Directors

 

tonkin1Chris Tonkin BSc (Hons.), BA, MBA, GAICD, CFTP (Snr) (Non Executive Chairman)

Chris Tonkin is a Non-Executive Director (appointed in 2011) and a former Managing Director of Arafura Resources Limited (ASX:ARU) and is an Executive Director of advisory companies Catalyst Capital Solutions and Capital Advisory Services. He began his career as a metallurgist and environmental specialist and diversified into commercial roles at several major industrial companies and subsequently project finance, corporate and project advisory roles at AIDC, The Chase Manhattan Bank, KPMG Corporate Finance and ANZ, where his roles included Head of Project and Structured Finance and Head of Natural Resources. He has over 35 years’ experience as a senior business executive with an extensive industry background in business development and management, finance and strategy development across all major industry sectors and particularly natural resources as an advisor and financier to the mining and metals and oil and gas industries. Apart from ASX:ARU Mr Tonkin has held no other listed company directorships in the past three years.

barney2Barney Berold BCom, MBA. (Non Executive Director)

Mr. Berold is an investment banker previously with a major Europeanbased banking group. Appointed to the board in 2007, he has had considerable experience in corporate finance advising on strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and funding. He is a former Stockbroker, and served on the boards of The Stock Exchange of Melbourne as well as the Australian Stock Exchange.

Mr. Berold was appointed to the Audit Committee in 2007 and appointed Chair of that Committee in March 2013. He is also Chair of the Remuneration Committee, which was established in 2013. During the past three years Mr. Berold has not held any other listed company directorships. 

nick2Nicholas Mather BSc (Hons. Geology) MAusIIM (Non Executive Director)

Mr. Nicholas (Nick) Mather has served on the Board since February 2012 and in addition is currently Managing Director and founder of DGR Global Limited (ASX) and Director (and co-founder) of SolGold Plc (LSE AIM). Mr. Mather has been involved in the junior resource sector at all levels for more than 30 years and was co-founder and a Non-Executive Director of Bow Energy Ltd until it was acquired by Arrow Energy NL for $530 million in December 2011. Mr. Mather was also co-founder and served as an Executive Director of Arrow Energy NL until 2004. Arrow Energy NL was acquired by Royal Dutch Shell Plc and the PetroChina Group, for a value of approximately $3.5 billion in 2010. Mr. Mather is Executive Chairman of Armour Energy Ltd and was also Chairman of Waratah Coal Inc. before its $130 million takeover by Clive Palmer’s Mineralogy Ltd in 2009.

During the past three years Mr. Mather has also served as a Director of the following ASX listed companies:

• DGR Global Ltd (October 2001- current)

• Armour Energy Ltd - Executive Chairman (March 2011 - current)

• AusTin Mining Limited (December 2006 - current)

• Navaho Gold Limited – Chairman ( January 2003 – current)

• Orbis Gold Limited (formerly Mt Isa Metals Limited ) ( June 2006 – March 2015) 

During the past three years Mr. Mather has also served as a Director of the following Alternative Investment Market (AIM) listed company: SolGold Plc (May 2005 – current). Mr. Mather was appointed to the Remuneration Committee when it was established in 2013.

ianIan Plimer BSc (Hons), PhD. FTSE, FGS, FAusIMM (Non Executive Director) 

Professor Ian Plimer was appointed to the Board in January 2013. He is Emeritus Professor at the University of Melbourne where he was Professor and Head of the School of Earth Sciences (1991-2005). He was Professor of Geology (University of Newcastle 1985-1991) and Professor of Mining Geology (University of Adelaide 2005-2012). He has been awarded the Leopold von Buch Medal for Science, the Centenary Medal, The Eureka Prize (twice) and is Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Professor Plimer has published more than 130 scientific papers and is author of multiple best-selling books for the general public.

Professor Plimer‘s main geological interests are in resources. He serves on the Boards of the following listed companies:

• Silver City Minerals Ltd (February 2011 – current)

• Niuminco Group Ltd (May 2011 – current)

• Kefi Minerals Ltd (AIM:KEFI) (December 2006 – current)

• Sun Resources N.L. (September 2013 – current)

– Appointed Chairman in November 2013 and unlisted Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd companies (Roy Hill Holdings PL, Hope Downs Iron Ore PL, Queensland Coal Investments PL) and TNT Mines Ltd. He was a director of Inova Resources Limited (formerly Ivanhoe Australia Ltd) (ASX:IVA, TSX:IVA) from 2007 to 2013. Professor Plimer was appointed to the Audit Committee in 2013.

bill1William Stubbs LLB (Non Executive Director) 

William (Bill) Stubbs was appointed to the Board in 2012. He is a lawyer of 40 years’ experience, having practiced in the area of commercial law including stock exchange listings and all areas of mining law. Mr Stubbs has been a Director of various public companies over the past 27 years in the mineral exploration and biotech fields. He is the former Chairman of Alchemia Limited, Stradbroke Ferries Limited and Bemax Resources Limited which discovered and developed extensive mineral sands resources in the Murray Basin. He was the founding Chairman of Arrow Energy NL. Mr. Stubbs currently acts as the Non-Executive Chairman of DGR Global Limited (appointed in 2009) and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Tetra Q – the commercial arm of the centre for integrated pre-clinical drug development of the University of Queensland. He also serves as a Non-Executive Director of Armour Energy Ltd (appointed in 2009). Mr. Stubbs was appointed to the Audit Committee in 2012.

kyle1Kyle Wightman BComm, MBA, FAICD, CFTP (Snr) (Non Executive Director) (Appointed 4 August 2014)

Mr Wightman joined the Board on 4 August 2014. Mr Wightman is the Chief Executive Officer of Tait Capital PL where he advises clients on business strategy, major investments and finance. He is an economist, financier and business consultant with over 40 years’ experience particularly relating to the feasibility, development and financing of major projects and investments, including Argyle Diamonds, Tarong Coal, Loy Yang Power and Melbourne City Link. He has previously held senior executive roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers, ANZ Bank, Chase Manhattan Bank (now JP Morgan Chase) and CRA Limited (now Rio Tinto). Mr Wightman served as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Indophil Resources NL (ASX:IRN) from 2006 until his resignation in January 2015. He held similar positions on the Board of Inova Resources Ltd (formerly Ivanhoe Australia Ltd) (ASX:IVA, TSX:IVA) from 2008 to 2013. Mr Wightman was appointed to the Remuneration Committee in August 2014.

 

Professor Ian R. Plimer BSc,(Hons), PhD

Professor Plimer was appointed to the Board on 27TH January 2013 and is Emeritus Professor at The University of Melbourne where he was Professor and Head of the School of Earth Sciences (1991-2005). He was Professor of Geology (University of Newcastle 1985-1991) and Professor of Mining Geology (University of Adelaide 2005-2012). He has been awarded the prestigious Leopold von Buch Medal for Science, the Centenary Medal, the Eureka Prize (twice) and is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Professor Plimer has published more than 130 scientific papers and is author of multiple best-selling books for the general public. Professor Plimer’s main geological interests are in resources. He serves on the boards of listed companies (Ivanhoe Australia Ltd, Silver City Minerals Ltd, Niuminco Group Ltd, Kefi Minerals Ltd) and unlisted companies (Hancock Prospecting group companies, TNT Mines Ltd and Perth Resources Ltd).

 

 

The Honourable Alexander Downer AC

The Honourable Alexander Downer, AC was appointed to the Board on 1st February 2013 and  had a long and distinguished political career spanning 23 years, including serving as the Leader of the Opposition from 1994 to 1995 and Foreign Minister of Australia from 1996 to 2007, the longest-serving in Australian history.   Prior to entering parliament, he held a number of senior positions in government and the private sector.   Mr. Downer has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Politics and Economics and is a Doctor of Civil Laws (honoris causa). He also holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Bar Ilan University.

Since retiring from politics, Mr. Downer has applied himself to many commercial and cultural pursuits, including being a visiting professor at Adelaide University, a Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General, as partner in his strategic advisory firm Bespoke Approach, as well as sitting on a number of boards.