Board and Management

Alan Smith 


Alan has a 40-year history in mineral marketing, spending most of his career globally with Rio Tinto in executive marketing roles in iron ore, in Asia, the UK, Canada, and Australia. Positions held at Rio included President of Rio Tinto Iron Ore Asia and Director Strategic Partnerships, the latter role included Chairing both the Channar and BaoHI Ranges Joint Ventures.  In early 2019, In recognition of his contribution to developing bilateral ties with China, Alan was the recipient of the 2019 Australia China Business Council (ACBC) WA Honorary Award for outstanding and sustained service to the Western Australia-China relationship. 

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Bruce Griffin 

Non-Executive Chairman

Bruce is Non-Executive Chairman of Sheffield Resources. Bruce was previously Senior Vice President Strategic Development of Lomon Billions Group, the world’s third largest producer of high-quality titanium dioxide pigments.  He has held executive managements positions in several other resource companies, including acting as the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of TZ minerals International Pty Ltd (TZMI), the leading independent consultant on the global mineral sands industry, and CEO of World Titanium Resources, a development stage titanium project in Africa and as Vice President Titanium for BHP Billiton.

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Gordon Cowe 

Non-Executive Director

A qualified mechanical engineer with over 30 years’ experience Gordon has had significant involvement in leading business start-up, planning and delivery of multiple complex projects including Mining & Mineral Processing, Oil & Gas and Resources based Infrastructure projects globally. He has enjoyed an extensive career with leading contractors (including Bechtel and Worley) and project owners on a wide range of projects. Most recently, Gordon was appointed Projects Director Fortescue Future Industries (a division of FMG) responsible for global delivery of renewable and green hydrogen energy projects.

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Wencong Mo 

Non-Executive Director

Wencong has more than 30-years’ experience in mineral processing, with most of his career in Shougang Mining (China), Citic Pacific Minerals (Beijing) and Citic Pacific Mining (Australia); holding technical roles in iron ore processing. Positions held at Shougang Group include Engineer, Deputy Manager, Manager and President . His various roles at Citic Pacific Minerals (Beijing) included Consultant, Manager and Deputy General Manager. He was General Manager in the Processing Plant at Citic Pacific Mining(Australia). Wencong founded YGH Australia Investment, Holdings & Lithium Pty Ltd and has been Director of all 3 companies since 2019.

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Stuart Pether 

Chief Executive Officer

Stuart is a mining engineer with over 30 years’ technical and operating experience in the resources industry, both in Australia and overseas.  He was the Chief Operating Officer at Sheffield Resource where he led the advancement of the Thunderbird Minerals Sands Project to fully permitted and shovel ready development project and the formation of Kimberley Mineral Sands.  Previously he was the Chief Executive Officer of PNG gold developer Kula Gold and Chief Operating Officer at Catalpa Resources where he was responsible for the construction, commission, and operations of the successful open pit Edna May Gold Project.  Following the merger of Catalpa Resources with Conquest Mining in 2011 to create Evolution Mining, Stuart took up the position of Vice President, project development with Evolution, where he was responsible for technical studies & major capital projects.

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Quentin Webb 

Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

Quentin is a chartered accountant, graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and finance executive with over 20 years of global experience across the mining, investment banking and consulting industry sectors in Australia, the United Kingdom and Africa. He has held senior finance and commercial positions at Roy Hill, Rio Tinto, Macquarie Group and PwC

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Neil Patten-Williams 

General Manager Marketing

A highly experienced mineral sands marketing and operations executive with 30 years’ experience in the industry, including six years as Sales and Marketing Manager for established mineral sands producer the Doral Group, where he was responsible for marketing, logistics and sales globally. Neil has a strong background in both zircon and titanium mineral products. Prior to his appointment as Sales and Marketing Manager at Doral, he was Operations Manager of the Doral Fused Materials Plant in WA for five years responsible for all aspects of safety, operations, and maintenance. He also spent five years as the company’s Zirconia Operations Manager. As a metallurgist with hands-on operational experience Mr Patten-Williams has a unique blend of commercial, global marketing and operational skills in the mineral sands industry.

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Rob Cicchini 

Project Director

A qualified civil engineer with over 30 years of resources sector project management and construction experience; Rob was Project Director at Myanmar Metals and had an extensive career with Lycopodium including roles as Managing Director of Lycopodium Infrastructure, Project Director, Manager of Projects and Study Manager.  During his tenure with Lycopodium, Rob led numerous resources projects within Australian and overseas, working across a range of mineral resource sectors.

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Trevor Wienert 

General Manager – People

A commercially astute People Executive with extensive strategic, operational and project management experience across a diverse range of industries including Mining & Resources, Manufacturing, Engineering, FMCG, State & Local Government, and Utilities. Trevor’s extensive career has seen him fill roles as an Operator, Production & Processing Supervisor, Senior Employee Relations Advisor, Business & Employee Relations Manager, Human Resources Manager, Mine Operations Manager, General Manager of Human Resources, and Project Consulting Executive specialising in HR, OD & Change. Trevor is equally comfortable around the toolbox, in the pit or in the boardroom. He has gained a broad range of capabilities providing him with a unique capacity to work at all levels in a business.

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