Our Board

Peter Botten OBE


Peter is the Managing Director of Oil Search and joined the company in 1992, just after oil and gas production started from Kutubu and Hides. Since that time Oil Search has grown to become a regionally significant Operator, owning over 70% of the oil and 50% of the gas business in PNG, operating all producing oil and gas fields in the country and being responsible for around 13% of the country’s GDP. The Company’s market capitalisation has also grown from just over A$200m to where it is now around A$7bn over this period.

Oil Search is a major interest holder in the PNG LNG Project which recently entered Final Investment Decision (FID)Peter has been a leader in the PNG petroleum industry for over 12 years. He is presently President of the Chamber of Mines and Petroleum and is a Council Member of the Australia PNG Business Council. He was recently made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Honours List for services to the community and mining and petroleum industries in Papua New Guinea.

Mark Ingram

Chief Executive Officer

Mark Ingram is the founding CEO of Business for Development and is recognised for charting the strategic direction of the organisation since its inception. Under his leadership, Business for Development has become both a leading practitioner and voice of inclusive business in the region. His tenure with the organisation has seen him engage directly with a breadth of key stakeholders including CEOs and regional heads of some of the world’s largest companies, Government Ministers all the way through to some of the poorest communities in the region.

Prior to being appointed CEO, Mark served as the New Zealand Consul General to Victoria and Trade Commissioner for Biotechnology from 2003 – 2007. During this period, Mark brokered the establishment of the Australia New Zealand Biotech Alliance, founded the New Zealand Victoria Business Group, and led the first official visit of the Victorian State Premier to New Zealand in over 50 years.

How does Mark want to make a difference: “I want to help solve the most intractable development problem facing the world today – how to link smallholder farmers with markets in a way that enables them to exit poverty on a long term basis.”

Daniel Blue

Chair - Audit Risk and Governance Committee

Daniel Blue is a senior commercial lawyer. Daniel has advised the CEOs and Boards of leading Australian and overseas companies on many complex commercial matters. He has worked in the resources sector and assisted in the development of new resource projects in remote locations and communities particularly in Africa and Asia. Daniel has served as a director of listed companies and was previously a member
of the Advisory Board of the Graduate School of Management, University of Western Australia.

James Lowrey

Chair - People Committee

James Lowrey is a senior executive in ANZ Banking Group’s global leadership team for Natural Resources spanning mining, metals, oil & gas industries. Key responsibilities include strategic client coverage, business development and strategy, product partner and deal team co-ordination, business planning, strategic initiatives, process improvement, cross border deal flow and transaction execution, balance sheet and revenue optimization, risk engagement and portfolio management. Based in Singapore he has over 20 years experience in international banking and the financial services sector, sucessfully structuring complex local and cross border transactions spanning most key industries.

Shannon Roper

Chair - Business Development and Engagement Committee

Over the past 15 years, Shannon has provided strategic planning, organisational strengthening, technology enablement and results management for international NGOs, government and the private sector. Bringing a passion for both addressing poverty issues along with solving healthcare problems, Shannon has designed multi-sector partnership models, developed digital health platforms, and delivered large scale transformation projects in 13 countries. She is adept at lean six sigma and enjoys working alongside executive leadership, front line staff and end users to design solutions and coach change. Shannon is a senior leader in Accenture’s Health & Public Service practice based in Melbourne. She holds an MBA (Strategy) from the Sauder School of Business and a Bachelor of Rehabilitation Sciences (Occupational Therapy) from the University of British Columbia, Canada. She was previously on the Board of Directors at PeerNet BC.

Doug Rathbone AM

Doug is an experienced public company director and is a director of Cotton Seed Distributors and AgBiTech and a member of the Rabobank Advisory Board. He is also a former Board member of CSIRO and a current Director of Business for Development. In early 2015, Doug stepped down as Managing Director and CEO of ASX listed company, Nufarm Limited. During his leadership of Nufarm, Doug successfully transformed the company from a small Australian business into one of the world’s leading crop protection and seed companies, with operations throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Kristina Hermanson

Kristina has extensive international business experience, in power generation, agriculture and food sectors. As Director of Business Development & Strategy, SE Asia, at Archer Daniels Midland Co., she collaborated with diverse local and global teams to develop new business opportunities in New Zealand, Vietnam, Indonesia, China, and Myanmar. She also has implemented growth initiatives in the agriculture supply chain in Eastern Europe, Africa, and India in a variety of commercial, strategy, and transformation leadership roles. In April 2016 she joined Coca Cola Amatil as Transformation Leader, continuing to deliver on multi-stakeholder solutions in complex, dynamic global business environments.

Ilenna Copley

Ilenna Copley is a senior commercial advisory and dispute resolution lawyer, having worked for 12 years at a top tier Brisbane law firm. She has extensive experience in project managing large scale, multi-faceted matters. In recent years Ilenna has developed innovative and highly regarded business development initiatives. Ilenna is a Director on the Advisory Board of Eightytwenty Vision and holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Queensland University of Technology.

Elizabeth Raut

Company Secretary

Elizabeth Raut completed ten years as the Victorian Manager of the Australian Institute of Architects at the end of 2010. Prior to this Elizabeth worked in a number of roles within the health care sector. She was the National Business Development Manager with the Victorian Healthcare Association, undertook a number of management roles at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and with the Sisters of Charity Health Service Melbourne Region and completed a public health project for Health Victoria.