BHP BILLITON has appointed APPEA chief executive David Byers to a role in senior public policy and government affairs.

Mr Byers will leave APPEA in March, having spent over four years at the oil and gas industry association.

“David has made a valuable contribution to APPEA and he has been an extremely effective advocate for our industry since joining the organisation in 2011,” APPEA said in a statement.

“The past few years have been a time of great change and growth both for APPEA and the oil and gas industry.

“The APPEA Board thanks David for his dedication.”