Board of Directors
Mr James Chirnside
James has been involved in financial and commodity markets for more than 35 years and has extensive corporate experience as a board member for ASX-listed companies.
He worked as a geologist’s assistant in Western Australia’s Pilbara region before university, and after graduating, worked for global commodity trading house Bunge where he traded food, fiber, steel and base metal commodities. James ran the overnight commodity-trading desk in Melbourne for Bell Commodities before moving to London to work for investment bank County NatWest. James was a fund manager for Regent Pacific Group in Hong Kong, where he was responsible for resources investment across Asia Pacific as well as the firm’s proprietary activities in base and precious metals trading.
Since returning to Australia and establishing his own asset management company in 2002, James has been involved in capital raising and investment across Asia Pacific. In 2006, he won an Australian Hedge Fund award for best performing fund. In 2008, James’ fund was ranked 1st place out of 495 funds investing across the Asia Pacific region.
Mr Luke Robinson
Luke has 20 years’ experience in financial markets with stockbroking and advisory firms including Phillip Capital and Citi Group. Luke was a senior client advisor with Philip Capital, where he was responsible for advising institutional and sophisticated individual investors in the Australian share market.
Luke’s main focus has been in resources companies including mining and energy where he originated and distributed capital raisings for small and mid-sized companies. He was an executive director of Melanesian Exploration, a privately held company, where he was responsible for researching, identifying and acquiring mainly petroleum assets in Papua New Guinea.
Dr Denis Clarke
Denis has more than 50 years of experience in senior technical, financial and corporate positions in the mining and exploration industry globally. In particular, Denis played a significant role in the extraordinary growth and success of Plutonic Resources Limited as General Manager – Exploration, General Manager – Finance and Administration, and General Manager – Corporate during a 16-year involvement. He was part of the team which transformed Plutonic to one of Australia’s largest gold producers with up to five operating mines and a market capitalisation of more than A$1 billion.
As Director and Consultant for 10 years, he contributed to the development of Troy Resources Limited from small explorer to successful international gold miner. He has been Non-Executive Chairman of five ASX-listed exploration and mining companies including BCD Resources Limited (formerly Beaconsfield Gold Limited). Prior to joining Plutonic, he spent 10 years in exploration with Rio Algom Limited, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto.