The Board of Directors for UIL Energy includes:

Simon Hickey

Executive Chairman

Simon HickeySimon has 20 years experience in resource projects in Australia, North America and Asia. He has been a Director of several ASX and TSX listed companies and has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment. Simon has a record of successfully establishing new businesses in both Australia and North America. He is a founding Director of Macarthur Minerals and continues to serve on the Board as their Lake Giles project progresses towards production of hematite iron ore. Simon is the founder and Chairman of UIL Energy. With his commercial and resource background in the US and Australia, he established an experienced oil and gas team to explore and develop prospective project areas in Australia for unconventional shale gas and tight oil.


John de Stefani

Managing Director

John De StefaniPrior to UIL Energy, he was CEO of Bow Energy until its acquisition by Shell and Petro China owned Arrow Energy for $550 million. During the last 18 months as CEO of Bow Energy, over $150 million was raised to support exploration and early pilot production programs across petroleum tenements and construction of a 30mw gas fired power station. Acreage included eight tenements in QLD covering over 4,000 km2 with over 60 wells completed and operational within the last 18 months. Under John’s management, Bow Energy held one of the largest uncommitted certified gas reserves in QLD and a total of over 13.8 Tcf of GIP within eight coal seam gas tenements in QLD. In total John managed over 30 tenements comprising a combination of conventional and unconventional petroleum assets across QLD, WA and NSW. Prior to Bow Energy, John de Stefani had senior executive roles with downstream projects in the US, UK, Egypt and Turkey.


Keith Skipper

Non-Executive Director

Keith SkipperKeith is a seasoned and successful global petroleum explorationist, company executive and director with 40 years of diverse industry experiences. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in geology from Reading University (U.K.) and a M.Sc. (Geology) from McMaster University (Ontario, Canada). Keith advises and consults to various academic, financial and corporate entities on oil and gas exploration, including shale resource projects. His career has included technical and management appointments with AMOCO (now part of BP) in Canada, the US and international; Exploration Manager of Bridge Oil Limited in Australia, Antrim Energy Limited and PanCanadian Petroleum International Limited, now part of EnCana. Keith is currently the director of the publicly listed company Samson Oil and Gas Limited involved in active exploration programs having drilled four wells in 2011. Keith is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia and a registered Professional Geologist in Alberta, Canada.


Stephen Bizzell

Non-Executive Directorbizzell

Stephen Bizzell is the Chairman of boutique corporate advisory and funds management group Bizzell Capital Partners Pty Ltd. He is also a Non-executive Director of Armour Energy Ltd, Diversa Ltd, Stanmore Coal Ltd and Chairman of Laneway Resources Ltd and Renascor Resources Limited. Mr Bizzell was an Executive Director of Arrow Energy Ltd from 1999 until its acquisition in 2010 by Shell and PetroChina for $3.5 billion. He was instrumental in Arrow’s corporate and commercial success and its growth from a junior explorer to a large integrated energy company. He was also a founding director of Bow Energy Ltd until its $550 million takeover. Mr Bizzell qualified as a Chartered Accountant and early in his career was employed in the Corporate Finance division of Ernst & Young and the Corporate Tax division of Coopers & Lybrand. He has had considerable experience and success in the fields of corporate restructuring, debt and equity financing, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr Bizzell has over 20 years’ corporate finance and public company management experience in the resources sector in Australia and Canada with various public companies.