Chairman (Non-Executive)

Craig Ian McGown BComm, FCA, ASIA

Appointed 13 June 2008

Mr McGown is an investment banker with over 35 years of experience consulting to companies in Australia and internationally, particularly in the natural resources sector. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and an Affiliate of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. Mr McGown is an executive director of the corporate advisory business New Holland Capital Pty Ltd and prior to that appointment was the chairman of DJ Carmichael Pty Limited. Mr McGown has had extensive experience in the corporate finance sector, including mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings in both domestic and international financial markets, asset acquisitions and asset disposals, initial public offerings and corporate restructurings.

Mr McGown holds directorships in Bass Metals Ltd and Peel Mining Limited. Mr McGown is also the Vice President – Corporate Development for Marengo Mining Limited.

Mr McGown brings to the Board a comprehensive knowledge of equity and debt markets and financing of resource projects. During the three year period to the end of the financial year, Mr McGown held directorships in Bass Metals Ltd (7 July 2004 to present), Peel Mining Limited (1 February 2008 to present) and Entek Energy Ltd (18 July 2008 to 28 February 2011).

Managing Director (Executive)

David John Crook BSc, MAusIMM, MAICD

Appointed 11 August 2003

Mr Crook was appointed the inaugural Managing Director of the Company on 11 August 2003. Mr Crook is a geologist with over 30 years of experience in exploration, mining and management, predominantly within Western Australia, where he has investigated gold, nickel sulphide, nickel laterite and other commodities in teams with an excellent discovery record. He has held senior management roles including exploration management, project acquisitions, JV negotiations and capital raisings.

In Australia Mr Crook’s operational experience has included tenement identification to ore reserve calculations for gold and base metal projects; and a decade engaged in operating gold mines. Prior to being employed by the Company his career highlights included participation in the discovery of the Radio Hill Nickel Mine, ore generation and early production and at the Gidgee Gold Mine during the 1980-1990s and for 7 years was the exploration manager at Heron Resources Limited.

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Directors (Non-Executive)

Allan Trench BSc (Hons), PhD, MSc (Min. Econ.), MBA (Oxon), ARSM, AWASM, MAusIMM, GAICD

Appointed 8 September 2003

Dr Trench is a mineral economist, geophysicist and business management consultant with minerals experience including nickel, gold, vanadium and mineral sands. Dr Trench led nickel sulphide exploration teams for WMC Resources in the Widgiemooltha-Pioneer and Leinster-Mt Keith regions of WA in the mid 1990s. He has subsequently worked with McKinsey and Company, KCGM Pty Ltd and is now with CRU, an independent business analysis and consultancy group.

During the three year period to the end of the financial year, Dr Trench also held directorships in Navigator Resources Ltd (14 November 2005 to present), Venturex Resources Limited (12 November 2008 to present), Hot Chili Ltd (19 July 2010 to present) and Kimberley Rare Earths Limited (2 December 2010 to present).

Thomas Wayne Spilsbury BSc (Hons), MSc (Geology), P. Geology (B.C.), FAusIMM, MAIG, GAICD

Appointed 4 January 2010

Mr Spilsbury is a geologist who received his B.Sc. (Honors Geology) in 1973 from the University of British Columbia and his M.Sc. (Applied Geology) in 1982 from Queens University in Ontario. He brings over 35 years of experience in mineral exploration and management, including 28 years with Teck Cominco Limited and was their former General Manager, Exploration – Asia Pacific. In this role, he held responsibility for managing an extensive exploration portfolio including large-scale gold and base metal projects in Australia and China. Mr Spilsbury has worked throughout Western Canada, the United States, Asia and Australia.

Mr Spilsbury currently holds directorships in Minco Silver Corporation, GGL Resources Corp and International Lithium Corp. (all TSX listed).

Company Secretary

Julie Anne Wolseley BCom, CA, MAICD

Appointed 11 August 2003

Ms Wolseley is the principal of a corporate advisory company with over 19 years of experience acting as company secretary to a number of ASX listed public companies operating primarily in the resources sector. Previously Ms Wolseley was an audit manager both in Australia and overseas for an international accounting firm. Ms Wolseley also holds a directorship on the board of OM Holdings Limited.