Ben Van Roon
Chief Operating Officer
After graduating from the WA School of Mines in 1996, Ben has accumulated 22 years industry experience in operating environments predominantly focused on new projects, open pit mining, ore processing and logistics. He has held senior operating roles with Henry Walker Eltin, Rio Tinto Iron Ore and Mineral Resources Ltd. Prior to Joining Battery Minerals Ben led project execution and process improvement at two new large lithium projects in Western Australia.
This has included the Mt Marion Lithium Project, Wodgina DSO Lithium Project, Iron Valley Iron ore Project.
During his career Ben has brought on line the following projects:
2005 – Paraburdoo Eastern Ranges 9Mtpa Iron Ore Plant: Focus on increase in capacity from 5mt to 9mt over a 4 month period.
2010 - 2013 – RioTinto Rail Expansion. As General Manager of Railway, increased rail capacity from 240Mtpa to 300Mtpa.
During his time at Rio Tonto Ben was General Manager for the entire rail system and was involved in rebuilding large sections of rail as well as significant bridges.
2014 – Two x 6Mtpa Iron Ore plants at West Angeles, WA for Rio Tinto in a 6 month period.
2014 –6Mtpa Iron Ore plant at Iron Valley, WA and then expansion 8Mtpa rate.
2016 –2mtpa Lithium mine at Mount Marion, WA.
2017 –2.5Mtpa DSO 1.5% Lithium (Spodumene) plant at Wodgina, WA.
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.
Chief Financial Officer & Joint Company Secretary
Nick Day has over 20 years experience as a company director, CFO and company secretary for a broad range of listed and private technology companies and mining and exploration companies. These have included ASX and TSX listed exploration companies with copper, gold, lead, coal, zinc, rare earths and uranium projects in Madagascar, the Philippines and North/South America, nano-technology and e-book IT companies to $600 million nickel/platinum AIM and ASX listed exploration and mining operations across six countries in Africa. He has extensive experience in Africa and Asia with strategic planning, business development, mergers and acquisitions, bankable feasibility studies, debt raising and project development. Recently Mr Day was CFO and Company Secretary at Minbos Resources Limited. Prior to his time at Minbos he was the CFO and Company Secretary at RTG Mining Inc., Finance Director of Coventry Resources Inc. and Corporate Consultant and Company Secretary to Paringa Resources Limited.
Naomi studied Law and International Relations in the UK and the US with specialisations in human rights and post-war policy development. After university, she 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 for the company.
Head of Marketing
Nick Stephens has extensive global commercial and operational leadership experience from over 25 years in the resources industry. Mr Stephens graduated from Curtin University with Honours as was awarded a scholarship with CRA’s HIsmelt R&D Technology to smelt Hamersley Iron’s Iron Ore in JV with Kobe Steel. After Rio Tinto acquired CRA, Mr Stephens performed various senior marketing and commercial roles around the world, across Industrial Minerals, Base Metals, Head Office and Iron Ore for over 15 years. These roles provided direct sales, marketing and shipping exposure to commodities included salt, gypsum, copper, lead, zinc and iron ore. Mr Stephens final role at Rio Tinto Iron Ore was a member of the price negotiation team.
Over the last 10 years Mr Stephens has held various executive and director positions in public and private companies in Australia and Singapore. All companies were involved in mining, trading (physical and paper), logistics and shipping commodities including copper concentrate & cathode, antimony, gold and coal.
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.
General Manager, Geology
Jason is a Geologist who graduated from the West Australian School of Mines in 2002. He also holds an MBA from the Curtin Graduate School of Business, a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course and a member of both the AIG and AusIMM.
Jason has worked on many different commodities across 4 continents ranging from grass roots exploration through to production roles.
Prior to joining Battery Minerals, Jason was the Chief Geologist for Volt Resources in Tanzania managing the graphite resource and reserve development efforts.
Projects of note where Jason was involved include:
• Establishing an Iron Ore mine in Guinea which saw the resumption of Iron Ore exports after a 50 year hiatus,
• Expansion of the Lero gold mine from a 1mtpa gold heap leach operation to a 6mtpa CIL Project,
• Refurbishment of the Pepel port and rail facilities for Marampa Iron Ore/African Minerals in Sierra Leone,
• Mine expansion projects for Petaquilla Resources in Panama,
• Acquisition and harmonisation of 8 contiguous gold mines in China.
Jason is a rare geologist who has discovered, developed resource estimations, saw through reserve determinations and mine plans, and saw the commodity in question generate revenue.
General Manager, Projects
Since graduating from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 1989 Graham has worked in a range of process design and management, construction and operational roles with globally significant resource companies and engineering firms including De Beers, Fluor, Rio TInto, Calibre and Bellzone Mining Plc. Graham has been involved in the design and commissioning of the Venetia diamond plant, Venetia hydrofluoric acid digestion plant, Kimberley CTP diamond plant, Paraburdoo Sustaining Works Upgrade and a 4mpta iron ore mine, plant, road and trans-shipping port in Guinea, West Africa. He brings a wealth of experience in design, construction and commissioning managing processing facilities throughout Africa.