Greenearth Energy




Charles Macek

B.Ec., M.Admin, FAICD, FCA, FCPA, SF.Fin (Non Executive Chair)

Charles joined the Board in December 2015. He has a B.Ec. and M.Admin, both from Monash University; and, is a Fellow of the AICD, CPA, ICAA and a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. He is currently the Chairman of Earthwatch Institute (Australia); a Director of Vicinity Ltd. since 2011, where he also chairs the Remuneration Committee; a Director of Sinefa Pty. Ltd.; a member of the Investment Committee at Unisuper Ltd.; and, a member of the ASIC Director Advisory Panel. He had a long executive career in financial services encompassing Australia, New Zealand, UK and Japan. In his non-executive career he has been a Director of Telstra (2001-09) and Wesfarmers (2001-14;) and, is a former Chairman of IOOF and of the Financial Reporting Council; and was Vice-Chairman of the IFRS Advisory Council (2009-14), and was a member of the inaugural ASIC External Advisory Panel.

Samuel Marks

CA B.Bus (Managing Director)

Mr Marks commenced his career with Coopers & Lybrand (PwC) in the Middle Market team, followed by Arthur Andersen (now KordaMentha) in their advisory / insolvency team. Prior to founding an advisory firm in 2009, Mr Marks completed 7 years within General Electric based in Australia and the United States, and was responsible for leading and executing projects across the US, UK, Europe, Australia, China and Hong Kong. 

Mr Marks' operational and advisory experience consists of numerous projects across the globe in both the public and private sectors.  This experience includes strategy reviews, acquisitions, integrations, re-structures and divestments ranging in enterprise value from $1 million to $3 billion. Mr Marks is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Business (Distinction) from RMIT University and is Six Sigma qualified through GE.

Robert J. Annells

CPA, F.Fin (Non Executive Director)

Mr Annells is a former member of ASX with over forty years experience in the securities industry and is a qualified accountant. His experience includes provision of corporate and investment advice to the business and resources industries. During the past seven years Mr Annells has also served as Executive Chairman of ASX listed oil and gas exploration company Lakes Oil NL, Chairman of ASX listed mining company Minotaur Exploration Limited, Non Executive Director of both Gippsland Offshore Petroleum Limited and Rum Jungle Uranium Limited, and Chairman of London based company Xtract Energy PLC.

Leslie Butterfield

BSc Civil Eng.,  AICD, AIPM, AIM (Non-Executive Director)

Ms. Butterfield joined the Board in May 2016.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY.  She is currently a Non Executive Director of UniQuest, RKF Engineering, and the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation.  Leslie's international and local experience spans project management, business development, corporate advisory, corporate finance, strategic planning and operational management in the construction, technology and telecommunications sectors.  She served on the Board of Australia's largest public R&D fund, and was one of a panel of three industry representatives appointed by the nine government ministers to review the progress, strategies and future direction of the National Building Codes Board.

John T. Kopcheff

B.Sc. (Hons) (Geology and Geophysics), SPE, AIMM, AAPG, PESA (Non Executive Director)

Mr Kopcheff was appointed to the Board on 13 July 2006.  He is a geologist and geophysicist, and holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Adelaide (1970).  He has extensive petroleum experience in Australia, South East Asia, USA, South America and the North Sea, both in field operations and management.  Mr Kopcheff held the position of managing director of Victoria Petroleum N.L until late July 2010 and now holds the role of Advisor to the Board.  He is also a director of Great Panther Silver Limited.

Philip Zajac

B.Comm, F.Fin (Non Executive Director)

Mr Zajac was appointed to the Board on 4 September 2014, and has over 30 years of commercial experience in the finance industry. He is currently the CFO and an executive director of the Erdi Group of companies, a director of Erdi Fuels Pty Ltd, and a non-executive director of NewCO2Fuels Ltd (Israel).

Mr Zajac is involved in the development, ownership and management of eight hotels in Victoria, Sydney and Brisbane, along with the design and construction of affordable student housing and apartments. He also runs an extensive philanthropy programme across  Australia and overseas. No other directorships of listed companies were held at any time during the three years prior to 30 June 2014.