Board & Management

Directors & Executive Team


Mr Noel Newell | B.App Sc (App Geol)
Executive Chairman

Noel is the founder of 3D Energi and has over 40 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, with 20 years of this time with BHP Billiton and Petrofina. With these companies, he has been technically involved in exploration of areas around the globe, particularly Southeast Asia, and all major Australian offshore basins. Prior to leaving BHP Billiton in 2002, Noel was Principal Geologist, working within the southern Margin Group and primarily responsible for exploration within the Gippsland Basin. Immediately prior to starting 3D Energi he was a technical advisor to Nexus Energy Limited and directly involved in their move to explore in the offshore of the Gippsland Basin. Noel is a Director of the Australian Energy Producers.

Mr Ian Tchacos | B.Eng Mechanics
Non-Executive Director

Ian Tchacos is an oil and gas professional with over 30 years international experience in corporate development and strategy, mergers and acquisitions, petroleum exploration, development and production operations, decision analysis, commercial negotiation, oil and gas marketing and energy finance. He has a proven management track record in a range of international energy company environments.

As Managing Director of Nexus Energy Ian was responsible for this company’s development from an onshore micro-cap explorer to an ASX top 200 offshore producer and operator. Ian has had extensive experience in project formation and development in both onshore and offshore environments. He has developed a particular interest in domestic gas and LNG project commercialisation.

Ian holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Graduate Diploma in Chemical Engineering commencing his professional career as petroleum engineer with significant practical experience in oil and gas developments and exploration. Following a strong technical grounding Ian progressed to a series of commercial roles gaining experience in project commercialisation, marketing, business development, corporate strategy and finance.
Ian is currently Executive Chairman of an ASX listed company, Executive Chairman of a non-listed energy company and provides strategic, technical and finance advice to a number of other companies.

Mr Trevor Slater | B.Bus (Accounting), FCPA, FCIS
Non-Executive Director

Trevor has extensive experience in the development and operations of resource and construction projects within Australia and overseas performing as a director or senior executive in ASX listed or unlisted companies for over 30 years. Formerly, Trevor operated as an executive director for a gas production and storage project in Bass Strait; and as country director and manager for oil and gas exploration projects in Brunei, which included the acquisition of 350 square kilometres of onshore seismic data and the successful drilling of exploration wells in the challenging operating environment of Borneo.

Trevor has also held senior roles in the development of oil and gas fields in the Timor Sea and consulted widely in South-East Asia. He has also been extensively involved in the development of significant resource projects including the Ballarat gold Project where as CFO, he assisted the Company in its initial exploration programs and project development. The project is now a major gold producer in Victoria. He is presently consulting on a feasibility study for the development of an iron ore mine and steel mill in Africa.

Mr Leo De Maria | CA
Non-Executive Director

Leo is a Chartered Accountant and has been working in the FMCG industry for 14 years – initially as a Financial Accountant, then as a Commercial manager. He has extensive experience across a multitude of areas within company management. Specifically, his core strengths lie within financial management, mergers and acquisitions, supply chain optimisation and risk management.

Mr Stefan Ross | B.Bus (Accounting)
Company Secretary

Stefan has over 10 years of experience in accounting and secretarial services for ASX listed companies. His extensive experience includes ASX compliance, corporate governance control and implementation, statutory financial reporting, shareholder meeting requirements, capital raising management, and board and secretarial support. Stefan graduated from ACU in 2008 obtaining a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting.

Senior Management


Dr Daniel Thompson | B.Sc (Hons), PhD
Exploration Manager

Daniel Thompson is a Geoscientist with over 10 years’ experience in the Oil and Gas industry and manages all aspects of 3D Energi’s operations, including technical programs, regulatory administration, new ventures and farmout campaigns. Over his career, he has worked in high impact exploration and development roles with small operators throughout Australasia, as well as Africa. Daniel holds a PhD in Geosciences from Monash University specialising in carbonate sedimentology, having worked on lacustrine carbonate reservoirs from Brazil. Daniel has a diverse range of expertise that includes seismic interpretation, play based exploration, volumetrics and risking, and petroleum systems analysis. Daniel is also experienced in prospect maturation and well planning, playing an important role in the highly successful Mako South-1 gas discovery in Indonesia. He is currently the PESA/ASEG Young Professionals Event Coordinator and an active member of the PESA Vic/Tas and Federal Education & Awards committees.

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