Our People

Our People

Meet the leadership management team responsible for guiding our business

Tim Jessen

Tim Jessen

BEng (Chemical)(Hons), BSc

Acting Chief Executive Officer

Tim Jessen

BEng (Chemical)(Hons), BSc

Acting Chief Executive Officer

Tim has over 18 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry where he has worked on major onshore and offshore projects, both in Australia and internationally. His expertise covers the full project delivery lifecycle, from field development planning and front end engineering design, through to construction, commissioning and operations. Prior to joining Lochard Energy, Tim worked for Origin Energy where he held a variety of senior roles including several years managing Origin’s Otway and BassGas Gas Assets.

Emma Ridout

Emma Ridout

MA (Hons), CA, GAICD

Chief Financial Officer

Emma Ridout

MA (Hons), CA, GAICD

Chief Financial Officer

Emma has over 20 years’ experience in finance and commercial roles. After starting her career at Ernst & Young, she led commercial teams at Siemens Mobility and Power & Gas. Before starting at Lochard Energy, Emma was part of the management team at Mondo/AusNet Services, where she held roles as GM Finance and GM Operations for commercial construction and services.

Jenny Smith

Jenny Smith

BA, MA, MAppSc

GM People, Safety & Sustainability

Jenny Smith

BA, MA, MAppSc

GM People, Safety & Sustainability

Jenny has over 10 years’ experience in the energy industry as a human resources professional. Prior to joining Lochard Energy she held human resource generalist and specialist consulting roles at Origin Energy, AGR (a Global Energy Services company) and in local government.

Becky Nguyen

Becky Nguyen

BEng (Electrical), MAppFin

GM Commercial

Becky Nguyen

BEng (Electrical), MAppFin

GM Commercial

Becky has over 20 years’ experience as a commercial professional in the energy industry. Prior to joining Lochard Energy, she held a variety of commercial management roles in upstream companies such as Santos and Cooper Energy, as well as integrated energy companies including AGL, Origin and Energy Australia.

Bart Simes

Bart Simes

MBA, BComm, Adv Dip Eng

 GM Energy Development

Bart Simes

MBA, BComm, Adv Dip Eng

GM Energy Development

Bart is responsible for diversifying the company into new areas of business which include electricity firming/storage and renewable hydrogen. Bart’s career began as a technician in Australia’s defence forces, however after further studies in engineering and business, he has spent the last 20 years pioneering the clean energy space both here and internationally. His work has included the running of operations and maintenance for Vestas, leading General Electric’s market entry in wind and managing Downer’s precontract operations for the EPC of utility scale solar, wind and storage.

Josh McKenzie

Josh McKenzie

BEng (Hons), BSc

GM Iona

Josh McKenzie

BEng (Hons), BSc

GM Iona

Josh has 19 years operations experience in both pharmaceuticals and predominantly oil and gas. Prior to joining Lochard Energy, Josh was the Operations Manager at the Otway Gas Plant in South West Victoria, responsible for running an onshore facility with supplied gas from both onshore wells and an offshore platform.

Paula Walker

Paula Walker

BEc(Hons), LLB (Hons), Grad Dip App Corp Governance

General Counsel & Company Secretary

GM Government & Regulatory Affairs

Paula Walker

BEc (Hons), LLB (Hons), Grad Dip Corp Governance

General Counsel & Company Secretary

GM Government & Regulatory Affairs

Paula is responsible for the Legal and Compliance portfolios and is Lochard Energy’s Company Secretary. Paula also leads Lochard’s interface with Federal and State Governments and regulatory agencies. Paula commenced her career at King & Wood Mallesons in Mergers & Acquisitions (Projects, Energy & Resources subgroup). Before joining Lochard Energy, Paula held senior in-house legal roles at Incitec Pivot Limited and GE (Energy), covering a breadth of legal matters including corporate, commercial, financing, competition law, and disputes.