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

  • Colin McHattie

    AACC President
    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.
  • Jason Stanley

    AACC Vice President
    Tidewater Inc.
    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.
  • Paul Palmer

    AACC Treasurer
    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.
  • Christina Staib

    AACC Secretary
    Tarcoola Energy Partners
    Christina Staib is the CEO of Tarcoola Energy Partners, a Houston-based energy investment management firm. Ms. Staib is also the President of Tarcoola Ventures LLC and a Managing Director with Tanglewood Capital Partners. 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. Christina is a graduate of the Florida State University (B.S. Civil Engineering), a Professional Engineer – Civil (Florida), and has a Certificate in Sustainable Business from Pinchot University. Christina serves on the Board of the Australian American Chamber of Commerce - Houston as Programs Committee Chair.

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.
  • Paul Habelko

    Paul Habelko is the Manager of Non-operated Joint Ventures for Major Capital Projects in the Gulf of Mexico for Chevron USA Inc. Paul graduated from the Australian National University, Canberra in 1981 with a B.Sc. (Honours) in Geology. He also holds an MBA from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia and INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. Upon graduation Paul joined Exxon as a Geophysicist. After completing his MBA at INSEAD in 1991 he worked for Gaffney, Cline and Associates, London, as Senior Consultant in the international energy arena and was engaged on numerous assignments globally including projects for the World Bank and major financial institutions. He joined Statoil in Stavanger, Norway in 1993 as the Manager of Strategic Planning for the company’s International Exploration and Production division. Later he was the International New Ventures Manager and then Commercial Manager for Eastern Europe. Paul joined Chevron Corporation in 2002 as Commercial Manager for the North West Shelf LNG Project in Perth, Australia. He has since been Manager of Strategy and Planning, Global Gas, in San Ramon, California; and the Asset Manager for the Clair and Jade Fields, Aberdeen, Scotland. He took up his current position in 2015 in which capacity he oversees the company’s non-operated Major Capital Projects in the Gulf of Mexico, including the Stampede and Mad Dog 2 developments. Paul is a long standing member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). Although they “still call Australia home”, Paul and his wife Joanne and their two sons Frederick and Theo, reside in Houston, Texas.
  • Sean Hanrahan

    Platypus Brewing
    Sean Hanrahan is the founder and Managing Partner of Platypus Brewing, a craft brewery and brewpub established in 2016 and located in Houston, Texas. Prior to the establishment of the brewery Sean spent 18 years with BHP and independent management consulting, working in both Australia and USA in the capacity as a commercial executive and Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestments. Sean has over 27 years experience across a multitude of natural resource commodities including oil and gas, copper, uranium, gold, silver and metallurgical coal. Prior to BHP Sean worked in chartered accounting in Brisbane, Australia. Sean graduated from QUT in Brisbane with a Bachelor of Business degree (Distinction), and subsequently completed a Masters of Business Administration with a major in international finance. Sean is a member of CPA Australia.
  • Maree Robertson

    Maree Robertson was appointed interim Vice President Finance for the Petroleum business in September 2017. Maree has over 20 years’ experience in the mining, oil and gas industries. Since joining BHP Billiton in Melbourne in June 2002 from PwC, Maree has held a number of senior leadership roles across various commodities including General Manager Commercial Illawarra Coal in Wollongong, Australia; Vice President Finance Escondida Copper in Antofagasta, Chile; Head of Finance Potash in Saskatoon, Canada and more recently Head of Finance Conventional Petroleum here in Houston. Maree holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne and is a certified Chartered Accountant in Australia.
  • 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 where 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Amy Conacher

    Ex Officio
    AACC Executive Director
    Amy Conacher is the Executive Director of the AACC. Amy has a strong personal connection with both Australia and the US - having lived in both countries for 15+ years. Now based in Houston, Amy is originally from Ohio, but spent 15 years overseas living in Jakarta and Perth before moving to Houston in 1997. Amy completed her Bachelor of Arts (Education) at Edith Cowan University in Perth then completed her Bachelor of Education (Hons) at Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle. She has spent the last 20 years working in the education field as a teacher, trainer, consultant and business owner for companies including Heinemann Publishing, STEPS Professional Development and Dragonfly Educational Consulting. Amy is also active on several non-profit boards in the Houston area.