Board and Management

Aeon Metals has highly skilled management team supported by an experienced board.

Experienced metallurgist, Dr Fred Hess has recently been appointed Managing Director (former Managing Director of ASX Listed PanAust Limited, which was successfully acquired by GRAM at a valuation of over A$1 billion). Strong Board and technical team of experienced external consultants lead by Study Manager, Tim Benfield.

Paul Harris - Chairman

Mr Harris holds a Masters in Mining and Mineral Engineering (M.Eng (Mining) and a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm (Finance)) both from the University of New South Wales. Mr Harris also has a graduate diploma in Applied Finance and Investments from the Securities Institute of Australia and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD.) He has over 30 years experience in the financial markets and investment banking, more recently advising mining corporates on strategy, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets. His most recent position was Managing Director, Head of Metals and Mining at Citi, having previously worked for many years at Merrill Lynch and Bankers Trust.

In the last 3 years Paul has held Directorships in the following listed entities – Aurelia Metals Ltd, Highfield Resources Ltd & Koonenberry Gold Ltd.

Dr Fred Hess - Managing Director & CEO

Dr Hess has a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry, Mathematics), Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Inorganic Chemistry) and is a Doctor of Philosophy (Metallurgical Engineering). His career spans more than 41 years in mining project development, operations and senior management across the Asia Pacific region. His experience covers open cut and underground mine development and operation across both base and precious metals. Most recently Fred was Managing Director of PanAust Limited.

In the last 3 years Fred has held a Directorship in the following listed entity – Ironbark Zinc Ltd.

Ivan Wong - Non Executive Director

Mr Wong holds a B. Sc (Hons). He has a strong IT background and over 29 years’ experience in running various businesses in Australia. Mr. Wong is currently an Executive Director of Great Pacific Financial Group which was established in 1992. Via its subsidiary/related companies, it has involved Mr. Wong in many business operations/ventures since establishment. Currently its core business is in mortgage finance, loan management and property management. Previously it had businesses in financial services, IT services, property information, property development and hotel investment and management services.

Andrew Greville - Non Executive Director

Mr Greville is a senior international mining executive with over 36 years’ experience and a track record of success. His expertise is particularly strong in the fields of business development, mergers and acquisitions, product marketing and strategy.

Tim Benfield - General Manager Walford Creek Project

Mr Benfield is a mining engineer (Dip. Cambourne School of Mines) with an MBA (Murdoch University) and is a Fellow and Chartered Professional member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He has a combined 29 years of international industry experience in both open pit and underground mining, technical and leadership roles. Tim’s most relevant positions include COO for Kingsgate Consolidated, Acting CEO Kingsgate Consolidated, General Manager Pajingo Gold Mine, General Manager Project Development Jabal Sayid Project in Saudi Arabia, General manager Fortnum Gold Mine, Chief Engineer Barrick Gold Australia / Africa and Underground Manager Plutonic Gold Mine.

David Hwang - Automic Group Company Secretary

Mr David Hwang is an experienced corporate lawyer specialising in listings on ASX (IPOs and reverse listings), equity capital markets, mergers & acquisitions and providing advice on corporate governance and compliance issues.

Lucy Rowe - Company Secretary

Ms Rowe is an experienced compliance and corporate governance professional, with over 20 years’ experience in the financial services, oil and gas, and IT industries. Ms Rowe has held the position of Company Secretary of a number of listed and unlisted public companies over the last 13 years and has also held the position of President of a Not-For-Profit Organisation for the last four years.


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