Board of Directors



(Non-Executive) BLaw, BEcon, INSEAD

Mr John Jetter is the former Managing Director, CEO and head of investment banking of JP Morgan in Germany and Austria, and a member of the European Advisory Council, JP Morgan London. Mr Jetter has held senior positions with JP Morgan throughout Europe, focusing his attention on major corporate clients advising on some of Europe's largest corporate transactions. Mr Jetter has been a non-executive Director of Venture Minerals Limited since June 2010 and Peak Resources Limited since April 2015 and is a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and the Audit and Risk Management Committee.


Managing Director and CEO

B.Bus, FCA, F Fin, GAICD

Mr Matthew Allen was appointed Chief Executive Officer in February 2014 and Managing Director in June 2015. Mr Allen joined Otto Energy in 2009 as Chief Financial Officer and has played an integral role in implementing Otto’s strategy since joining Otto. Prior to joining Otto, Mr Allen worked for Woodside Energy for over 8 years in leadership roles in a number of Woodside business units, including within Woodside’s overseas businesses in Africa.

Mr Allen’s experience lies in the operation and management of oil & gas companies with particular focus on strategic, commercial and financial aspects of the business. Mr Allen has global upstream experience in the USA, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Middle East. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



(Non-Executive) BCom, FCA, SF Fin, FAICD

Mr Ian Macliver is Managing Director of Grange Consulting Group Pty Ltd, which provides specialist corporate advisory services to listed and unlisted companies. Mr Macliver has held senior executive and Director roles in both resource and industrial companies, specifically responsible for capital raising and other corporate initiatives. Mr Macliver has been the non-executive Chairman of Western Areas Limited since November 2013, and non-executive Director since October 2011.  Mr Macliver was a non-executive Director of Limited (formerly Select Exploration Limited) from September 2010 to June 2015 and a non-executive Director of Range Resources Limited from June to August 2014. Mr Macliver is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.



(Non-Executive) BSc Hons (Geophysics), BSc Hons (Geology)

Mr Ian Boserio brings to the Otto Board more than 30 years international experience in the oil and gas business, focused predominantly on exploration and management. Mr Boserio was formerly at Shell as the Australian New Business Manager, prior to that he led the Shell Australia and New Zealand exploration team developing its gas portfolio for LNG development. Mr Boserio also worked with Shell internationally, including roles in Australia, North Sea, Middle East, India and Indonesia, including a five year secondment into Woodside. He is currently co-owner and technical director of private oil and gas company Pathfinder Energy Pty Ltd. Mr Boserio is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.



(Non-Executive Director) BSc Hons (Mining Engineering), ACSM, MAppSc (Geophysics)

Paul Senycia was appointed to the Board on 24 April 2018 and became a non-executive director on 1 January 2019. Paul joined Otto in 2010 as Exploration Manager, and from 2015 until 31 December 2018 led the Company’s technical operations. Paul was instrumental in the implementation of Otto’s US strategy and was closely involved in the successful farm-in to SM 71 in the Gulf of Mexico, which recently moved into production.

A seasoned oil and gas professional, trained as an exploration geoscientist, Paul has over 35 years of international oil and gas experience in both commercial and technical aspects of the business. This was gained with large and small companies worldwide including Shell, Woodside and Beach Petroleum. Over the last twenty years Paul has accumulated substantial Gulf of Mexico expertise both on the shelf and in the deep water. This has included deal capture, asset management and project divestment activities. Outside the Gulf of Mexico, Paul has worked in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australasia both on and offshore.



(Non-Executive Director) B.S Geophysical Engineering

Kevin Small was appointed to the Board on 29 January 2019. Kevin has over forty years’ experience in the Gulf of Mexico both onshore and offshore, and has been responsible for the generation, farm-in, drilling and development of numerous Gulf Coast discoveries. Kevin brings extensive networks and relevant experience to Otto’s Gulf Coast business.

Prior to joining Otto Kevin worked with Tri-C Resources, a privately owned Houston based oil and gas company, developing Gulf Coast conventional prospects for drilling. Between 2003 and 2012, Kevin worked for Bluestreak Exploration Group developing prospects exclusively for LLOG Exploration which resulted in successful discoveries on the Gulf of Mexico Shelf and Deepwater. Kevin was the Exploration Manager and a founding member of the Houston office of Westport Oil and Gas Company between 1996 and 2003, ultimately helping them go public in October 2000. Kevin also has worked for the Superior Oil Company and McMoran Oil and Gas, starting his career in 1978. During his time with LLOG, Westport, and McMoRan, he has drilled wells with cumulative production of over 692 BCFG and 82 MMBO.

In addition to his non-executive director role, Kevin consults to the Company on a part-time basis as a Senior Exploration Consultant.