Mr Graham Ascough – Chairman
BSc, PGeo, MAusIMM

Graham Ascough was appointed new Chairman on 29 November 2013. Graham Ascough is a senior resources executive with more than 23 years of industry experience evaluating mineral projects and resources in Australia and overseas. He is currently non-executive Chairman of three ASX listed companies: Phoenix Copper Limited, Mithril Resources Limited and Musgrave Minerals Limited.

Mr Ascough, a geophysicist by training, has had broad industry involvement playing a leading role in setting the strategic direction for companies, completing financing and in implementing successful exploration programmes. He was also a Councillor of the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy and Chair of its Exploration Committee from 2006 ~ 2012 and has strong ties to the SA Resources industry. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and is a Professional Geoscientist of Ontario, Canada.

Mr Ascough was the Managing Director of Mithril Resources Ltd from October 2006 until June 2012. Prior to joining Mithril in 2006, he was the Australian Manager of Nickel and PGM Exploration at the major Canadian resources house, Falconbridge Limited, which was acquired by Xstrata Plc in 2006.


Mr Malcolm Norris Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director 
MSc, M App Fin, MAICD, FAusIMM

Mr Norris is a senior mining industry professional with extensive experience in business management, mineral exploration, development of new business opportunities and asset transactions. His roles have covered a wide range of commodities, geographic locations and management of global portfolios of projects in both large and small organisations.

Mr Norris holds an MSc in Geology and a Masters in Applied Finance. He has more than 30 years of industry experience and in the last 15 years has focused primarily on corporate roles. Previous experience has included 23 years with WMC Resources, followed by roles with Intrepid Mines and SolGold.


Mr Crispin Henderson Non-Executive Director

Mr Crispin Henderson has more than 45 years of experience in the financial services and fund management sectors, principally with PricewaterhouseCoopers (34 years) and Threadneedle Investments (since 2002). Mr Henderson is based in London and now works as a consultant to the financial services sector. Until May 2013, he held the position of Vice Chairman of Ameriprise Financial’s Global Asset Management business. From 2007 to 2013, Mr Henderson was Chief Executive of Threadneedle which is owned by Ameriprise Financial, a leading US diversified, financial services company and one of the 40 largest asset management firms globally, with a market capitalisation of over US$13bn and US$708bn in assets under management and administration (as at 31 March 2013). Threadneedle is a leading international asset manager, actively managing around US$127bn in equities, fixed income, property and commodities, with c. 675 staff in 16 countries (as at 31 March 2013).

With an extensive background and experience in global asset and fund management, Mr Henderson’s credentials will add considerable depth to the diversity of skills on the Company’s Board and also contribute to the highest standards of governance.


Mr Don Hyma Non-Executive Director 
BSc, MSc, PEng, IED

Mr Hyma has 25 years of progressive capital project experience in the resource sector, principally copper, nickel and iron ore in Canada, Chile, New Caledonia and Australia.  His experience spans early stage studies through implementation and start-up.

Mr Hyma holds a BSc in Mining Engineering and an MSc in Mineral Processing, along with an International Executive Management Diploma from INSEAD in France. Based in Perth, Mr Hyma is currently Chief Technical Officer with Mitsui & Co and previously held senior management positions with Rio Tinto including Vice-President Projects for the Iron Ore Company of Canada and General Manager Mine and Infrastructure Projects for Rio Tinto Iron Ore.



Mr Ray Robinson – General Manager Studies and Technical Services
B.Eng(Mining)(Hons), LLB

Mr Robinson is a mining engineer with over 18 years of industry experience in operating and developing mines in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Argentina and Laos. He has expertise in delivering feasibility studies from scoping study to detailed engineering level in both open-pit and underground projects across multiple commodities. Most recently he was employed by PanAust where he successfully delivered two prefeasibility studies for their Laos operations. Previous engagements have ranged from majors including Placer Dome at the Porgera mine, as well as juniors and mid-tiers. Mr Robinson holds a mining engineering degree from the West Australian School of Mines and a Bachelor of Laws.

Dr Bruce Rohrlach – General Manager – Geology

Dr Rohrlach completed a PhD at the Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra (1997-2002), and studied the Tectonic Evolution, Petrochemistry, Geochronology and Palaeohydrology of the Tampakan Porphyry - High Sulphidation Epithermal Cu-Au Deposit, Mindanao, Philippines.

Dr Rohrlach has had a 27 year career in the mineral industry in Australia, Philippines, PNG, Indonesia and South America. This has included extensive experience in all stages of the exploration to development cycle, from establishment of exploration and ore genesis models to management of reconnaissance and advanced exploration programs in regional and mine environments.  He has also had considerable experience in scoping and feasibility studies, and orebody delineation in two world class copper-gold deposits – at Tampakan and Tujuh Bukit.

Mr Gavin Leicht – Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary
BComm, CPA

Mr Leicht is a senior finance professional with significant experience in resource sector finance, the global copper industry, and copper project development and construction. He has had 20 years’ experience in various financial roles, including more than 10 years in senior financial positions in the resources sector in Australia and overseas with Rio Tinto and PanAust Limited. Most recently he was Group Manager Finance & Treasury with PanAust Limited.

Mr Leicht holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Newcastle.  He is also a Member of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants.

Avalon Minerals is a mineral exploration & mining project development company.