Board of Directors

Peter Wade

Appointment: February 2006
Qualifications: BE (Hons), LGE

Experience and expertise: Peter has over 45 years of experience in engineering, construction, project management, mining and infrastructure services.

He started his career with the NSW Public Service managing the construction of significant infrastructure projects in the state, including the Port Kembla coal loader and the grain terminals at Newcastle and Wollongong. He was also the Deputy Director for the Darling Harbour Redevelopment construction project. Following his period of employment with the NSW Public Service, Peter joined the executive team of the Transfield Group.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s he was General Manager of Sabemo Pty Ltd, Transfield Construction Pty Ltd, and Transfield Power Technologies and subsequently became Transfield Chief Operations Officer (Southern). During this period Peter was responsible for significant build, own, operate projects including the Melbourne City Link, the Airport Link, the Northside Storage Tunnel and the Collinsville and Smithfield Power Plants.

Peter became Managing Director of Crushing Services International Pty Ltd and PIHA Pty Ltd in 1999, and subsequently Process Minerals International Pty Ltd in 2002 (now wholly owned subsidiaries of MRL). He managed the companies through a sustained period of growth and development prior to the formation and listing of MRL in 2006, at which time he was appointed Managing Director of the Group. He was subsequently appointed Executive Chairman in 2008 and Non-Executive Chairman in 2012.

Chris Ellison

Appointment: February 2006

Experience and expertise: Chris is the founding shareholder of each of the three original subsidiary companies of MRL (Crushing Services International Pty Ltd, PIHA Pty Ltd and Process Minerals International Pty Ltd). He has over 36 years of experience in the mining contracting, engineering and resource processing industries.

In 1979, Chris founded Karratha Rigging and was Managing Director until its acquisition by Walter Wright Industries in 1982. Chris was subsequently appointed as the General Manager, Walter Wright Industries for the Western Australia and Northern Territory regions. In 1986, Chris founded Genco Ltd, and, following two years of considerable growth, Genco Ltd merged with the Monadelphous Group in 1988. In September 1988 Receivers and Managers were appointed to the Monadelphous Group. At this time, Chris was appointed the Managing Director and under his careful management, the Monadelphous Group successfully traded out of its financial difficulties and eventually relisted on the ASX in late 1989. In 1992, Chris founded PIHA Pty Ltd, a company focussed on the provision of specialised pipe lining and general infrastructure.

Kelvin Flynn

Appointment: March 2010
Qualifications: BCom, CA

Experience and expertise: Mr Flynn is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 27 years’ experience in investment banking and corporate advisory roles, including private equity and special situations investments in the mining and resources sector. He has held various leadership positions in Australia and Asia, having previously held the position of Executive Director/Vice President with Goldman Sachs and Managing Director of Alvarez & Marsal in Asia.

He has worked in complex financial workouts, turnaround advisory and interim management. He is the Managing Director of the specialist alternative funds manager Harvis, which focuses on investments in the real estate and real assets sectors. Mr Flynn is currently a Director of privately held Global Advanced Metals Pty Ltd and a Non-Executive Director of Silver Lake Resources Ltd. Mr Flynn was also a Non-Executive Director of Mutiny Gold Ltd from 31 March 2014 to 31 January 2015 until its successful merger with Doray Minerals Ltd.

James McClements

Appointment: May 2015
Qualifications: B Econ (Hons)

Experience and expertise: James has 30 years’ experience as a natural resources sector banker in Australia, Canada and the USA. He was raised and educated in the Pilbara region of Western Australia and began his professional career with BHP Limited before joining Standard Chartered Bank in Perth and N.M. Rothschild & Sons in Sydney then Denver. James also spent 11 years in the USA and co-founded Resource Capital Funds during that time. James is currently the Managing Partner of Resource Capital Funds (RCF) and has extensive Board experience, having served as a Director of 12 RCF portfolio companies.

Tim Roberts

Appointment: November 2016

Experience and expertise: Tim played a key role in the transformation of Multiplex, one of the nation’s largest privately-owned companies, established by John Roberts in 1962. Multiplex moved from being a construction contractor into a broadly-based property group with operations spanning property development and investment, facilities management, and property funds management. Tim was also an Executive Director of Multiplex Group from 2003 until 2007, when the Roberts family sold its remaining interests in Multiplex to Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

Since 2007, Tim founded his family office that has significant and diverse international interests in private and listed equities, hedge funds, infrastructure, property, aviation, fishing and aquaculture. Tim is a Board member of Crown Resorts Pty Ltd, the owner of Crown Casino and hotels in Western Australia; Patron of the Perth Symphony Orchestra; a member of the Board of Trustees of the Telethon Institute; and Patron of the North Cottesloe Surf Lifesaving Club.

Xi Xi

Appointment: September 2017

Experience and expertise: Xi Xi has extensive experience in the global natural resources sector, having served as a Director of Sailing Capital, a US$2 billion private equity fund founded by the Shanghai International Group in 2012. She has worked with numerous Chinese state owned and privately owned enterprises, advising on international acquisitions and investments overseas. Xi Xi has previously served as an Analyst and Portfolio Manager for the Tigris Financial Group in New York, focused in the oil and gas and mining sector.

Xi Xi currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of Zeta Resources, a closed-end investment company with a broad portfolio of oil and gas, as well as mining assets. Xi Xi has an MA in International Relations (China Studies & International Finance) from Johns Hopkins University, and holds a double BS in Chemical Engineering & Petroleum Refining, as well as Economics, from the Colorado School of Mines.