Mr Stephen Chaplin-Chairman
Mr Chaplin has been a company director with over 30 years' experience in
a number of Australian companies including mining, manufacturing,
commercial fishing and property development. Stephen has participated in
"Team Australia" which is a government initiative inviting Australian
small business to pitch directly to the USA military procurement program,
has extensive experience in international trade, is a significant
investor in many ASX listed companies and a member of the Australian
Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Paul Davies-Finance Director
Mr Davies has extensive experience as CFO of both publicly traded and
privately held companies. Over the past 10 years he has been involved
with many early stage companies involving reporting, strategic planning,
systems implementation, fundraising and IPO. Prior to this Mr Davies was
Director in Charge of Corporate and Institutional Banking for Deutsche
Bank Australia and a member of the Deutsche Bank Credit Committee. He has
been directly involved in over $20 billion worth of transactions
involving origination, advising, arranging, structuring, project finance,
lead managing, syndication, negotiation, risk management, including
servicing many of Australia's major mining companies. Before Deutsche
Bank Mr. Davies worked for a number of years with both Bankers Trust
Australia and Macquarie Bank.
With his 20 plus years in the finance sector Mr Davies brings to the
company considerable experience in both debt and equity markets in
addition to significant understanding of the mining sector.
Mr Davies holds an Economics Degree from Monash University, has qualified
as a Chartered Accountant and is an alumnus of the Stanford Business
Mr Ray Mangion- Non Executive Director
Mr Mangion has performed the role of Managing Director of Morbak
Investments Pty Ltd for the past 18 years, having created the business as
a start-up business. He has approximately 30 years' managerial experience
and holds an Associate Diploma of Business (Accounting) and an RG146
Associate Diploma in Financial Planning.
Mr Nicholas Kapes- Non Executive Director
Mr Kapes began his professional career in 1988, where he commenced
merchant banking after completing a Bachelor of Economics. He brings to
the Board an array of experience including trading on the world's major
exchanges on behalf of some of the world's premier banks, including
Credit Suisse. Mr Kapes was a Director of Proprietary Trading at Credit
Suisse for two years.
In his time as a merchant banker Mr Kapes became heavily involved in
companies evolving from venture capital stage to listing on the
Australian Securities Exchange.
Since his return to Melbourne in late 2005, Mr Kapes has actively engaged
in originating deal opportunities and implementing strategic business
initiatives including mergers and acquisitions, private and public equity
capital raisings through initial public offerings, private placements and
Mr Juan Enrique Dagach -General Manager
Juan Enrique Dagach has over 15 years mining
industry experience in Chile. He has worked at high level positions as an
operator and technical consultant to a number of projects with particular
focus on iron ore.His work has covered mine evaluation, technical
feasibility, reserve assessment, logistics analysis and metallurgical
As an operator he has been involved in
taking a green field site to a producing mine meeting production
standards required by the market. He brings a wealth of local knowledge
and experience to the company together with his considerable technical
skill and understanding.
Mr Dagach holds a degree in Civil
Engineering from the University of Santiago and qualifications in
Business Administration and Management from the Pontifical Catholic
University of Chile.
Mr Peter Hinner- Chief Operating
Over the past several years he has worked as
a project consultant internationally on projects in Africa, Korea,
Indonesia, Malaysia and South America. His previous roles have included
senior management and operational positions in several of the largest
mineral operations including BP Minerals Indonesia and the Tiwest Joint
Venture mine in Western Australia and has previously been COO of an
industrial minerals company and a senior consultant to KPMG.
He holds a Bachelor of Science from the
Queensland University of Technology with post graduate qualifications in
mining, metallurgy and business management.