Board and Management

Ian Warland TwentySevenCoChief Executive Officer

Ian is a highly experienced and successful geologist with 25 years’ experience in Australia and overseas.

This includes recent experience as Site Supervisor for Cobalt Blue’s Thackaringa Joint Venture, at Broken Hill in NSW. This role has given Ian an excellent understanding of the cobalt endowment of the Broken Hill region, where Twenty Seven Co. (the Company) has secured two large cobalt-prospective Exploration Licences via the acquisition of Nomad Explorations Pty Ltd (Nomad). Shareholder approvals relating to the Nomad acquisition are being sought at the Company’s Extraordinary General Meeting tomorrow, 27 July 2018.

Ian was joint recipient for Explorer of the Year in 2006 for the discovery of the Jacinth and Ambrosia zircon-rich mineral sand deposits for Iluka Resources Ltd, and subsequently led the team at Iluka which discovered over 20 million tonnes of heavy mineral sands within the Eucla Basin in South Australia. Ian was also an integral part of the development team that resulted in the Jacinth Ambrosia mine commencing within five years of discovery.

Ian has also worked in open pit and underground base metals mining, and explored domestically and internationally for cobalt, copper, gold, uranium, base metals, lithium and industrial minerals.

Ian completed a Bachelor of Applied Science Geology with First Class Honours from the University of Technology Sydney, and won the University Medal for his outstanding academic efforts. He also has an Associate Diploma in Environmental Control from Charles Sturt University, and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute in WA.


Robert was appointed non-executive Director on 5 October 2017 and is also a member of the Company’s Audit & Risk Committee. He has a Bachelor of Economics and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia.

Robert is the representative of Shanghai Stock Exchange listed Baiyin Nonferrous Group Co. Limited on the Board of Banro Corporation Limited, an unlisted company with operating gold mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is currently the controlling shareholder and Managing Director of Chengyu Group Limited, a private company in Hong Kong. He is also Chairman of Vecco Group Pty Ltd which is developing Vanadium assets in Queensland.

Robert previously worked for Macquarie Group and its affiliates from April 1990 to March 2015, specializing in natural resources sectors, including metals and mining, oil & gas and agriculture. He was an Executive Director of Macquarie Group for 10 years, finishing his tenure as Chairman of Resources, Asia based in Hong Kong.  Robert has held positions with various industry, professional and regulatory authorities during his career, including as a member of the National Listing Committee and Listing Appeals Committee of the Australian Stock Exchange and as a Board member of the South Australian Jockey Club.

Non-Executive Director

Martin has a Bachelor of Economics and is member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  On 16 February 2018, was appointed Chairman of the Company’s Audit & Risk Committee.

Until recently Martin was Chief Executive Officer of Terramin Australia Limited (ASX: TZN) a position he commenced in June 2013 having been that company’s CFO from August 2006 to December 2010.  Martin was previously employed by ASX listed uranium company Toro Energy Limited (ASX: TOE) (May 2011 to October 2012) where he held the position of General Manager – Marketing & Project Finance.

Martin has a strong finance background and specialty covering equity, debt & related project financing tools and commodity off-take negotiation. While employed by Newmont Australia (previously Normandy Mining) his major responsibilities included corporate & project finance, treasury management, asset sales and product offtake management.

Non-Executive Director

Appointed 28 August 2018.  Mark  has two degrees from UWA: a Bachelor of Commerce with First Class Honours, and Bachelor of Arts in Classics and History. In addition, he is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mark is currently a non-executive director with the private company Scope Systems, which specialises in mining software solutions for over 150 mining and circa 40 mining services corporates in the Australia, Africa and Asian Pacific region. Since returning to Perth, he has headed a private investment vehicle focusing on opportunities in the Asia region. In addition, he has been Chairman of an NFP ethical investment fund.

Mark has a strong financial background having worked as an equity analyst for Macquarie Bank in Sydney where he was involved with both the Crown Casino and M2 Motorway IPOs. Then in Hong Kong with Deutsche Bank where he was rapidly elevated to Regional Director of a team researching Asian electronic and technology companies. Mark brings over 25 years of financial and corporate expertise across a wide range of industries and will engage in strategy and the promotion of Twenty Seven Co. to the institutional investment community.

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Damien has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia since 2002 and has over 19 years finance and accounting experience including 13 years in the mining industry.

Damien is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance with the Governance Institute of Australia. Damien also provides Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer services to a number of other ASX Listed and unlisted entities.