Directors

James D. Calaway, Non-Executive Chairman
James Calaway

Mr. Calaway is a respected business and civic leader residing in Houston, Texas, with considerable experience and success in building junior companies into successful commercial enterprises. He has played major roles in the development of both public and private companies engaged in lithium operations, oil and gas exploration and production, enterprise software and solar farm development.

Until his retirement in July 2016, Mr. Calaway served for eight years as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Orocobre Ltd, (ASX:ORE; TSX:ORL), helping lead the company from its earliest development to becoming a significant producer of lithium carbonate. With Orocobre being the only other lithium company with a significant exposure to boron, his Orocobre experience ideally suits him to help lead ioneer to become a leader in the lithium and borates businesses.

Bernard Rowe, Managing Director
Bernard Rowe

Bernard Rowe is a geologist with more than 25 years’ international experience in mineral exploration. His early career was with global diamond miner and explorer, Ashton Mining, which included five years in Scandinavia and Russia followed by two years in Mali. His diverse mineral industry experience includes gold, copper, zinc, diamond, lithium and boron exploration in Australia, Europe, Africa, North America and South America.

A founding shareholder of ioneer, Bernard has been Managing Director since the Company listed on the ASX in 2007 with the objective of making a major greenfield mineral discovery. 

Alan Davies, Non-Executive Director
Alan Davies

Alan Davies is a well-known natural resources and industrial executive with a 20-year career with Rio Tinto culminating in being CEO responsible for Energy and Industrial Minerals, that includes the industry leading borax division and the Jadar lithium/borates development in Serbia. Prior to that position, Alan was CEO of Rio Tinto’s Diamonds and Minerals Product Group that included the borax, diamonds, iron and titanium, uranium and salt divisions.

From 2012 until 2016, Alan served as a member of Rio Tinto’s Executive Committee. Alan has led and run mining operations and development projects across the globe, including USA, Canada, South America, India, Africa, China, Europe and Australia, and across commodities, including in iron ore and energy, and a full suite of industrial minerals.

Patrick J. D. Elliott, Non-Executive Director
Patrick J Elliot

Patrick Elliott is a company director specialising in the resources sector with over 40 years experience in investment and corporate management.

Patrick’s early career was at Consolidated Gold Fields Australia Limited and covered investment analysis and minerals marketing.  In 1979 he went into investment banking and became Head of Corporate Finance for Morgan Grenfell Australia Limited in 1982.

He subsequently became Managing Director of Natcorp Investments Ltd in 1986 which owned a number of manufacturing businesses.  After its takeover he became an active early stage venture capital investor with an emphasis on resources.

John Hofmeister, Non-Executive Director
John Hofmeister

John Hofmeister brings to ioneer many years of executive experience at General Electric, Northern Telecom, AlliedSignal/Honeywell International and Royal Dutch Shell, where he retired as Shell Oil President in 2008.  Shell Oil Company is the US-based wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell.

Since 2008 he has served on the boards of Lufkin Industries, Hunting, plc., Applus Services, Inc., and Chairman of Erin Energy Corporation.  John has Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Kansas State University.  John has also served as the Chairman of the National Urban League in the US and was formerly Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership.

Senior Management

Ian Bucknell

Chief Financial Officer

Ian has more than 20 years of international resource experience including being CFO of AWE Limited and Drillsearch Energy Limited. During this time, he has worked in several high-growth organisations and financed projects from discovery to production.

Matthew Weaver

Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations 

Matt manages all engineering and operational aspects of the Rhyolite Ridge Project. He has more than 30 years‘ experience working on both small and large-scale development projects at BHP, Rio Tinto and Newmont, as well as for several smaller mining companies.

Michael Le Page

Commercial Director – Sales & Marketing

Michael’s experience includes nearly 20 years with the Rio Tinto Group where he worked in various Chief Commercial Officer, Vice President and General Manager roles, principally in the Industrial Minerals area.  Michael has an in depth knowledge and experience of global sales, marketing and supply chain in borates, salt, gypsum and talc plus project work in lithium and potash. 

Yoshio Nagai

Sales & Business Development Director

Yoshio’s experience includes more than 10 years with the Rio Tinto Group, primarily in Asia and USA as Sales Vice President accountable for borates, salt and talc products. Yoshio is a highly experienced senior sales and marketing executive with a strong focus on customer relationships. 

Lynette Pierson

National Sales Director

Lynette’s career includes over 25 years in sales management with U.S. Borax and Rio Tinto Minerals in the United States and Canada.  Lynette brings a high level of expertise and experience in sales, distribution and account management of talc and borate products in markets such as fiberglass, industrial glass, agriculture, consumer cleaning products and oil & gas.   

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