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Simon Phillips

Chief Executive Officer

As an investment professional, with 25 years financial services sector experience – including roles with Prudential, APWA and Aurum Planning – Mr Phillips has an excellent knowledge of capital markets and understands the importance of creating value for stakeholders.

Moreover, Mr Philips is an experienced leader as during his 10-year tenure with Aurum Planning he chaired the Investment Committee and took the lead overseeing significant fund allocations to emerging gold explorers and producers.

Many of these groups subsequently grew into sizeable operations and created significant value for stakeholders. As a follow-on protocol after an initial allocation, Mr Phillips had significant operational interaction with a variety of stakeholders, including geologists, drilling contractors and mining engineers, providing him with an excellent grounding in the key dynamics that drive a successful resources project from exploration through to production.

Mr Phillips has a Diploma of Financial Markets and Advising from FINSIA.

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Non-Executive Director

Robert Scott has been on Sandfire Resources’ Board since 2010 and has overseen the development and commercialisation of the world-class, high-grade Degrussa Copper-Gold Mine in Western Australia as well as its ongoing exploration commitment.

Mr Scott has current Board experience in the mining and energy sectors includes RTG Mining Inc which has advanced copper & gold exploration interests in the Philippines and Bougainville. Previously, Mr Scott served on the Boards of CGA Mining Ltd (a major gold producer in the Philippines) and NASDAQ-listed, Lonestar Resources US Inc which is a Texas-based producer of shale oil. A notable feature of Mr Scott’s career is that he has been involved with most of these groups for many years, facilitating enhanced strategic insight and experience at a global level as the businesses have grown.

Mr Scott is a Chartered Accountant with >35 years’ experience as a corporate advisor at major accounting firms. He retired as an international partner from Arthur Anderson to pursue Non-Executive Director roles. Mr Scott is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, member of the Taxation Institute of Australia and of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Non-Executive Director

Mark Burchnall is a corporate lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in the mining and natural resources industry. He is currently a Director of Perth boutique law firm Murcia Pestell Hillard and previously worked for a number of top-tier Australian law firms including Allens and Clayton Utz.

Mark’s experience also includes having worked for several years in executive roles with publicly listed exploration and mining companies, both in Australia and the UK, including having held either senior managerial or Board-level roles (variously as a Non-executive, Executive and Managing Director) for companies including Sylvania Platinum (AIM), Nyota Minerals (ASX/AIM), Washington Resources (ASX), Carlton Resources (AIM) and Bezant Resources (AIM).

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Non-Executive Director

Tim Armstrong has spent the past 6 years in finance sector building networks in the equity markets in Australia and abroad,  Tim was instrumental in building Stocks Digitals financial public relations business in the UK building relationships with London corporates, brokers and key advisors.  A former professional cricketer that has played in many successful teams including NSW, WA and Australia.

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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.

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