Governance at Todd Energy

Todd Energy is one of a number of companies governed by the Todd Corporation, which aspires to be one of New Zealand’s most successful family companies

Mark Macfarlane

Chief Executive Todd Energy

Mark completed a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons) at the University of Melbourne in 1987 and joined ExxonMobil in Victoria. Over the next 10 years Mark held a number of roles in projects, operations, planning and sub-surface in both Australia and Malaysia.

In 1997, Mark joined Santos and over the next 14 years, he held a range of management and executive roles culminating in becoming the Vice-President of Eastern Australia, before becoming CEO of Gladstone LNG based in Queensland in 2010.

In 2013, Mark joined Tullow Oil, based in Ghana, as Director, Development and Operations and was subsequently appointed Executive Vice President, Africa, based in London.

Immediately prior to joining Todd Energy, Mark held of the role of Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for Tullow Oil’s HSE, exploration, operated and non-operated businesses, and commercial activities.

Mark, his wife and their son relocated from London to New Plymouth in January 2021. Their three daughters currently remain in the UK where they are completing their university education.


Brett Isenor

General Manager Subsurface and Wells

Brett has more than 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, having held a number of senior drilling and completion roles across the world. Prior to joining Todd Energy, Brett was a senior manager at Repsol and Talisman Energy, both in Canada and Malaysia, and with Shell Canada.

In his current role as GM, Well Engineering and Well Operations, he is responsible for all well engineering, and drilling and completion operations. Brett has a Bachelor of Science degree from Acadia University, and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from the Technical University of Nova Scotia.


Catherine Ongley

General Manager Human Resources and General Counsel

Catherine is responsible for Todd Energy’s people and performance strategy and function, alongside the delivery of legal services and regulatory compliance. Catherine joined Todd in 2008, originally working for the Todd Corporation before moving into the role of General Counsel for Todd Energy in 2019.

Prior to joining Todd, Catherine previously worked in private law firms in Aberdeen, Scotland, and for Talisman Energy UK, based in Aberdeen. Catherine holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University of Wellington and is qualified to practice law both in New Zealand (1995) and England and Wales (2005).


Chris Ferguson

General Manager Planning and Finance

Chris is responsible for financial planning and reporting, risk and compliance monitoring and information technology for Todd Energy. Chris has over 15 years industry experience. Prior to joining Todd Energy he held senior financial leadership roles at Port Taranaki, TAG Oil, New Zealand Energy Corp. and Origin Energy New Zealand.

Chris holds a bachelor of Management Studies degree from the University of Waikato and is a member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand.


Chris Wischnowsky

General Manager Engineering and Projects

Chris has more than 25 years’ engineering experience across the marine, aerospace and upstream oil and gas industries.

A licenced aircraft engineer, Chris spent 12 years of his career working in aerospace engineering and manufacturing before moving into the oil and gas industry. Chris worked in engineering consultancy providing services to upstream operators in New Zealand, Australia and Papua New Guinea, before joining Todd Energy in an asset engineering capacity in 2015.

Since then, Chris has worked in a number of roles inside Todd Energy with a focus on operations, facilities, engineering, reliability and asset integrity.

Chris holds a number of engineering qualifications, including two Diplomas in Aircraft Engineering (Mechanical and Powerplant), and was appointed to the role of General Manager, Engineering & Projects, in 2021.


David Bradley

General Manager Health, Safety, Environment and Community

David has held various international management positions for Halliburton in Health, Safety, Environment and Service Quality (HSE/SQ). He has 29 years experience in broad range of HSE/SQ functions during his career, including developing and implementing systems, behaviour based safety performance programmes, and risk management.

David holds a Diploma in Occupational Safety and Hygiene.


Maurice Gilmour

General Manager Production and Maintenance

Taranaki born and bred, Maurice has more than 35 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, both locally and overseas.

Maurice started his career with the Shell BP Todd joint venture, which subsequently became Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS), in 1986, holding a number of roles in the maintenance and operations space. Since then, he has worked both on and offshore, with a particular focus on Production Team Leadership, Operations and Capability and Field Management roles.

Maurice joined Todd Energy in 2017 following the company’s acquisition of Shell’s 50% of the Kapuni natural gas field, and was appointed to the role of General Manager, Production and Maintenance, in 2021.

In his current role, Maurice is responsible for leading the Production and Maintenance team to ensure safe and efficient production across all of Todd Energy’s assets.