Directors and Management
Andrew Penkethman BSc, FAusIMM, MAIG
Chief Executive Officer
Appointed 1 April 2019
Andrew Penkethman is a resources sector executive and geologist with 25 years’ experience in the resources industry. His technical skills include project evaluation, early stage and near mine exploration, resource development, feasibility study management, permitting, stake holder engagement and mine development across open pit and underground operations within Australia and overseas. Commodities experience includes gold, base metals, battery minerals and energy commodities over a range of geological settings. Mr Penkethman’s technical expertise is complimented by over 13 years in executive roles with a strong corporate focus including strategic partner processes, joint venture management, financial modelling, and project acquisition and divestment. Mr Penkethman has ASX, AIM and TSX equity markets experience.
Mr Penkethman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wollongong, is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.
Katina Law BCom, CPA, MBA, GAICD
Appointed 7 November 2016
Katina Law has over 25 years’ experience in the mining industry covering corporate and site based roles across several continents. Over the past ten years she has worked with a number of ASX listed resources companies in strategic financial advisory and general management roles. Ms Law has worked on a number of development and evaluation projects which were later subject to corporate transactions including the Deflector gold and copper project and the King Vol polymetallic zinc project. Ms Law was Executive Director and CEO of East Africa Resources Limited from 2012 to 2015, and also held senior positions at Newmont Mining Corporation’s head office in Denver, USA producing the company’s financial plans and providing financial information and analysis to the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. She held the position of New Business Development Executive at LionOre International based in Perth where she was responsible for the financial assessment of development projects.
Ms Law has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UWA, is a Certified Practising Accountant and has an MBA from London Business School. She is a currently a non-executive Director of headspace and Gumala Enterprises Pty Ltd. Ms Law has no other public company directorships.
Ian Buchhorn BSc (Hons), Dip Geosci (Min Econ), MAusIMM
Appointed 17 August 2016
Ian Buchhorn is a mineral economist and geologist with over 35 years’ experience. Prior to listing Heron in 1996 as founding Managing Director, Mr Buchhorn worked with Anglo American Corporation in southern Africa, and Comalco, Shell/Billiton and Elders Resources in Australia, variously as a corporate and research geologist, as well as setting up and managing Australia’s first specialist mining grade control consultancy. For the last 25 years Mr Buchhorn has developed mining projects throughout the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia and operated as a Registered Mine Manager.
Mr Buchhorn is an executive director of Heron Resources Limited and non-executive director of RBR Group Limited. Mr Buchhorn’s role is to provide continuity from Heron’s stewardship of the assets to Ardea’s.
Wayne Bramwell BSc, Grad Dip Bus, MSc, GAICD
Appointed 29 January 2018
Wayne Bramwell is an experienced mining executive with over 26 years of international and Australian project evaluation and development expertise across the base metals, precious metals and bulk commodity sectors. Mr Bramwell is currently Chairman of the Bentley Branch of the WA School of Mines Alumni (WASMA). Mr Bramwell was previously the Managing Director of ASX listed Kasbah Resources Limited where he took the company from IPO through all stages of evaluation of the Achmmach Tin Project in Morocco and began the process of project financing. During his tenure he raised extensive funds from the capital markets, off-take partners and international trading houses including negotiating two project level strategic joint ventures with Japan’s Toyota Tsusho Corporation and Nittetsu Mining Co. Ltd.
Prior to this Mr Bramwell held senior executive roles with Iberian Resources Limited, Breakaway Resources Limited, Harmony Gold (Australia) Pty Ltd, Hill 50 Limited and several Australian engineering companies specialised in resource engineering.
Sam Middlemas BComm, PGrad DipBus, CA
CFO and Company Secretary
Appointed 20 October 2016
Sam Middlemas is a Chartered Accountant and the principal of a corporate advisory company and has over 30 years of experience providing financial and corporate secretarial services. He has previously held a number of Senior Executive and Board positions in ASX listed resource companies, following experience in the Australian audit division of Pricewaterhouse including secondments to Canada and the United Kingdom. His expertise includes corporate secretarial, financial accounting, financial and management reporting in various industries including mining expertise, initial public offerings, capital raisings, corporate governance and various corporate transactions.
Mr Middlemas holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia, a Graduate Diploma in Business (Accounting) from Curtin University and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
Matthew Painter BSc (Hons), PhD
General Manager Gold
Appointed 3 April 2018
Matthew Painter is a geologist with over 20 years’ professional experience including SRK Consulting, Sabre Resources, AngloGold Ashanti, Geological Survey of WA and MIM Exploration. His expertise is in ore deposit geology and structural geology, and his work has been instrumental in the successful discovery, exploration, and development of greenfields and brownfields deposits globally. Dr Painter has extensive on-ground experience throughout Australia and overseas including east, west, and southern Africa, central and south-eastern Asia, and South America, across a broad range of commodities including gold, copper, zinc-lead-silver, uranium, tin and manganese. Dr Painter has extensive managerial and ASX-listed company corporate experience. He has a Bachelor of Science with Honours degree from the University of Melbourne and has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Economic Geology from the University of Queensland. Dr Painter has no other public company directorships.
Sarah Mitchell BSc, MBA, MAusIMM
General Manager Technical Services
Appointed 3 April 2018
Sarah Mitchell has 20 years’ experience in mining and engineering projects, from evaluation through pre-feasibility, feasibility and detailed design stages across a series of cobalt and nickel projects, and copper, uranium, iron ore, mineral sands, and gold projects. Having worked on a broad project portfolio, ranging from small concentrators to complex, billion-dollar hydrometallurgical process plants, including:
- Níquel do Vermelho nickel laterite project, Brazil
- Syerston nickel-cobalt-scandium laterite project, NSW
- Tenke Fungurume copper-cobalt project, DRC
- Goro nickel laterite Project, New Caledonia