Board & Management

John Fitzgerald

Chair, CA, FELLOW FINSIA, GAICD

Mr Fitzgerald has over 30 years’ resource financing experience and has provided project finance and corporate advisory services to a large number of companies in the resource sector. He has previously held senior positions at NM Rothschild & Sons, Investec Bank Australia, Commonwealth Bank, HSBC Precious Metals and Optimum Capital. Mr Fitzgerald is a Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mr Fitzgerald is a Non-Executive Director of Northern Star Limited, a Non-Executive Director of Danakali Limited and was previously Chairman of Carbine Resources Limited, Integra Mining Limited and Atherton Resources Limited. 

Paul Bennett

Managing Director, BEng (Mining), MBA, MAusIMM, MAICD

Mr Bennett is a Mining Engineer with an MBA who has extensive experience in the operation, development and financing of resource companies and projects over a 25-year period. He has worked in technical, management and business development roles for Newcrest, Western Metals and Panoramic Resources and holds a WA First Class Mine Manager’s Certificate. For nine years Mr Bennett was a senior executive at RMB Resources, the resources investment banking business of Rand Merchant Bank where he specialised in the provision of equity, quasi-equity/mezzanine and debt financing for small to mid-sized resource companies across a range of commodities and jurisdictions. Mr Bennett was a Non-Executive Director of Horizon Gold Ltd (ASX: HRN) between August 2016 and July 2020. 

Ed Ainscough

Non-Executive Director, BSc (Hons), FGeolSoc, MAusIMM

Mr Ainscough led the acquisition by Medallion of the Project (in 2016) from Silver Lake Resources. Prior to this he negotiated a joint venture over the Foster/Jan Nickel Project at Kambalda (in 2014) with Gold Fields Ltd. The joint venture interests were subsequently vended into ASX listed Lunnon Metals Ltd, of which he is a founder and Managing Director. A geologist by training, he has extensive operational experience (gold, copper, nickel and tin) in Australia and globally. He was a senior member of the Gold Fields executive team in Australia where he held a key business development role reporting to the Executive Committee until 2008. He was the last Chief Geologist for WMC at the St Ives Gold Mine and under the new Gold Fields’ ownership initiated a $25 million per annum drill program. Prior to founding Lunnon Metals, Mr Ainscough was at PCF Capital Group where he advised resource sector companies on corporate, merger and acquisition, and valuation assignments. 

Anthony (Tony) James

Non-Executive Director, BEng (Mining), AWASM, FAusIMM

Mr James has over 30 years’ mine operating and project development experience predominantly in Western Australia and experience at Managing Director level of four ASX listed companies (Galena Mining Ltd, Atherton Resources Ltd, Mutiny Gold Ltd and Carbine Resources Ltd). He has a background in feasibility studies leading into successful project development and operating results (including the Pillara Zinc/Lead project, Trident/Higginsville Gold project and Kanowna Belle Gold mine). Mr James is currently Managing Director of Galena Mining Ltd and a non-executive director of ASX resource companies Wiluna Mining Corporation Ltd and Apollo Consolidated Ltd.  

Ben Larkin

Chief Financial Officer/Company Secretary, BCom, CA

Mr Ben Larkin is a Chartered Accountant with more than 15 years’ experience as a corporate and finance professional. Mr Larkin commenced his career in public practice before specialising in the natural resources sector in 2007. He has recent experience in the development and operation of gold mines. Mr Larkin most recently served as Company Secretary of the ASX-Listed Carnaby Resources Limited and prior to that, served as the Financial Controller of the formerly ASX-Listed Beadell Resources Limited. 

David Groombridge

Exploration Manager, Msc (Economic Geology), MAusIMM

Mr Groombridge has been with the Company since the acquisition of RGP in 2016. He has a strong connection with the Project having worked there since 2011 for both Tectonic and Silver Lake Resources. Previously Mr Groombridge has worked a number of mine based operation geology roles at a variety of gold and nickel mines in the Eastern Goldfields of WA as well as being the Project Geologist for Wolf Minerals’ Hemerdon Tin/Tungsten Project in Devon, UK (2007-2009).

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