Leadership Team

Chris Wilson

President – Australia West

Chris began his career with ConocoPhillips in 1990 and worked for ten years in a variety of reservoir engineering roles around the UK and then internationally in Houston and Dubai.
In 2001 he returned to the UK to become the Regional Coordinator for Europe's Exploration and Production team prior to relocating to Houston to work as Director of Strategy in Upstream Strategy and Portfolio Management.

In 2005 Chris moved to Dubai to become Supervisor of the Fateh Development, working initially to lead the development program in the Fateh field and then to assist managing the transition of operatorship from ConocoPhillips to the Government of Dubai in 2007.

From there he moved to Alaska becoming Supervisor, Western North Slope Base accountable for development and production of the Alpine field and satellite developments Fiord, Nanuk and Qannik. He returned to the UK in 2009 working initially as J-Block Area Manager and then taking on the role of General Manager for ConocoPhillips Central North Sea.

Chris has a Master’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College, University of London, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Nick McKenna

President – Australia East

Nick McKenna is President, Australia East for ConocoPhillips based in Brisbane.  

Nick has 24 years of industry experience and joined ConocoPhillips in Houston in 2007 as the manager of Quality and Management Systems within the Project Development organization. In 2010, he was seconded to Australia Pacific LNG as the general manager, Project Office. In February 2013, Nick moved to Calgary, Canada, where he assumed the role of vice president, Oil Sands Development, and then was appointed vice president of Oil Sands Development and Subsurface in November 2015. Prior to assuming his current role in 2019, he was asset manager, Central Rockies and Anadarko, USA.    

Before joining ConocoPhillips, he worked for McKinsey & Company in Houston. Nick has also worked for Technip in Houston, Halliburton Subsea in Singapore and Brown & Root Energy Services in Australia. At these firms, he held a number of engineering and supervisory roles.  

Nick earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Western Australia in 1994, a Master of Science in system design and management in 2004, and a doctorate in engineering systems in 2006, both postgraduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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