John Kopcheff has a BSc (Hons) in Geology and Geophysics. He is a geologist and geophysicist with 45 years of experience in Australia, South East Asia, USA, South America and the North Sea in exploration, production, oil field operations and management. Mr Kopcheff founded ASX-listed public company Victoria Petroleum NL (now Senex Energy) and held the position of managing director for 26 years from 1984 to 2010 where he successfully pioneered oil exploration and production on the western margin of the South Australian Cooper Basin. Under his stewardship, Victoria Petroleum discovered proved, probable and possible net oil reserves of 20 million bbls. During that time, Victoria Petroleum increased its ASX market cap from $10 million at IPO to $162 million upon his retirement.