Board of Directors

Mark Johnson
Non-Executive Chairman

LLB MBA (Harvard), AO

Mr Johnson has worked in banking and corporate finance for over forty years. He retired as Deputy Chairman of Macquarie Bank in mid-2007 and now divides his time between work in the private and public sectors. Mr Johnson is a senior adviser to Gresham Partners, Chairman of Alinta Energy Ltd, and from 2002 to 2013, one of the three Australian members of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).

Stephen Baghdadi
Managing Director and CEO

Since 1993, Mr Baghdadi has acted as an executive director for numerous ASX-listed companies, including the Horizon group of companies, Afro-West, Alamain Investments, and Marino, and privately held controlling interests in manufacturing, software development and property concerns. Mr Baghdadi has completed several transactions in Australia, South East Asia, Europe and North America. He brings to the table the ability to identify an undervalued asset or opportunity that has the potential to yield high returns.

Anthony John (Tony) Ferguson
Non-Executive Director

MBA (Dist), B.Sc, B.E (Hons)

Mr Ferguson is an investor, entrepreneur and investment banker. Most of Mr Ferguson’s career was with Macquarie Group, where he established and led the natural resources team advising on many major mining industry transactions. He established Macquarie’s presence in Canada, headed Macquarie’s Asian investment banking operations, and established and led the Asia Resources Fund. Mr Ferguson’s career included three years as Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking at Rothschild Australia and a Global Partner of Rothschild Investment Bank. Before commencing his investment banking career, Tony practiced as an engineer and worked at Rio Tinto’s Woodlawn Mine.

Greg Hall
Non-Executive Director

Applied Geology (1st Class Honours)

Mr Hall is an exploration geologist with over 40 years of international experience. From 1988-2005, he was employed by the Placer Dome group of companies, serving as Chief Geologist -World Wide during his last five years there. Placer Dome was later acquired by Barrick Gold Corporation in early 2006. Throughout his career, Mr Hall had a senior role in the discoveries of Gold Field’s Granny Smith mine and Rio Tinto’s Yandi iron ore mine. In addition, he took part in the discoveries of Keringal and Wallaby in Australia’s Eastern Goldfields, as well as the definition of AngloGold Ashanti’s Sunrise gold mine.

Francis William Lannen (Bill)
Non-Executive Director

B.E (Hons)

Mr Lannen’s career commenced with Aberfoyle Ltd, where he worked in both technical and operating roles at Cleveland Tin, Ardlethan Tin and the Melbourne head office. His last project was to take the Hellyer base metal mine in Tasmania from feasibility to full production as the mine manager. In 1990, Bill started Mancala Pty Ltd, a specialist mining contractor and mine engineering group, managing Mancala’s operations for over 25 years. As a mine contractor, Mancala has successfully completed projects in both metalliferous and coal in Australia and offshore. Projects have included whole-of-mine contracts in open pit and underground and specialist contracts in the development and recovery of shafts. Several key projects involved mechanized mining of narrow vein deposits.

Mark Ohlsson

John Smith
CFO/Company Secretary

B.Com (Hons) MBA

John is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Chartered Secretary with over 30 years of experience in management of both private and public companies.