Board of Directors
Grant Pierce – Non-Executive Interim Chairman
Grant is a qualified mining engineer with 30 years of operating experience in both Australia and Africa. He has managed both open-pit and underground mines across a range of mineral commodities. In addition, he has held numerous senior development roles, taking green and brown field projects to either shovel ready status or into production.
Grant was a member of the development team that built Tanzania’s first modern gold mine, Resolute’s Golden Pride Project (ASX:RSG) and was Operations Manager of the mine for its first 6 years.
Other senior roles include Executive General Manager (Tanzania) for Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:GOLD), during which time the Tulawaka Gold Mine was built and subsequently General Manager Operations for Perseus Mining, taking the Edikan Gold Project from the environmental permitting stage to its first gold pour.
Most recently Grant was an Executive Director of EcoGraf Limited (ASX:EGR) and played a pivotal role in the development of the Company, leading to the Company receiving the Epanko Graphite Projects’ Environmental Certificate, Mining Licence, delivering the Bankable Feasibility Study and subsequent completion of banking independent due diligence.
Grant has been publicly recognised within Australia and internationally for his philanthropic work with remote communities in developing nations.
Rod Chittenden – Non-Executive Director
Rod has 40 years of experience in the Minerals industry across Africa, Australia and South America, both in executive management roles and metallurgical project development roles from exploration to production.
Rod has largely resided in Africa for more than a decade and worked on Magnis Energy Technologies (ASX:MNS) Nachu Graphite Project, spearheading initial metallurgical programs. Rod also played a key role in the commissioning of Paladin Energy’s (ASX:PDN) Langer Heinrich and Kayelekera projects. Prior to that Rod has worked for major miners including Newcrest (ASX:NCM) and Barrick Gold (NYSE:GOLD).
Steven Georgiadis – Non-Executive Director
Steven is an attorney with over 20 years of experience encompassing private equity transactions, corporate finance and corporate governance.
Steven is a highly respected advisor to private and public companies both within Australia and internationally. His experience covers both listed and unlisted companies with operations in Tanzania and South-East Africa.
Julian Rockett – In-house counsel and Company Secretary
Julian is Adavale’s in-house counsel and Company Secretary. He spearheads Adavale’s corporate advisory function to support the Board and new management’s capital raising and Nickel initiatives.
Mr Rockett brings a wealth of experience of equity raising, M&A and other corporate transactions specialising in the small-cap ASX listed space. He acted as the company secretary and/or in-house counsel to more than fifteen (15) ASX listed companies. Julian has also provided governance, equity, and transactional support to numerous public and private companies including well-known Australian brands, other ASX listed companies, NSX listed companies, in both New Zealand and Malaysia.