Board members

Particulars of Directors

Ian Jeffrey Gandel (Non-Executive Chairman)


Mr Gandel is a successful Melbourne based businessman with extensive experience in retail management and retail property. He has been a director of the Gandel Retail Trust and has had an involvement in the construction and leasing of Gandel shopping centres. He has previously been involved in the Priceline retail chain and the CEO chain of serviced offices. Through his private investment vehicles, Mr Gandel has been an investor in the mining industry since 1994. Mr Gandel is currently a substantial holder in a number of publicly listed Australian companies and, through his private investment vehicles, now holds and explores tenements in his own right in Western Australia. Mr Gandel is a non-executive chairman of Alliance Resources Ltd and Alkane Resources Ltd.

David Woodall

David Woodall (Managing Director)

MSc (Mineral Economics) and Graduate Diploma (Business)

Mr Woodall is a mining engineer and graduate of Curtin University with a Masters of Science in Mineral Economics and Graduate Diploma in Business. He has over 30 years’ experience in senior corporate and executive roles in Australia, Fiji, Central Asia, Indonesia, China, PNG and North America.

Mr Woodall has utilized his experience across the value chain at operational, corporate and board levels to maximise shareholder value. Prior to joining ASM, he was the CEO of an ASX Listed Canadian-focused base metals development company where he drove the development of a new mineral resource for the project, instigated tenure wide exploration programs resulting in a 10% increase in resource, and raised A$5M equity through Singaporean and Australian investors and institutions.

In his wide and varied international career, Mr Woodall has resolved metallurgical recovery of one of the most complex and undeveloped gold metallurgical deposits in Kazakhstan, has been accountable for the operational leadership of one of Rio Tinto’s largest mines, assisted an ASX listed company to acquire, project manage and negotiate a potential high-grade gold project in the US, and implemented a performance management process across mines in PNG, Indonesia and Cote d’Ivoire that delivered over $600 million in cost savings and efficiency improvements.

Mr Woodall takes a team-based leadership approach to achieving outcomes and has managed large, geographically distant teams in multiple locations and from different cultures (countries, unionised, aging workforce, new teams). He is a Member of the Australian Institute on Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).


Nic Earner (Non-Executive Director)

BEng (Hons)

Mr Earner is a chemical engineer and graduate of University of Queensland with 20 years’ experience in technical and operational optimisation and management, and has held a number of executive roles in mining and processing.

Mr Earner was employed by Straits Resources Ltd for a four year period, including two years as Executive General Manager – Operations, supervising up to 1,000 employees in open cut and underground gold mines and an underground copper mine. During the eleven years before that he had various roles at Rio Tinto Coal Australia’s Mount Thorley Warkworth coal mine and BHPB/WMC Olympic Dam copper-uranium-gold operations. Mr Earner’s eight years at Olympic Dam included roles managing the Concentrator and Hydromet functions which included substantial milling, leaching and solvent extraction circuits. His other positions included Production Superintendent – Smelting, and Senior Engineer – Process Control, Instrumentation and Communications.

Mr Earner is currently the Managing Director of Alkane Resources Ltd and originally joined Alkane in 2013 as Chief Operating Officer.

Kerry Gleeson (Non-Executive Director)


Ms Gleeson is an experienced independent Non-Executive Director, chair and committee member with over two decades of experience as a director, senior executive and board advisor of various ASX listed companies. Ms Gleeson has worked nationally and internationally across broad and complex industry sectors, including mining and resources, industrial and agri-chemicals, manufacturing, transport and distribution and international education. Ms Gleeson is a qualified lawyer in both the UK and Australia, and spent 15 years in private practice, including as a partner of an English law firm, before emigrating to Melbourne and joining Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashursts).

Ms Gleeson’s other current roles include Non-Executive Director of St Barbara Limited, New Century Resources Ltd and Chrysos Corporation Ltd. She is also the Chair of Trinity College at the University of Melbourne.

Gavin Smith (Non-Executive Director)


Mr Smith is an accomplished senior executive and non-executive director within multinational business environments. He has more than 35 years’ experience in Information Technology, Business Development, and General Management in a wide range of industries and sectors. Mr Smith has worked for the Bosch group for the past 28 years in Australia and Germany and is the current Chair and President of Robert Bosch Australia. In this role, Mr Smith has led the restructuring and transformation of the local Bosch subsidiary. Concurrent with this role, he is a non-executive director of the various Bosch subsidiaries, joint ventures, and direct investment companies in Australia and New Zealand. In addition, Mr Smith is the Chair of the Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTAA), the peak body for organisations with an interest in the IoT. Mr Smith is also a non-executive director of Alkane Resources Ltd.