Board of Directors

Mr Cobb Johnstone

Non-Executive Chairman (appointed November 2016)

Mr Cobb Johnstone is a mining engineer with extensive experience building and operating mines in Africa, Australia, Asia and South America. He held the position of Chief Operating Officer for African copper miner Equinox Minerals until its acquisition by Barrick Gold in mid-2011, and Chief Operating Officer for China-focussed gold miner Sino Gold Mining until its acquisition by Eldorado in late 2009.

Mr Johnstone’s distinguished career spans more than 30 years and he has served as General Manager of some of Australia’s largest mines including the Kalgoorlie Super Pit in Western Australia, Olympic Dam in South Australia and Northparkes in New South Wales.

Mr Johnstone is currently a Non-Executive Director of Evolution Mining, Australia’s second largest gold mining company.

Mr Dan Clifford

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (appointed November 2019)

Mr Clifford is a Mining Engineer with more than 25 years of experience across the industry. He was most recently the Managing Director and CEO of Stanmore Coal Limited (ASX: SMR) (Stanmore), a role he held from November 2016 to October 2019. During his tenure there, Stanmore saw significant growth in both output and profitability at its flagship Isaac Plains metallurgical coal mine in Queensland. This dynamic was reflected in Stanmore’s strong share price performance over this period.

Prior to this, Mr Clifford was CEO of Solid Energy New Zealand Limited from March 2014 to November 2016. He guided the company through a period of significant financial pressure and challenging market conditions, including leading an asset sales program. Mr Clifford has also held senior technical and operational positions for Glencore plc, Anglo American plc and BHP Group Limited.

Mr Lawrie Conway

Non-Executive Director (appointed June 2017)

Mr Conway has more than 27 years’ experience in the resources sector across a diverse range of commercial, financial and operational activities. He has held a mix of corporate and operational commercial roles within Australia, Papua New Guinea and Chile with Evolution Mining, Newcrest and BHP Billiton. Mr Conway is currently Evolution Mining’s Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer.

Ms Susie Corlett

Non-Executive Director (appointed October 2018)

Following an executive career spanning mine operations, investment banking and private equity, Susie Corlett currently serves as a non-executive director of Iluka Resources Ltd, is a Trustee of the AusIMM Education Endowment Fund, a director of The Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife and a director of the David Burgess Foundation. A geologist, Susie’s background is in mining operations and exploration. She was most recently an Investment Director for global mining private equity fund following a career in mining project finance and credit risk management for Standard Bank Limited, Deutsche Bank and Macquarie Bank. Susie’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (Honours in Geology) from the University of Melbourne. Susie is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and member of the AusIMM.

Mr Paul Harris

Non-Executive Director (appointed December 2018)

Mr Harris has more than 26 years’ experience in financial markets and investment banking, including advising mining corporates on strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets, including as Managing Director – Head of Metals and Mining at Citi. Mr. Harris has a Master of Engineering (Mining) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance), and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Harris is the non-executive Chairman of ASX-listed Aeon Metals Limited (AX: AML).