JAMES A.V. McKAY
Appointed 22nd March 2017
James has more than 25 years' experience in the establishment and development of a number of large and successful businesses. He has built a reputation of closing successful deals and delivering value to stakeholders.
James is the former chairman of successful Coal Seam Gas explorer Sunshine Gas Limited, having overseen that company's growth to join the ranks of Australia's Top 150 with a market capitalisation over $1 billion prior to its merger with Queensland Gas Company.
He is the Chairman and co-founder of Walcot Capital, a private venture business specialising in developing resource projects in Africa. Walcot Capital has purchased and is currently working on the restart of the 10 million ounce+ East Rand Proprietary Mine (ERPM) and its extensions. Walcot has also invested in a number of other projects across the gold and energy sectors
He is also a shareholder and director of a funeral services group and the past president of the Australasian Cemeteries and Crematoria Association, the industry association for the cemetery and crematorium industry in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
James is currently non-executive Chairman of ASX listed resource company, Comet Ridge Limited.
James brings to the board a strong commercial background and sound finance, business management and legal experience. He has strong board skills developed over different industries and board compositions. He holds both degrees in Commerce and Law from the University of Queensland.
Chief Executive Officer
Appointed 30th April 2017
Greg has extensive senior management experience in the resources sector, including industry-government relations, strategic analysis and planning, change management, institutional fundraising and commodity sales. He has worked for more than 35 years in the mining industry, including 18 years with Rio Tinto Limited. Mr Walker has a deep understanding of operating in Africa, having been based in Angola, South Africa, Zambia and Malawi. He has been responsible for government relations in Namibia, Malawi and Niger in West Africa and was founding chairman of the Australia Africa Minerals & Energy Group (AAMEG), the peak body representing Australian companies engaged in development of Africa’s resource industry.
Appointed 27th April 2017
Gillian has been involved in financial and corporate services in mining and other sectors for listed entities, as Director, Company Secretary and CFO, for over 30 years. This includes broad based international experience including extensive African experience in bringing assets into production. Ms Swaby is currently a director of ASX listed companies Deep Yellow Limited and Comet Ridge Limited. She has served on the Board of Australia-Africa Minerals & Energy Group (AAMEG) and sits on the Western Australian Division Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). She is a recognised corporate governance specialist and was a finalist in the ASX listed companies’ category in the inaugural national Corporate Governance Awards.
Ms Swaby holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting and is a Fellow of each of the AICD, the Governance Institute of Australia and the Chartered Institute of Secretaries.
Appointed 1st December 2017
Noel is a metallurgist and lithium processing expert, who is currently a technical adviser to Tawana Resources Limited on its Bald Hill lithium project and Kidman Resources Limited on the Mount Holland lithium project. Previously, Mr O’Brien was a technical consultant to the Galaxy Resources lithium project in Western Australia and the Bikita Minerals lithium project in Zimbabwe.
Mr O’Brien was formerly Managing Director in South Africa for SNC-Lavalin Inc, a leading global engineering and construction group, and was responsible for delivering base metal smelter and refinery projects across Africa. Mr O’Brien has a deep understanding of the lithium market and possesses processing expertise in smelting, gravity separation, flotation, leaching and solvent extraction.
Mr O’Brien holds a Metallurgical Engineering degree (University of Melbourne) and an MBA (Witwatersrand) and is a Fellow of the AusIMM.
Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary
Appointed 29th September 2017
Nick has over 25 years’ experience in accounting and finance, including 20 years in the mining and exploration industry. Nick holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Murdoch University and is an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand.
Nick has worked in a variety of accounting and commercial roles with companies such as Newmont Australia and WMC Resources Ltd and was most recently Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Sarama Resources Ltd, whose interests are in West Africa.