Jeff is currently non-executive chairman of S2 Resources Limited and a non-executive director of NRW Holdings Ltd and Fleetwood Holdings Ltd. Jeff was up to September 2015 Sirius Resources’ non-executive chairman up until its takeover by Independence Group in September 2015. Jeff is a proficient corporate leader with 37 years’ experience in professional services with Ernst & Young. Jeff has held numerous leadership roles within Ernst & Young including at national level which focused on the mining, oil and gas and other industries. Jeff’s professional expertise centres around audit, risk and financial acumen derived from acting as lead partner on large public company audits, capital raisings and corporate transactions. Jeff’s career with Ernst & Young culminated in his appointment as Managing Partner of the Ernst & Young Western Region for a period of 5 years. Jeff also led Ernst & Young’s Oceania China Business Group, Ernst & Young’s management including at national level, and was responsible for building Ernst & Young’s Oceania relationships with Chinese Corporations.
Jeff has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.
David originally qualified as a geologist at the WA School of Mines and has worked in the resources industry in Australia, Africa and Asia for the past 25 years.
In 2013 he was appointed Chancellor of Murdoch University.
He has been recognised with a number of industry and community awards including Governors Award for Giving 2011, Eisenhower Fellowship 2013 as well as Business Leader of the Year and Western Australian of the Year 2014.
Ivy is a corporate governance specialist with more than 30 years’ experience in mining and resource estimation. She served as the national geology and mining adviser for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) from 2009–2015 and is currently Principal Consultant at CSA Global. Ivy’s experience in the mining industry in Australia and China, as an operations and consulting geologist includes open pit and underground mines for gold, manganese and chromite. As a consulting geologist she has conducted mineral project evaluation, strategy development and implementation, through to senior corporate management roles. Ivy has been a member of the VALMIN committee since 2015.
Ivy has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Geology) from Curtin University in Western Australia, is a member of AusIMM and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Non Executive Director
With a Masters Degree in Economics from a prestigious Japanese university, Gilbert has a wide range of experience in international business development and management.Formerly a senior bilingual Australian embassy official in Tokyo, he established his own business development consultancy in 1988. He is the principal of Gilbert George & Associates Pty Ltd which has provided strategic advice to companies in Australia, Africa, Japan, the US and Europe and been involved in over $950 million of new investment in Australia, in the resource, IT, food processing and service sectors. Resource experience includes coal iron ore, gold, uranium, oil and heavy mineral sands.He is the current Chairman of Mindax Limited (ASX: MDX) and holds directorships in the following unlisted companies: Bedley Holdings Pty Ltd, Victorian Wave Partners Pty Ltd, Ocean Power Technologies (Australasia) Pty Ltd and Governor Holdings Pty Ltd.
He was formerly a director of Tokyo Gas Australia Pty Ltd and Tepco Australia Pty Ltd – Australian subsidiaries of two of the world’s largest utilities. Gilbert does not expect that his directorships with other companies or other business activities will interfere with his ability to act as a Non-Executive Director of the Company. Gilbert fulfills the role of an independent director as he is free from any business or other relationship that could materially interfere with, or reasonably be perceived to materially interfere with, the independent exercise of his judgment.
Non Executive Director
Brett has more than 25 years of experience as a geologist, manager, consultant and director in the resource exploration and mining industry throughout Australia and internationally. His industry experience is broad, dominated by exploration and resource definition.Mr. Smith is involved with several ASX listed companies and is currently the Managing Director of Corazon Mining Ltd (ASX: CZN), Non-Executive Chairman of Blackham Resources Ltd (ASX: BLK), and Non-Executive Director of Jacka Resources Ltd (ASX: JKA) and Cauldron Energy Ltd (ASX: CXU). These companies are involved in various commodities with operations all over the world, including Australia, Africa, North America and South America. Brett does not expect that his directorships with other companies or other business activities will interfere with his ability to act as a Non-Executive Director to the Company. Brett fulfils the role of an independent director as he is free from any business or other relationship that could materially interfere with, or reasonably be perceived to materially interfere with, the independent exercise of his judgment.
Non Executive Director
Paul has been based in China for 20 years and is currently Executive Chairman of Satori Investments, a China focused boutique investment advisory and private equity firm, board member of the Australian China Chamber of Commerce (Shanghai), and Life Member of the Australia China Business Council. Paul has lived in China since the mid-1990s and is widely known as one of the foremost experts on Chinese outbound investment, having been recognized with Deal of the Year by Mines and Money in 2014 for his origination and lead on the Baosteel-Aurizon on-market hostile takeover of Aquila, as well as being Young Leader of Asia by the Boao Forum for three years. Paul has been involved in many “first-of-a-kind” transactions in China’s history of outbound, and was also the Australia China Business Council’s key proponent in engaging with key Chinese government and enterprise from 2008-2014.
Paul has a Bachelor of Science from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.
Joint Company Secretary, Chief Financial Officer
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, project financing, developing finance teams and reporting systems and corporate governance.
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 developing gold and rare earth projects in Australia, Africa and Indonesia including Hanking Mining, Peak Resources, Archipelago Resources and Lynas Corporation and has been part of executive teams which have successfully taken several other mining projects from feasibility to production.
Joint Company Secretary, General Manager – Special Projects
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).
Tony is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
Tony has been appointed General Manager, Special Projects providing, corporate, investor relations and corporate compliance assistance for the Company.
Andy is a Mechanical Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the mining and minerals industry, having worked in a number of African countries during his career. His experience includes leading teams on both brown and green field projects, from asset maintenance, to operations management, including General Management of a large mineral sands mine in Mozambique, and including project management experience in constructing and commissioning of various minor to large process plants. His project expertise includes a broad band of minerals from silicon, copper-nickel, gold, uranium, coal, copper and mineral sands. Andy comes from a Portuguese background, and with his multi-cultural experiences across Africa he enjoys interacting with the local communities to achieve the company goals and outcomes. Andy is registered as a full member of PMSA (Project Management South Africa).
Project Manager – Spherical Graphite
Graham is a qualified Chemical Engineer, with over 25 years of experience in the mining and commodities processing industry. Graham’s diverse experience has been gained as both EPCM consultant for companies including Minnovo, Fluor, Murray and Roberts and Calibre Global and as an Owner’s executive for companies including De Beers, Rio Tinto, the Rare Earth Extraction Company and Bellzone. As an owner executive Graham gained experience with the listing and fund raising process of the London Stock Exchange, AIM market. Graham has also held directorship of companies in London, Singapore, South Africa and Australia
Steve is an Exploration Geologist with 17 years multi commodity experience gained across Australia, Asia and Africa. Steve has worked for a variety of majors and mid-tier companies including Barrick, BHP Billiton, LionOre and Newcrest. Since 2006 he has managed projects in Liberia, Guinea, Zambia, New Britain and PNG.
Chief Financial Officer
Adriano has been working with Battery Minerals since its incorporation as Chief Financial Officer, a role in which he manages all in-country accounts as well as supporting external auditing requirements. Adriano has been working in the financial sector in Mozambique since 2007 and is BAT’s principle interface with the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Commerce. His broad range of skills, which include legal fiscal management, commercial regulatory practice, national tax compliancy and transparency, underpins BAT’s national compliancy standards. Adriano matches BAT’s operational requirements with reliable financial deliverables. Having worked in several commercial spheres in upper management, Adriano also provides mentoring and leadership for all staff within BAT’s provincial offices.
As Administration Manager, Jackie is responsible for all administrative and financial activities in Mozambique, including staff management, research and liaison with the Mozambique government. Jackie also leads community relations activities, working closely with the local government and communities near project sites. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with minors in Computer Science and Spanish, and has extensive experience in the areas of Business Administration and International Education. She draws from a diverse background including her time as an Air Traffic Controller and Peace Corps volunteer. Furthermore, her trilingual skills and multitude of cross-cultural experiences assist her capacity to work effectively in multi-cultural environments.
Jenifa has been an administrative assistant for Battery Minerals since she joined the company in 2011. Her primary duties include translating documents, assisting with visa and work permits, producing letters, handling routine office operations, liaising with service providers and government entities, and providing financial and accounting support as needed. Jenifa has a Bachelor’s degree in English Teaching from Eduardo Mondlane University, and she has worked in the area of Human Resources since 2006.
Mario is Battery Mineral’s driver and courier – a position he has held since 2014. He supports the Mozambique office with a variety of tasks including the processing, delivery, and pick-up of letters, documents, and other items, as well as providing transportation to meetings and assisting with office purchases and errands. Mario has previously worked as an accounting assistant and sales promoter.