Board of Directors

Adrian Griffin BSc(Hons) MAusIMM, MGSA, TMS — Non-executive Chairman

Adrian Griffin, an Australian-trained mining professional, has had exposure to metal mining and processing worldwide during a career spanning more than three decades.  A pioneer of the lateritic nickel processing industry, he has helped develop extraction technologies for a range of minerals over the years.  Today, Adrian specialises in mine management and production.  He is a former chief executive officer of Dwyka Diamonds Limited, an AIM- and ASX-listed diamond producer, was a founding director and executive of Washington Resources Limited and also a founding director of Empire Resources Limited, Ferrum Crescent Limited and Reedy Lagoon Corporation Limited.  Moreover, Adrian was a founding director of ASX-listed Northern Uranium Limited, of which company he is currently a non-executive director.  He is also managing director of ASX-listed Midwinter Resources NL, an African focused iron ore project developer.

Patrick McManus BSc(Hons), MBA, FAusIMM, FAICD — Managing Director

Patrick McManus has a degree in mineral processing from Leeds University and an MBA from Curtin University. A mining professional for more than 30 years, his work has taken him to many sites within Australia and overseas, including Eneabba and the Murray Basin in Australia, and Madagascar, Indonesia and the United States. During that time, Patrick has worked in operational, technical and corporate roles for RioTinto, RGC Limited and Bemax Resources Limited. He was a founding director and, from January 2007 to March 2010, managing director of ASX-listed Corvette Resources Limited.

George Sakalidis BSc(Hons), MAusIMM — Non-executive Director

George Sakalidis is an exploration geophysicist of more than 20 years’ standing. His career has encompassed extensive exploration for gold, diamonds, base metals and mineral sands and, with others, he compiled one of Australia’s largest aeromagnetic databases, now held by Image Resources. Using this database, George contributed to a number of discoveries, including such gold discoveries as the Three Rivers and the Rose deposits in Western Australia. Moreover, he was instrumental in the acquisition of the Image Resources exploration tenements, and the design and interpretation of the magnetic surveys that led to the discovery of the large mineral sands resources at the Dongara project of Magnetic Minerals NL, of which he was a founding director. Also previously a director of North Star Resources NL, Image Resources and the unlisted Imperium Minerals Limited. 

Gary Johnson MAusIMM, TMS, AICD — Non-executive Director

Gary Johnson is a metallurgist with more than 30 years of broad experience in all aspects of the mining industry. In his early career, he gained operational and project expertise with a range of metals in operations in Africa and Australia. Later, he was a member of the team operating the metallurgical pilot plant at the giant Olympic Dam copper, gold and uranium project in South Australia.

In 1998, after 10 years as chief metallurgist for a large gold producer, Gary formed his own specialised hydrometallurgical consulting company. During this period he worked closely with LionOre Mining International to develop the Activox® process for treating sulphide concentrates. When, in 2006, LionOre acquired Gary's company, he joined LionOre as a senior executive. In 2007, LionOre was taken over by MMC Norilsk Nickel and in 2009 Gary became managing director of the latter’s Australian operations.

Today, Gary runs his own consulting company, which specialises in high-level metallurgical and strategic advice. He also holds several patents in the field of hydrometallurgy and is a director of the TSX-listed Hard Creek Nickel Corporation.