History and Ethos

Originally formed in 2001 with nickel exploration and production the focus, Australian Mines has diversified its portfolio to include copper, gold and more recently, scandium and cobalt.

Our current strategic focus is to become the largest producer of scandium globally.

The aluminium industry is currently challenged by inconsistent quality and availability of high-quality scandium.

Having acquired two world-class scandium-cobalt assets in eastern Australian, our experienced team is poised bring these operations into production by 2020 thereby providing the aluminium sector with a reliable, low-cost source of scandium for decades to come.  



Our Mission

To become a global leader in scandium production and deliver consistent and considerable value for our shareholders.


Company Directors


Michael Ramsden
Non-Executive Chairman appointed 9 March 2011

Michael Ramsden is a lawyer with more than 25 years’ experience as a corporate advisor.  He has been involved with all forms of finance, including money markets, futures trading, lease finance, trade finance and foreign exchange.

Mr Ramsden is the Managing Director of Terrain Capital Limited in Australia, and has previously worked for international companies including CIBC Australia, JP Morgan and Scandinavian Pacific Investments Limited. He is also a director of the Victoria Racing Club Ltd, Chairman of Cremore Capital Ltd and formerly Chairman of Terrain Australia Ltd and Director of D&D Tolhurst Ltd. Mr Ramsden is a member of the Company’s Remuneration Committee and Audit and Risk Committee.


Benjamin Bell
Managing Director appointed 23 January 2012

Benjamin Bell is an experienced company executive, with a career in the Australian exploration and mining sector spanning more than two decades. He is a qualified geologist and geophysicist, with significant management and on-the-ground experience working for listed companies, government agencies and as a respected industry consultant.

Mr Bell was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Australian Mines Limited in November 2011, before subsequently being appointed Managing Director in January 2012. Since taking the helm of Australian Mines, he has spearheaded the Company’s dual strategy of comprehensively evaluating existing prospective ground holdings, while pursuing strategic joint ventures and acquisitions in proven mineral provinces.

Most recently, Mr Bell oversaw the relaunch of the Company as an emerging global leader in the supply of the strategic technology mineral of scandium, through the negotiation of an agreement to acquire 100% of the Flemington Scandium-Cobalt Project in New South Wales and a separate agreement to take a 75% interest in the Sconi Scandium-Cobalt Project in Queensland. 

Previous senior roles in the industry have included a period as Chief Executive Officer of listed gold explorer Ausgold Limited, and operational management roles with consultancy UTS Geophysics and the airborne geophysical arm of Geoscience Australia.


Mick Elias
Non-Executive Director appointed 1 July 2005
BSc(Hons), FAusIMM, CPGeo

Mick Elias has more than 35 years’ of extensive, international experience in all aspects of nickel resource development in both laterites and sulphides, from project generation and evaluation, exploration planning and management, development studies, open cut and underground mine geology, resource/reserve estimation, and resource economics. He has been a Principal Consultant with mining consultancy CSA Global Pty Ltd since 2001.

He previously held the positions of Chief Geologist – WA Nickel Operations and Chief Geologist – Nickel Resource Development at WMC Resources Ltd and was a director of Silver Swan Group Ltd until his resignation on 19 November 2012.  Mr Elias holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geology from the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.


Dominic Marinelli
Non-Executive Director appointed 9 March 2011

Dominic Marinelli has over 20 years’ of corporate fundraising and mergers and acquisitions experience covering a wide range of industries including resources and other emerging technologies. 

Mr Marinelli is a Director of Terrain Capital Limited in Australia and of unlisted explorer West Africa Coal Pty Ltd. He holds an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, a degree in Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering from Monash University and a diploma in Nanotechnology from Leeds University. Mr Marinelli is a member of the Company’s Remuneration Committee and Audit and Risk Committee.


Neil Warburton
Non-Executive Director appointed 22 April 2003
Associate Degree in Mining Engineering – WASM, AusIMM, FAICD

Neil Warburton is a non-executive director at Australian Mines Limited, since April 2003. He is a member of the Company’s Remuneration Committee and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee.

He is also the non-executive director of Independence Group Limited, a diversified gold and base metal producer with operations in Western Australia, and non-executive director of Namibian Copper Limited.

Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer at Barminco, an Australian based international leader in hard rock underground mining, setting industry benchmarks in safety, service and knowledge. During his tenure as CEO at Barminco from August 2007 to March 2012, Mr Warburton managed the Australian operations and coordinated the international expansion into West Africa and Egypt, increasing revenue by more than double during his term. He is an experienced corporate and senior manager with over 35 years in the mining industry. Mr. Warburton graduated from the Western Australia School of Mines with an Associate Degree in Mining Engineering, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

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