Mr Graham Ascough
BSc, PGeo, MAusIMM
Graham Ascough was appointed new Chairman on 29 November 2013. Graham Ascough is a senior resources executive with more than 23 years of industry experience evaluating mineral projects and resources in Australia and overseas. He is currently non-executive Chairman of three ASX listed companies: Phoenix Copper Limited, Mithril Resources Limited and Musgrave Minerals Limited.
Mr Ascough, a geophysicist by training, has had broad industry involvement playing a leading role in setting the strategic direction for companies, completing financing and in implementing successful exploration programmes. He was also a Councillor of the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy and Chair of its Exploration Committee from 2006 ~ 2012 and has strong ties to the SA Resources industry. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and is a Professional Geoscientist of Ontario, Canada.
Mr Ascough was the Managing Director of Mithril Resources Ltd from October 2006 until June 2012. Prior to joining Mithril in 2006, he was the Australian Manager of Nickel and PGM Exploration at the major Canadian resources house, Falconbridge Limited, which was acquired by Xstrata Plc in 2006.
Mr Malcolm Norris
CEO & Managing Director
MSc, M App Fin, MAICD, FAusIMM
Mr Norris is a senior mining industry professional with extensive experience in business management, mineral exploration, development of new business opportunities and asset transactions. His roles have covered a wide range of commodities, geographic locations and management of global portfolios of projects in both large and small organisations.
Mr Norris holds an MSc in Geology and a Masters in Applied Finance. He has more than 30 years of industry experience and in the last 15 years has focused primarily on corporate roles. Previous experience has included 23 years with WMC Resources, followed by roles with Intrepid Mines and SolGold.
Mr Crispin Henderson
FCA FCCA FCIM
Mr Crispin Henderson has more than 45 years of experience in the financial services and fund management sectors, principally with PricewaterhouseCoopers (34 years) and Threadneedle Investments (since 2002). Mr Henderson is based in London and now works as a consultant to the financial services sector. Until May 2013, he held the position of Vice Chairman of Ameriprise Financial’s Global Asset Management business. From 2007 to 2013, Mr Henderson was Chief Executive of Threadneedle which is owned by Ameriprise Financial, a leading US diversified, financial services company and one of the 40 largest asset management firms globally, with a market capitalisation of over US$13bn and US$708bn in assets under management and administration (as at 31 March 2013). Threadneedle is a leading international asset manager, actively managing around US$127bn in equities, fixed income, property and commodities, with c. 675 staff in 16 countries (as at 31 March 2013).
With an extensive background and experience in global asset and fund management, Mr Henderson’s credentials will add considerable depth to the diversity of skills on the Company’s Board and also contribute to the highest standards of governance.
Mr Don Hyma
BSc, MSc, PEng, IED
Mr Hyma has 25 years of progressive capital project experience in the resource sector, principally copper, nickel and iron ore in Canada, Chile, New Caledonia and Australia. His experience spans early stage studies through implementation and start-up.
Mr Hyma holds a BSc in Mining Engineering and an MSc in Mineral Processing, along with an International Executive Management Diploma from INSEAD in France. Based in Perth, Mr Hyma is currently Chief Technical Officer with Mitsui & Co and previously held senior management positions with Rio Tinto including Vice-President Projects for the Iron Ore Company of Canada and General Manager Mine and Infrastructure Projects for Rio Tinto Iron Ore.
MR STEPHEN STROUD
B.ACC, CPA, FINSIA
Mr Stroud is an experienced CPA qualified corporate finance executive with over 20 years experience advising across all aspects of corporate finance both as an advisor and client. He has advised boards and management teams across a broad range of transactions including public and private equity raisings, debt/hybrid debt, Initial Public Offerings, mergers & acquisitions, sell-downs and restructures both in Australia and overseas.
Based in Melbourne, Mr Stroud is Director - Corporate Finance with CCZ Equities, with a key focus on the small-mid cap market listed space on the ASX working across a broad range of sectors including IT, retail, FMCG, healthcare, metals and mining, energy, property and general industrials. Mr Stroud possesses strong relationships across buy and sell side clients across Australia, Asia, UK and North America. Mr Stroud is also a Non-Executive Director of Explaurum Limited an ASX listed gold explorer.