David Woodall (Managing Director)
MSc (Mineral Economics) and Graduate Diploma (Business) – Curtin University
David 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.
David 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, David 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.
David 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).
Steve Messiter (Chief Operating Officer)
BEng (Chemical) – University of NSW, MBA – Curtin University
Steve Messiter has more than three decades’ experience in the mining and chemical industries, including process engineering, operations, commissioning, project evaluation, development and implementation. He has held executive roles in four Australian states—New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia—as well experience working in the US, China, Germany and South Korea.
Mr Messiter’s expertise spans all aspects of project development, including early company development, feasibility studies, process design, technology selection, contractor management and site construction. Before joining ASM, he was a sought-after consultant, advising primarily on technology selection and implementation strategies.
Mr Messiter holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) with First Class Honours and a University Medal from the University of NSW. He has a Master of Business Administration from Curtin University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Alister Macdonald (General Manager Marketing)
BEng (Ceramic) hons
Alister MacDonald has over 35 years’ experience in technical marketing and business development of critical minerals. He specialises in the marketing of zirconium, rare earths and other minor metals and materials. He has worked in various capacities across the zirconium value chain in Australia and internationally, from minerals processing through to marketing of advanced ceramic components. Alister has an in-depth understanding of markets and applications, plus key issues facing critical metals supply from China and elsewhere, and has presented key insights at international conferences.
Alister was previously group marketing manager for Doral Mineral Industries and has worked for and advised leading resource and manufacturing companies worldwide.
Alister holds a Bachelor of Ceramic Engineering with first-class honours from the University of New South Wales.
Mike Sutherland (General Manager, NSW)
BSc (Geology/Biology) – University of Sydney
Michael Sutherland has lived and worked in the Central West most of his life, though he started his professional life working as a geologist in South Africa. Mike spent 17 years as a farmer and has worked in the mining industry since 1993.
He earned a Bachelor of Science (Geology/Biology) degree from the University of Sydney (1981) and post-graduate qualifications in Community Relations (Resources Sector) from UQ (2010) and Australian Rural Leadership from JCU (2012).
Mike has been heavily involved in natural resource management (including cultural heritage) since the early 80s with community leadership roles at local, State and National levels. Mike is passionate about the role that mining can play in building resilience in regional communities through economic activity, employment and training.