Board of Directors

Mr Gary Johnson
Chairman (Non-executive)
Appointed 9 June 2016

Gary has over 30 years’ experience in the mining industry as a metallurgist, manager, owner, director and managing director possessing broad technical and practical experience of the workings and strategies required by successful mining companies. He is the managing director of the consulting business, Strategic Metallurgy Pty Ltd, and a director of Antipa Minerals Ltd and St Georges Platinum and Base Metals Ltd.

Gary is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Julian “Joe” Walsh
BEng, MSc
Managing Director (Executive)
Appointed 22 September 2016

Joe is a resources industry executive and mining engineer with over 25 years’ experience working for mining companies and investment banks. Joe was the General Manager Corporate Development with Pan Aust and was instrumental in the evolution of PanAust from an explorer in 2004 to a US$2+billion, ASX 100 multi-mine copper and gold company. Joe also has extensive equity market experience and has been involved with the technical and economic evaluation of many mining assets and companies around the world.

Mr Tom Dukovcic
Director Exploration (Executive)
Appointed 22 April 1999

Tom is a geologist with over 25 years’ experience in exploration and development. He has worked in diverse regions throughout Australia and internationally in southeast Asia and Brazil. During this time he has been directly involved with the management of gold and copper discoveries in Australia and gold in Brazil. Tom is a member of the Australian institute of Geoscientists and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He brings valuable geological, exploration and corporate management experience and skills to the Board.

Mr Mark Rodda
Director (Non-executive)
Appointed 24 August 2016

Mark is a lawyer with twenty (20) years private practice, in-house legal, company secretary and corporate consultancy experience.  Mark currently manages Napier Capital, a business established in 2008 to provide clients with specialist corporate services and assistance with transactional or strategic projects. Mark has considerable practical experience in the management of local and international mergers and acquisitions, divestments, exploration and project joint ventures, strategic alliances, corporate and project financing transactions and corporate restructuring initiatives.

Prior to its 2007 takeover by Norilsk Nickel, Mark held the position of General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for LionOre International, a company with operations in Australia and Africa and listings on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), London Stock Exchange and ASX. Mark is currently a director of Antipa Minerals Ltd.

Mr Brian Talbot
Director (Non-executive)
Appointed 10 January 2018

Brian joins the Board as a Non-Executive Director and shareholder representative of Galaxy Resources Ltd, which holds a 11.9% interest in the Company. Brian is the General Manager of Galaxy’s Mt Cattlin Operations and brings over 25 years’ experience in both mine management and processing of lithium ores. He was most recently with Bikita Minerals in Zimbabwe, where he was instrumental in expanding plant throughput and increasing metallurgical recovery. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Ms Cynthia Thomas
Director (Non-executive)
Appointed 10 January 2018

Cynthia joins the Board as an independent Non-Executive Director with over 30 years of banking and mine finance experience, and is currently the Principal of Conseil Advisory Services Inc. (“Conseil”), an independent financial advisory firm specialising in the natural resource industry which she founded in 2000.  Prior to founding Conseil, Cynthia worked with Bank of Montreal, Scotiabank and ScotiaMcLeod in the corporate and investment banking divisions.  Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario. Cynthias was formerly a Director of Polymet Mining Corp., KWG Resources Inc., Nautilus Minerals Inc. and is currently a Director and Chair of Victory Nickel Inc.

Key Management Personnel

Ms Shontel Norgate
Chief Financial Officer, Joint Company Secretary
Appointed 14 November 2016
Shontel is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ resources industry experience in finance and administration. During her tenure with Nautilus Minerals she was accountable for the leadership and stewardship of the company in all financial and commercial areas. Crucial to the success of the role was her ability to liaise with external stakeholders, including financiers, investors, international governments, NGO groups and contractors, always demonstrating strong business and financial acumen. These responsibilities also included the negotiation and management of numerous, large commercial contracts prior to and during project implementation. Shontel holds a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) with Distinction from Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane and a Graduate Diploma in Company Secretarial Practice from the Australian Institute of Chartered Secretaries.

Alex Neuling
Joint Company Secretary
Appointed: 30 September 2016
Alex is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary with extensive corporate and financial experience including as director, chief financial officer and/or company secretary of various ASX-listed companies in the mineral exploration, mining, oil and gas and other sectors. Alex is principal of Erasmus Consulting, which provides company secretarial and financial management consultancy services to several ASX-listed companies. In addition to his professional qualifications, Alex also holds
a degree in Chemistry from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.

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Cynthia Thomas