FORMER Woodside executive vice president of exploration Peter Moore has joined the board of Central Petroleum as an independent non-executive director.

Dr Moore retired from Woodside in August 2013, setting up consulting company Norris Strategic Investments. He was appointed as the Chair of the Curtin Graduate School of Business Advisory board and as a Member of the Elsevier Oil and Gas Advisory board later that year.

As vice president of exploration for Woodside from 2009 until his retirement, he was a member of Woodside’s Executive Committee and Opportunities Management Committee, a leader of its Crisis Management Team, Head of the Geoscience function across the company and a director of ten subsidiary companies.

Prior to this, he worked with Exxon Exploration Company in Houston, with Esso as Gippsland Exploration Manager and for Delhi Petroleum in the Cooper basin.

In an announcement, Central said Dr Moore brought the company diversity in skill sets in exploration and production.

Dr Moore will replace Bill Dunmore, who has announced he will not seek re-election at Central’s upcoming annual general meeting after having served on the board for nine years.

The consultancy which Mr Dunmore owns in part will continue to provide reservoir engineering services to the company until Central has acquired the necessary internal resources.

Central chairman Andy Whittle said Mr Dunmore had been a valuable contributor to the board.

“Whilst the Board will clearly miss the continuing guidance, experience and knowledge of Bill Dunmore, the addition of a person of Peter’s calibre to the Board is welcomed and testimony to the strengthened foundation of the company over the last 18 months,” he said.