This is our

Leadership Team

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

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 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 (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 Mining Limited, Plutonic Resources Limited, Dominion Mining Limited and Whim Creek Resources in diverse roles across 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 Gold Mine 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’ 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 Gold Mine 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 was commissioned and General Manager (Operations) for Perseus Mining Limited, from the Edikan Mine’s environmental permitting phase through to construction and to the 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.

John Conidi
Non-Executive Director

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 in strategy, management and business development drove its sustained expansion, increasing its market capitalisation from $20m to over $500m in the past 10 years.

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 Kibaran, jointly owns 3D Graphtech Industries Pty Ltd which 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 over 25 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 acquiring graphite projects.

Howard Rae
Chief Financial Officer
B.Com (UWA), CA

Howard 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 a Strategic Co-operation 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 several significant corporate and project funding transactions relating to its coal and iron ore mine, rail and port developments.