Board of Directors
David Lewis Baker
Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Mr David Baker has extensive experience in governance, resource company leadership, investment banking and law as an advisor, lender and principal.
His governance and corporate leadership experience includes roles as the Chair, Non-Executive and Executive Director and Managing Director of two ASX listed companies and a major independent private school in Sydney. This breadth of boardroom experience informs his understanding of the importance of the role of independent Non-Executive Directors in decision-making processes for public companies and his ability to support those processes.
Mr Baker’s public company leadership and management roles in developing, financing, managing and operating resource projects in new technologies (magnesium, coal seam gas extraction) and emerging and remote mining jurisdictions (Philippines, Eritrea) have equipped him with a sophisticated understanding of the issues confronting growing resource companies across the full spectrum of regulatory engagement, stakeholder management, strategic leadership, shareholder communications and capital management.
This is complemented by Mr Baker’s experience as an investment banker and corporate lawyer. Mr Baker has held leadership positions within global and boutique advisory firms, transacting over $12 billion in asset financing, acquisitions and divestments.
Special Responsibilities: Chairman of the Board
Peter Patrick Torre
Non-Executive Director and Company Secretary
Mr Peter Torre was appointed Company Secretary of the Company in July 2006, and as a Director of the Company on 1 April 2010. He is a Chartered Accountant, a Chartered Secretary and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was previously a partner of an internationally affiliated firm of Chartered Accountants. Mr Torre is the Company Secretary of several ASX listed companies.
Special Responsibilities: Member of the Audit, Compliance and Risk Committee
Ms Ntombela BProc holds a Certificate in Mineral Law Administration and Environmental Management, a Certificate in Management of Minerals and Mining Policy and was admitted as an attorney in South Africa in June 1983. She is currently a partner in the law firm Shepstone & Wylie.
Ms Ntombela has in-depth knowledge of the mining sector, specifically regarding regulatory compliance. Her knowledge has been gained over many years of working at and with the Department of Mineral Resources and the mining industry in South Africa. Her strength lies in her experience and her ability to provide seamless, integrated, practical advice and training.
Ms Ntombela has extensive experience in regulatory compliance, as well as an existing relationship with the South African regulators. She specialises in applications for prospecting rights, mining rights and mining permits, and all related mining and exploration documentation.
Ms Ntombela is a well-known and respected figure in the mining industry in South Africa. She assisted with the drafting of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 and the 2004 Mining Charter. She also drafted the Social and Labor Plan Guidelines for the Department of Mineral Resources
During her tenure at the Department of Mineral Resources, Ms Ntombela was part of the South African delegation which negotiated bilateral arguments on behalf of the Republic of South Africa.
Russell Gordon Tipper
Mr Russell Tipper holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining), a Master of Business Administration, a WA Quarry Manager’s Certificate of Competency and is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Mr Tipper has considerable executive, mining and project level experience, having held a number of senior executive positions with mining companies over the years, including group treasurer for a large miner for four years. He has delivered feasibility studies and project proposals for major mining and infrastructure projects, such as the Hope Downs Iron Ore Project and the Karara Magnetite Project. His in-country experience with responsibility for iron ore and manganese projects in South Africa gives him a good understanding of the mining regime in that country.
Mr Tipper has also been instrumental in debt restructuring and capital raising, along with providing leadership in the revision of work practices at mining operations.
Zamile David Qunya
Since November 2014, Mr Qunya has been a director of the Company’s South African joint subsidiary Mineral Sands Resources (Pty) Ltd (“MSR”), which owns the Tormin Mineral Sands Mine. Mr Qunya is also a director and shareholder in Blue Bantry Investments, the Company’s Black Economic Empowerment Partner in South Africa.
Mr Qunya has been instrumental in the establishment and development of the Company’s operations in South Africa and in the delivery of the Company’s Social and Labour Plan at MSR’s Tormin Operations. He has extensive experience in South African local government, where he held the positions of Mayor and Councillor of the MbiZana Municipality and the Wild Coast District Council.
Mr Qunya has diplomas in Business management, Project Management and Human Resources Management and is currently completing his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Management. He was previously the Regional Manager for Eskom and Shell in the Kwazulu Natal and Eastern Cape in South Africa, where he was predominantly responsible for human resource management.