Board & Management

Cliff Lawrenson

Non-Executive Chair

Mr Cliff Lawrenson has over 10 years of experience as a Non-Executive Chair and Non-Executive Director in both public and private companies.

He is currently Non-Executive Chair of Paladin Energy Ltd (ASX: PDN) and Caspin Resources (ASX:CPN) and Non-Executive Chair of privately owned Pacific Energy Limited.

Mr Lawrenson was Managing Director of Atlas Iron Ltd from 2017 and led the company to its acquisition by Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd. Prior to Atlas Iron, Mr Lawrenson was Managing Director of a number of ASX listed companies in the mining and mining services sectors. Mr Lawrenson was a senior executive of CMS Energy Corporation in the United States of America and Singapore and this was preceded by an investment banking career.

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Daniel Harris

Non-Executive Director

Mr Daniel Harris BSc ChE is a vanadium industry veteran and has an understanding of the resource sector from both a technical and financial perspective.

He is currently Non-executive Director of Queensland Energy & Minerals (ASX: QEM) and RedHawk Mining (ASX: FMS RHK).

Previous roles include Non-Executive Director of U.S. Vanadium and an Advisory Board Member and Vanadium Consultant for Blackrock Metals, interim CEO and Managing Director at Atlas Iron; Chief Executive & Operating Officer at Atlantic; Vice President & Head of Vanadium Assets at Evraz Group; Managing Director at Vametco Alloys; CEO and COO of Strategic Minerals Corporation and acting as an independent technical and executive consultant to GSA Environmental Limited in the United Kingdom.

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Miriam Stanborough AM

Non-Executive Director

Ms Stanborough is a chemical engineer with over 20 years of experience in the mineral processing industry across a range of commodities. She has held senior roles at Monadelphous, Iluka Resources, Alcoa and WMC Resources. Her skill base spans innovation and technology, technical development, production management, project management, business improvement and people and culture.

Ms Stanborough is currently a Non-Executive Director of Pilbara Minerals Limited (ASX: PLS), BCI Minerals Limited (ASX: BCI), Chair of the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA), Deputy Chair of the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) and a Director of Scouts WA.

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Peter Watson

Non-Executive Director

Mr Watson is a chemical engineer, with 40 years of experience in senior technical, project and management roles, in addition to corporate experience running ASX-listed companies. He has significant board-level experience, particularly regarding safety, governance, financial reporting, risk management and strategy.

Mr Watson is currently a Non-Executive Director of Paladin Energy Ltd (ASX: PDN), New Century Resources (ASX: NCZ) and Strandline Resources Limited (ASX: STA).

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Anna Sudlow

Non-Executive Director

Ms Sudlow is a corporate finance executive with experience in the mining and resources sectors across a range of commodities and jurisdictions. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce, is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Ms Sudlow has held senior roles at Woodside Energy and Paladin Energy and has experience in strategy, capital management and funding, commercial analysis, business development, risk and financial reporting and governance.

Ms Sudlow is currently the CFO of Paladin Energy Limited (ASX: PDN), an Australian listed uranium company on the S&P/ASX 200 Index.

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Jo Gaines

Non-Executive Director

Ms Gaines was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Premier of Western Australia, a role in which she was a leader in significant policy development affecting the economic and social fabric of the State. She brings extensive experience in stakeholder engagement, including across all levels of government and within the private sector, to drive reforms in a diverse range of fields including training and job creation, contracting and procurement, climate change, child protection and health.

Ms Gaines holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia, a Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from Curtin University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is currently Chair of the Government Employees Superannuation Board (GESB), a Non-Executive Director of DevelopmentWA, Non-Executive Director of Chalice Mining Limited (ASX: CHN), Board Member of CinefestOZ and Executive Director of Gaines Advisory Pty Ltd.

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Neville Bassett

Company Secretary

Mr Neville Bassett is a Chartered Accountant operating his own corporate consulting business, specialising in the area of corporate, financial and management advisory services. Mr Bassett has been involved with numerous public company listings and capital raisings.

His involvement in the corporate arena has also taken in mergers and acquisitions, and includes significant knowledge and exposure to the Australian financial markets.

Mr Bassett has a wealth of experience in matters pertaining to the Corporations Act, ASX listing requirements, corporate taxation and finance. He is a director or company secretary of a number of public and private companies.

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Louis Mostert

Chief Legal and Commercial Officer, Joint Company Secretary

Mr Mostert has over 20 years of experience in project contracting and finance, corporate advisory, mergers and acquisitions, insurance management, dispute resolution, work health and safety, employment and industrial relations, intellectual property, corporate governance and compliance.

Mr Mostert graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and has a Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia. He is admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries, a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a Member of the Institute of Company Directors.

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Graham Arvidson

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Graham Arvidson has 18 years of experience in the minerals sector spanning feasibility, evaluation, successful development and operation of mineral assets globally and across a broad range of commodities including deep experience in vanadium, lithium, nickel, and other future focused battery metals.

Mr Arvidson has proven project development expertise, a deep Western Australian project development network specific to mining, commercial acumen borne of managing contracts from both the client and contractor side and extensive project management experience in tendering, negotiation, conforming and managing O&M, EPC, EPCM, EPC-O, and BOO forms of project delivery.

Passionate industry advocate for best practice in project development and operations; supports these causes through frequent guest lecturing at industry bodies and at the University of Western Australia, speaking as an industry practitioner on the topics of best practice in Project Management, Operational Excellence and the evolving lithium sector.

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Tom Plant

Chief Financial Officer

Mr Plant is a seasoned finance executive, with almost 30 years of experience in various corporate and commercial roles. He has a strong background in debt and equity funding solutions, investment evaluation and corporate transactions. Mr Plant’s experience in these areas will complement the existing capabilities in the AVL team as it progresses the Australian Vanadium Project.

Mr Plant is a Chartered Accountant (CAANZ) and holds an MBA from INSEAD, an MSc (Mineral Economics) from Curtin University, a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance and Risk Management from the Governance Institute of Australia.

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Todd Richardson

Chief Operating Officer

Mr Todd Richardson BSc ChE MBA is an expert in vanadium process design, commissioning and operations with over 20 years’ experience in vanadium.

He has an extensive background in operations management and technical services both in the USA and Australia in all phases of plant operation – process design through commissioning, ramp up and operation.

Mr Richardson leads the development of AVL’s world class vanadium project.

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Ross Jennings

Chief Safety and People Officer

Mr. Jennings has previously worked in the mining industry for over 18 years and has worked in leadership roles across operations, health, safety and emergency response. He has been involved in a variety of areas of the industry including exploration, construction, commissioning, maintenance, open cut and underground mining, nationally and internationally. Ross is a former British Army Non-commissioned officer and Princes Trust Award for Leadership recipient

Mr. Jennings is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently a board member for Teach Learn Grow. He is also a mentor for the Women in Mining and Resources WA and Pride Professionals’ WA. Ross holds formal qualifications in Health and Safety, Emergency Management, Environmental Management and Human Resources.

He is a former member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (MAHRI), The Australian Institute of Health and Safety (AIHS) and the Australian Institute of Environmental Managers (AIEM).

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Flormirza Cabalteja

Executive General Manager Project Delivery – Downstream

Ms Cabalteja is a chemical engineer with over 17 years of experience in the downstream refinery processing of nickel, cobalt, ammonium phosphate-based fertilizers and vanadium. Flor has extensive experience in both the technical management and operational aspect of these commodities.

Prior to joining AVL, Flor led the operations readiness function for the BHP Nickel Sulphate project and all engineering capital projects, which included managing the process design, HSE, process safety, operational systems, logistics, asset management, lab and met accounting systems.

She held key roles in ensuring the safe delivery, commissioning and hand over to operations of the nickel sulphate plant. Subsequently, she  managed the operations of the lab, packaging plant and interactions with integrated planning and marketing – which included end to end planning for production, sales and product movement of all nickel and intermediate products. Flor has also worked at Midwest Vanadium, where she provided technical and commissioning support for the refinery section of the plant.

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Ian Prentice

Executive Integration

Mr Ian Prentice holds a Bachelor of Science (Geology) from the University of Western Australia and has over 30 years experience in the global mining industry, spanning exploration, development and open cut and underground mining. Ian is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

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