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Leadership Team

“More than 100 years industry experience across board and management”
“A strong mix of project development, commercial and graphite experience

Robert Pett
Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman
BA(Hons), MA(Econ), FAICD, Minerals Economist

Robert Pett is a minerals economist with over 30 years’ experience working in exploration and mining. During this time, he has worked internationally in the resources sector at senior levels both in Australia and Africa. He has been involved with listed companies at all levels, from grass-roots exploration through to mine development, production and financing of more than ten mining projects globally including East and West Africa and the construction of the Golden Pride Gold Mine in Tanzania.

He was founding Chairman of Resolute Mining Limited (gold mines and exploration Africa and Australia), Sapphire Mines Limited (gemstone mining and exploration), Reliance Mining Limited (nickel mining Kambalda), Senex Energy Limited (petroleum production and exploration) and director of several other mining and exploration companies operating in Africa, Asia and Australia in gold, base metals, petroleum and uranium.

Robert has also had an active involvement in education and community activities including over 10 years’ service to Murdoch University Western Australia as Senator and Chairman of their Resources (Finance) Committee.

Andrew Spinks
Managing Director
B.App.Sc, MAusIMM

Andrew Spinks has over 25 years’ professional experience in Australia, Asia and Africa on a range of commodities including speciality and industrial minerals.

Andrew has worked in a range of diverse roles across exploration through to successful project developments, and has held a number of board positions on both ASX and TSX.V listed companies.

Andrew was co-founder of TanzGraphite Pty Ltd and has been Managing Director of EcoGraf since its acquisition.

John Conidi
Independent Non-Executive Director
BBus, FCPA

John Conidi is a Certified Practicing Accountant. He has over 20 years’ experience developing, acquiring and managing businesses in the technology and healthcare sectors. In his roles as Managing Director of Capitol Health Limited, Mr Conidi’s role drove its sustained expansion, increasing its market capitalisation.

John has extensive interests in the graphite sector. He is an experienced investor specialising in technology and resources and is the Chairman of 333D Limited that with EcoGraf, jointly owns 3D Graphtech Industries Pty Ltd.

Howard Rae
Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary
B.Com (UWA) Finance & Marketing, CA

Howard Rae is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in acquiring, developing, financing and operating a range of businesses in Australia, Canada, Asia, Africa and Europe.

His career includes Chief Financial Officer roles with a number of successful ASX listed companies active internationally in the precious and base metals, steel-making materials and industrial minerals sectors, together with Directorships of several unlisted and not-for-profit organisations.

During this time, he’s been responsible for new business development, joint ventures, structuring and negotiating corporate, project and infrastructure funding transactions, sales and marketing, risk management and implementing business improvement programs.

Karen Logan
Joint Company Secretary
BComm, Grad Dip AppCorpGov, FCG, FGIA, GAICD

Karen Logan is a Chartered Secretary with extensive compliance, capital raising, merger and acquisition, IPO and backdoor listing experience in a diverse range of industries including resources, technology, media, health care and life science. She has assisted a substantial number of private start-ups and established businesses transition to being publicly-listed companies for over 15 years.

Karen is the founder and principal of a consulting firm and company secretary of a number of ASX-listed companies, providing corporate services to those clients.

David Cairns
Technical Consultant
BSc (Geol.) MSc (Env Sci) MAusIMM

David Cairns is a highly respected and qualified geologist with more than 40 years experience in exploration, development and mining.   

Mr Cairns’ expertise lies in the evaluation and management of projects.  He has been responsible for managing multidisciplinary teams on studies that led to the successful development of seven mineral projects in Australia and Africa.

He is experienced with a vast range of mineral commodities which includes graphite, nickel, cobalt, copper, chromite, gold, bauxite, uranium, rare earths, vanadium, iron ore and sapphires in a wide range of locations including Australia, China, Laos, Africa and North and South America.

Mr Cairns is a recognised industry leader who has served as Board director on a number of successful ASX listed exploration and mining companies that have produced gold, nickel and sapphires.

Michael Chan
Executive Manager – Product Development
B.Sc (Hons) in Minerals Engineering, C Eng (London)

Michael Chan has a degree in Minerals Engineering (University of Birmingham, England) and is a Chartered Engineer (London) with 35 years' experience in senior operations, project development and commercial roles for multi-national and ASX- listed companies across Africa, Asia and the United States.

Mr Chan has 8 years of graphite/spherical graphite/battery anode material project experience, 15 years extensive rare earth project experience as well as 13 years of titanium dioxide commercial development project experience.

During his time, he’s been responsible for the major test work programs, process flow sheet development, pilot processing and graphite product development, core technical marketing, process flow sheet design, establishing pilot scale facilities, developing full scale commercial plants and driving much of the detailed downstream test work in collaboration with end-users.

Shaun O’Neill
Executive Manager - Project Development
BSc (Extractive Metallurgy & Chemistry)

Shaun O'Neill is a qualified metallurgist with 23 years' industry experience in operations, project management and commissioning across a broad range of commodities, including battery and critical minerals.

During this time he's been responsible for Project Managing the largest lithium hydroxide processing plant in Kwinana as well as leading commissioning activities for BHP in mega brownfield and greenfield developments.

Marshall Hestelow
Commercial Manager
B.Bus (Accounting), CPA

Marshall Hestelow is an accountant with over 30 years' experience in senior management roles within ASX listed mining companies, that are active both in Australia and internationally.

He has considerable experience in a broad range of financial, management, project development and administrative activities. During his time with EcoGraf he has assisted with project financial modelling, ASX and financial compliance and associated administrative activities.

Nassor Said
Director - TanzGraphite
B.Com (Accounting), MBA (Finance)

Nassor Said has over 12 years’ experience in the exploration and mining industry across a range of commodities, including industrial minerals and rare earth elements.

Mr Said’s career includes Chief Accountant and Finance Manager roles with a number of resource companies operating in Tanzania and he has substantial experience in project development, environmental and social planning, community engagement and government relations.

Larissa Kelly
Media and Communications Consultant

Larissa Kelly has over 12 years' experience in media, communications and marketing. She has worked with brands from a multitude of industry sectors including finance, not-for-profit, retail and resources. She has also been commissioned for a variety of local, State and Federal government projects.

Larissa holds skills and experience in implementing internal and external communications across multi-disciplinary mediums for both traditional and digital marketing to various stakeholders. Her background covers a range of executions from branding, websites, video and graphic design, to social media, digital marketing and events.