Board of Directors

Mark Tomlinson

Independent Non-Executive Chair
B.Eng(Mining), FAusIMM

Investment Banker and Mining Engineer with over 40 years’ experience in the Australian mining sector. Most recently, Mark was a Corporate Finance Director for over 13 years with Patersons Securities in Melbourne. During this time Mark completed capital raisings and M&A transactions and acted as Corporate Adviser to a number of ASX companies advising on strategy, asset and funding initiatives.

Prior to joining Patersons, Mark worked as a consultant for companies including BHP Billiton and Credit Suisse on a range of projects. For 10 years Mark was a senior mining analyst in equities research with Bankers Trust and JPMorgan covering a range of ASX resources companies and sectors including BHP and Rio Tinto. Mark began his career as a mining engineer with BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto in underground coal operations for over a decade before moving to Bankers Trust. He subsequently re-joined BHP as Strategy manager for BHP Billiton in its Carbon Steel Materials division (iron ore, met coal and manganese)

Ron Heeks

Managing Director
B.App.Sc, MAusIMM

With 35 years’ mining industry experience, Ron was most recently Managing Director of Geopacific Resources Ltd which acquired and developed the 1.6moz Woodlark gold project in PNG.

Ron has also served as Managing Director of Coolgardie Gold NL and technology company Smarttrans Ltd. He has been a director of Kula Gold Limited and Mongolian based Xanadu Mines Ltd. Ron was a founder of Exploration and Mining Consultants an international geological consultancy and has had previous experience with Western Mining Corporation, Newcrest, Newmont (US) and RSG Consulting.

Ron has held senior roles in both mine management and exploration and is a former General Manager – Technical for Straits Asia Indonesian gold and coal operations and Chief Technical Officer for Adamus Resources Southern Ashanti Gold Operation. He has lived and worked in various countries around the world gaining extensive experience in South-East Asia and in particular, Indonesia.

Anna Nahajski-Staples

Non-Executive Director

Anna is an experienced investment banker with 28 years’ experience (15 years in the mining sector) representing over half a billion dollars in transactions. She is currently Director of corporate advisory firm Paloma Investments and Managing Director of Nevada-focused gold explorer Moneghetti Minerals. In 2017 Anna was a founding Director of NZ-focused Siren Gold (ASX: SNG) and has specialised in financing junior explorers over the past decade.  

Anna is a Fellow of Finsia, a graduate of the Governance Institute of Australia (2009) and the AICD (2007) and studied accounting at Harvard University (1993) before receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Washington.