Board of Directors

Our experienced and multi-disciplined board is committed to enhancing and protecting the interests of our shareholders and other stakeholders.

Michelle LiNon-executive Chairperson
PhD, GAICD

Dr Li was appointed as non-executive Chairperson on 29 October 2013. Dr Li is a mineral processing engineer and metallurgist with over 20 years' experience in the Australian mining sector.

Dr Li's experience includes senior roles at CITIC Pacific, Rio Tinto and Iluka Resources, as well as a senior project role on the Grange Resources Southdown project. Dr Li has a PhD from the University of Queensland and is currently a non-executive Director of Ardiden Limited and was previously a non-executive Director of Orion Metals Limited and Sherwin Iron Limited.

Honglin ZhaoExecutive Director & Chief Executive Officer

Mr Zhao is a former Director of Shagang International (Australia) Pty Ltd, former Director and General Manager of Shagang (Australia) Pty Ltd, and former Director of Jiangsu Shagang Group, ultimate shareholder of Shagang International Holdings Limited and China's largest private steel company.

Mr Zhao has over 40 years' experience in the industry and was previously the Commander of Project Development Headquarters with Shagang. Mr Zhao has extensive project management and implementation experience and expertise.

Yan JiaDeputy Non-executive Chairperson
JM, GAICD

Ms Jia is currently the Director of the Administration Department with the Jiangsu Shagang International Trade Co Ltd, a subsidiary of Jiangsu Shagang Group, China's largest private steel company. Ms Jia has over ten years' experience of managerial, human resources, intellectual property and commercial experience in the steel industry and bulk raw material transaction sector.

Michael DontschukNon-executive Director
BSc (Hons), FFTP, GAICD

Michael Dontschuk is a finance professional with over 35 years' experience in investment, finance, treasury and financial risk management.

He currently is a professional NED and sits on a number of company boards including Grange Resources Limited, Motor Accidents Insurance Board (Tasmania), Australia Ratings, Eticore and Public Trustee.

Previously he has been an executive with Grange Resources Limited, Group Treasurer of ANZ Bank, Managing Director of Treasury Corporation Victoria, President and Director of the Finance and Treasury Association of Australia and Manager at Bankers Trust and has worked extensively in corporate financial advisory and investment banking.

David WoodallNon-executive Director

David Woodall is a mining engineer and graduate of Curtin University with a Master’s of Science in Mineral Economics and Graduate Diploma in Business. He has over 30 years’ experience in senior corporate and executive roles in Australia, Fiji, Central Asia, Indonesia, China, PNG and North America.

David has utilized his experience across the value chain at operational, corporate and board levels to maximise shareholder value. He is the Managing Director of Australia Strategic Materials, a company focused on producing specialty metals and oxides for advanced technologies from the Dubbo Project a long-term resource of zirconium, rare earths, niobium and hafnium– a globally significant source of these critical materials for a diverse range of emerging and sustainable technologies.

David takes a team-based leadership approach to achieving outcomes and has managed large, geographically distant teams in multiple locations and from different cultures (countries, unionised, aging workforce, new teams). He is a Member of the Australian Institute on Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Piers LewisCompany Secretary
BComm, CA, AGIA

Mr Lewis has more than 20 years' global corporate experience and is currently the Company Secretary and CFO for ASX listed companies Cycliq Group Limited, Ultima United Limited and is Company Secretary of iBosses Corporation Limited. Mr Lewis also serves on the board of Ardiden Limited, Cycliq Group Limited and Hawkley Oil & Gas Limited.

In 2001 Mr Lewis qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte (Perth) he has extensive and diverse financial and corporate experience from previous senior management roles with Credit Suisse (London), Mizuho International and NAB Capital. Mr Lewis is also a Chartered Company Secretary.

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