Mr Gary Johnson
MAusIMM, MTMS, MAICD
Appointed 9 June 2016
Gary has more than 40 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. Gary operates his own consulting business, Strategic Metallurgy Pty Ltd, specializing in high level metallurgical and strategic consulting.
Gary is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Julian “Joe” Walsh
Managing Director (Executive)
Appointed 22 September 2016
Mr Walsh is a resources industry executive, mining engineer and geophysicist with more than 30 years’ experience working for mining and exploration companies and investment banks in mining related roles. Joe joined Lepidico as Managing Director in 2016. Prior to this he 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 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 Mark Rodda
Appointed 24 August 2016
Mark is a lawyer and consultant with more than 20 years private practice, in-house legal, company secretary and corporate experience. Mr Rodda 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. Mark currently manages Napier Capital Pty Ltd, a business established in 2008 to provide clients with specialist corporate services and assistance with transactional or strategic projects. Prior to its 2007 takeover by Norilsk Nickel, for in excess of $6 billion, Mark held the position of General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for LionOre International Ltd, a company with operations in Australia and Africa and listings on the TSX, LSE and ASX.
Ms Cynthia Thomas
Appointed 10 January 2018
Ms Thomas has more than 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.
KEY MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL
Mr Tom Dukovcic
BSc (Hons), MAIG, MAICD
General Manager – Geology
Appointed 22 April 1999
Tom is a geologist with more than 30 years’ experience in exploration and development. He has worked on a range of commodities in diverse regions throughout Australia and internationally and has been directly involved with the management of gold discoveries in Australia and Brazil. Tom is a member of the Australian institute of Geoscientists and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Peter Walker
BSceng, Ceng, ARSM
General Manager – Project Development
Peter Walker is a metallurgist with more than 40 years’ experience in the design, commissioning and operation of processing plants and general management of operations, with experience in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia, and South America.
Peter has managed several feasibility studies encompassing a range of commodities and countries. In recent years Peter has been responsible for the feasibility and development of green and brown field projects in Thailand, Laos, and Chile.
Peter has worked for a number of engineering groups as well major and mid-tier operating companies. Commodities include lead/zinc, uranium, coal, nickel, copper, lithium, and precious metals.
Peter has held the position with Lepidico since 2016.
Ms Shontel Norgate
Chief Financial Officer, Joint Company Secretary
Appointed 14 November 2016
Shontel is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in the resources industry including debt and equity finance, financial reporting, project management, corporate governance, commercial negotiations experience in finance and administration. Prior to joining Lepidico, Shontel was CFO for 10 years with TSX-listed resources company Nautilus Minerals Inc. Prior to her appointment at Nautilus Minerals, Ms. Norgate was Financial Controller with Macarthur Coal Ltd and Southern Pacific NL, both listed on the ASX and commenced her career as an auditor with Price Waterhouse (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers).
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 a number of 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.
General Manager Sustainability & Country Affairs Namibia
Appointed: 20th April 2022
Candidate MSc Sustainable Development
Benedicta has over 20 years’ experience working in occupational health, safety and environmental roles, including stakeholder engagement and community development. She started her career in the field in Shell Upstream and subsequently moved to Shell Downstream in HSEC roles covering the Africa region and eventually the Global Supply & Distribution business as EHS Planning and Strategy lead, based in the UK. Moving to the mining industry, she held similar roles in Rio Tinto, and most recently was the Director ESG at the Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb smelter. She is currently a candidate for the MSc Sustainable Development (University of Sussex).
General Manager Operations Namibia
Appointed: 1 August 2022
Mr. Timotheus (Timo) Ipangelwa is an experienced mining engineer and company executive. An alumnus of the University of the Witwatersrand, he is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration with the University of the Stellenbosch Business School. Before joining Lipidico Timo served for 8 years as Mining Head for the Husab open pit mine operated by Swakop Uranium, where he was responsible for operational readiness for project start-up, recruitment, commissioning, ramp-up to design capacity and operational improvement. Prior to this Timo worked in various technical, operational and management roles for Namdeb Diamond Corporation (Pty) Ltd, Navachab Gold Mine (AngloGold Ashanti Limited) and Vedanta’s Skorpion Zinc Mine. His interest for the people of Namibia, safety and for the overall improvement of the mining industry in the country has transcended his mining career Roles. Timo serves as a Commissioner for the Mineral Ancillary Rights in Namibia, as Deputy Chairperson – National Steering Committee Meeting for Centre for Mining Metallurgical Research and Training (CMMRT) and on the Curriculum advisory board of the Mining Engineering Department at Namibia University of Science and Technology.
Mr Hans Daniels
General Manager Operations UAE
Appointed: 11 July 2022
Hans is a chemical engineer with a well-developed career in manufacturing. Prior to his joining of Lepidico in July 2022, he was the Global Leader Physical Products of songwon Industrial Group. He began his career at SONGWON in 2013 as the key figure in the construction and start-up of the state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Abu Dhabi.
Besides managing operations in Abu Dhabi, Hans was also responsible for overseeing the successful running of songwon’s OPS manufacturing plants worldwide.
Prior to songwon, Hans gained many years of industry experience in production, logistics and management with the global specialty chemicals and performance materials leader, Cabot. This after a stint at Fluor, one of the world’s largest engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction and maintenance companies.
Hans holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Chemical Engineering from The Hague University of Applied Sciences.