Key Team & Advisors

Mark Connelly - Non Executive Chairman

Senior resources executive with over 30 years' experience and a particular focus in the gold sector, holding senior roles with Newmont Mining, Inmet Mining and as COO of Endeavour Mining. Mark was the Managing Director of ASX-listed Papillon Resources prior to its 2014 USD $570m merger with B2Gold. He was also the key proponent responsible for the 2011 USD $590m merger of Adamus Resources Limited and Endeavour Mining. Mark is a Member of the Australian Institute of Co Directors (AICD), Australian Institute of Management (AIMM), and the Society of Mining Metallurgy and Exploration (SME).

Alexander Scanlon Managing Director

Financial economist with over 15 years’ experience in structured finance, advisory, and principal investments. Previously MD of PARQ Capital where he led investment strategy, origination, execution and portfolio management. Previously a Director of Lusona Capital and Manager at Sigiriya Capital focused on natural resources advisory and principal investments, and an Executive in the Principal Investments Area at Barclays Capital. Alex is a graduate of Santa Clara (BSc Fin & BSc Econ Hons), Oxford (MSc Fin Econ) and Cambridge (MPhil Mgmt) Universities.

Christian Paech - Non Executive Director

Lawyer with +25 years’ experience in corporate law, M&A, litigation, risk, governance and major corporate transactions. Christian was previously a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Santos Limited where he was General Counsel (2010-2019) and Company Secretary (2017-2019). Based in Adelaide, Christian was a key advisor to the Santos Board on a wide range of transactions, joint ventures, capital raisings, takeover defence, Government policy and engagement, audit, litigation, risk management and ASX disclosure obligations. He was previously a Partner at Piper Alderman and a lawyer with Herbert Smith Freehills and Ashurst in Australia and the UK.

Richard Crookes - Non Executive Director

Geologist with +30 years’ experience in global resources development, operations, and investment including as Chief Geologist and Mine Manager of Ernest Henry Mining (now Glencore), Executive Director of Macquarie’s Metals Energy Capital (MEC) Division and founding Investment Committee member and Director of EMR Capital focused on deal origination. Richard is a fellow of FINSIA and holds a BSc Geology from the University of Plymouth, a Diploma of Applied Finance, and AusIMM and AICD memberships.

Neil Rose - Non Executive Director

Chartered accountant with a diverse background  in the commercial property and resource sectors being involved in project identification, financing and development. He is also a Director of Lever Property and Aviador Capital, multiple Australian natural resources investment entities, and holds a BCom (Finance & Accounting) from the University of Western Australia.  

Graham Arvidson - Non Executive Director

Mechanical engineer with +15 years’ industry experience in key leadership roles including project studies, design, construction, commissioning and operations management.  Graham is the GM Operations & Maintenance for Primero Group and specialises in project development, operational turnarounds, and optimising mineral processing operations with complex metallurgy. Graham holds a BSc (Mech Eng), MBA, MSc (Mineral Economics) and a Professional Certificate in JORC Code Reporting. He is also a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng IEAust), Chartered Professional Metallurgy (CPMet AusIMM), AICD graduate and member of AusIMM.

Shannon Coates - Company Secretary

Qualified lawyer and Chartered Secretary with +25 years’ experience in corporate law & compliance to publicly listed companies across multiple jurisdictions.  Shannon is a graduate of the AICD’s Company Directors course, was selected for the AICD Chairman’s Mentoring Program, and is a past recipient of the WA Women in Mining scholarship. She is company secretary to multiple ASX companies including Mincor Resources, Tap Oil and Nearmap, and is a Non-Executive Director of Bellevue Gold Limited and Vmoto Limited.

Rebecca Broughton - Chief Financial Officer

Chartered Accountant with +20 years’ experience in both public practice and commerce, with a significant focus upon the natural resources sector. Rebecca commenced her career at Ernst and Young, and currently holds senior finance positions at several publicly listed mining companies. Rebecca is a Chartered Accountant and also holds a BCom (Accounting and Banking) from Curtin University of Technology.

Andrew Bales - General Manager Projects (Mining Plus)

Geologist with over 18 years’ experience, including 10 years in management roles. Andrew is focused in the gold sector managing both early stage and major projects, including mining and exploration geology, resource modelling, grade control, environmental management and operations strategy. Andrew is a graduate of the University of Ballarat (BAppSc Geology), and also holds an Honours Geology degree.

Stuart Bodey - Project Manager (Mining Plus)

Project Manager with +30 years’ international experience in underground / surface mining, geology, feasibility, engineering, project and general management. Stuart’s experience covers the full life cycle of mineral deposits with a focus on project management. He is a member of AusIMM, completed the AICD Company Directors course, and is a graduate of the University of Ballarat (Dip Mining) and Flinders University (BSc Economics).

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