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Board & Management

Mr Wilson Xue

Non Executive Chairman

Wilson is an entrepreneur and businessman with 25 years of senior management experience. He has an impressive record of establishing and growing new businesses across a breadth of industries. In addition to Mr Xue’s business acumen, his extensive international contacts will benefit the Company as it implements its growth strategy.


Mr Robert Gard

Chief Executive Officer   

Robert is an experienced Petroleum Industry Professional with more than 30 years experience in all aspects of the industry. His experience includes 23 years with ExxonMobil where he worked across the whole value chain including exploration, drilling, workovers, project design, corporate affairs, tax and commercial. He also spent 8 years with ASX listed small cap "MEO Australia Limited" (now Melbana) where he was responsible for a number of high value farm-out deals with industry majors such as Petrobras, ENI and Origin Energy and was instrumental in securing exploration acreage in Australia, Indonesia, Thailand and Cuba. Recently he has worked as AGL Energy's Manager of Upstream Commercial where he was responsible for all commercial aspects of AGL's Upstream assets and for the site selection for AGL's Proposed LNG Import terminal. Most recently Robert has been providing advisory assistance to a number of small upstream oil and gas exploration and development companies and has assisted with acquisition and due diligence of a number of upstream assets. Robert has been appointed as the CEO of Pilot Energy on 1 April 2018.


Dr Xingjin Wang

Executive Director and Chief Technical Officer

Xingjin is a petroleum engineer with more than 25 years of international experience in petroleum exploration and production. He has extensive experience in the petroleum basins of Australia, and previously held senior management positions with Arrow Energy. More recently, Xingjin has provided consulting services to a number of companies in the areas of asset evaluation and petroleum engineering. He holds a PhD in Applied Geology from the University of New South Wales.


Mr Benson Wong

Executive Director 

Benson is a management finance specialist with 14 years’ senior managerial experience and over six years’ experience in director roles. In these roles he has held overall finance, administrative and human resources responsibilities. Mr Wong holds a Masters Degree in Commerce from the University of New South Wales, and is an Associate Member of CPA Australia. His finance credentials and international contacts will be highly valuable in developing Pilot Energy’s business.


Mr Michael Lonergan

Non-Executive Director

Michael is a petroleum geophysicist with over 30 years of domestic and international oil and gas experience. He has held senior technical and project management roles during his career, having worked for Delhi Petroleum, Oil Company of Australia, Origin Energy, Rohol-Aufsuchungs Aktiengesellschaft, Mosaic Oil, AGL and Pangaea Resources.