Board of directors
Robert Bishop, Chairman
Rob is a Chemical Engineer with 20 years’ experience in the mining sector, including mineral sands at Tiwest Mineral Sands in Western Australia. As well as practical mining experience, Rob has spent over 10 years in the finance industry focusing on the resources sector. Rob is a founding director of Kalbar Resources, and was formerly Managing Director and Executive Chairman of Kalbar Resources.
Neil O’Loughlin, Managing Director
Neil is a geologist with over 30 years’ experience in mineral exploration and mine development. In the mineral sands industry, he is well known as the co-founder and Executive Director of Basin Minerals Ltd which developed the Douglas Mineral Sands Project in Victoria before merging with Iluka Resources in 2002.
Jim Kerr, Non-Executive Director
Jim is a Geologist who has over 25 years’ experience in the global mining industry having developed projects across the commodity spectrum in Australia, Asia-Pacific and Sub-Sahara Africa. He has held senior executive roles for companies including Iscor, Barrick Gold Corporation, Mincor, Tethyan Copper, Lithic Metals and Energy (as MD) and Hillgrove Resources.
Brad Farrell, Non-Executive Director
Brad has some 45 years’ experience in the resources industry. During this time he has been involved in several significant mineral sands discoveries and developments including Sierra Leone (Rotifunk); Western Australia (Scott Coastal Plain and Gwindinup – mined by BeMax Ltd); and the Murray Basin of Victoria and NSW. He was the founder, Managing Director and Executive Chairman of Basin Minerals Ltd which developed the Douglas Mineral Sands Project in Victoria before merging with Iluka Resources in October 2002.
Brad Pettersson, Non-Executive Director
Brad is an accountant with 25 years experience specialising in tax law and commercial transactions. He commenced work with Arthur Andersen Sydney and became a Tax Partner with Ernst & Young within the Corporate and International Tax Practice. He then became Managing Director of Mining Advisory Consultants, a company providing support to clients in transactions, the financing of transactions, and effective tax structuring. Brad has held various advisory roles specialising in the Mining industry around financial strategy and M&A.
Ian Warden, Non-Executive Director
Ian is a Geologist with over a decade of industry experience in coal and nickel exploration, coal and iron ore marketing and market research, and nickel processing technology development. He has held positions with Rio Tinto, AME Mineral Economics, and most recently with Direct Nickel as their Project Development Manager and President Director of their Indonesian subsidiary PT Direct Nickel.
Neil O’Loughlin, Managing Director
Neil is a geologist with over 30 years’ experience in mineral exploration and mine development. In the mineral sands industry, he is well known as the co-founder and Executive Director of Basin Minerals Ltd which developed the Douglas Mineral Sands Project in Victoria before merging with Iluka Resources in 2003.
Victor Hugo, Chief Operating Officer
Victor has over 25 years of experience in the titanium and zircon industries, including senior roles with TZMI and Iluka Resources where he spent 13 years at a senior leadership level in roles which included GM Sales and Marketing (2003 to 2009), GM Product and Technical Development (2010 to 2013) and GM Exploration (2013 to 2016). In February 2017, Victor commenced work as a consultant for Kalbar Resources and has since then been appointed to Chief Operating Officer with Kalbar.
Chris Cook, Regional Manager, Gippsland
Chris is a Civil Engineer and business manager with over 20 years’ experience in management of businesses and civil infrastructure projects. Chris has held management positions within large multi-national companies such as BHP, Fletcher Building and AECOM in Victoria, WA, Queensland and in East Gippsland. He was previously a Board Member of Gippsland Ports.
Steve Thomas, Technical Services Manager
Steve is a qualified Geologist and Mining Engineer with over 30 years’ experience including 13 years with Iluka Resources as a Senior Mine Planning Engineer at Capel, Jacinth-Ambrosia, Douglas and Eneabba and most recently as Manager-Mine Engineering at Atlas Iron.
Ida Ma, Marketing/Business Development Manager
Ida is a materials scientist with 10 years’ experience as a business analyst with Barclays Capital, Azure Capital and Iluka Resources where she helped develop Iluka’s global market strategy and specifically the zircon pricing and payment framework. Ida has a PhD in Materials Engineering and an MBA from Macquarie.