Board Members

Dr Leon Pretorius, Executive Chairman

BSc (Hons) MSc PhD FAusIMM (CP) MAIG PrNatSci
Appointed: 11 November 2014

Dr Pretorius is a Geochemist with 46 years international mineral and mining experience.

Since settling in Brisbane in 1978 he has worked on varied commodities with discovery success in gold, industrial minerals and uranium both in Australasia (mainly Queensland) and southern Africa. Open pit mining and mineral processing experience has been gained in Gold, Industrial Minerals, Uranium and Tungsten.

Corporately, he has also been involved as a public listed company director in Australia and overseas since 1985 and in the ten years prior to joining TopTung’s Board as its Executive Chairman , he was a Director of Paladin Energy until April 2005; Managing Director of Deep Yellow Limited until March 2010; and, Executive Chairman of Carbine Tungsten until July 2013.

Mr Martin Kavanagh, Non-Executive Director

BSc (Hons) Geology FAusIMM MAIG
Appointed: 27 May 2016

Martin is a geologist with over 45 years’ exploration and mining experience acquired through fieldwork, research and management of Australia-wide and offshore programmes in Indonesia, North America, the Southwest Pacific region and Southern Africa. As a senior executive and consultant in the resource industry Martin has developed a multi-commodity skill set primarily as an exploration geologist with a strong background in resource development, open-pit and underground mining, metallurgy and process plant operations with corporate sector experience gained from 18 years as a director of ASX listed companies.

Martin held both Executive and Non-Executive Director positions at Tanami Gold (ASX: TAM) from 1995 to 2007. From July 2005 until May 2013, he was a Non-Executive Director and Executive Director of Deep Yellow Limited (ASX: DYL), a Namibian-focused uranium exploration company. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.

Martin is the Principal of KEM Resources – Mineral Industry Consultants. Since November 2014 he has been consulting to Krucible Metals / TopTung initially assisting in the evaluation; attempted divestment; rehabilitation requirements; and updating / finalising the statutory reporting requirements of its Western Queensland and Northern Territory properties. He also assisted in the evaluation of a range of projects the Company looked at investing in, including the ultimate acquisition of the Torrington Tungsten and Topaz Project. His most recent and ongoing work for TopTung has been focussed on operational governance matters and the documentation of supporting policies and procedures.

Mr Charles Thomas – Non-Executive Director

Appointed: 23 April 2018

Mr Charles Thomas holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UWA majoring in Corporate Finance. Mr Thomas is an Executive Director and Founding Partner of GTT a leading boutique corporate advisory firm based in Australia. Mr Thomas has worked in the financial service industry for more than a decade and has extensive experience in capital markets as well as the structuring of corporate transactions.

Mr Thomas has significant experience sitting on numerous ASX boards spanning the mining, resources and technology space. Mr Thomas’s previous directorships include among others AVZ Minerals Ltd (ASX:AVZ), Liberty Resources Ltd (ASX:LBY), Force Commodities Limited (ASX:4CE) and Applabs Technologies Ltd (ASX:ALA) where he was responsible for the sourcing and funding of numerous projects.

Mr Thomas is currently the Managing Director of Marquee Resources Limited (ASX:MQR) and Non-Executive Director of Viking Mines Ltd (ASX:VKA)

Mrs Suzanne Yeates, Chief Financial Officer / Company Secretary

C A B.Bus
Appointed: 1 December 2016

Suzanne is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years experience, both in private practice and as a senior accountant with PwC. She holds the position of Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer for a number of public and private companies.