Mr James is a business graduate of RMIT University (Melbourne) with over 30 year’s experience in merchant banking, engineering, manufacturing, mining, energy, financing, philanthropic and social ventures. Over the past 25 years he has had active roles in identifying, exploring, financing and developing a number of significant natural resource and energy projects in Australia, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, South America and the USA.
Mr James has held executive and non-executive board positions on several Australian and London listed companies, business associations, sporting and not-for profit organisations. He has been directly involved in over A$2.5 billion of equity and debt financing and was a founding director of MRJ Advisors – a boutique resource and capital management firm that was responsible for the identification, financing and listing of several projects/companies on the Australian and London Securities Exchanges.
Mr James is currently a Non-Executive Chairman of Algae.Tec Ltd, Non-Executive Director of Vimy Resources Ltd (both ASX listed) and a Non-Executive Director of Squadron Resources Pty Ltd. Mr James is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and an Associate of the Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (AusIMM).
Mr Fry has more than 20 years corporate experience in the mining and resources industry, specialising in accounting, management, business development and general corporate activities. He has vast experience in project evaluation and development, project funding, management, finance and operations. Over the past 15 years, Mr Fry has been a Director of several private and public companies with activities ranging from funds management, minerals exploration, mining and quarrying.
Mr Fry is currently a Director of Energy Ventures Limited, African Energy Resources Ltd, Anova Metals Limited and Mitchell River Group.
Mr Laing is a Chemical Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the mining sector across a variety of commodities, in Australia, Africa, Europe and South America. Mr Laing has experience in project funding and mine development through to production. Previously, as Managing Director and GM Corporate for Exco Resources, Mr Laing was involved in the successful development and divestment of the Cloncurry Copper Project in North Queensland and the highly successful White Dam Gold Mine in South Australia. Mr Laing has run a private consulting business, Nexus Bonum, and most recently managed Exterra Resources through the successful merger with Anova Metals.
BSc (Hons), MAIG
Mr Cooke is a qualified geologist and has been involved throughout his career in mineral exploration and corporate development, including eight years spent with BHP Minerals Business Development Group and over fifteen years managing public resource companies.
Mr Cooke is a founding partner of the Mitchell River Group, which over the past fifteen years has established a number of successful mining projects and resources companies, developing greenfield mines in Australia, Africa and South America. Mr Cooke is currently Chairman of Energy Ventures Ltd, African Energy Resources Ltd and a Director of Anova Metals Ltd.
Mr Davis is a Geologist with more than 30 years experience in mineral exploration and development in Australia and Southern Africa, including gold, base metals and rare metals. He has extensive experience in the gold sector, from regional exploration, resource development to production, including as Exploration Manager/Chief Geologist for Metana Minerals NL. He was founding managing director of Jabiru Metals Ltd, where he played a key role in the discovery of the Jaguar base metal deposit, and a Technical Director of Monarch Gold Mining Co Ltd.