Molopo Energy Company Overview

Board of Directors

Roger Corbett (AO)


Roger Corbett is an Australian businessman and former CEO and Group Managing Director of Woolworths Limited, the largest retail company in Australia, where he served from 1990 to 2006.

Roger was educated in Sydney, where he graduated from UNSW Sydney with a Bachelor of Commerce.

In 2003, Corbett was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to the retail industry, particularly as a contributor to the development of industry policy and standards, and to the community.  In 2008, he was promoted to an officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to business, particularly through leadership and executive roles in the retail sector and a range of allied organisations, and to the community.

Roger is a director and non-executive chairman of Mayne Pharma Group Limited, an Australian specialist pharmaceutical company and chairman of Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group Limited (AHL Group).  He also serves on the salvation Army Advisory Board.  He was a former director of the Reserve Bank of Australia and a former chairman of Fairfax Media Limited (a major Australian newspaper, magazine and internet publisher), where he also served as chairman of the Nominations Committee and formerly served as chairman of the Audit Risk Committee.

Anthony Hartnell (AM)


Mr Tony Hartnell AM, who was previously the inaugural Chairman of what is known as the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC), is a very welcome addition to the board.

Legal Practice

  • A founding partner – Atanaskovic Hartnell, January 1994 to date
  • Formerly a Partner of Allen Allen & Hemsley, July 1980 – June 1990 & January 1993 – December 1993
  • Deputy Secretary, Department of Business & Consumer Affairs 1976-1979
  • Senior Assistant Secretary, Australia Attorney-Generals Department 1974-1975

Other Experiences

  • Chairman, Australian Securities Commission 1989 – 1992 (Inaugural)
  • Chairman, National Companies & Securities Commission 1990 – 1991
  • Member, Companies & Securities Advisory Committee 1990 – 1992
  • Member, Trade Development Council 1987 – 1989
  • Director. Australian Film Finance Corporation Pty Ltd 1988 – 1990
  • Special Legal Advisor, Australian Government Inquiry into Telecommunications 1985

Current Public Directorships

  • Allegra Orthopaedics Limited

University Qualifications

  • B Ec(ANU), LLB(Hons) (ANU), LLM(Highest Hons)(Geo. Washington Uni)


  • Order of Australia (AM)
  • Centenary Medal 2003

Ralph Curton Jr.


For the past four decades, Mr Curton has been instrumental in creating large oil and gas projects that have included assembling, acquiring, developing, and selling in excess of 50,000 acres of oil and gas leases.
Included in these projects were producing properties and development prospects.  These projects were spread over a multi state geographical area including Louisiana, North Dekota, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.  Mr Curton begun his oil and gas career in 1976 as the owner of a private exploration and production company.  He was a pioneer in the exploration of the Cotton Valley Oak Hill oilfield in East Texas, a low-risk, technology-sensitive play covering several hundred square miles.  He has served as a director on the board of Amarillo-based, the world’s largest internet platform for oil and gas properties.

Mr Curton also enjoyed considerable success being a Coors beer distributor over 13 counties in East Texas. In 1974, he and his partner, Les Kroeger, were awarded this distributorship over 500 other applicants.  In 1985, he sold his interest to Mr Kroeger to focus on his oil and gas interests and other business endeavors including real estate, manufacturing and distribution.

John Patton B.Ec, CA (ICAA), F Fin


John is a senior executive with extensive finance experience in the corporate and professional services sectors. Mr Patton was previously a Partner with Ernst & Young in the Transactions Advisory Services division. With over 30 years of professional services and industry experience, Mr Patton has extensive corporate finance credentials, having been involved in over 150 corporate transactions, including mergers & acquisitions (lead advisory), structuring, debt and equity raisings, IPO’s, management buy-outs, valuations (including Independent Expert Reports), due diligence, financial modelling, restructuring and corporate advisory. In addition, Mr Patton held the positions of CFO, acting CEO and alternate director of the Epic Energy group, a major infrastructure owner of high-pressure gas transmission pipelines in Australia.  

John has solid hands-on operational experience with, and a strong appreciation of, the regulatory, commercial, financial, capital structure and external stakeholder management issues and requirements associated with major assets within an ASX-listed environment in Australia. 

John is currently the managing director of Aurora Funds Management Limited, a non-executive director of Metgasco Ltd (ASX: MEL), a non-executive director of Yowie Group Limited (ASX: YOW) and the company secretary of Keybridge Capital Limited (ASX: KBC).

Company Secretary:  Mr Andrew Metcalfe B.Bus, CPA, FGIA, GAICD

Andrew is an experienced independent company secretary and business consultant. Andrew is well qualified for the position having been a company secretary and governance advisor to ASX listed companies for over 20 years.


Corporate Governance

The Board of Directors are committed to maintaining high standards of safety, performance and corporate governance for Molopo and the entities it controls. Good corporate governance underpin the company’s activities and ensure transparency, accountability, fair dealing and protecting the interests of stakeholders – including shareholders, personnel, suppliers and communities in which the company operates.

The following are the corporate governance charters policies and statements adopted by the company.