Matthew Howison – Chairman
Matthew Howison is a lawyer and investment banker who has held senior positions at NM Rothschild & Sons (Australia) Limited, Turnbulll & Partners, Goldman Sachs Australia and Salomon Smith Barney before establishing the private merchant banking firm Emerald Partners. In these roles he has been involved in advising on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising transactions for major Australian and international corporations and has extensive experience in contested public company takeovers. He has particular expertise in the metals and mining, energy, renewable energy, media and technology industries. He is an active investor in and adviser to a wide range of exploration companies.
Ian Stuart – Managing Director
Ian Stuart has experience in both the finance industry and mining. Mr Stuart holds an Honours degree in Geology and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. As a stockbroker, Mr Stuart has worked in the finance industry over the last eight years, most recently with Macquarie Private Wealth. Mr Stuart has extensive experience with capital raisings within the junior resource sector. Prior to this Mr Stuart was a senior geologist with experience throughout Australia and Africa, exploring for both gold and base metals including feasibility studies and project development.
Dr Saliba Sassine – Non Executive Director
Dr Sassine has a strong depth of experience and expertise at Chairman and CEO level in a number of listed and privately held companies, and has directed and advised on the activities of a number of start-up and early stage enterprises at pre and post IPO.
He is Managing Director of BlueMount Capital (WA) Pty Ltd, a member company of an international corporate capital group, and is Chairman of S&A Capital Pty Ltd, a commodities mercantile group. He is a director of Red October Resources Ltd.
Dr Sassine has also worked as a senior ministerial and government adviser in Australia and represented the Western Australian Government on a number of state and national advisory boards and committees.
Dr Sassine is a Senior Associate Member of the Securities Institute of Australia. He is also Chairman of the Perth Theatre Trust, Chairman of the POWA Institute, and Chairman of the board of the WA Academy of Performing Arts.
Vincent Algar – Non Executive Director
Vincent is a geologist by profession with over 20 years’ experience in both underground and open cut mining operations, greenfields exploration, project development and mining services in Western Australia and Southern Africa. He worked as a resource consultant for RSG and at McDonald Speijers before joining Surpac Mining Software Group (Now Gemcom ) in 2000. Vincent became the Australian Divisional Manager at Surpac leading a team of 20 mining professionals.
In December 2006 Vincent became founding Managing Director of Shaw River Resources until 2012. He has extensive experience in management of public listed companies specifically capital raisings for exploration project generation and acquisition. Vincent's experience spans the entire compliance, marketing and management process including the development of internal geological and administrative systems, exploration planning and execution as well as project acquisition and deal completion.