John Newton is an accountant with 40 years’ experience in international stockbroking, accounting, corporate finance and property development. He has been a director of a number of public companies including M.E.O. Australia Ltd, Rum Jungle Resources Ltd, Lysander Minerals, listed on TSX Ventures Exchange Canada, Xtract Energy PLC, listed on the Alternative Investment market of the London Stock Exchange. He has maintained a continued involvement in the Australian and International financial sector as investment advisor, consultant and financier.
In 2005 Mr Newton developed, in conjunction with Coles Ltd, the first ‘Green Supermarket’ in Gisborne, a regional area of Melbourne, Australia. The raft of energy reducing measures in the design initiatives resulted in a 40 per cent reduction in energy use across the 3,700m2 supermarket. The development received the award for ‘Sustainable Architecture’ from the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. The project demonstrated the tremendous gains in energy efficiency provided a design platform for future sustainable property development.
Bryce Crocker (CEO) is a seasoned mining and natural resources executive with significant experience in base metals including cobalt. Mr Crocker Joined Xstrata plc shortly after its IPO in mid 2002, was based in London in business development roles until 2006, upon when he transitioned to Canada following the acquisition of Falconbridge and establishment of Xstrata Nickel headquarters in Toronto. His past nickel/cobalt roles at Xstrata plc’s nickel division include VP and Head Strategy, Marketing and Research, and GM and Head Business Development. Mr Crocker was a Director on the Xstrata Nickel Board, an Xstrata nominee Director to the Nickel Institute Board (global body representing the industry) and an Xstrata nominee to the Kabanga Shareholder Advisory Committee.
Following the sale of Xstrata to Glencore in 2013, Mr Crocker was based in Latin America focused on natural resource investments in the region. Mr Crocker holds an LLB (Honours) and BSc from the University of Melbourne and a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Australian Securities Institute.
Michael Rodriguez is currently COO of Poseidon; previous employers include GoldCorp, WMC Resources (Olympic Dam and Kwinana Nickel Refinery), Glencore (Murrin Murrin), Gordes Nickel, Black Swan and Lake Johnston. Mr Rodriguez has over 30 years of experience in the design, construction, commissioning, operation and management of hydrometallurgical and pyro-metallurgical plants across Australia, Turkey, Europe and the Americas. Mr Rodriguez has a strong background in project construction, mechanical completion and site handover to operations. At Murrin Murrin,
Mr Rodriguez held the positions of Operations, Projects, Technical Services and Corporate Strategic Development Manager. He managed over 300 staff and contractors with an annual budget over A$150 million. His team had responsibility for the design and commissioning of the High Pressure Acid Leach (HPAL) circuit, including the Pressure Oxidative (POX) leach autoclave, sulphuric acid and hydrogen sulphide plants, solvent extraction (SX) and hydrogen reduction.
Brian Kennedy has more than 35 years’ experience in construction and mining sectors with clients across coal, iron ore, nickel, cobalt, gold and fertilizers, both in Australia and overseas. During his career Mr Kennedy has managed large scale mining operations such as Kambalda and Mt Keith on behalf of WMC Resources, and Murrin Murrin for Glencore. Mr Kennedy has extensive experience in nickel/cobalt/base metal project startups in both construction and transition to operations.
Specific roles include Project Manager for Albidon at Munali nickel mine in Zambia, GM Dikulushi copper mine for Anvil Mining Ltd in DRC, Project Technical Manager for Vale Inco at Goro New Caledonia, Snr VP AngloGold Ashanti DRC, Director Kabali Gold Mines and Director Kabali SPRL DRC. Mr Kennedy was a founding shareholder and Director of Reliance Mining, before its takeover by Consolidated Minerals, and a founding shareholder and non-executive Director of Silver Lake Resources.
Steve van der Sluys is both Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. His career spans over 40 years as banker to and as a director of mining and metals businesses. Steve commenced his career after completing studies in geology and a Degree in Building and University Blue from the University of NSW.
Specific to our Company’s current interests, Steve was previously an executive director of Queensland Nickel Limited leading to the $ 375 Million IPO in the early 90’s, subsequently brokered the sale of the Ravensthorpe Project to BHP and was also principal financial advisor to Anaconda Nickel Limited in its AUD 1.4 billion Murrin Murrin Nickel/Cobalt Project Financing.
Steve’s background in banking commenced with roles at Citibank and JP Morgan Chase (then Chase Manhattan Bank) in Sydney and New York. His career evolved to include roles in the reconstruction and sale of the Bank of New Zealand and as Managing Director/CEO of CIBC Wood Gundy Australia. His extensive finance industry experience encompasses a wide variety of roles including in project and infrastructure financing, commodity finance and challenging workouts.
John Byrne has over 30 years’ experience in the natural resources industry as an investor and resource business developer and has been since July 2009 the Chairman of Kalina Power Limited and a non-executive director of Jervois Mining Limited since 2016.
During the past 40 years Mr Byrne has founded and built a number of companies from the ground up, including from development through to production. In this period he has been instrumental as either CEO or Executive Chairman in overseeing the building of six coal mines (in Canada, the US and the UK) along with three wash plants, totaling in excess of $500 million of expenditure. From March 2001 to May 2010, Mr Byrne was Chairman of Western Coal Corporation, a global coal producer.
Mr Byrne formed Cambrian Mining PLC in 2002 with assets of GBP1.4 million and was CEO until it was acquired in 2008 for GBP148 million. During this time he was the founding Chairman of Mandalay Resources Corporation which developed and operated the Fosterfield Gold and Antimony Mine in Victoria.
He has been an Executive Director of numerous gold mining companies in South Africa, Canada and Australia.
Since retiring from Western Coal Corporation, Mr Byrne is now concentrated on identifying projects in and solutions to a number of sustainability issues that exist in the world today.