Leadership Team

 

Board of Directors


Keren Paterson – Managing Director & CEO

BEng (Mining) MBA(Economics) AdvDip (Corporate Governance) FAusIMM MAICD
WA First Class Mine Manager and Shift Supervisor


Keren is a recognised mining industry leader with 20 years’ international experience spanning the entire mining value chain. Her roles have involved greenfields exploration, feasibility studies, mine development, operations management, debt and equity financing, and mergers & acquisitions.

Her passion for all things mining led her to launch a successful uranium exploration company on the ASX in 2009 and has taken her across the world in corporate and operational roles with Fortescue Metals Group, CopperCo, Resource Capital Funds, Mines and Resources Australia (Areva), MPI Mines, Outokumpu, Goldfields and RGC.

Keren was an Outstanding Woman in Resources finalist in the Women in Resources Awards (2020) and the Telstra Western Australian Young Business Women of the Year (2005).

Mike Ralston – Non-Executive Chairman

BComm


Mike is an experienced mining executive (previously undertaking roles as chairman, managing director and chief financial officer) having worked for four junior ASX-listed resource companies over the last 13 years. In April 2017 he resigned as Managing Director of Balamara Resources having led its development from a start-up in 2011 to a substantial pre-production company, via the acquisition and development of three coal projects in southern Poland.

Prior to Balamara, Mike was CFO of Kangaroo Resources taking the company from a listed shell to a market capitalisation of over A$600 million over a 2-year period before the company’s trade sale to a leading international producer. He has extensive experience in developing several junior resource companies through IPOs and beyond on the ASX, AIM and LSE and he has worked as a senior executive across a broad range of industries in Australia, Africa and the UK over the last 25 years.

Rod Baxter – Non-Executive Director

​B.Sc. (Hons), Ph.D, MBA


Rod is an experienced Executive, with extensive international and multi-sector experience. His leadership roles include Managing Director of listed, private, and family-owned companies, and he has operated and led businesses across a number of different industry sectors in Australia and internationally.

Mr Baxter’s career has included business turnarounds as well as the delivery of substantial company growth and transformation strategies. He has been involved in IPO’s and a number of transactions including acquisitions, takeovers, JV’s and strategic investments.

He has also held non-executive director and Chair positions on public company boards and is an experienced Chair and member of board sub-committees. He is currently a non-executive director of Podium Minerals Limited.

Bill Bent – Non-Executive Director

​BSc MBA


Bill has 25 years’ international experience in resources and corporate advisory. He is a Director of Mainsheet Capital and was the Managing Director of Chalice Gold from 2012 to 2014 where he led the acquisition of exploration and development projects for the company. Prior to Chalice, Mr Bent was VP Business Development at Mirabela Nickel for 3 years, as part of the operational ramp-up and the refinancing and restructuring team. His advisory experience includes 10 years in strategy and M&A for the mining resources and utility sectors in both Australia and UK.

Mr Bent started his career as a metallurgist for AngloGold in South Africa before moving to Genesis Oil & Gas Consultants as a process engineer, during which time he became a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Chemical Engineers (UK).

Maree Arnason – Independent Non-Executive Director

BA, FAICD


Maree is an experienced director and senior executive whose career has spanned 30 years in the natural resources, energy and manufacturing sectors with companies including BHP, Carter Holt Harvey, Svenska Cellulosa AB (SCA) and Wesfarmers, working across commodities including gold, iron ore, copper, coal, timber, mineral sands and natural gas.

A Non-Executive Director of ASX-listed Gold Road Resources Limited, Maree Chair’s their Risk and Sustainability Committee and is a Co-Founder/Director of Energy Access Services, who operate an independent Western Australian (WA) focused digital trading platform for wholesale gas buyers and sellers.

Maree, who was recognised as one of the Top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining in 2018, serves on the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) Corporate Governance Consultative Panel and is an Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Fellow and WA Division Councillor.

Management


Salina Michels
Salina Michels – Company Secretary & CFO

BSc, BComm, CPA, Grad Dip AppCorpGov, ACG


Salina is a Certified Practicing Accountant with over 20 years’ multi-sector experience .  She has held senior leadership roles with a variety of junior and major mining and oil and gas companies in Australia.

She was most recently a Financial Controller within the Western Australian Division of Santos Limited, Corporate Accounting Manager for Quadrant Energy Limited and Financial Controller and Company Secretary for Strike Energy Limited.  She was also a Group Finance Manager for 5 years at the Western Australian Grain Co-operative CBH Group.

Adam Lloyd – Consulting Hydrogeologist Aquifer Resources

Bsc(Hons), MSc


Adam is a hydrogeologist with over 18 years experience in hydrogeology, water management, exploration and resource assessment. Adam has a BSc(hons) in Resource and Applied Geology and an MSc in Hydrogeology both from the University of Birmingham, UK. Recently Adam has been involved with a number Salt Lake Brine resource developments specialising in resource exploration and estimation to JORC and NI43-101. Adam is currently Principal Hydrogeologist at Kalium Lakes and his own consulting company Aquifer Resources.

Tim Langmead – External Relations Advisor

BA, Grad Dip Law


Tim is a senior resources industry executive with significant leadership experience across Government Relations, Media and Communications, Community Development, Native Title, Aboriginal Cultural Heritage, Environmental, Mining and Energy Approvals. Tim is passionate about unlocking the full economic potential of regional and rural Australia for the benefit of local communities and in particular First Nations people.