Chief 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 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.
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).
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.
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.