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Directors and Management

Michael Haynes


Mr Haynes has more than 23 years experience in the international resources industry. He graduated from the University of Western Australia with an honours degree in geology and geophysics and has explored for a wide variety of ore deposit styles throughout Australia and extensively in Southeast and Central Asia, Africa, Europe, South and North America.

Mr Haynes has held technical positions with both BHP Minerals and Billiton plc. He ran his own successful consulting business for a number of years providing professional geophysical and exploration services to both junior and major resource companies. He has worked extensively on project generation and acquisition throughout his career. During the past 13 years he has been intimately involved in the incorporation and initial public offerings of several resources companies, and in the on-going financing and management of those companies.

Hugh Bresser

Non-Executive Director

Mr Bresser has more than 24 years experience working in the resources industry. He holds an honours degree in Economic and Metalliferous Geology from James Cook University and an MBA from the Mt Eliza Business School, Melbourne.

Mr Bresser spent ten years working with BHP Billiton and Billiton, generating and evaluating exploration projects in a variety of commodities within Australia, Asia, Southern Africa and South America. He was involved with Billiton’s successful Junior Alliance Strategy in Australia and post-merger held senior positions within BHP Billiton’s Global Exploration Division, including three years in Exploration Global Strategy, Business Planning and Risk Management.

Mr Bresser held a senior role within the BHP Billiton Iron Ore Group, working on supply chain optimisation and new capital implementation. Mr Bresser has previously held technical positions with Pancontinental Mining Ltd, Renison Goldfields Consolidated and Goldfields Ltd.

Scott Robertson

Non-Executive Director

Mr Robertson is a Director of Corporate Finance with Perth‚Äźbased stockbroking and corporate advisory firm DJ Carmichael Pty Ltd. He has more than 8 years of capital markets experience, with a focus on ECM and M&A transactions across a range of sectors including resources, energy and technology.

Mr Robertson holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics & Finance) from Curtin University of Technology and is currently studying towards a Master of Business Administration at the University of Western Australia. He is an Accredited Derivatives Adviser (ADA 1) and holds the Professional Diploma of Stockbroking & RG146 accreditation.

Ben Vallerine

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Vallerine has 15 years global industry experience as a geologist and manager. Mr Vallerine holds a Bachelor of Science, with honours in Economic Geology from the University of Tasmania (CODES).

Mr Vallerine has worked with WA gold miners Harmony Gold and New Hampton Goldfields and iron ore giant Rio Tinto. Mr Vallerine has extensive North American experience and resided in the USA for 5 years and managed all of the in-country activities for junior explorer Black Range Minerals. Mr Vallerine also managed activities in Canada and Alaska for Coventry Resources.