Mr Ian Middlemas – Chairman
Mr Middlemas is a Chartered Accountant, a member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He worked for a large international Chartered Accounting firm before joining the Normandy Mining Group where he was a senior group executive for approximately 10 years. He has had extensive corporate and management experience, and is currently a Director with a number of publicly listed companies in the resources sector.
Mr James Kelly – Executive Director
James Kelly is a metals and mining executive with over 15 years’ extensive financial experience encompassing corporate finance, general finance, banking and principal investing.
At Xstrata plc, a FTSE 100 diversified mining company, James was a senior member of the business development team whose remit included strategy, M&A and capital allocation. As part of the small corporate team, James had additional extensive involvement in investor relations as well as financial management of the underlying business units, including a secondment to Xstrata Coal. During his time at Xstrata, James worked on numerous transactions, of which over $10bn were successfully executed, prior to the $90bn merger with Glencore.
Most recently, James has been a founding member of two natural resources private equity funds: Greenstone Resources LP which is focused on post exploration, mining development projects; and Buckthorn Partners LLP which is focused on companies providing products and services to the oil and gas, mining and water sectors.
James is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
Mr Craig Burton – Non-Executive Director
Craig has over 25 years experience in financing, developing, and managing resource projects and mining service businesses, with his financing work taking him to Canada and the UK for resource projects involving diamonds, nickel, copper, gold and oil and gas.
Craig is the co-founder of two ASX 200 companies: Mirabela Nickel Ltd and Panoramic Resources Ltd, the Non-Executive Director of Capital Drilling Ltd, and is an active investor in emerging ventures and businesses with a focus on the oil and gas, mining and resources service sectors.
Mr Robert Behets – Non-Executive Director
Mr Behets is a geologist with over 28 years’ experience in the mineral exploration and mining industry in Australia and internationally. He was instrumental in the founding, development and subsequent sale of Mantra Resources Limited, a Tanzanian-focused uranium company. Prior to Mantra, Mr Behets held various senior management positions during a long career with WMC Resources Limited. Mr Behets has a strong combination of technical, commercial and managerial skills and extensive experience in exploration, development and operations across a range of commodities including uranium, gold and base metals. In addition his operating experience in Tanzania will be a valuable addition to the collective African experience on the Board. He is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.