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.

He was most recently the Managing Director of pipeline technology company, Long Pipes Limited. Previous roles include Managing Director of engineering and construction services company, Calibre Group Limited, Managing Director of diversified resources company, Consolidated Minerals Limited, and Divisional Director with Anglo American Platinum Limited.

Rod has held non-executive board positions on public company boards and is an experienced chair and member of board sub-committees. He is currently a board director of 3 private companies.

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).

Karen Logan – Company Secretary

BCom Grad Dip AppCorpGov FCIS FGIA F Fin GAICD


Karen is a Chartered Secretary with extensive compliance, capital raising, merger and acquisition, IPO and backdoor listing experience in a diverse range of industries including technology, media, resources, health care and life science. She has assisted a substantial number of private start-up and established businesses transition to being publicly-listed companies for over 13 years.

Karen is an active member of the Governance Institute and has participated as a mentor of the University of Western Australia’s Career Mentor Link programme for over 8 years.

Karen is presently the principle of a consulting firm and secretary of a number of ASX-listed companies, providing corporate services to those clients.

Management


Jason Cherry – Exploration Manager

MSc, BSc, MAIG


Jason is a geologist with over 15 years experience in a range of commodities including uranium, gold and base metals both within Australia and overseas. Jason has significant experience exploring buried palaeochannel systems at the Honeymoon Uranium Project in South Australia and the Mulga Rock Uranium Deposit in Western Australia. He was part of the team which delivered the feasibility studies for the Mulga Rock Project.

Chris Williams – Project Manager

BEng (Mining)


Chris is a mining engineer who has over 35 years experience in the resources industry across gold, base metals and lithium. He has worked in site operational roles, corporate and as a technical director. His previous roles include General Manger of Kidman Resources and General Manger Operations for Panoramic Resources. He has significant experience in feasibility studies and operational commencement.