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Directors and Management

Michael Ramsden

Non-Executive Chairman

Michael is a lawyer with more than 25 years’ experience as a corporate advisor. He has been involved in 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.

Benjamin Bell

Managing Director

Benjamin 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. In 2016 he oversaw the relaunch of Australian Mines as an emerging global leader in cobalt, nickel and scandium supply through the acquisition of the Sconi and Flemington Projects in eastern Australia., MBA

Michael Elias

Non-Executive Director
BSc (Hons), FAusIMM, CPGeo

Michael 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.

Dominic Marinelli

Non-Executive Director
MBA, BEng, PgD Sc

Dominic 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 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 Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Oliver Carton

Company Secretary
BJuris LLB

Oliver is a qualified lawyer with over 30 years’ experience in a variety of corporate roles. He is currently a director or company secretary of a number of listed, unlisted and not for profit entities such as the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He currently runs his own consulting business and was previously a Director of the Chartered Accounting firm KPMG. Prior to that, he was a senior legal officer with ASIC.

Marcus Hughes

Chief Financial Officer

Marcus has more than 20 years’ experience in the listed company environment. Joining Australian Mines in December 2018, Marcus is well-credentialed in capital raising and project finance structuring, bringing with him an impressive track record of critical financial analysis and specialist tax advice experience in a mining business environment.

Tim Maclean

Chief Operating Officer

Tim brings more than 25 years of senior management experience and hands-on technical and production experience within the mining industry, including the running of Rio Tinto’s Palabora copper smelter and refinery in South Africa, which produces around 120,000 tonnes of copper metal each year. Tim’s most recent role involved managing Alcoa’s Kwinana aluminium refinery in Western Australia, including its 950 person workforce.

Stuart Peterson

Exploration Manager

Stuart is a qualified geologist and experienced Exploration Manager with more than 16 years of industry experience, including exploration of nickel-cobalt mineralisation, working across both Australian and international project portfolios. With demonstrated expertise in leading exploration and field activities, as well as target generation and project review.

Sophia Bolhassan

Investor Relations Manager BSc (Hons)

Sophia has ten years’ experience in investment banking including strategic planning and business development, as well as previous experience in Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), and equity capital market transactions support. Prior to joining Australian Mines in March 2018, Sophia was a Vice President in Corporate and Investment Banking for Citi in London.

Australian Mines Executive Team
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