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Dr Rob Willink

Geological Advisor

Dr Rob Willink is a highly experienced geologist who started his career at Shell. 

He obtained a PHD in geology from ANU. Rob led the Boral/Origin Energy Exploration teams from 1994-2012 participating in oil and gas discoveries in the Bass, Otway, Perth and Surat Basins. 

He was a Director of OCA, the company that first positioned Origin in coal seam gas, from 1995 to 2002. Post 2005, Origin’s exploration activities expanded internationally into SE Asia, Africa and New Zealand. 

Retiring in 2012 from Origin, Rob served as an advisor to Central Petroleum Ltd.

Randall-Taylor Senior Geophysicist

Randall Taylor

Seismic Geophysist

Mr Randall Taylor was leading Origin Energy’s Geophysics Department for over a decade.

He has been the primary lead in new field discoveries in the Otway, Bass and Eromanga Basins and has in depth knowledge of Seismic Interpretation, Processing QC, Rock Physics, Prospect and Play assessment and Survey Design.

Deep experience gained from various roles with Origin, Santos and CSR.

With a strong emphasis on technical rigor and adoption of new technology with regular published case study examples. Randall embraces technology such as AVO, Inversion, Rock Physics and HTI Anisotropic seismic processing.

Jon-Benesche Drilling Engineer

Jon Benesche

Drilling Engineer

Winner of the SPE Engineering Award of Excellence in 2022 and with 36 years at Exxon as a Drilling Engineer. 

Jon’s experience in all aspects of drilling, completions and well testing engineering, operations and venture management, utilizing every type of onshore and offshore drilling unit, in many countries including Moscow, Qatar and Indonesia. 

Jon has been involved in multiple drilling projects addressing all major downhole, environmental and logistical challenges, high pressure, sour gas, extended reach, horizontal, and arctic operations on many of Exxon’s most critical wells worldwide, including some of the most remote and diverse onshore and offshore locations within Industry.

Jacinto Soares

Senior Geologist

Jacinto Soares is a seasoned oil and gas professional having worked for Eni Australia, resource companies and lectured at University in geoscience. 

He is a graduate of the University of Western Australia with a Master’s degree in Geosciences. Jacinto is experienced in reservoir modelling, managing Geological teams for field surveys and mapping petroleum systems onshore Timor.


Ross Prasser

Completions Engineer

Mr Ross Prasser is a highly experienced Petroleum Engineer with 45 years oil and gas industry experience – primarily in reservoir engineering, drilling and completions engineering, well testing and production operations, including offshore exploration and development. 

He began his career with Exxon in Australia and Malaysia and since then has worked throughout SE Asia and South America, primarily as an independent consultant.


Ana Belo


Ana Belo is a graduate from University of New South Wales with an honours degree in Petroleum Engineering.  Ana worked in Timor Leste under the National Petroleum and Mineral’s Authority (ANPM) in a team focused on the Exploration and Acreage release onshore and offshore Timor-Leste, as well as prospecting activities and geological and geophysical survey data, including the Integrated Airborne Geophysical Survey (IAGS) Project.