Board and Advisors

Mining has contributed $500 billion directly to Australia’s wealth over the past 20 years and is likely to increase in this decade. Australia’s major export markets are in Asia, especially to the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea and Japan.

The board of MEC Resources has been selected to provide a balance of Australian and overseas Directors providing access to capital and relationships across key target markets.


Michael Sandy – Chairman

Mike Sandy graduated as a geologist (BSc (Hons) University of Melbourne in 1975 and has been employed at various times as a minerals exploration geologist, research mineralogist (CSIRO), field geologist (mainly in PNG), broker research analyst (BZW Australia), petroleum geologist, business development manager, M&A manager, asset manager (of licences located in numerous countries including Australia, NZ, PNG (including 8 years in country for the PNG government and then Oil Search), Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Pakistan, Oman, Qatar and Kyrgyzstan) and country manager (Novus USA in Houston). In recent years Mike has been involved in setting up new companies and progressing them to IPO, and in some cases running them. These have included Novus Petroleum , Burleson Energy, Hot Rock (geothermal). He also has established private companies including Canning Petroleum and Thylacine Minerals – with a couple of others being hatched. He is currently a Non Executive Director of Melbana Energy (ASX:MAY), formerly known as MEO Australia. He has a special interest in energy and resources related technical innovation, for instance development of new exploration or drilling techniques and tools, and using non-mainstream processes such as gas to liquids, mini-LNG and CSG to utilise “stranded” gas in remote areas. Mike hopes that market conditions will allow these ideas and companies to blossom in the near future. .

Ms Deborah Ambrosini – Company Secretary and Executive Director

Deborah is a corporate accountant with over 10 years experience in accounting and business development spanning the biotechnology, mining, IT communications and financial services sectors. She has extensive experience in financial and business planning, compliance and taxation. Deborah is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and also holds the position of Company Secretary and Executive Director of Advent Energy Ltd..

Andrew Bald – Non-Executive Director

Andrew Bald is a Corporate Advisor with a focus on equity capital markets for ASX listed companies but a passion for start-ups. His experience spans a range of roles including 16 years working for a variety of domestic and offshore financial institutions where he provided advice and structured risk management solutions for most of the ASX top 200 listed companies, specialising in structured interest rate and currency derivatives. Since 1999, he has originated and completed numerous corporate finance transactions, assisting companies manage both their debt and equity requirements and has personally invested in a number of startups including resources and technology (amongst others). 


Mr Matthew Battrick – Non-Executive Director

Mr Battrick also consults to Advent Energy to lead its immediate strategic asset review. Mr Battrick is a proven oil and gas explorer as a leader of high-performing, multidisciplinary teams. He has demonstrable success in resetting strategic direction at Board level and in delivering five-fold growth in shareholder value. In addition, he has worked successfully with or joint ventured with major and super major oil companies as well as ASX 100 companies. In Mr Battrick’s 35 years of Australian and international oil and gas industry experience, his most recent service was to Sun Resources Ltd as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.

During this tenure, he managed the capital raising of over A$40 million, and successfully delivered a strategic shift in business direction with the support of the Board and major shareholders. Previous appointments include Pancontinental Oil & Gas (General Manager), ENI Australia and Mobil Exploration & Production Australia. We welcome Mr Battrick’s assistance in leading Advent Energy’s strategic review