Our Board

Mr Stephen Chaplin-Chairman

Mr Chaplin has been a company director with over 30 years' experience in a number of Australian companies including mining, manufacturing, commercial fishing and property development. Stephen has participated in "Team Australia" which is a government initiative inviting Australian small business to pitch directly to the USA military procurement program, has extensive experience in international trade, is a significant investor in many ASX listed companies and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Paul Davies-Finance Director

Mr Davies has extensive experience as CFO of both publicly traded and privately held companies. Over the past 10 years he has been involved with many early stage companies involving reporting, strategic planning, systems implementation, fundraising and IPO. Prior to this Mr Davies was Director in Charge of Corporate and Institutional Banking for Deutsche Bank Australia and a member of the Deutsche Bank Credit Committee. He has been directly involved in over $20 billion worth of transactions involving origination, advising, arranging, structuring, project finance, lead managing, syndication, negotiation, risk management, including servicing many of Australia's major mining companies. Before Deutsche Bank Mr. Davies worked for a number of years with both Bankers Trust Australia and Macquarie Bank.

With his 20 plus years in the finance sector Mr Davies brings to the company considerable experience in both debt and equity markets in addition to significant understanding of the mining sector.

Mr Davies holds an Economics Degree from Monash University, has qualified as a Chartered Accountant and is an alumnus of the Stanford Business School.

Mr Ray Mangion- Non Executive Director

Mr Mangion has performed the role of Managing Director of Morbak Investments Pty Ltd for the past 18 years, having created the business as a start-up business. He has approximately 30 years' managerial experience and holds an Associate Diploma of Business (Accounting) and an RG146 Associate Diploma in Financial Planning.

Mr Nicholas Kapes- Non Executive Director

Mr Kapes began his professional career in 1988, where he commenced merchant banking after completing a Bachelor of Economics. He brings to the Board an array of experience including trading on the world's major exchanges on behalf of some of the world's premier banks, including Credit Suisse. Mr Kapes was a Director of Proprietary Trading at Credit Suisse for two years.

In his time as a merchant banker Mr Kapes became heavily involved in companies evolving from venture capital stage to listing on the Australian Securities Exchange.

Since his return to Melbourne in late 2005, Mr Kapes has actively engaged in originating deal opportunities and implementing strategic business initiatives including mergers and acquisitions, private and public equity capital raisings through initial public offerings, private placements and rights issues.

MANAGEMENT

Mr Juan Enrique Dagach -General Manager 

Juan Enrique Dagach has over 15 years mining industry experience in Chile. He has worked at high level positions as an operator and technical consultant to a number of projects with particular focus on iron ore.His work has covered mine evaluation, technical feasibility, reserve assessment, logistics analysis and metallurgical evaluation.

As an operator he has been involved in taking a green field site to a producing mine meeting production standards required by the market. He brings a wealth of local knowledge and experience to the company together with his considerable technical skill and understanding. 

Mr Dagach holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Santiago and qualifications in Business Administration and Management from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

Mr Peter Hinner- Chief Operating Officer

Over the past several years he has worked as a project consultant internationally on projects in Africa, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia and South America. His previous roles have included senior management and operational positions in several of the largest mineral operations including BP Minerals Indonesia and the Tiwest Joint Venture mine in Western Australia and has previously been COO of an industrial minerals company and a senior consultant to KPMG.

He holds a Bachelor of Science from the Queensland University of Technology with post graduate qualifications in mining, metallurgy and business management.