The Centre for Natural Gas has built a reputation for innovation, excellence, integrity and independence in all aspects of research. All research undertaken at The University of Queensland is subject to the University's policies and procedures, including the Researcher Conduct Policy. The Centre ultimately reports to the Vice-Chancellor.

Activities at the UQ CNG are guided by two advisory bodies and working groups:

  • Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) guides the strategic direction of the centre and maintains an overview of the centre's performance. The SAB is chaired by a nominee of the UQ Vice-Chancellor, the Executive Dean of the UQ Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology (EAIT), and includes senior representatives from the UQ CNG Members, UQ and the Queensland Government (the GasFields Commission Queensland and Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment). Projects are endorsed by the SAB, which also provides advice and guidance to the UQ Centre for Natural Gas Director on the strategic direction of the Centre as well as maintaining an overview of the Centre’s performance. The SAB does not have an operational focus and is not involved in the day-to-day management of the Centre.
  • Technical Advisory Board (TAG) reviews UQ CNG research proposals and monitors the progress of ongoing projects to ensure they satisfy the Centre's research priorities. The TAG is chaired by the UQ Centre for Natural Gas Director, and its members include the UQ Centre for Natural Gas' Professorial Chairs and representatives from the centre's members and collaborating organisations, including the Queensland Government.
  • The TAG also takes advice on potential research ideas and technical issues from the Technical Working Groups (TWGs) that are coordinated by the UQ CNG Professorial Chairs and Chief Investigators. These groups provide technical advice and assistance for specific projects and more broadly about the overarching research themes The TWGs include representatives from the centre's members and collaborating organisations who have relevant expertise.

Strategic Advisory Board (SAB)

Vice-Chancellor Nominee & Chair

Executive Dean, Engineering, Architecture & Information Technology

Bill McKenzie

Vice President, Commercial and Development, Arrow Energy Pty Ltd

Lauren De Paoli

General Manager Subsurface QLD & NSW, Santos Limited

Thomas Flottmann

Principal Geologist and Chief Geoscientist, Origin Energy Limited representing APLNG Pty Ltd

Chris Shaw

Executive Director Georesources Policy, Department of Natural Resources Mines and Energy

Sanjeev Pandey

Executive Director, Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment in Queensland (OGIA, DRDMW)

Allison Bambrick

Director Science Policy and Evaluation at Department of Environment and Science

Rick Wilkinson

Adjunct Professor, The University of Queensland

Warwick Squire

CEO GasFields Commission Queensland (GFCQ)

Technical Advisory Board (TAG)

Keld Knudsen


St.John Herbert

Principal Groundwater Modeller, Arrow Energy Pty Ltd

Thomas Flottmann

Principal Geologist & Chief Geoscientist, Origin Energy Limited representing APLNG Pty Ltd

Steven Flook

Director, Management Strategies and Implementation, Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment (OGIA, DRDMW)

Mark Noble

Project Officer, Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (DSDILGP)

Ross Savage

EIS Coordinator, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Jon Thomas

Director of Policy and Projects, GasFields Commission Queensland (GFCQ)