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.
Ben 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.
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.
Tony is also currently Company Secretary of Atlas Iron Limited (ASX: AGO), Legend Mining Ltd (ASX: LEG) and S2 Resources Limited (ASX: S2R).
Chief Financial Officer & Joint Company Secretary
Jeff Dawkins is an Australian Chartered Accountant with over 25 years experience in professional and corporate roles in Australia, London and Singapore predominantly in the mining sector and focussing on capital management, financial modelling, offshore structuring and project financing. Prior to joining Battery Minerals,
Jeff was CFO at Blackham Resources for 2 years during which time the Company’s Wiluna Gold Project was taken from feasibility to production. Previously Jeff has held the CFO and Company secretary roles of several junior mining companies operating in Australia, Africa and Indonesia including Hanking Mining, Peak Resources, Archipelago Resources and Lynas Corporation.
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 World Bank Naomi joined the private sector, supporting mining companies to identify risk and to ensure compliance to international standards in 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.
George Gao (Based in China)
After initially graduating in chemical engineering from Nanjing University of Technology in 1987 George worked in a number of engineering roles for global engineering firms before migrating into sourcing and procurement management in China for bulk commodity, precious metals as well as oil and gas projects across Australia, New Zealand and Africa.
George has acted for clients in sourcing equipment as well as part of EPC bidding teams.