30-year oil and gas and energy industry veteran Rick Wilkinson has joined highly regarded independent consultancy EnergyQuest.

Mr Wilkinson joins EnergyQuest as a Senior Associate and will be based in Brisbane.

Mr Wilkinson’s more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry includes senior positions in project management, commercial negotiation, LNG contracting, gas wholesaling and retailing and technical field engineering.

He joined APPEA, the peak upstream petroleum industry association in 2011 where he held positions as Chief Technical Officer and Chief Operating Officer – Eastern Region. Prior to these roles, he held a range of senior executive positions with Santos over 16 years.

He was appointed a Gas Fields Commissioner by the Queensland Government in 2012.

The Commission is an independent statutory body formed to manage and improve sustainable co-existence among rural landholders, regional communities and the onshore gas industry.

Mr Wilkinson was also Group Manager Energy Retail for Australasia’s largest gas retailer, accountable for managing 1.4 million gas customers, sales and marketing.

He has been an Associate with management consultancy, McKinsey & Co., and held managerial and engineering positions with Schlumberger in Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Sudan and the USA.

A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Mr Wilkinson has a first class honors science degree majoring in nuclear physics at Melbourne University, and studied geology and petroleum engineering at post-graduate levels.

EnergyQuest is an Australian energy consultancy specialising in market analysis and strategy and is highly regarded for its quarterly reviews and benchmarking of the performance of Australia’s LNG, gas, oil and liquids players.