Chris Newton

Chris Newton

Executive Chairman, Tap Oil Limited

Chris has had a 40-year upstream oil and gas industry career covering the spectrum of exploration, development and production, developing core strengths in exploration, petroleum economics, strategic planning, business development and ultimately business leadership.

A 1978 Geology graduate from Durham University, England, Chris also holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia (SIA). After a 10-year early career as a petroleum geologist, primarily in Australia, he spent more than 27 years in South East Asia in various industry capacities including Managing Director of Fletcher Challenge in Brunei, a stint as Managing Director of Shell Deepwater Borneo, President of Santos – Indonesia and CEO of Jakarta-listed oil and gas company, Energi Mega Persada (EMP). Along with Mr Tom Soulsby, he co-founder Singapore based Risco Energy in July 2010.

Chris was an active Director of the Indonesian Petroleum Association (IPA) between 2003 to 2008, including serving as President from 2004 to 2007.

Chris is the oil and gas advisor to the Jakarta based Castle Asia Group, an advisor the Northern Oil and Gas Australia (NOGA) and is an active industry speaker. Chris is also a Non-Executive Director of ASX listed Lion Energy.