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HON. BILL JOHNSTON

MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum

Government of Western Australia

Bill Johnston was sworn in as the Mines and Petroleum, Commerce and Industrial Relations, Electoral Affairs, and Asian Engagement Minister in March 2017.
As our State’s first Asian Engagement Minister, Minister Johnston’s focus is to capitalize on the rapid population and economic growth in Asia to create more job-boosting opportunities in Western Australia. The Minister has a particular affinity with Indonesia, having spent time in West Java as a high school exchange student, and he maintains a working proficiency in both written and spoken Indonesian.
He was first elected as the Member for Cannington in September 2008.
In Opposition he served as Shadow Minister for State Development and Energy from 2012, and Shadow Minister for Mines and Petroleum from 2013.
Prior to entering Parliament, he was the State Secretary of WA Labor from 2001 until 2008, with responsibility for all State and Federal election campaigns. During this time he was also a member of the Australian Labor Party’s National Executive.

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FRANK VAN ROOYEN

Head of Natural Resources

ANZ

Frank is ANZ’s Head of Natural Resources Australia based in Perth and has over 25 years experience in the resources and financing sectors. Frank has strong track record in institutional banking with detailed knowledge of complex structured financings, financial markets, M&A advisory, trade and transaction banking.

Prior to joining ANZ in late 2003, Frank was responsible for research of the mid-cap resources sector with Macquarie Equities. During this time he was closely involved in a number of equity raisings for mid-tier resource companies.

Frank also has ~7 years experience as a mining engineer, including 3 years in a consulting role where he was involved the preparation of feasibility studies for resource projects across wide range of commodities in Australia, Africa, South East Asia, Kazakhstan and Russia.

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MATHEW COLLINGS

Associate

Resource Capital Funds

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VINCENT ALGAR

Managing Director

Australian Vanadium Limited

Mr Vincent Algar BSC (Hons) Geology, MAusIMM, is a geologist by profession with over 24 years’ experience in the mining industry spanning underground and open cut mining operations, greenfields exploration, project development and mining services in Western Australia and Southern Africa. He has significant experience in the management of publicly listed companies, which includes the entire compliance, marketing and management process and encompasses the development of internal geological and administrative systems, exploration planning and execution, plus project acquisition and deal completion. Mr Algar helped float and was Managing Director of Shaw River Manganese Limited from December 2006 – March 2012 and was responsible for successful capital raisings, which raised more than $40 million for the Company’s exploration and acquisition programs. He was instrumental in the $20 million acquisition of a 75.5% stake in the Otjo Manganese Project in Namibia, in 2011, which is currently being brought into production. Mr Algar has worked on a wide range of commodities including base metals, and uranium in Southern Africa as a consultant and analyst. As Managing Director of Australian Vanadium Ltd he is responsible for driving the company’s vertical integration strategy.  Vincent is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and was instrumental in setting up Vanitec’s Energy Storage Committee.  Vanitec is the global vanadium organisation, representing all aspects of the vanadium supply chain.

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IGGY TAN

Managing Director

Altech Chemicals Limited

Mr Tan is a highly experienced mining and chemical executive with a number of significant achievements in commercial mining projects such as capital raisings, funding, construction, start-ups and operations.

Mr Tan has been a Managing Director of a number of ASX-listed companies.

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JEFFREY HAWORTH

Executive Director, Geoscience and Resource Strategy

Department of Mines, Industry Regulations and Safety, Western Australia

Jeff has worked in both the mineral and petroleum industries for over 39 years. He has worked throughout Australia and the world including the North Sea, Arctic Ocean, offshore Western Australia, Victoria, Queensland, New Zealand and the USA.

He joined the Department of Mines and Petroleum in 1991 as the Petroleum Data Manager. In 2006 he worked as the Manager – Petroleum Geology for the Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) managing the research and basin studies into petroleum systems in Western Australia.

In 2013 he became the Executive Director, Petroleum and oversaw the regulatory management of Western Australia’s upstream petroleum industry.

In 2018, he became Executive Director, Geoscience and Resource Strategy leading the Geological Survey of Western Australia and developing strategies for government for the resource sector.

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CAMERON EDWARDS

Director

InfraNomics

Cameron is a co-founder of InfraNomics. InfraNomics is a WA infrastructure developer, financier and adviser. InfraNomics focuses on power, water, ports, transport and sustainable value creation. More details are on the website. www.infranomics.com.au.
Past projects include an industry market review for an ASX initial public offering on off-grid and fringe-ofgrid energy generation and distribution, advising on selling an oil and gas engineering company, advising on financing and trade flows for the outer harbour in Kwinana, developing distributed generation solutions for local government, raising finance for infrastructure investments, led the development of a new co-housing scheme project in Fremantle and developed business cases for the commercialisation of metro train stations.

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DR. PETER TALBOT

Professor

Queensland University of Technology

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DR NAOMI BOXALL

Postdoctoral Fellow

CSIRO

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CHRIS OUGHTON

Director

Kwinana Industries Council

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SEAN GREGORY

CEO

Barra Resources Ltd

Mr Gregory is a senior resource industry leader with 18 years’ experience in developing projects and supporting mining operations with BHP, Murchison Metals and Mineral Resources. He has a deep understanding of the minerals value chain from geology, exploration, metallurgy, feasibility studies, approvals, economic evaluation and business development
Mr Gregory’s practical mining experience is well complemented by a strong academic background including a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Geology (UWA), MBA (UWA), Advanced Mergers and Acquisitions Program (Melb Uni) and Company Directors Course Award (AICD).

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RUSELL CLARK

CEO

Kasbah Resources Limited

Mr Clark is a highly experienced and successful senior resource sector executive, and has more than 38 years’ experience in technical roles, project development, general management and executive positions in the UK, USA, Africa, South America, Papua New Guinea, and throughout Australia.
Prior to joining Kasbah Resources in October 2017 Mr Clark was Managing Director of Wolf Minerals from 2013 to 2017 where he had responsibility for successfully financing and developing the Hemerdon tungsten and tin project in United Kingdom. Prior to his role with Wolf Minerals he was the CEO of Azimuth Resources and Managing Director of Grange Resources Limited.
Mr Clark previously worked for Renison Goldfields for 18 years at numerous mining operations and spent eight years with Newmont where his final role was Group Executive of Operations, responsible for eight mining operations in Australia and New Zealand. Mr Clark has a mining degree from the Royal School of Mines in London, and a post grad diploma in Finance and Investment Analysis.

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LIAM TWIGGER

Managing Director

PCF Capital Group

Liam Twigger has over 25 years’ experience in the fields of investment banking and corporate finance. He is Chairman and Managing Director of PCF Capital Group, a corporate advisory and investment banking business focused on the mining sector and Australia’s number one advisor on mine divestment. He is Chairman of MinesOnline.com, a Non-Executive Director of Gold Corporation (The Perth Mint) and Chairman of Football West Limited, the governing body for soccer in Western Australia.

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PRABHAV SHARMA

Partner

McKinsey & Company

Prabhav has primarily served resources clients in Africa, Australia, Europe, India, and Indonesia. Much of his work has focused around operational performance turnarounds in the mining sector. More recently, he has focused on driving large-scale improvements in the resource sector through the use of technology, advanced analytics, and innovation.
Prabhav is passionate about workplace productivity as a fundamental driver of prosperity in the economy, which is reflected in the work he has undertaken over the last several years.

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PHIL THICK

General Manager

Tianqi Lithium Australia

Phil joined Tianqi Lithium Australia as General Manager in August 2016. He is responsible for the construction and operation of Tianqi’s Lithium Hydroxide Processing Plant in Kwinana, which commenced construction in October 2016, and is due for completion in late 2018.
Phil graduated as a Civil Engineer at UWA in 1980 and his career commenced working for Alcoa at their Kwinana alumina refinery. Phil then moved to Shell Australia where he had a 20 year career in Australia and around the world. Phil was appointed to the Board of Shell Australia as Downstream Director for his last 3 years, followed by a 5 year stint as CEO of Coogee Chemicals in Kwinana. For the past 3 years Phil was Managing Director of New Standard Energy Limited (NSE), a junior listed oil and gas explorer based in Perth.

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LOUIS WATUM

Managing Director

Ivanhoe Mines, DRC (Invited)

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TIM JOHNSTON

President and CEO

Desert Lion Energy

Tim specializes in technical due diligence and advisory work to support capital projects and commercial business decisions. His consulting experience ranges broadly over the metals, industrial minerals and large infrastructure assets. He has extensive experience in the development of plants for the processing of base metals and industrial chemicals, particularly lithium. Tim has held major roles on a variety of lithium projects and studies. His responsibilities include engineering aspects of projects, particularly infrastructure and logistics associated with remote and new locations. Tim is highly proficient in constructing cost estimates and financial models to detail the impact of capital and operating costs.

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JOSEF KADERAVEK

CEO

Cobalt Blue Holdings

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MIKE ROSENSTREICH

Managing Director

Hexagon Resources Limited

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PETER PHAM

Managing Director

Phoenix Capital Group

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ALEX LOSADA-CALDERON

Chief Operations Officer

Orocobre (Invited)

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ANDREAS ROMPEL

Director

East Copperfield Metals (Invited)

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ANTHONY TSE

Managing Director

Galaxy Resources (Invited)

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ZHANG YE

Director

China Minmetals Corp (Invited)

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DARRYL MAPLESON

Director

BM Geological Services