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
Irina Latonenko joined Battery Minerals Limited in April 2018. Irina is a Chartered Accountant and holds degrees in Accounting (MA) and Business Management (BCom). She is a commercially astute finance professional with extensive experience in financial reporting under IFRS and SYSCOHADA, management reporting and operational accounting within multi-currency environments. Irina has over 20 year’s experience in managing financial systems for commercial entities.
Irina has strong expertise in establishing and providing commercial and financial support to mining projects in Australia, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, West Africa and East African countries. Her past roles include formation of subsidiaries in foreign jurisdictions, development of financial and commercial functions and implementation of controls and processes to meet group and local statutory requirements.
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.