Particulars of Directors
Ian Jeffrey Gandel (Non-Executive Chairman)
LLB, BEc, FCPA, FAICD
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 (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)
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.
David Ian Chalmers (Non-Executive Director)
MSc, FAusIMM, FAIG, FIMMM, FSEG, MSGA, MGSA, FAICD
Mr Chalmers is a geologist and graduate of the Western Australia Institute of Technology (Curtin University) and has a Master of Science degree from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. He has worked in the mining and exploration industry for over 50 years, during which time he has had experience in all facets of exploration and mining through feasibility and development to the production phase. Mr Chalmers has had a 30-year involvement in the rare metal and rare earth industry, and he managed the geology, process development and global marketing effort for the Dubbo Project, advancing it to the threshold of development. Mr Chalmers is also currently the Technical Director of Alkane Resources Ltd and has held that role since 2017. Prior to that, he held the role of Managing Director.
Gavin Smith (Non-Executive Director)
B.Com, MBA, MAICD
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.
B.Bus, ACIS, AICD
Since 1994 Mr Wilkins has been a director of, and involved in the executive management of, several publicly listed resource companies with operations in Australia, PNG, Scandinavia and Africa. From 1995 to 2001 he was the Finance Director of Lynas Corporation Ltd during the period when the Mt Weld Rare Earths project was acquired by the group. He was also founding director and advisor to Atlas Iron Limited at the time of Atlas’ initial public offering in 2006.
Since July 2001 Mr Wilkins has been running DWCorporate Pty Ltd where he advises on the formation of, and capital raising for, emerging companies in the Australian resources sector.