Leadership Team

General Manager

Paul Oliver was appointed as General Manager of North West Shelf Shipping Services Company (NWSSSC) in November 2017. 

Paul is seconded from BP Shipping.  Prior to joining NWSSSC, he was General Manager of China LNG Shipping (International) Co., Ltd. (“CLSICO”) in which role he was responsible for managing the first 6 LNG ships to be built in China.  He has held numerous positions in BP Shipping and BP Finance in the UK, Hong Kong and, on a previous secondment to NWSSSC, in Melbourne and Perth.  

Paul holds bachelor and master degrees in naval architecture and is a Sloan Fellow of London Business School. 

Finance and Administration Manager


Kym-mi joined NWSSSC in November 2020 as the Finance and Administration Manager.  

Kym-mi leads a team responsible for the financial and management reporting, internal controls, business plan coordination and office facilities management (including Information Technology) for North West Shelf Shipping and the other NWS Service Entities, including the Japan representative office.

Kym-mi is seconded from Shell which she joined in 2007. Kym-mi has held various finance position across Shell’s asset portfolio during that time including her role as Finance Manager for Shell’s interest in the NWS Project.  Prior to joining Shell, Kym-mi worked in a public accounting practice in Perth.

Kym-mi is a qualified Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting & Finance from the University of Western Australia.

Manager Supply and Shipping Projects

Jo-Ann Hillier joined NWSSSC in April 2019 as Manager Supply and Shipping Projects.  Jo-Ann's team is responsible for the strategic development and commercial implementation of the NWSSSC LNG shipping Fleet Plan.

Jo-Ann is seconded from Woodside Energy Limited which she joined in 1998.  Jo-Ann has held various commercial and operational positions across Woodside during that time.  Jo-Ann was previously seconded into NWSSC and NWS Gas for 7 years, most recently as LNG Contracts Manager.

Jo-Ann has a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management and Economics from Curtin University and an MBA from Curtin Business School and has over 20 years of professional experience in the oil and gas industry.

Marine and Technical Manager

Marine and Technical Manager

Tony Spence joined NWSSSC as the Marine & Technical Manager in January 2020 on secondment from BP Shipping. Tony's team is responsible for  assuring the operation integrity of all vessels used in the transportation of LNG from the Karratha Gas Plant.

Tony joined BP Shipping in 1985 as an Engineer Cadet and came ashore in 1997 as a Design Engineer within their Technical Team. Following a period in Fleet Operations as a Vessel Superintendent he was seconded to NWSSSC as Technical Superintendent from 2006 to 2009. He returned to BP Shipping as a Technical Authority, before moving to Marine Offshore Support Manager in 2012, including project managing four new build platform Support Vessels for BO's Upstream business. Most recently Tony was seconded to the Angola LNG joint venture as their Shipping Manager.

Tony is a qualified Chartered Marine Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology and has over 30 years' professional experience in the oil and gas industry.


General Manager 

Daisuke Sato joined North West Shelf Liaison Company, based in Tokyo, in April 2018, on secondment from Chevron.  In August 2018, he assumed responsibility for NWSSSC’s Tokyo office in addition to his Liaison Office responsibilities.

Prior to joining North West Shelf, he worked for Chevron for 22 years, primarily negotiating natural gas and LNG supply contracts. Most recently, Daisuke worked in Chevron Supply & Trading based in Singapore for 5 years. While he was there, he led a team that provided commercial expertise across the full value chain for all commodities in support of Chevron’s upstream and downstream businesses and was responsible for identifying new market opportunities for Chevron’s equity LNG projects in Asia.

He is fluent in both Japanese and English and holds a BS degree from University of Houston and an MBA degree from Duke University. He is married with 2 children and his hobbies include practicing Martial Arts.