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The Darwin Clean Fuels (DCF) management team consists of Tony Debenham, David Hunter, and Bruce Hatchman. All bring experience in business, finance and construction in an international environment that will aid in contracting with various international project participants. The Management Team will also rely on the highly skilled project delivery team to deliver the project on time and within budget, while the completed and commissioned plant will be operated and maintained under a comprehensive contract with the selected operator. The management team has assembled expertise in areas of O&G trading, marketing, shipping, refinery operating optimisation, capital structuring and other support services in addition to world class refinery engineering. Following the successful outcome of the Bankable Feasibility Study (BFS), the project will commence detailed engineering through FEED that will see the additional appointment of experienced petroleum industry and EPC construction executives.

Bruce Hatchman
Non-Executive Director and Chairman
Bruce is the Non-Executive Chairman of DCF. Bruce is a chartered accountant and was a founding partner of WHK Horwath Sydney. In his capacity as CEO of Crowe Horwarth, he has grown the firm to be the 5th largest accounting firm in the region. Bruce was the lead audit partner for numerous publicly listed entities. Some of those entities grew from privately owned enterprises to become significant public companies. One such company has a current turnover exceeding $A1 Billion. Bruce has been appointed to the Board of a major not-for profit organisation for the purpose of focusing the business on commercial practices rather than those of the public sector. Bruce has also practiced in the area of mergers and acquisitions with some significant transactions being concluded that had a public profile. Bruce is also the non-executive chairman of 2 ASX listed companies and holds a number of other directorships of not-for-profit commercial enterprises and large private companies.

Tony Debenham
Managing Director
Tony has been involved in accounting, investment banking, and consulting for over 30 years. Tony has practiced in the area of financial management, corporate recovery, corporate turnarounds, and corporate re-engineering. Tony
has had over 28 years in the construction industry managing capital intensive assets in his capacity as a Chief Financial Officer of a large company Tonyís other skills are in business system design, implementation, and associated technologies. Tony also holds several professional directorships and advisory positions and is a foundation shareholder of DCF.

David Hunter
Davidís career began in the RAF and the aviation sector, before joining Lucky Goldstar (now LG) in a role marketing a wide range of goods from consumer electronics to bulk commodities. David began an involvement with refineries in 1991 with a proposed 10,000- bpd refinery to be built at Port Bonython, in which LG was to take a 20% equity position. David was later approached by representatives of the PNG Government during LGís involvement in the construction of the Kutubu oil project, to consider the development of a refinery in PNG to process indigenous crude oil. Subsequently, as an executive Director of PNG Oil Refinery Limited (PNGOR) he played a large part in the completion of a feasibility study, the negotiation of the Project Agreement with the PNG Government and construction contract negotiations with Barclay Mowlem for a 40,000-bpd refinery to be built at Port Moresby. However, this project was eventually replaced by a rival down-graded proposal involving used refinery equipment. David has worked as a consultant to Louis Dreyfus Energy, CMPS&F Engineers, and PetroFac Inc., and on a number of refinery concepts in the Asian region, ranging in size from 4,000- to 150,000-bpd. David is a Director and minor shareholder of Sun Pacific Oil Refinery Pty Ltd that is proposing to develop a 4,000-bpd refinery at Cunnamulla, Queensland, to process Cooper Eromanga crude oil for the inland fuel market.



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