General Counsel & Country Director (Mozambique)
Naomi has worked on Battery Minerals' graphite projects in Mozambique both in-country and more recently in Australia since the Company acquired them in 2013. Naomi studied Law and International Relations in the UK and the US with specialisations in human rights and post-war policy development. After university, Naomi worked with cross-community relations in Northern Ireland leading up to the Good Friday Agreement, brokering support for the outcomes of the peace process. As part of the United Nations her work brought her to regions of deep political crisis and natural disaster where her focus was conflict resolution and post=war reconstruction as well as working to stimulate trade in various countries. After working closely with the World Bank, Naomi joined the private sector, supporting mining companies to identify risk and ensure compliance to international standards in operations and trade. Prior to joining Battery Minerals, Naomi was the Chief Executive Officer of Anglo American in Mozambique. As CEO, she was responsible for all remote exploration, legal compliance, risk analysis and business development.
GM Corporate & Joint Company Secretary
Tony Walsh has over 30 years’ experience in dealing with listed companies, ASX, ASIC and corporate transactions including 14 years with the ASX in Perth where he acted as ASX liaison with the JORC committee, four years as Chairman of an ASX listed mining explorer and as a director of a London AIM listed explorer. 7 years as Company Secretary of Atlas Iron Limited (ASX: AGO) and 2 ½ years as Company Secretary of Independence Group NL (ASX: IGO). Tony is also Company Secretary of Legend Mining Ltd (ASX: LEG) and a director of Entek Energy Limited (ASX: ETE). Tony is also an audit committee member of NOPSEMA, a federal government entity.
Prior to his time at Battery Minerals Tony was at Atlas Iron during the development of 4 iron ore mining operations between 2018 and 2013. Tony was also company secretary of Independence Group NL and JV representative on the development and commissioning of the Tropicana gold mine in Western Australian. He also led the corporate element of the $440M Nova copper/nickel project financing for Independence Group NL.
Group Financial Controller
Paul Bridson is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary with more than 30 years accounting and finance experience, including more than 25 years in the resources industry.
He was formerly Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for ASX listed Centaurus Metals Limited and prior to that role fulfilled the same role with Avalon Minerals Limited. Prior to these roles he was Financial Controller for Gindalbie Metals Limited and has also held site-based finance positions with various other WA based mining and mine service companies.
He is also currently the Chief Financial Officer for ASX-listed DiscovEx Resources Limited, a position he has held since 2012 and was formerly also Company Secretary for this Company.
Paul is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Governance Institute of Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia.
General Manager, Exploration
Nick has over 20 years industry experience as a geologist in a variety of technical and leadership roles in the Australian resource sector and overseas.
Nick has a strong operational background in gold, nickel and iron ore, specialising in building effective teams and developing growth strategies. He recently held key management roles with major Australian gold producer Northern Star Resources, focussed on integration and growth at Jundee, Plutonic and Kalgoorlie Operations.
Nick holds a Bachelor of Science from Massey University, New Zealand, a Graduate Certificate in Mineral Economics from Curtin University WA, and is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Alan was a Joint Founding Director of Gippsland Prospecting which won the tender for Block 4 of the Victorian Government Stavely ground release in 2018. Alan is an exploration geologist with over 35 years’ experience, and specializes in geological mapping, structural interpretation, project generation and project assessment. Alan was Technical Director and Joint Founding Director for ASX listed Namibian Copper NL from 2008 to 2012, and Technical Director for ASX listed Peninsula Energy from 2007 to 2011. Alan has operated as a consultant geologist for ASX and TSX listed companies in Europe, Australia, Africa and South America. Alan holds a B.Sc. in Geology from Leicester University, a M.Sc. in economic geology from Pretoria University, and a Ph.D. in economic geology from Leeds University. In recent years Alan has managed the exploration and development of copper and REE projects in Namibia for the Shali Group. Alan is a long-standing member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and a member of the Society of Economic Geologists.
General Manager, China
George Gao joined Battery Minerals Limited in June 2017 as General Manager, China. George is responsible for market study, marketing and sales, offtake agreement execution, ore testing, production equipment sourcing, etc. Prior to joining the Company George worked for several international engineering companies such as Worley Parsons, AECOM and Richtech Engineering in the roles of Director and Vice President based in China. George also worked for many years in New Zealand for Solid Energy as Global Procurement Manager. George has extensive experience in international business development, engineering and procurement across a range of industries - mining, chemical, oil & gas and power, etc.
George gained his MBA from the University of Waikato in New Zealand in 2003.
George is a proven senior manager with extensive general management and cross-functional commercial, marketing and sales, supply chain, and leadership experience. He brings a wealth of understanding and knowledge to the Company on the China graphite mining and processing industry.