Board of Directors

John van der Welle – Non-Executive Chairman

Mr van der Welle has 30 years oil industry experience, having previously qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen in 1981. He is also a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and the Institute of Taxation.

After 11 years at Enterprise Oil where he was Business Development Manager and subsequently Group Treasurer, Mr van der Welle was Finance Director of a number of UK listed E&P companies, including Premier Oil in 1999-2005.  He was Managing Director, Head of Oil & Gas, at the Royal Bank of Scotland in 2007-2008, and since 2010 he has been Non-Executive Director of a number of listed and private E&P companies, including directorships with AIM listed Hurricane Energy plc and Lekoil Limited.

Mr van der Welle was appointed a Non-Executive Chairman of Global in February 2014.

Peter Hill – Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Mr Hill has extensive experience in the energy sector as a senior executive with a significant worldwide track record worldwide in high-level M&A and business development roles, primarily in the oil industry. Most recently Mr Hill was the Global Head of Corporate M&A for Statoil ASA, where he was responsible for several large transactions. He was a key member of the team responsible for Statoil’s merger with Norsk Hydro Oil & Gas in December 2006 and led the acquisition of EnCana’s Gulf of Mexico deep water assets in 2005. Prior to agreeing to join Global, Mr Hill was responsible for supervising the execution of the IPO of Statoil’s Energy & Retail division.

Previously Mr Hill set up the international business of Waterous & Co in the UK as Managing Director, and before that worked for Enterprise Oil plc for many years, latterly as Head of International New Ventures. Mr Hill started in the energy industry with Total Oil Marine and is a UK qualified Solicitor, having commenced his career with Clifford Chance. He holds an MA in Law from Oxford University.

Mr Hill was appointed a Director of Global in September 2011.

Andrew Draffin – Independent Non-Executive Director / Company Secretary

Mr Draffin is a chartered accountant with over 17 years’ experience in financial reporting, treasury management and corporate advisory services. He currently provides services as a Director, Company Secretary and CFO to ASX listed, OTCQX listed and private companies operating in renewable energy, exploration and mining and the investment sectors. Mr Draffin is a Director of EnviroMission Ltd and Gladiator Resources Ltd. He was appointed as a Director of the Company on 10 June 2016.

Garrick Higgins – Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Higgins is a Melbourne based lawyer and a principal of Grillo Higgins. He practices in energy and resources law and in corporate and securities law, including mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, capital raisings, project finance, corporate governance and joint ventures. Mr Higgins is a Director of public company Escala Partners Limited. He was appointed as a Director of the Company in October 2017.


The Board considers that the Company is not currently of a size, nor are its affairs of such complexity to justify the formation of separate or special committees at this time. The Board as a whole is able to address the governance aspects of the full scope of the Company’s activities and to ensure that it adheres to appropriate ethical standards.