Board and Senior Management


Seamus Cornelius - Non-Executive Chairman

Appointed on 8 February 2013

Mr Cornelius is an experienced international corporate lawyer and public company board member. He was based in Shanghai and Beijing from 1993 until 2017 and from 2000 to 2010 was a partner with a large international law firm. He specialized in dealing with cross border investment, particularly in the energy and resource sector. He also advised international banks on their business in China and China SOE's on outbound investment. Since 2010 he has served a public listed company Director and is also currently Executive Chairman of Danakali Limited, Non-Executive Chairman of Buxton Resources Limited and Non-Executive Director of South Hartz Potash Limited.

Stuart Fogarty - Managing Director

Appointed on 21 October 2013

Mr Fogarty has around 30 years of exploration experience with BHP Billiton, Western Mining Corporation and several junior companies. In his last role with BHP, he was the Senior Exploration Manager for North and South America. Mr Fogarty has a very strong background in nickel exploration, having commenced his career at Kambalda Nickel in 1994 before moving to Central Norseman Gold Mines in 1999. He has held senior roles with BHP including Senior Geoscientist for nickel exploration in the Leinster and Mt Keith region, Project Manager WA Nickel Brownfields and Regional Manager Australia – Asia where he was responsible for a $100 million per annum exploration budget.

Mr Fogarty is also currently a Non-Executive Director of Buxton Resources Ltd (since 15 March 2017).

Heath Hellewell - Non-Executive Director

Appointed on 18 November 2014

Mr Hellewell is an exploration geologist with around 30 years of experience, predominantly in Australia and West Africa. He joined Independence Group NL in 2000 prior to the Company's IPO and was part of the team that identified and acquired the Tropicana project area, eventually leading to the discovery of the Tropicana gold deposit. Mr Hellewell was co-founding Executive Director of Doray Minerals Limited, where he was responsible for the Company's exploration and new business activities. Following the discovery of the Andy Well gold deposits, Doray Minerals was named “Gold Explorer of the Year” in 2011 by The Gold Mining Journal and in 2014 he was the co-winner of the prestigious “Prospector of the Year” award, presented by the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies.

He played a key role in the private acquisition of the 1.5Moz Karlawinda Gold Project in 2015 and was a founding director of Capricorn Metals Ltd, where he became Executive Chairman until 2018.

Mr Hellewell is also currently an independent Non-Executive Director at Core Exploration Ltd (since 15 September 2014) and Non-Executive Chairman at Discovex Resources Limited (since 11 March 2021).

Senior Management

Kirsty Culver – Exploration Manager

BSc Hons Applied Geology

Ms Culver is a geologist with 16 years experience in the mining and exploration industries including senior positions at Jubilee Mines NL and Anglo American Exploration Pty Ltd. Her experience covers a broad range of commodities and styles, including being a part of the team that discovered the Alec Mairs, Prospero and Tapinos nickel sulphide deposits at the Cosmos Camp. Ms Culver brings with her a diverse range of skills including regional exploration, target generation, resource drill outs and project reviews.