Mr Klein was appointed as Executive Chairman in October 2011, following the merger of Conquest Mining Limited and Catalpa Resources Limited. Previously he served as the Executive Chairman of Conquest Mining Limited. Prior to that, Mr Klein was President and CEO of Sino Gold Mining Limited, where along with Mr Askew (director from 2002 and Chairman from 2005 of Sino Gold) he managed the development of that company into the largest foreign participant in the Chinese gold industry. Sino Gold Mining Limited was listed on the ASX in 2002 with a market capitalisation of A$100 million and was purchased by Eldorado Gold Corporation in late 2009 for over A$2 billion.
BMining Eng (Hons)
M. Eng Sc
Mr Askew is a mining engineer with over 40 years broad international experience as a director and chief executive officer for a wide range of Australian and international publicly listed mining, mining finance and other mining related companies. He has also served on the boards of numerous resource public companies, which currently include Ivanhoe Australia Limited (since June 2011), OceanaGold Limited (chairman since November 2006) and Golden Star Resources Limited (since 1999). Mr Askew is Chairman of the Risk Committee and a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee for Evolution Mining.
B Bus, CPA
Mr Conway is the current Newcrest Executive General Manager (Commercial and West Africa) responsible for Newcrest's group Supply and Logistics, Marketing, Information Technology, and Laboratory functions as well as Newcrest's business in West Africa. Mr Conway has more than 21 years commercial experience in the resources sector across a diverse range of commercial and financial activities at Newcrest and previously at BHP Billiton. Mr Conway has held a mix of corporate and operational commercial roles within Australia, Papua New Guinea and Chile.
Mr Freestone has over 40 years experience in the natural resources industry. He has a broad finance, corporate and commercial background obtained in Australia and internationally through senior finance positions with the Shell Group, Acacia Resources Limited and AngloGold. He was Acacia Resources Limited's Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary from 1994 until 2001. From 2001 to 2009 he was a Non-Executive Directory of Lion Selection Limited. Mr Freestone is Lead Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee for Evolution Mining.
Beng (Chem) MAppFin
Mr Marks has 35 years experience across a range of industries from foreign exchange and commodities trading, chemical and hydrocarbon processing. Mr Marks has previously held the positions of Vice-President of Foreign Exchange with Prudential-Bache Securities, Senior Strategist Foreign Exchange AEFC, the merchant banking arm of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Senior Foreign Exchange Strategist with National Australia bank.
BSc (Hons), ARSM, MAusIMM
Mr Rowe was appointed as Non-Executive Director to the Westonia Mines Limited board (being the previous name of Catalpa Resources Limited) on 12 October 2006. Mr Rowe brings a wealth of geological and business development skills to the Company. Mr Rowe has some 40 years experience within the gold and nickel industries. He has held a variety of positions in mine management, exploration and business development. Mr Rowe is also a Non-Executive Director of Panoramic Resources Limited and Southern Cross Goldfields Limited. Mr Rowe is Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee for Evolution Mining.
F AusIMM, GAICD, MBA USQ
Mr Smith is the current Newcrest Executive General Manager Australian Operations (appointed in September 2010, following Newcrest's merger with Lihir Gold Limited). Mr Smith has over 34 years mining experience across a broad spectrum of responsibilities, including a range of senior corporate roles with WMC Resources Ltd, Rio Tinto and Lihir Gold Limited. Mr Smith has previously held the positions of Chief Operating Officer at Lihir Gold Limited and, prior to that, Executive Director of Western Metals Ltd.