Peter Cleary | Senior Consultant
Peter has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector with much of his career focused on Asia Pacific countries. His leadership, commercial and strategic experience can be applied to a broad range of industry sectors.
Peter commenced his career in the resource sector in 1982 after qualifying as lawyer working on exploration, project financing and project development with MIM Holdings.
On joining BP in Australia as a resources lawyer, Peter was soon engaged in BP’s oil, gas and coal business as well as LNG shipping structures for the North West Shelf LNG project.
Peter’s international journey started in 1987 in Indonesia with BP where he found his second passion: working in Asia. His role included the structuring of a chemical joint venture with Indonesian and Japanese partners. A move to London saw him move from the legal world to a commercial role in marketing petrochemical technologies in China, Thailand and Korea.
From 1995 the LNG and gas businesses were his main focus areas. His experiences are varied from establishing LNG trading teams, project development, bidding and providing the leadership for multi discipline teams and playing a role in BP’s LNG worldwide leadership group. He led the North West Shelf joint venture through the first LNG deliveries to China and the recontracting of volumes to Japanese customers. He is respected internationally in LNG circles, but particularly in Asia.
The executive role at Santos saw him reporting to the CEO, participating on Board discussions and presenting to the external community whether they be investors, the media or industry specialists.
Leadership – Board interface and people development
External and government affairs
- Marketing and Business Development
- Doing business in Asia
Santos Limited – Vice President
Held two key roles in the Senior Leadership Team from 2010 to 2015 first as Vice President Strategy and Corporate Development and finally as Vice President LNG Markets and Eastern Australia Commercial. Gave advice to CEO on key investment decisions, strategy and stakeholder engagement.
North West Shelf Australia LNG – President
Assumed the role of President from 2005 to 2010 and made contributions to the successful start-up of China’s first LNG import facility. Established senior venture relationships with buyers and governments in all external markets – particularly Japan, Korea and China as well as with the Australian and Western Australian Governments.
BP Global LNG – Vice President
Held senior management positions in Australia, Indonesia, Korea, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and the United Kingdom during his 24-year career.
The Australia Japan Business Co-operation Committee – Executive Committee Member
Currently a member of the Executive Committee responsible for driving the strategic direction and business engagement between Australia and Japan’s top echelon of companies.
Australia Japan Foundation – Board Member
Member of the board since June 2015 – appointed by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
Australia China Council – Board Member
Previously served as a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade-appointed board member.