Robert Pett
Non-Executive 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 as well as the construction of the Golden Pride Gold Mine in Tanzania.

He was founding Chairman of Resolute Mining (gold mines and exploration Africa and Australia), Sapphire Mines (gemstone mining and exploration), Reliance Mining (Nickel Mining Kambalda), Senex Energy (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 9 years’ service to Murdoch University Western Australia as Senator and Chairman of their Resources (Finance) Committee.

Andrew Spinks
Managing Director

B.App.Sc (Geol), Grad. Dip (Mining), W.A Quarry Managers Certificate, FAusIMM

Andrew Spinks is a geologist with over 25 years professional experience in a range of commodities in Australia and Africa. Andrew has worked with a number of mining companies including Resolute Limited, Plutonic Resources, Dominion Mining and Whim Creek Resources in diverse roles from exploration, project development and mining. He is a co-founder of Tanzgraphite Pty Ltd and was responsible for the strategy, target generation and acquisitions of that company.

Andrew lived and worked in Tanzania at Resolute’s Golden Pride Project for several years and was a key member of the management team that won the inaugural Presidential Award for Environmental Excellence and Leadership, awarded by the then President of Tanzania, His Excellency President Benjamin William Mkapa.

Grant Pierce, OAM
Executive Director Projects

BEng. (Mining), First Class Mine Managers Certificate (WA & NT), FAusIMM, Assoc AICD

Grant Pierce is a mining engineer with over 25 years of experience in both open-pit and underground mining operations and in a range of commodities including gold, copper, copper/cobalt, nickel, iron ore and rare earth elements. He has extensive management experience, having held numerous senior operational management roles with both mining and exploration companies operating in Africa.

Grant was a member of the development team that built Tanzania’s first modern gold mine, Resolute’s Golden Pride Project and was Operations Manager of the mine for its first 6 years of production. Other senior roles include Executive General Manager (Tanzania) for Barrick Gold Corporation during which time the Tulawaka Gold Mine came online and General Manager (Operations) for Perseus Mining Limited, from the environmental permitting phase through construction, to the Edikan Mine’s first gold pour.

Grant was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2003 for his personal contribution to social development in rural Tanzania. In 2006 he was also awarded Tanzania’s Zeze Award, the highest accolade for outstanding contribution to Tanzania’s cultural development and is also a founding Director of the not of profit organisation Bridge2Aid Australia.

John Conidi
Non-Executive Director


John Conidi is a Certified Practicing Accountant. He has over 14 years of experience developing, acquiring and managing businesses in the technology and healthcare sectors. Mr Conidi’s role in strategy, management and business development drove the sustained expansion of Capitol Health, of which he was Managing Director increasing its market capitalisation from $20m to over $500m in the past 8 years.

John has extensive interests in the graphite space. He is an experienced investor specialising in technology and resources. He is also the Chairman of 333D Pty Ltd which together with Kibaran jointly owns 3D Graphtech Industries Pty Ltd. 3D Graphtech is exploring mechanisms for the deployment of graphite and graphene in emerging technologies.

Christoph Frey
Technical Graphite Specialist/Non-Executive Director

Christoph Frey is a qualified process engineer who has worked exclusively in the natural graphite industry for the past 22 years. Previously Christoph was engaged at Magnezit Group Europe GmbH (Germany) and served as Project Manager at Dalgraphite Limited in Russia. From 2010 to 2013 he served as Technical Director at Graphit Kropfmuehl AG where he worked on the Ancuabe graphite mine in Mozambique. From 2007 to 2009 he was General Director of Qingdao Kropfmuehl Graphite Limited based in Qingdao, China.

Christoph has been involved in all facets of development and production of natural flake graphite with expertise in the supervision of graphite mining and processing, managing the development of product portfolios from graphite concentrate to higher value graphite products, graphite sales and in evaluating and procuring graphite projects.

Howard Rae
Chief Financial Officer

B.Com (UWA), CA

Mr Rae is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience across the resources industry in Australia, Asia and Africa, focusing on business development and financing new mining operations. His career includes Chief Financial Officer roles with a number of ASX listed resources groups, most recently with Iron Road Limited, where he was responsible for negotiating the company’s Strategic Cooperation Agreement with China Railway Group Limited in connection with the funding and development of the US$4bn proposed Central Eye Iron Project in South Australia.

Prior to that role, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Rio Tinto’s Argyle Diamonds Limited, executing a successful business improvement program as part of its transition to a new US$2bn underground mining operation and was also Chief Financial Officer for Aquila Resources Limited for seven years, structuring and negotiating a number of significant corporate and project funding transactions relating to its coal and iron ore mine, rail and port developments.