Appointed to the Karoon Board on 1 October 2020.
Appointed as the Chair of the Board on 23 November 2023

Mr Botten is a highly experienced and successful former Chief Executive and internationally recognised business leader with over 40 years’ experience in the international resources sector. His executive career was dominated by his 26‑year tenure as CEO of Oil Search, where he was instrumental in driving its growth from a market capitalisation of A$200 million to a peak of A$15 billion.

Peter’s executive experience spanned all aspects of the upstream petroleum sector, including in upstream oil and gas exploration, development and production operations through his involvement in projects in PNG, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and North America. Peter also has considerable experience in governing and growing ASX listed companies and other business entities. He was one of the longest serving CEO’s on the Australian Securities Exchange and was included in the Harvard Business Review’s list of best performing CEO’s in the world for 2 consecutive years (2015 and 2016).

Peter holds a Bachelor of Science (Geology) from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London University and the Royal School of Mines. In recognition of building relations between Australia and PNG, along with services to business and communities in PNG, Peter was awarded Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) along with Commander of the British Empire (CBE).

Current directorships of other listed companies include:

  • Chair, Aurelia Metals Ltd (ASX: AMI); and
  • Chair, Conrad Asia Energy (ASX: CRD)


Member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Member of the Sustainability and Operational Risk Committee.