Meet the Bridgeport Board and Management Staff with centuries of experience between them.

Board of Directors

Mr. S.O. Stephan

Mr. M.J. Busch

Mr W.H. Grant

Mr K.P. Standish




Chris has over 33 years experience in worldwide oil and gas upstream operations, production and drilling, offshore and onshore, most recently as General Manager Operations, Roc Oil Company Limited.
Key achievements include leading technical and operations teams at various phases from exploration to development, including setup of producing operations, on significant upstream oil & gas projects throughout the world. Projects include North Ben Nevis, Chebucto, Kupe South, Esso Bass Strait, Patricia Baleen, Maari, Cliff Head, onshore Otway Basin and the Saltfleetby gas field (UK). Operating areas of expertise include Australia, New Zealand, West Africa, onshore UK, Canada, China, India and Asia.
Formerly General Manager Operations with Roc Oil Company and, Offshore Operations Manager with Cultus Petroleum, Chris has held senior positions with Oil Search, Ampolex, Esso, Trans Canada Pipeline and Husky Oil. Chris is a 30 year member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and a member of the Institute of Engineers Australia. He holds degrees in Geology (Acadia University) and Mechanical Engineering (Technical University of Nova Scotia).


Barry Smith trained as a petroleum geophysicist and has worked as an asset and new venture manager and managing director for more than 35 years in the petroleum industry. He has worked on petroleum projects in Australia and overseas, including the Indian sub-continent, the Middle East and North Africa.
He has been actively involved in the conduct of exploration, appraisal and development programs and the assessment of acreage and corporate new business opportunities with active operating companies. While having worked in Australia for most of his professional career, he was also based in Edinburgh, UK for several years, managing petroleum projects in South Asia for Cairn Energy. He was also the technical services manager for that company.
Barry was Orion Petroleum's founding Managing Director, where he also managed the company's conventional petroleum and coal seam gas assets. He is currently employed as Bridgeport Energy’s General Manager Business Development.


Cameron has over 21 years of petroleum exploration & development experience and has worked in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, the Gulf of Mexico and the onshore Cooper-Eromanga, Adavale, and Bowen-Surat Basins in Australia. Cameron began his career with Amoco in the mid-nineties and has progressively moved to more senior roles within a number of small and medium sized companies including; Dominion Exploration, Samson Canada Exploration, and Athabasca Oil Corporation. Cameron has a strong record of petroleum exploration success working on exploration and development activities in a variety of geologic settings from frontier thrust belt and foreland basins to offshore Gulf of Mexico deltaics and a variety of fluvial, lacustrine and marine depositional environments. He has principally been involved in the generation of drillable oil and gas prospects through seismic and geologic interpretation, but has also been actively involved in the design and processing of many 2D and 3D seismic survey programs.
Cameron received a B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Alberta in 1993 and a M.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Victoria in 1995. Cameron has professional affiliations with ASEG, PESA,CSEG (Canada), and the SEG (US). In addition to his role as Exploration Manager, Cameron also manages a number of the Company’s operated assets. He has been instrumental in the development and execution of the overall corporate exploration program and he participates in the assessment and technical recommendations relating to new and existing business opportunities.