Board & Key Personnel
Mr Bittar has a Bachelor Economics and Bachelor of Laws (University of Sydney) and Masters in Finance (London Business School), and has over 15 years investment banking and resource sector experience in Australia and overseas – having worked for Bankers Trust, Baring Brothers Burrows and following the completion of his Masters in Finance in 2000, he joined Morgan Stanley for 10 years, working in London, Melbourne and Sydney.
He has extensive experience in public and private markets mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and strategic advisory assignments across a range of sectors including general industrials, metals and mining, mining services and energy. He is also Chairman of Trek Metals Limited and a non-executive director of Horizon Oil Limited.
CEO & Managing Director
Mr Kennedy is a geologist with over 30 years’ experience in the exploration, feasibility and development of gold, nickel, Platinum Group Elements (PGE), base metals and uranium projects throughout Australia.
His most recent role was with successful mid-tier miner Independence Group NL (ASX: IGO), where he spent 11 years as Exploration Manager.
He has also held positions with PNC Exploration, Hunter Resources, Resolute Resources and a senior role with Anglo American, and has been involved with a number of significant discoveries including Tropicana (gold), Bibra (gold), Ambassador North (uranium), Myrtle (zinc), Rosie (nickel-copper-PGE), and Triumph (zinc).
Peter Lester is a mining engineer with more than 40 years experience in the mining industry in various roles including construction and project management, operations, corporate and financial advisory services and in business development with responsibility for strategic planning and corporate development, predominantly in precious and base metals.
He has worked in operational roles at Mt Isa and Broken Hill, as well as senior executive positions with North Ltd, Newcrest Mining Limited, Oxiana / Oz Minerals Limited and Citadel Resources Group Limited. Mr Lester has served on several ASX listed mining boards and is currently Chairman of Kidman Resources Ltd and a non-executive director of Nord Gold SE and Whiterock Minerals Ltd.
Mr Lorenzon is Senior Investment Manager of Heritas Capital Management (Australia) Pty Ltd (the investment arm of the IMC Group) and has more than 15 years’ experience in investments, strategy and corporate finance in the resources sector both in Australia and overseas.
He has worked for the IMC Group for the past eight years, and previously worked for Vale in Brazil and Rio Tinto in Australia in roles encompassing strategic planning, M&A and business development.
Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary
Ray holds degrees in both accounting and finance and an MBA specialising in international business. He is also a Fellow member of the Certified Practicing Accountants of Australia and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He has over 30 years experience in a variety of sectors including mining, manufacturing, oil & gas and banking. Ray previously was the CFO and Company Secretary at Hanking Gold Mining and prior to this was the CFO at Northern Star Resources. His other roles include senior management positions with St Barbara, Kerr McGee (USA) / Tronox and Bankwest.
Business Development & Technical Services Manager
Mr Poepjes is a Mining Engineer (B Eng) a Mineral Economist (MSc [Min Econ]) and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Mr Poepjes has nearly twenty years of experience in the mining industry working in gold, copper and tin across Australia in both Corporate and Operational roles.
Mr Poepjes previous role was the Group Mining Engineer for Metals X for seven years where he predominately worked at the Renison, Nifty and Central Murchison Gold Project sites. His key achievements whilst at Metals X was the commencement of operations at the Central Murchison Gold Projects after completing the Feasibility Study along with the reinvigoration of both the Renison and Nifty projects.
Prior to Metals X, Michael worked for Mincor Resources for eight years in a variety of roles at their Widgiemootha Operations.