Geoff is the Managing Director of Standard Wool Investments Pty Ltd (previously Standard Wool Australia Pty Ltd). He has held the position since 1996 and during that time the company moved from being one of Australia’s largest integrated wool brokering, exporting and processing companies to a business with its activities mainly related to property, development and investments. He has previously held senior positions in the fishing, food and resources industries and his early career was as a commissioned officer in the Australian Regular Army – this included service in Australia and overseas.
In addition to his directorship with Standard Wool Investments Pty Ltd, he also holds the following directorships:
– President of the WAPCYC
– Chairman (and Shareholder) of Troppus IT & Management Services Pty Ltd
– Chairman of the Arra Group (majority Indigenous owned labour hire & contracting company)
– President of Reabold Tennis Club (Inc)
– Advisory Board Member of Rekon Group
His past directorships include:
– Director of Australian Rugby Union Limited- 5 years (resigned August 2017)
– Chairman of RugbyWA/Western Force – 23 years (retired March 2011)
– Director of the Australian Wool Exchange (peak industry body for wool in Australia) – 9 years
– Director of Australian Council of Wool Exporters – 9 years
– Director of the Australian Sports Commission – 3 years
– Chairman of WA Rock Lobster & Prawning Association – 2 years
– Director of WA Fishing Industry Council – 3 years
He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.
Outside of work his main interests are sport related. He trains daily at a health club and plays golf and tennis all year round. However, his main sport is rugby union and he has played, administered and coached at national, provincial and club levels. He is currently Patron of RugbyWA. He was a grinder on Kookaburra in the 1987 America’s Cup Defence and he is Patron of the RAE Association (WA), with his main involvement being the welfare needs of RAE ex-service personnel.
His honours and awards include Medal of the Order of Australia, Australian Sports Medal, Centenary Medal and in 2006 he was the WA Citizen of the Year in the category of Sport.
Shaz is a qualified lawyer and has worked with numerous companies throughout WA and Australia.
He is an expert in native title and has a fierce commitment to advancement and employment of Indigenous people.
Shaz is of Yamatji and Baluchi (‘Afghan’ camel drivers) decent. His great grandmother was from the Badimaya clan of the Yamatji Tribe in the Murchison District of Western Australia (‘WA’), Mount Magnet.
Shaz spent most of his younger life in the Pilbara town of Goldsworthy/Port Hedland. He moved around a lot because of his father’s work. Shaz went to boarding school in Geraldton WA, and went home to Koolan Island on my breaks.
"It was excellent living north west of WA, you get a real appreciation for the vast and beautiful nature of the Indigenous lands called ‘Australia’."
Shaz, founder of Arra Energy, a substantial Indigenous majority, owned managed and controlled company and Managing Director of Arra Group, has over 16 years of experience in indigenous land access negotiations, infrastructure projects, and heritage agreements in mining, oil and gas industry. Previously he has spent over a decade working as a lawyer, advisor at executive level across range of legal functions, company board responsibilities, negotiations, external affairs and stakeholder issues.
Shaz has earned Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from University of Western Australia, Advanced Management Program (MBA) from University of Western Australia and currently pursuing MBA from Curtin University Business School (WA).
Areas of Expertise
Expert in the Indigenous space relating to land access and economic benefits through mining and oil and gas, technical and commercial advice
Oil and Gas Land Access Negotiations Mining & Native Title Agreements
Community and Stakeholder Engagement Negotiations and Civil Litigation
External Affairs Advice and Indigenous Legal Affairs Contract Drafting and Commercial advice
Hoss, technical advisor and leading force driving engineering and clean energy portfolios.
Before joining the Arra group, Hoss has worked with Bhpbilliton as technical advisor. Hoss has more than 20 years of experience of electrical and engineering across mining industry. Accolades that Hoss has earned ranges from bringing cost benefits, innovation and project management, development of strategy and planning for global mining giants across Australia.
He is pursuing MBA degree from Curtin University and certificates in electrical and solar engineering, maintenance management, legal studies, and business management.
Hoss is a visionary, entrepreneur and has been a true endorser of innovation, and corporate citizenship.
Hoss was awarded with Justice of the Peace in 2009 and has been contributing to our society since then. A believer in cost effective and renewable energy solutions for both consumers and in the mining and oil and gas space. In particular Indigenous groups that want self-sufficient energy and water management solutions.
Areas of Expertise
Licensed Electrical Contractor & Solar Installation Specialists
Mining, Oil and gas project management
Legal and legislatives
Human Resource, Change Management, Workplace Safety