The Board of Directors for UIL Energy includes:

Simon Hickey

Executive Chairman (appointed September 2011).

Simon Hickey is the founder and Chairman of UIL Energy.

He has over  20 years experience in the resources industry and has been a Director of several  ASX and TSX listed companies.  In addition to his experience with public companies, Simon has established a number of successful private businesses in Australia, North America and the UK.

Mr Hickey  has a Bachelor of Commerce, a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


John de Stefani

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director.  (Appointed April 2012).

John De Stefani

Prior to UIL Energy, John was CEO of Bow Energy Ltd during a market cap growth phase of $50m to $550m and subsequently acquired by Arrow Energy in January 2012.  Prior to Bow, he spent over eight years as General Manager/Director of an expanding power generation business.

Mr de Stefani is a chartered accountant with over 20 years of business experience.  He has a proven successful track record in project finance, business development and asset management with over eight years international energy experience working on projects in the US, UK, Egypt, Turkey and the Philippines.

Mr de Stefani has a Bachelor of Business from the Queensland University of Technology, a MBA from the London Business School and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Keith Skipper

Non-Executive Director (appointed November 2011).

Keith SkipperKeith Skipper is a geologist, company executive and corporate Non-Executive Director with over 40 years of diverse industry experiences.  He holds a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in geology from Reading Univesity (U.K.) and a M.Sc. (Geology) from McMaster University (Ontario, Canada).

Mr Skipper is a member of various professional associations including the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia and a registered Professional Geologist in Alberta, Canada.

He is an Australian citizen whose career experiences include evaluations and operations in many of the world’s petroleum basins including periods with AMOCO (acquired by BP), Bridge Oil Limited in Sydney, PanCanadian Petroleum Limited (now part of EnCana), and Antrim Energy Inc. in Calgary, Canada in technical, managerial and executive roles.  Keith advises and consults to various academic, financial and corporate entities on oil and gas exploration, including coalseam gas (“CSG”) and shale resource projects.


Stephen Bizzell

Non-Executive Director (appointed August 2014)

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,  Stanmore Coal Ltd, Renascor Resources Limited and Chairman of Laneway Resources Ltd.

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.

Garry Marsden

Non-Executive Director (Appointed September 2016)

Garry Marsden is a geologist, Consultant and Company Director with 35 years of executive experience in the oil and gas and corporate finance industry.

In executive roles, Mr Marsden has worked in Investor Relations at both Oil Search Limited and AWE Limited and has participated in and led many corporate actions, including mergers and acquisitions and large equity capital market assignments.  More recently, he has been active in Business Development activities and the negotiation of gas sales agreements with large industrial energy users.

He holds an Honours degree in Applied Geology from the University of New South Wales, is a recent graduate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is an active member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia.