Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Penkethman is a resources sector executive and geologist with 25 years’ experience in the resources industry. His technical skills include project evaluation, early stage and near mine exploration, resource development, feasibility study management, permitting, stake holder engagement and mine development across open pit and underground operations within Australia and overseas. Commodities experience includes gold, base metals, battery minerals and energy commodities over a range of geological settings. Mr Penkethman’s technical expertise is complimented by over 13 years in executive roles with a strong corporate focus including strategic partner processes, joint venture management, financial modelling, and project acquisition and divestment. Mr Penkethman has ASX, AIM and TSX equity markets experience.
Mr Penkethman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wollongong, is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.
Chief Executive Officer
Jon Dugdale is a geologist with 35 years experience in Australia and Asia and an established track record of discovery, including involvement with nickel sulphide and gold discoveries with WMC and MPI Mines.
Jon also has a broad range of corporate experience as Managing director/CEO of several junior resource companies focussed in Australia and Asia on nickel-cobalt, graphite and copper-gold projects as well as funds management experience with Lion Selection Group.
Recently Jon has joined the management group, Corporate Resource Services, and is the CEO of Sabre Resources Ltd, focussed on its Sherlock Bay nickel sulphide project in the West Pilbara and looking to discover and develop the next massive sulphide deposit in WA.
Managing Director & CEO
Peter is a process engineer with over 30 years corporate experience in the minerals industry, specialising in financing, marketing, business development and general corporate activities. Peter has a long history of working on nickel sulphide projects including Mt Keith, Silver Swan/Black Swan, Savannah, Lanfranchi and now the three Poseidon assets – Black Swan, Mt Windarra and Lake Johnston.
Peter joined Poseidon in March 2020. Prior to joining Poseidon Peter was Managing Director of Panoramic Resources for 18 years, a company he co-founded as a $3 million IPO in 2001. Peter steered Panoramic through the financing and development of the Savannah Nickel Project in the East Kimberley and the acquisition and re-start of the Lanfranchi Nickel Project near Kambalda with the company reaching a market capitalisation of $1.2 billion in 2007 and producing a combined 20,000tpa nickel equivalent for the next 10 years. Panoramic made five project acquisitions and one on market takeover during that time and diversified into gold and PGEs.
Peter is also Chairman of ASX listed Rare Foods Australia Ltd and has been on a number of other ASX listed resource company boards over the past 15 years.
Todd Ross has 24 years’ experience in finance and corporate advisory within the mineral project development and mining sector. Throughout his career he has led numerous large project financings, acquisition financings and advisory mandates across an extensive range of commodities, throughout multiple jurisdictions including Australia, Europe, and Africa, with a particular focus on nickel and battery metals in recent times.
Mr Ross’s experience has provided him with a detailed understanding on what mineral projects need to succeed and how to best manage risk from both a technical, environmental, market and corporate financing standpoint.
Ms Duncan has +20 years in mining, experienced executive following extensive career at BHP and South32. Her experience spans exploration, project development and execution, technology and corporate transactions, skilled in leading teams to deliver outcomes within predefined parameters. Ms Duncan leads with focus on the footprint of the business, and as a valued partner.
David Southam is the Managing Director of Mincor having commenced in February 2019. David brings extensive industry experience including significant capital markets expertise, a successful M&A track record, project building, negotiation of substantial international commodity offtake agreements and has a background covering base and precious metals, bulk materials, contracting and industrial logistics. David is a Certified Practicing Accountant and has more than 30 years’ experience in resources, investment banking and industrial sectors. David was an Executive Director at Western Areas from 2010 to 2018 and was a Non-Executive Director of Kidman Resources up to the Wesfarmers takeover announcement. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Ramelius Resources, Council Member and Chairman of the Audit and Compliance Committee of Curtin University
A geologist by training, Ed has extensive operational experience (gold, copper, nickel and tin) in Australia and globally. He was a senior member of the Gold Fields executive team in Australia where he held a key business development role reporting to the Executive Committee until 2008. He was the last Chief Geologist for WMC at the St Ives Gold Mine and under the new Gold Fields’ ownership initiated a $25 million per annum drill program. Prior to founding Lunnon Metals and leading the company to its listing on the ASX in June 2021, Ed was a director at PCF Capital Group where he advised resource sector companies on corporate, merger and acquisition, and valuation assignments. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Medallion Metals Ltd (ASX:MM8) having led the acquisition of its Ravensthorpe Gold the Project (in 2016) from Silver Lake Resources.
Mr Wilson is a Member of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, and a Chartered Professional Engineer. His business background has included management of remote construction projects and ten years of commercial construction. The past twenty years he has been involved in resource focused companies. Mark is Managing Director of Legend Mining Limited.
Dr Michael Jones is the Managing Director of Impact Minerals Limited which he helped found in 2006. Mike leads his exploration team who are currently focused on the Company’s battery metals projects in the emerging mineral province of south west Western Australia in particular the Arkun nickel-copper-PGE-Gold Project 150 km east of Perth.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Peter Bradford joined IGO Limited as its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in March 2014. He is a qualified metallurgist with over 35 years of experience in gold and base metals mining operations, exploration and development, and has held senior positions internationally and within Australia. Peter is a graduate of the Western Australian School of Mines, a fellow of Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and President of the Association of Exploration & Mining Companies.
Mr Naylor has over 35 years of experience in the management and development ofcompanies engaged in the business of mineral resources, mining finance and process technology in lithium, nickel, cobalt, chromium, manganese, gold and platinum group metals in Australia and South Africa. He led the acquisition and re-consolidation of themineral rights and mining tenements covering the Weld Range Complex commencing in2007. Mr Naylor led and has managed the evaluation of Range Well Mineral Resourcessince 2009, the Ausinox Stainless Steel Alloy Project, the Range Well MHP Project and theBattery Chemicals Complex. He has been a Director and CEO of EVM Nickel Pty Limitedsince 2010 and CEO of EV Metals Group plc since 2015. He was formerly a Director and CEO of Podium Minerals Limited.
Mr Fogarty has over 25 years of exploration experience with BHP Billiton and Western Mining Corporation. In his last role with BHP, he was the Senior Exploration Manager for North and South America. Mr Fogarty has a very strong background in nickel exploration, having commenced his career at Kambalda Nickel in 1994 before moving to Central Norseman Gold Mines in 1999. He has held senior roles with BHP including Senior Geoscientist for nickel exploration in the Leinster and Mt Keith region, Project Manager WA Nickel Brownfields and Regional Manager Australia – Asia where he was responsible for a $100 million per annum exploration budget.
Mr Fogarty is also currently a Non-Executive Director of Buxton Resources Ltd (since 15 March 2017).
Alex joined Chalice in 2017 and was appointed Managing Director in November 2018. Alex has led Chalice through an exceptional growth period following the Julimar Project discovery, one of the largest PGE and nickel sulphide discoveries in recent history.
Alex has diverse experience in various leadership roles across the resources sector, as a management consultant, engineer, project manager and corporate advisor. He is passionate about supporting the development of young professionals, and was recognized as ‘New/Emerging Leader of the Year’ by Mining News and ‘CEO of the Year’ by Kitco in 2020.
Before joining Chalice, he worked as a Specialist consultant with the global management consultancy McKinsey & Company. He commenced his engineering career with resources giant BHP in Adelaide and then spent over six years as an engineer in oil and gas exploration.
Alex holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (first class Honours) and a Bachelor of Finance from the University of Adelaide.
An accomplished geologist with over 20 years’ experience in minerals exploration and business development. Matt has been involved in significant greenfields and brownfields discoveries and provided leadership and management of successful exploration teams and large resource definition programmes. He was previously the Principal Geologist at BHP – Nickel West and Exploration Manager at St George Mining Ltd.
Mr Lynn is a geologist with over 25 years’ experience in exploration and development of a range of commodities including nickel, gold, and base metals. He has worked extensively within Australia, South America and Russia, including 15 years in Western Australia previously for Great Central Mines, Gold Fields and IGO Limited. He has played a key role in the discovery of both nickel and VMS style base metal deposits within Western Australia. Mr Lynn is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and holds Bachelor of Geology (App) and Master of Economic Geology degrees.
Principal Analyst Nickel
Angela joined Wood Mackenzie in 2012 and is based in Sydney.In her time at Wood Mackenzie Angela has worked on nickel, zinc and lead costs and nickel markets. She is responsible for the Nickel Industry Cost Service which covers 96% of the world’s nickel production and includes 168 nickel operations and projects.Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie Angela worked at CRU as a Senior Consultant in the Special Steels and Alloys Team. Angela also worked at Pasminco Ltd as a Project Metallurgist at the company’s Century Zinc mine, as well as its Broken Hill, Cobar and Rosebery base metal mines, and its Newcastle Lead Smelter.Angela graduated from Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia, with a degree in Science (Extractive Metallurgy). She also holds a degree in Economics from Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia.
Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations and Member for Cannington
Bill Johnston is Western Australia’s Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Energy and Industrial Relations.He has been a Minister for the McGowan Labor Government since March 2017, after a landslide victory against the Liberal Government.In Opposition he served as Shadow Minister for State Development and Energy from 2012, and Shadow Minister for Mines and Petroleum from 2013.He was a Member of the Economics and Industry Standing Committee and Deputy Chair of the Inquiry into Domestic Gas Prices from 2010 to 2011.Prior to entering Parliament, he was the State Secretary of WA Labor from 2001 until 2008, with responsibility for all State and Federal election campaigns.
Scott Williamson is a Mining Engineer with a Commerce degree from the West Australian School of Mines and Curtin University. Mr Williamson started his career as an underground mining engineer in the goldfields of Western Australia. Mr Williamson has recent experience in equity capital markets with previous roles as a Resources Analyst at Hartleys and Investor Relations Manager at Resolute Mining. Mr Williamson has a unique blend of experience in mining and finance with both corporate and technical capabilities.
John is a founding shareholder of St George with over 30 years experience in the resources, banking and legal sectors. Prior to establishing St George in 2010, John was Country Head for Commerzbank in Sydney overseeing numerous loans to resources companies.At St George, he has positioned the company for significant growth in the era of the electric battery revolution with Australia’s latest nickel-copper sulphide discovery at Mt Alexander.
• Jim has 40 years of experience in researching the international metals and mining industries• Jim Lennon worked at Macquarie from 1994 to 2013. He left Macquarie in June 2013 and set up his own consulting company, Red Door Research Ltd. The consulting company specialises in the economic analysis of hard commodity markets. Jim remains a part-time consultant to Macquarie.• Until June 2013, he was Chairman of Commodities at Macquarie, having worked for Macquarie for 19 years. He founded and headed up a 10 person research team in London, Singapore and Shanghai which serviced the equity, LME trading and corporate advisory divisions of the bank with steel, coal, metals and minerals research and market intelligence.• Jim and his team at Macquarie were regularly ranked number one in various surveys of commodities research among equity investors for over a decade.• Prior to Macquarie, Jim worked for 10 years at CRU International, where he headed up a team specialising in Special steels (including stainless steel) and steelmaking alloys (mainly manganese, silicon, chrome, nickel and molybdenum). While at CRU, Jim also undertook major studies on metallurgical coal and iron ore.• Jim’s current major specialisations are the main base metals and steel industries and their raw materials including nickel, chrome, molybdenum, iron ore and coking coal.• Before joining CRU, Jim worked as a marketing analyst at New Zealand Steel. He has also worked as an Associate Director of Metals and Mining Research at Shearson Lehman Hutton Securities.• Jim has a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He has a strong interest in development economics.
Interim Chief Executive Officer
David is the Interim CEO Poseidon Nickel Limited and he was appointed to this role on 1 September 2019 after a period of 6 months as the Company’s Interim CFO.
David is an experienced ASX director who has operated at both the Executive and Non-executive level with listed entities with assets or operations throughout Australia, Asia, Africa, Canada and Eastern Europe. He has been involved with a broad range of precious, base and energy minerals as well as oil and gas.
He has over his career provided corporate, strategic and compliance services to a variety of organisations operating in the Resource and Industrial sector, usually enterprises seeking expansion capital, refocus or revitalisation.
He has overseen, exploration and resource development, scoping and feasibility studies, production, optimisation and rehabilitation initiatives.
David has a special interest in the energy and energy storage sector, primarily through energy storage minerals and commodities with specific knowledge of nickel, uranium oil and gas, graphite, lithium, copper and cobalt .
David is a Non-Executive Director of remote power generation and energy solutions specialist, ASX listed Zenith Energy Limited and independent uranium company Paladin Energy Limited.
Martin is a geologist with over 49 years’ exploration and mining experience acquired through fieldwork, research and management of Australia-wide and offshore programmes in Indonesia, North America, the Southwest Pacific region and Southern Africa.
Corporate sector experience stems from 24 years as a director of ASX listed companies.
Given this is a nickel conference, his relevant experience commenced in 1970 when he joined International Nickel Australia Ltd initially at their Widgiemooltha operations which included the Mt Edwards mine until he was the last man standing at INCO and made responsible for the sale of INCO’s assets to WMC in 1977.
That year he joined Anaconda Australia as their nickel geologist and was back at Widgiemootha responsible for the Redross Mine area exploration.
During this time, he also worked on the Yakabindie/Six Mile nickel deposit and in 1983 he ended up being tasked with the disposal of Anaconda’s Widgiemooltha nickel assets again to WMC. In 1985, Martin together with the four remaining Anaconda geologists bought the Australian and Indonesian assets of Anaconda and merged them with Dominion Oil and Gas to form Dominion Mining Ltd a very successful open pit gold miner.
There followed many years of gold, base metals and uranium exploration leading eventually to rebirth as a nickel geologist for Chase Mining in their Canadian aspirations.