lawyer primarily in the upstream oil and gas industry. Prior to joining Beach, Ms Ford worked for over 10 years as in house counsel at BHP Limited, primarily in the oil and gas business and was General Counsel and Company Secretary at listed and privately owned oil and gas companies including InterOil Corporation, Oil Search Limited and Roc Company Limited.

As well as extensive experience in upstream oil and gas business across Australia, Asia, Africa and the United Kingdom, Ms Ford has been involved in numerous large company transactions including M&A.

Sheree Ford, Beach Energy General Counsel

Geoff Barker
BSc, MEng (Pet Eng)

Mr Barker joined Beach in February 2018 as Group Executive Development bringing 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.

Geoff Barker – Beach Energy GE

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 – Beach Energy GE

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, 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 – Beach Energy GE