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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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Chief Operating Officer

Kasbah Resources Limited



Head of Natural Resources


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.



Senior Associate

Resource Capital Funds

Mathew Collings is a Senior Associate at Resource Capital Funds. He joined RCF in 2014 after working as a Metallurgist for 10 years across Australia, North America and South East Asia. During that time Mathew worked for Newmont, Newcrest, Barrick, Xstrata, Pan Aust and St Barbara.

Mr Collings graduated from the WA School of Mines and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgy and Chemistry, as well as a Master of Science in Mineral Economics.



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.



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.



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.





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.
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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Queensland University of Technology



Postdoctoral Fellow


Dr Naomi Boxall is a research scientist at CSIRO Land and Water with more than ten years’ experience in mining, waste treatment and resource recovery from strategic wastes such as electronic, mine and industrial wastes. Naomi completed her PhD in Industrial Biotechnology at the University of Western Australia. After working as an environmental consultant in acid sulfate soils and contaminated sites, Naomi returned to CSIRO to research innovative ways to recover of metals from lithium-ion batteries and other electronic wastes. Her areas of expertise are industrial and environmental biotechnology, the treatment of industrial wastes and resource recovery, along with process design, development and optimisation, and techno-economic assessment




Kwinana Industries Council

With a background in local government and private sector senior management roles, Chris took up the role of Director (CEO) of the Kwinana Industries Council (KIC) in early 2007.

KIC is a small industry association, incorporated over 23 years ago. Its member industries are located broadly in the Western Trade Coast, and mainly inside the heavy industrial core of Kwinana. In Western Australia KIC as an industry peak body, is a respected voice and is viewed by many as a ‘go to’ organisation for informed comment.

KIC take on issues that are of collegiate interest to the members, and these range from maintaining relationships with community groups, local, state and federal governments; writing submissions and responses on all manner of subjects ranging from buffers, to transport, to regulatory reform proposals, utility reforms, and managing projects etc. The KIC members in the Kwinana Industrial Area (KIA) are responsible for the direct and indirect employment of about 30,000 workers and they contribute around $16Bn into the Western Australian economy annually. The KIA is regarded as world’s best practice in the area of industrial symbiosis with over 150 documented inter-company product, utility or waste exchanges occurring on an ongoing basis.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Curtin) and an Executive Masters in Business (UWA), and completed the AICD Company Directors Diploma some years ago.

He considers himself to be a jack of all trades, as well as a bush lawyer, bush environmental scientist, bush engineer, and importantly for the development of the State, a connector of parties with various interests.




LSC Lithium



Managing Director

Lithium Australia

Having spent more than 40 years in mining, Mr Griffin’s expertise ranges from project identification, development and financing to overseeing the operation of integrated mining and processing facilities. His substantial international experience includes diamond exploration and production and being a founder and technical director of Ferrum Crescent, an iron-ore developer in South Africa.
Mr Griffin was also a founding director of Northern Minerals and Parkway Minerals (developer of the K-Max™ process to recover potassium and other metals from glauconite) and is a non-executive director of Reedy Lagoon Corporation. Most recently, he has been instrumental in identifying the global opportunity to establish lithium micas as a source feed for the lithium chemical industry.



Managing Director

Pilbara Metals Group

Rob Mandanici has worked in both the Private and Government sector and has extensive knowledge of corporate governance, process and procedure.
Rob was previously a non-executive director of Auvex Resources Limited, a producing manganese miner that was subsequently acquired by Mineral Resources Limited.
More recently, Rob was a founding shareholder & Managing Director of Lithex Resources Limited, a lithium, tin & tantalum explorer and as Managing Director took the company from privately held, to a successful listing on the Australian Securities Exchange. Lithex now exists as Ultracharge.
Rob also owns and manages a successful boutique property agency & advisory business.



Managing Director & 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).




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.



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, a Non-Executive Director of Gold Corporation (The Perth Mint) and Chairman of Football West Limited, the governing body for soccer in Western Australia.




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.



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.



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.




Cobalt Blue Holdings



Managing Director

Hexagon Resources Limited

Mike Rosenstreich is an international mining executive with over 30 years’ experience including;13 years as an exploration and mine geologist with Homestake Gold and Dominion Mining; 6 years Corporate Finance with Rothschild Australia; 9 years as founding Managing Director of ASX listed Bass Metals from pre IPO stage, exploration success and over 5 years of base and precious metals production; and 3 years at Keystone Resource Development providing corporate, technical and financial consulting services. During this time he has been involved in a wide range of commodities from gold and base metals to industrials such as tantalum, feldspar and mineral sands across the globe. He joined Hexagon in March 2017 and since then has been instrumental in charting Hexagon’s path to commercialise its McIntosh Graphite project, located in Western Australia.
Mike is a Fellow of the AusIMM and a member of the AICD. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Geology and Masters in Mineral and Energy Economics.

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Managing Director

Phoenix Capital Group

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Chief Operations Officer

Orocobre (Invited)

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Managing Director

Galaxy Resources (Invited)

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China Minmetals Corp (Invited)