Board of Directors

AACC-Houston’s Board is a voluntary board comprised of Houston based professionals drawn from Australian and U.S. organizations engaged in or promoting Australian and U.S. trade, investment, and cultural understanding.

Directors are voted for by the AACC-Houston’s membership and serve [2] year terms and may serve up to a maximum of [3] consecutive terms.

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Executive Committee

  • President

    Colin McHattie
    Colin McHattie is Director of Technical Assessment for Halliburton's Integrated Asset Management group, based in Houston Texas. He is responsible for evaluating and developing worldwide oil and gas projects for which Halliburton can provide consulting, project management, oilfield services, and funding. These projects include mature and underdeveloped conventional oil & gas fields as well as new unconventional plays. Colin graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Geology) from the University of Western Australia and has 37 years of petroleum industry experience in technical and commercial functions, business development, large-scale oil, gas, and LNG project development, emerging technologies, prospect generation, reservoir characterization, field development, and asset management in over 30 countries. Colin served on the AACC Energy Conference committee 2011-15 (Co-chairman 2012-14), and on the AACC Board of Directors since 2013.
  • Vice President

    Jason Stanley
    Tidewater Subsea
    Jason Stanley has been involved in the subsea oil and gas industry, from offshore operations to specialized robotics manufacturing, for over 22 years. Jason joined Tidewater in 2012 to form and subsequently head up a new subsea services business unit for the company. Prior to Tidewater, he spent eleven years with FMC Technologies’ Schilling Robotics business unit in Davis, California, and Houston, Texas as Vice President of Business Development. Jason is a dual U.S. and Australian citizen, and has lived and worked in Perth, Australia, Singapore, Europe, and the USA, and has further developed business in West Africa and Brazil. Jason holds a Bachelor's degree in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is active in the professional community through the Society of Underwater Technology, the International Marine Contractors Association, Subsea Energy Australia, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and the Australian American Chamber of Commerce. Jason also serves as 2018 Co-Chairman for the AACC AUSii Forum committee.
  • Treasurer

    Paul Palmer
    Paul is a Partner in EY’s Southwest Region with more than 25 years of experience in accounting and taxation.Paul currently focuses on managing the overall client relationship for multinational companies in the Houston area. Paul’s experience has focused on providing global solutions to clients to solve complex global business issues. In addition to the above, Paul also has experience in the taxation of domestic, international and cross-border transactions and structures, including work to create efficient global tax structures. Paul also has extensive experience in taxation issues associated with energy commodity, hedging and trading and marketing. Paul graduated with a MBA from the University of Houston and is an active member of AICPA.
  • Secretary

    Toni Ridolfi
    Toni has been a member of and volunteer for the Australian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) Houston, for the past five years. Originally from Brisbane in Queensland, Australia and having lived in Melbourne and London; she has been a member of the Gala Committee over the last five years, fulfilling the roles of Chair and Co-Chair of the Food and Wine and Auction Committees. Toni has also been an active member of the Programs Committee for the past three years; planning the ANZAC Day Dawn Services and leading the Chamber’s team of volunteers for the International Festival of Houston (iFest) in April this year. A La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia) graduate in Nursing and Health Law, Toni has a decades’ experience in oncology nursing and clinical trials research at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute in Melbourne and University College London and the Hospital for Neurology and Neurosciences Queens’s Square, London. Whilst assuming roles of increasing responsibility, Toni gained a further 8 years’ experience in research and (drug) development in the Australian offices of GlaxoSmithKline and Amgen Inc. respectively, where she was responsible for the simultaneous management of multiple, large, multicenter, Phase I through IV clinical trials evaluating the safety and efficacy of new chemical entities or, in studies aimed at establishing the gold standard treatment for a specific disease type.

Board of Directors

  • Lisa Butler

    Squire Patton Boggs
    Lisa Butler is a Senior Associate with Squire Patton Boggs - a global law firm with 44 offices in 21 countries. Prior to moving to Houston, Lisa spent six years in the firm’s Perth office advising clients in the resources sector. Lisa practices in mergers and acquisitions and project development in the energy industry. Lisa has expertise in acquisitions and divestments, joint venture arrangements, operational and project agreements and risk management. Her experience includes oil and gas projects (upstream, midstream and downstream) including major LNG projects, power generation, hard rock mining and renewables. Lisa regularly advises US, Australian and international clients on cross-border transactions, due diligence, joint ventures, foreign investment and structuring. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Western Australia. She was a finalist for the 2014 Lawyers Weekly “30 Under 30” in Energy and Resources Awards and for the 2013 Women in Resources Outstanding Young Professional Award. Lisa was also the co-founder and National Lead of the Australian Young Energy Network.
  • Greg Foley

    The FerVID Group
    Greg Foley is Vice President of Business Development for The FerVID Group, a Houston based Executive Recruiting, Domain Consulting, Technology and Training firm. With 30 years of market development experience applying technology to solve business problems including 18 years in Oil & Gas, he is very focused on customer satisfaction. Prior to moving to the United States in 1999 and joining Petris Technology (now part of Halliburton), he was responsible for establishing HAHT Software in Southeast Asia. Mr. Foley had also worked in Australia for Fujitsu, Digital Equipment Corporation and ComputerLand, having previously taught for 12 years at St. Aloysius' College in Sydney.
  • Symon Rubens

    Energy Conference Network
    Symon Rubens has over two decades experience in managing and growing business conference organizations across 5 continents. His conference career commenced at Terrapinn wher he held production, sales and general management positions in the Australian and Singapore offices, before being promoted to Managing Director of the Australasian operations in 2003. In 2007 he opened Terrapinn’s Middle East operations, before becoming Regional Managing Director of IQPC Middle East, Africa and India. In 5 years at IQPC he opened offices in South Africa, India, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, growing the business by 300%. In 2014 Symon left IQPC to start The Rubens Group, a consulting and trading company based in Dubai. In 2015 he moved to Houston to start the Energy Conference Network, which has quickly grown to be the preeminent energy conference company in the world. He has since launched the Infrastructure Conference Network and Healthcare Conference Network. Symon sits on the board of the West Houston Rugby Club and is an active committee member of Rotary International. He was born in Melbourne and graduated from Monash University with Bachelors of Economics and Arts.
  • Bruce Rutherford

    Jones Lang LaSalle
    Bruce Rutherford is an International Director within JLL’s Tenant Representation practice, and serves as the Global Energy Practice leader for the firm. With over 30 years of experience, his detailed knowledge of the energy industry, Bruce is considered the foremost expert on the energy industry in the corporate real estate services sector. His specific skills include tenant representation, lease restructuring, real estate master planning, monetization of real estate and purchase to lease transactions. Experience Drawing on his experience in business consulting, Mr. Rutherford is an expert in creating real estate solutions to complex business problems. He has applied his expertise in tenant representation, lease restructuring, and offshoring to numerous industries including insurance, banking, law, energy, energy services, and telecom. He has managed city and regional master plans totaling more than 33 million square feet of corporate and regional headquarters transactions. Mr. Rutherford’s expansive market experience includes North America and Asia Pacific, including Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Philippines, Japan and China, where he has managed JLL business units and client relationships.
  • Evalyn Shea

    Evalyn Shea
    Shea Writing & Training Solutions
    Evalyn Shea is the founder and President of Shea Writing and Training Solutions, established in 1997; and Shea Capability and Compliance Solutions, established in 2014. A native of the US, she has been active in the chamber since joining as a sponsor in 2012. With more than 26 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, Evalyn has built Shea Writing and Training Solutions into the leading provider of technical writing support in Houston. Under Evalyn’s leadership, her companies have continued to grow and have expanded into the software, manufacturing, chemical, and healthcare sectors. Her active participation and leadership roles across various boards and associations demonstrate her belief in community. Evalyn holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of New Hampshire.
  • Christina Staib

    Tanglewood Capital Partners
    Christina Staib is a Managing Director with Tanglewood Capital Partners based in Houston, Texas. Ms. Staib is also a principal with Tarcoola Ventures LLC. Ms. Staib previously spent more than 20 years at a major environmental, engineering, and construction consulting firm, most recently as Vice President, Unconventional Oil & Gas. She held global strategic, business development, and client management roles in oil & gas and other business sectors in the US and Australia. Ms. Staib began her career in civil and environmental engineering and remedial construction project management. Christina is a graduate of the Florida State University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, a Professional Engineer – Civil (Florida), and has a Certificate in Sustainable Business from Pinchot University. Christina has lived in Adelaide and Perth. She has been a member of the AACC-Houston since 2014 and currently serves as the Programs Committee Chair and on the 2018 AUSii Forum Committee.
  • Nana Booker

    Booker-Lowe Gallery
    Nana Booker AM was Australia’s first Honorary Consul Emeritus, after having served as Honorary Consul of Australia for the State of Texas from December 1999 until 31 March 2015, and the opening of the Australian Consulate-General in Houston. She was named a Member of the Order of Australia in April 2005. Prior to her appointment as Honorary Consul, she had a lengthy career in public relations and marketing, as well as in government service and academia. Since 2002, she has owned Booker-Lowe Gallery, now the oldest and largest Aboriginal art gallery in the Americas. She is a Chancellor of the Consular Corps College, serves on the Board of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Glassell School and Houston Grand Opera, and is an advisor to international and arts organizations.
  • David Camerlengo

    Ex Officio
    Trade & Investment, Queensland
    Trade & Investment Commissioner, North America
    David is responsible for fostering trade and investment across North America inclusive of the USA, Canada and Mexico markets. He supports Queensland industry and promotes Queensland’s capabilities and investment opportunities across key sectors of resources, mining, energy, oil and gas, agriculture, infrastructure, life sciences, defence, IT, advanced manufacturing and education. David has a commercial background in advanced manufacturing across the automotive, construction and retail sectors including experience running a dynamic US organization. Born in Brisbane, Australia and having lived in various regions of the USA since 2002, David has extensive knowledge of the North American market and business culture and challenges faced by Australian industry to enter the market. David holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) graduating with Honors and is currently enrolled in an MBA at Pepperdine University.
  • Patrick Hanlon

    Ex Officio
    A​USTRADE ​Consul and Trade Commissioner
    Based in Houston, Patrick works on Australian Government trade promotion activities with a team of business development staff. Patrick was previously the Trade Commissioner for Southern Africa, based in Johannesburg, South Africa and an adviser to the Australian Minister for Trade, where he worked with Australian businesses seeking to enter new markets. He has also held positions with the Motor Trades Association of Australia where he represented and promoted the interests of the automotive retail, service and repair sector. Patrick holds a Bachelor of International Relations from Bond University and has lived and worked in South Africa, China and Norway.