Board of Directors


Brad Farrell, Chairman – BSc Hons. Eco. Geol., MSc, PhD, FAuslMM, CP, MlMMM, CEng

Brad has some 45 years’ experience in the resources industry. During this time he has been involved in several significant mineral sands discoveries and developments including Sierra Leone (Rotifunk); Western Australia (Scott Coastal Plain and Gwindinup – mined by BeMax Ltd); and the Murray Basin of Victoria and NSW. He was the founder, Managing Director and Executive Chairman of Basin Minerals Ltd which developed the Douglas Mineral Sands Project in Victoria before merging with Iluka Resources in October 2002.

Neil O’Loughlin, Non-Executive Director Technical – BSc, M.A. Analytical Science

Neil is a geologist with over 30 years’ experience in mineral exploration and mine development. In the mineral sands industry, he is well known as the co-founder and Executive Director of Basin Minerals Ltd which developed the Douglas Mineral Sands Project in Victoria before merging with Iluka Resources in 2002.

Brad Pettersson, Non-Executive Finance Director – B Commerce

Brad is an accountant with 25 years experience specialising in tax law and commercial transactions. He commenced work with Arthur Andersen Sydney and became a Tax Partner with Ernst & Young within the Corporate and International Tax Practice. He then became Managing Director of Mining Advisory Consultants, a company providing support to clients in transactions, the financing of transactions, and effective tax structuring.  Brad has held various advisory roles specialising in the Mining industry around financial strategy and M&A.

Richard Crookes, Non-Executive Director –BSc (Hons) Geology

Richard brings over 35 years’ experience in mining and resource investment.  He has broad resources industry experience having been involved in the delivery and management of major projects and the development of corporate strategy with principally the Mount Isa Mines Group (MIM) companies for 15 years, coupled with a successful career in investment management over the last 20 years; with Macquarie Group Ltd for 12 years, becoming an Executive Director in the Metals Energy Capital Division, thence as principal in two mining Private Equity Funds, first with EMR Capital and more recently as the current Managing Partner of Lionhead Resources, who became a significant investor in Kalbar Limited in 2020. 

Jim Kerr, Non-Executive Director – BSc (Geology), MSc (Mineral Economics), AuslMM, MSEG, Fellow LGS, MWASM

Jim is a Geologist who has over 25 years’ experience in the global mining industry having developed projects across the commodity spectrum in Australia, Asia-Pacific and Sub-Sahara Africa. He has held senior executive roles for companies including Iscor, Barrick Gold Corporation, Mincor, Tethyan Copper, Lithic Metals and Energy (as MD) and Hillgrove Resources.

Company Secretary

Rob Waring  – BEc, CA, FCIS, FFin, FAICD, MAusIMM

Robert is a Chartered Accountant with an initial nine years of experience with the major international accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand.  Robert’s experience has been gained over 40 years in financial corporate and company secretarial roles, including over 35 years experience in the resources sector.