Leadership Team


Board of Directors

Keren Paterson – Managing Director & CEO

BEng (Mining) MBA(Economics) AdvDip (Corporate Governance) FAusIMM MAICD

Keren is an accomplished and awarded mining industry leader with 25 years’ international experience spanning the mining value chain. Her roles have involved greenfields exploration discoveries, new project development, operations management, debt and equity financing, IPOs, and mergers & acquisitions.

Prior to founding Trigg Mining, Keren held senior leadership and operational roles with Fortescue Metals Group, CopperCo, Resource Capital Funds, Mines and Resources Australia (Areva), MPI Mines, Outokumpu, Goldfields and RGC.

Keren is a Mining Engineer from the WA School of Mines with an MBA in Economics from Deakin University and holds an Advanced Diploma in Corporate Governance.  She is a Western Australia First Class Mine Manager, a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mike Ralston – Non-Executive Chairman


Mike is an experienced mining executive 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


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


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 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 Chairs its Risk and Sustainability Committee and is a Co-Founder/Director of Energy Access Services which operate an independent Western Australian  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 Corporate Governance Consultative Panel and is an Australian Institute of Company Directors Fellow and WA Division Councillor.


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.

Damian Fletcher – Exploration Manager


Damian has over 15 years’ experience working in the exploration and mining industry, predominantly in gold exploration in Western Australia. His experience covers grassroots greenfields exploration through to brownfields development, pre-feasilbility and feasibility studies throughout Australia. Damian has also been involved in land access and commercial negotiations along with executing 3D seismic surveys, implementing safety systems and interface management plans.

Jenny Cookson – Community and Environment Manager

BSc (EnvMgt)

Jenny has over 17 years’ experience in environmental management roles within government and mining and has a proven record in obtaining environmental approvals to meet expedited project schedules. Jenny has previously been engaged as an environmental approval’s specialist for Fortescue Metals Group Limited and Mineral Resources Limited. She was also General Manager, Approvals for minerals sands and rare earths start-up, VHM Limited, where she was responsible for all approvals, and heritage, stakeholder and community engagement. Jenny is an accredited ISO 14001 environmental auditor and has operated as an environmental auditor for the Western Australian Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, EPA Services.

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.

Laurie Mann  – Principal Metallurgist, Elment Consulting

BSc (Metallurgy), FAusIMM

Laurie has over 50 years of senior process and project management experience in the international mining sector. He has held senior management roles for many major companies such as Normandy Poseidon, Shark Bay Salt, the Perth Mint, Normet and more recently consulted to resource companies such as Newmont, BHP, Rio Tinto, Worley, Doray (Silverlake) and GR Engineering.

His role at Trigg is to lead and assist in the conceptual and study design of all the technical and operation aspect of the Lake Throssell SOP Project, to take the project through approval and into construction and operation.