Dave R. Helwig, BMechEng, MSci(MechEng), Chairman – Board member since June 2011

David Helwig is a senior executive with almost 40 years of leadership experience in energy related companies including engineering, construction, operations and corporate roles. Dave has been involved with many facets of resource development, power generation and energy delivery as well as alternative energy and energy efficiency. His most recent roles have been Executive Chairman of Elgin National Industries and NORESCO. His previous roles include Chairman and CEO of InfraSource (NYSE:IFS), Executive Vice President – ComEd Energy Delivery, Senior Vice President – Exelon Nuclear and General Manager – GE Nuclear Services. Dave is a Registered Professional Engineer. He received a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware, attended the Duke University Advanced Management Program and has participated in a number of Director Continuing Education programs. David is a member of the audit committee and the remuneration committee.

Fred C. Schulte, Engineer of Mines (BS), MBA, CEO – Board member since June 2011

Fred graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1968 with an Engineer of Mines (BS) degree and obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from Oklahoma City University. Following a five period in the United States Air Force as a pilot and operations officer, Fred has held positions across engineering and mining operations roles as well as senior management/executive roles overseeing corporate development and mergers and acquisitions at two major (NYSE) US corporations. In 1988 Schulte joined Elgin National Industries, Inc. as Chairman and CEO. During his tenure at Elgin its markets and industries served were expanded significantly beyond a domestic focus on the US coal industry to a worldwide presence in most sectors of the minerals industry. Schulte is currently involved in various energy and natural resource projects and is active in several professional and civic organizations. Fred is a member of the remuneration committee.


Mitchell H. Hooke, BRurSc (UNE), MAIAST – Board member since June 2011

Mr Hooke is globally recognised for his knowledge and strategic leadership in public policy and practical issues affecting the rural, food and grocery and mining industries. Mr Hooke has been CEO of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) since June 2002, served as inaugural CEO of the Australian Food and Grocery Council from 1995 to 2002, and was Executive Director of the Grains Council of Australia, and began his career as an Agricultural Adviser. Mr Hooke is internationally active as a member of the Full Council of the London based International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM), its Executive Working Group, Chair of its International Associations Group (40 national and international mining/minerals associations), and Chair of its International Trade Policy Group. In business, Mr Hooke serves a member of the Advisory Board, Americas, of the global consultancy, Partners in Performance, was a Director of Elgin National Industries (USA), and of its subsidiary, Roberts & Schaefer, Australia (2008–2010). He holds a Bachelor of Rural Science and an Honours Thesis in agricultural industrial policy from the University of New England in Armidale, NSW, Australia, and was last year awarded that University’s Distinguished Alumni Award, 2010.

Andrew J. Wilson, BComm (Marketing) LLB, LLM, Fellow Aust Institute of Company Directors, Fellow AusIMM, Member Risk Management Institution of Australasia. Non-Executive Director – Board member since May 2011

Andrew is a director of Robust Resources Ltd, a Commissioner of PT Resource Alam Indonesia TBK, and a former director of Herald Resources Ltd.  He is a former Chairman of Lifestart and a director of other not for profit companies.  Andrew is a member of the audit committee.


Ralf Sellig, Non-Executive Director – Board member since 2010

Ralf has held the position of Managing Director at Deutsche Bank, running the Continental Europe Currency trading desk for spot, interest rate and option trading. For Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, Paris, Tokyo and New York City he has also headed trading desks and was responsible for the Global Spot foreign exchange business and commodities business. He also worked at Bank of America in Frankfurt, Germany, at its Foreign Exchange and Money Market trading desk. Ralf is currently a principal of Lucas Capital Management LLC as part of the Investment Advisory firm (since 2006). Ralf is a member of the remuneration committee.

Blake A. Williams, BComm, CA, Grad Dip Forensic Studies (Accounting), CFO - Board member since May 2011

Blake is a Chartered Accountant with a forensic accounting and corporate finance background who has provided corporate and accounting advice to GTL Energy since 2003, until his appointment as CFO in 2007. Blake was based in the US for over 3 years providing oversight to the company’s development across all aspects, but in particular for delivery of GTLE’s commercial scale demonstration plant. Prior to 2003, Blake worked in corporate roles in London in energy and media.


Robert J. Vogel, Bachelor of Science (Chemical Engineering), MBA - Alternate Board member for Mr Ralf Sellig since October 2010.

Robert brings experience as an engineering and finance leader of a global E&P company having worked with Chevron and as VP & Treasurer of Hess Corporation over a career since 1981. In 2008, Robert joined Lucas Capital Management, where he is Associate Principal. Robert is a member of the audit committee.

Dennis L. Yakobson, BSc (Civil Engineering), MBA - Alternate Board member for Mr Robert French since September 2011. Board member from 2001 to May 2011.

Dennis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Following executive management positions with several public companies in natural resources, in 1981, Dennis was one of the founders of Rentech, Inc (AMEX – RTK). Rentech is currently developing commercial scale projects utilizing its patented technology for the conversion of carbon bearing materials ranging from natural gas, coal and biomass to clean burning bio-degradable fuels and specialty chemicals. He served as President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Rentech starting in 1983. After retiring in 2005 Dennis still serves as Chairman of the Board of Rentech-Emeritus. Dennis is the sole inventor or co-inventor on twenty one issued patents and has several additional ones pending.