Ms Debra Bakker M.App.Fin, B.Bus (Fin Acc), Grad Dip FINSIA, GAICD
Ms Bakker is an experienced banker and corporate finance executive with over 25 years of experience dedicated to the mining sector. She started her career in Sydney with Barclays Capital, moving to London where she was responsible for the firm’s mining business through the Americas. She moved to Standard Bank London Group in Chicago and assumed responsibility for that group’ mining corporate finance business in North America then joining a (now division of ) Sunguard Systems in New York where she helped build their on-line derivative risk management platform. Returning to Australia in 2003 she spent 10 years leading and building Commonwealth Bank’s natural resources team in WA.
Debra is a non executive director of Independence Group NL and a non executive director of Access Housing Australia.
Mr Heath Hellewell B.Sc Hons, MAIG
Mr Hellewell is an exploration geologist with over 22 years of experience in gold, base metals and diamond exploration predominantly in Australia and West Africa. Mr Hellewell graduated from Curtin University with an Honours Degree in Geology and is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists. Mr Hellewell has previously held senior exploration positions with a number of successful mining and exploration groups including DeBeers Australia Pty Ltd and Resolute Mining Limited. Mr Hellewell joined Independence Group NL in 2000 prior to the Company’s IPO and was part of the team that identified and acquired the Tropicana project area, eventually leading to the discovery of the Tropicana and Havana gold deposits which are now subject to a production joint venture with Anglo Ashanti Australia Ltd. Mr Hellewell ultimately rose to the position of Exploration Manager at Independence Group.
Most recently he was the co-founding Executive Director of Doray Minerals Limited, where he was responsible for the Company’s exploration and new business activities. Following the discovery of the Andy Well gold deposits in 2010, Doray Minerals was named “Gold Explorer of the Year” in 2011 by The Gold Mining Journal and in 2014 Heath was the co-winner of the prestigious “Prospector of the Year” award, presented by the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies.
Mr Hellewell is currently an independent Non-Executive Director of Core Exploration Ltd (ASX: CXO) and Duketon Mining Limited (ASX:DKM).
Mr Peter Langworthy B.Sc Hons, MAusIMM
Peter Langworthy is a geologist with a career spanning 31 years in mineral exploration and project development in Australia, Indonesia and Africa. He has specific expertise in building successful teams that have been responsible for significant mineral discoveries and in integrating technically sound exploration and resource development strategies into corporate planning. His industry experience includes 12 years in senior management roles with WMC Resources, four years with PacMIn Mining as Exploration Manager, five years with Jubilee Mines where he built the team responsible for numerous discoveries at the Cosmos Nickel Mine and the Sinclair nickel project, and three years with Talisman Mining as Technical Director. At Jubilee he was part of the corporate team responsible for the growth of the company until it was taken over by Xstrata for $23/share in 2008.
Peter was a Director of Malagasy Minerals LTD from 2013 which was the precursor to CMM.
Mr Langworthy is a non-executive chairman of Syndicated Metals Limited (March 2012 to present) and non-executive director of Silver Mines Ltd (June 2016 to present)
Mr Stuart Pether B.E Hons, MAUSIM
Stuart Pether has over 25 years resources industry experience in project development, technical studies, mine operations and corporate management. He is equally skilled in open pit and underground mining in a range of commodities including gold, nickel and lead and zinc. A qualified mining engineer, he holds a Bachelor in Engineer (Mining Engineering) from the Western Australia School of Mines.
Stuart was previously the Chief Executive Officer for Kula Gold and executive director of the 100% subsidiary Woodlark Mining Limited, the owner of the advance development project the Woodlark Island Gold Project in PNG.
He held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Catalpa Resources where he was responsible for the construction, commissioning and operation of the A$92 million Edna May Gold Project and represented Catalpa Resources on the Cracow Gold Mine Joint Venture committee with Newcrest Mining. Following the merger of Catalpa Resources with Conquest Mining in November 2011, forming Evolution Mining, he took up the position of Vice President, Project Development where he was responsible for technical studies and major capital projects, including the construction of the $140 million Mt Carlton Gold Project in Queensland.
Prior, he worked in various mining management roles for CBH Resources, PacMin Mining Limited, Dominion Mining and Western Mining Corporation.
Stuart is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a committee member of the WASM Alumni.