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Board of Directors

Mr Patrick Walta

Executive Chairman

Mr Walta is a qualified metallurgist and mineral economist with experience across both technical and commercial roles within the mining and water treatment industries. In 2017 Patrick founded New Century Resources Ltd and became Managing Director following the successful acquisition of the Century Zinc Mine in Queensland. Over the proceeding five years he led the growth of the Company though feasibility, mine restart, commissioning and steady state operations. Through this process, the Century Mine became the 13th largest zinc producer in the world. In 2023, New Century was acquired by the multinational PGM-gold producer Sibanye-Stillwater Ltd.

Mr Walta is a graduate of Melbourne University with degrees in Chemical Engineering and Science in addition to postgraduate studies including an MBA, Masters of Science (Mineral Economics), Diploma of Project Management, and the AICD’s Company Directors Course. He has also been awarded the MNN Emerging Leader of the Year Award (2018) and the Young Achiever of the Year award (2015) at the Australian Mining Prospect Awards.

Mr Justin Tremain

Non-Executive Director

Mr Tremain is an experienced company director with extensive expertise across the mineral resources sector. His experience covers equity capital markets and promotion, resource project acquisition, exploration and resource delineation, feasibility studies and project development financing. He is currently Managing Director of West African gold explorer Turaco Gold Limited where he was appointed in December 2020. He is also Non-Executive Director of Caspin Resources Limited, which listed on the ASX in November 2020. Prior to becoming involved in the management of ASX listed resource companies from early 2010, Justin had over 10 years investment banking experience in the metals and mining sector with NM Rothschild & Sons, Investec and Macquarie Bank.

Ms Elizabeth (Liz) Henson

Non-Executive Director

Ms Henson is a retired PricewaterhouseCoopers senior international private tax partner and director based in London, where she founded and lead PwC’s International Wealth business. She is an experienced company director and is currently a Non-Executive Director of AIM-quoted Alba Mineral Resources plc.

Ms Henson has a Master of Laws (LLM), Tax, from Queen Mary, University of London, a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Rhodes University, South Africa and a Bachelor of Art (BA), also from Rhodes University, South Africa.

Mr Jardee Kininmonth

Managing Director & CEO

Mr Kininmonth is an experienced corporate finance and mining professional across several commodity types, with extensive experience in managing cross-functional teams and working with projects across the mining life cycle, from greenfield exploration to operating mines. Mr Kininmonth holds tertiary qualifications in mining engineering and finance and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder. He was previously Corporate Development Manager at Galaxy Resources and, prior to that, worked for EMR Capital Pty. Ltd., a specialist resources private equity group.

Key Management

Mr Tom O’Rourke

Company Secretary & CFO

Mr O’Rourke is a qualified chartered accountant, who provides company secretarial and financial services to the Company under a consulting agreement with Grange Consulting Group.

Mr Andrew Shepherd

GM – Project Development

Mr Shepherd is a qualified mining professional with a career spanning over 25 years across the mining sector in Australia and Asia. Skilled in the planning, development and implementation of complex, global, multi-discipline mining projects.

He has an established strength in prefeasibility and feasibility studies, Life of Mine planning, commercial negotiations, business analysis and infrastructure construction. Coverage includes both underground and surface mining, nickel, gold, uranium, and iron ore.

Mr Shepherd is a committed mentor and leader of high-performance teams across a range of operational, technical and commercial disciplines.

Ms Barbara Duggan

Principal Geologist

Ms Duggan is a geologist with 20 years’ experience in mineral exploration from project generation to advanced project stage, encompassing targeting studies, project management and evaluation. She has extensive experience in Australia and Canada with a focus on nickel sulphide and magmatic hydrothermal mineral systems. Barbara specialises in integrated mineral systems targeting at a district to deposit scale. She previously worked for Peak Minerals and has held positions at CSA, Panoramic Resources, Emmerson Resources, BHP Ni West and Inco Exploration. Barbara completed her undergraduate degree at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada and her Master’s Degree in Economic Geology at the University of Western Australia.

AIM Rules and MAR Compliance Committee

  • Justin Tremain (Non-Executive Director)
  • Jardee Kininmonth (Managing Director and CEO)