Mr M Cliff Lawrenson
Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Mr Lawrenson has been Managing Director of Atlas Iron Ltd since January 2017. Prior to this Mr Lawrenson was Managing Director of early-stage phosphate producer Avenira Ltd (formerly Minemakers Ltd) from 2012 and ended that role in January 2017. Mr Lawrenson led Avenira from exploration to early stage production.
Mr Lawrenson joined Avenira Ltd after holding the position of Chief Executive Officer of Pilbara iron ore development company FerrAus Ltd, which he led to a recommended takeover by Atlas Iron Ltd in December 2011. Mr Lawrenson held the position of Group Chief Executive Officer of GRD Ltd from 2006 to 2009. GRD Ltd incorporated GRD Minproc Ltd, OceanaGold Ltd and Global Renewables. Prior to joining GRD Ltd, Mr Lawrenson was a senior executive and vice president of CMS Energy Corporation in the United States of America and Singapore for seven years.
Mr Lawrenson has worked extensively in investment banking around the world and holds postgraduate qualifications in Finance and Strategy. Mr Lawrenson has served on several boards in international locations, leading the development and financing of numerous major infrastructure projects.
Mr Lawrenson was appointed Non-Executive Chairman on 23 August 2010.
Mr James Cullen
CEO & Managing Director
Mr Cullen is a qualified Chartered Accountant who has spent approximately 20 years as CEO of two listed companies, each commencing in the microcap space and growing significantly in market capitalisation before being taken over (PCH Group Ltd from $1m to $260m and Resource Equipment Ltd from less than $5m to $115m).
He has extensive commercial and practical experience in growing businesses domestically and internationally, both organically and through acquisitions.
Mr Cullen also has considerable financial and corporate governance experience and has served as a Director of several listed companies.
In the ten years prior to his CEO roles, Mr Cullen was a finance executive in the motion picture industry in Los Angeles and before that was with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Australia and the USA.
During the three years prior to the end of the year, Mr Cullen has also held the positions of director with Resource Equipment Ltd (August 2008 to July 2014), A1 Consolidated Gold Ltd (May 2015 to date) and Chesapeake Capital Ltd (June 2015 to date).
Mr Cullen was appointed as a Director on 1 June 2015.
Mr Kenneth J Hall
Mr Hall is an electrician and founded Kalgoorlie Power Systems in 1981. Mr Hall has been involved in the mining industry for 50 years and the contract power generation business for 30 years.
During the three years prior to the end of the year, My Hall has not held any directorships in any other listed companies.
Mr Hall was appointed as a Director on 11 May 2009.
Mr A Stuart Foster
Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Foster has been involved in Stockbroking and financial management for over 25 years. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Foster Stockbroking Pty Ltd, which was established in 1991. Mr Foster possesses a background in equity research and financial analysis. He actively works in a dealing and advisory capacity to predominantly institutional clients and professional investors. Mr Foster is also the founder of Cranport Pty Ltd, which is a private Funds Management operation that primarily focuses on identifying investment opportunities in listed equities. Mr Foster holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Canterbury University and he is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He is also an ASIC Responsible Executive and an ASIC Responsible Manager.
During the three years prior to the end of the year, Mr Foster has not held any directorships in any other listed companies.
Mr Foster is Chair of the Audit Committee and has been a Director since 20 February 1998.
Mr Linton Putland
Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Putland holds degrees in mining engineering (Bachelor of Engineering, Western Australian School of Mines) and a masters in science (Mineral Economics, Western Australian School of Mines) and has over 30 years' experience in mining operations, joint ventures and corporate management, in Australia, Africa and the Americas over a wide range of commodities.
Mr Putland is principal of LJ Putland & Associates, a private mining consultancy company which was founded in 2002, providing advisory and consultancy services in mining project and company evaluation and due diligence appraisals with a focus on corporate growth. During this period he has also been Managing Director of a privately owned exploration company, with joint venture interests in Africa. Prior to this he held corporate and senior management roles in IAMGOLD, AurionGold, Delta Gold and Pancontinental Mining.
Mr Putland is a Member of AusIMM and a Graduate Member of AICD.