Dr. Kenneth Gerard Pereira



Dr. Kenneth is the Managing Director of Hibiscus Petroleum Berhad.


Dr Kenneth has 27 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, both in the services and exploration and production sectors. He began his career with Schlumberger Overseas S.A. in 1983 as a Field Service Engineer working in Brunei, Thailand, France, Libya, Italy, Norway and Tunisia. In 1990, he joined the Sapura Group, overseeing the service of telecommunication products and later, moved to the Group Corporate Planning Department.


In 2003, the Sapura Group successfully acquired Crest Petroleum Berhad and he became the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of SapuraCrest Petroleum Berhad (now part of SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad Group), an oil and gas services company listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia.


In 2009, Dr Kenneth became Managing Director of Interlink Petroleum Ltd, an oil and gas exploration and production company listed on the Mumbai Stock Exchange (2009 to 2011). In 2009, he was appointed to the board of STP Energy Pte Ltd, a privately held Singaporean company with offshore oil and gas exploration interests in New Zealand.


He holds a BSc (Honours) degree in Engineering from the University of Bath, United Kingdom, a Masters in Business Administration from Cranfield University, United Kingdom and a Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of South Australia, Australia.

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Zainal Abidin Jalil



Zainul has over 35 years of experience in various managerial and leadership roles covering upstream oil and gas operations, independent power business and technology sector.


Former executive of ExxonMobil in upstream O&G, former CEO of Malakoff Corporation and former Group Managing Director of DNeX.

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Richard Beattie

Chief Executive Officer


Richard has 20 years of industry experience in oil and gas exploration business; with significant experience in petroleum accounting, joint ventures , business planning, LEAN and process improvement.


Richard was formerly the Business Finance Manager of Dana Petroleum with financial responsibility for all Operated UK and African assets. He also held direct financial and commercial responsibility for Dana’s Non Operated Business.


Prior to Dana, he spent 13 years with Hess Corporation and held various senior roles namely Country Finance, Planning and Commercial Manager (Denmark), Accounting and Business Performance Manager (Malaysia) and Business Performance Specialist (Houston).


Richard is a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CIMA Qualified) with a BA (Honours) in Business Studies from The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland.

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Peter Kavanagh

Chief Operating Officer


A Chartered Engineer, Peter Kavanagh has over 27 years of industry experience in the UK and Middle East in Senior Managerial and Director roles. Peter joins AOC after 12 years’ tenure at Petrofac EPS where he was most recently Operations Director for UK CNS Operated Assets, which included Anasuria as part of his responsibilities; prior to this Peter worked at Shell for 15 years in various roles including Offshore Installation Manager (OIM) onboard the Dunlin Alpha and Kittiwake assets.

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Steven Archibald

Finance Manager (Maternity Cover)


Steven has 20 years of broad industry experience including 15 years’ experience in the oil & gas industry, having worked for a number of operators and service companies including Baker Hughes, BP and Dana Petroleum Norway.  He has significant experience in financial management and control, accounting process improvement and financial modelling.


Prior to joining AOC, Steven was a senior member of the finance team at Eland Oil & Gas PLC, where he was responsible for treasury and corporate finance.


Steven is a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CIMA Qualified) with a BA (Honours) in Business Studies from the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

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Morag Kidd

HSEQ Manager


Morag has been a Chartered Member of IOSH for more than 18 years and has 19 years of oil and gas experience.


Having graduated in Applied Science, Morag started her oil and gas career with KCA Deutag supporting their platform drilling operations in the UK for four years before moving to PSN to gain broader project and engineering experience ultimately as UK HSE Manager.


Seeking further operational experience, Morag spent four years as Talisman’s UK Health and Safety Manager supporting their broad portfolio of onshore and offshore assets, she was seconded to Malaysia for three years as Regional HSE & Crisis Management Authority with oversight of operations in five countries across Asia Pacific.

On returning to the UK, Morag held the position of HSE Manager for EnQuest for five and half year gaining experience of asset commissioning, decommissioning planning and asset transition before joining AOC in February 2021.