Graham Ascough


Graham Ascough was appointed PNX Metals Limited’s new Chairman on 7 December 2012. Graham Ascough (BSc, PGeo, MAusIMM) is a senior resources executive with more than 24 years of industry experience evaluating mineral projects and resources in Australia and overseas. He is currently non-executive Chairman of three other ASX listed companies: Mithril Resources Limited, Musgrave Minerals Limited and Avalon Minerals Limited. Mr Ascough, a geophysicist by training, has had broad industry involvement playing a leading role in setting the strategic direction for companies, completing financing and in implementing successful exploration programmes. He was also a Councillor of the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy and Chair of its Exploration Committee from 2006 ~ 2012 and has strong ties to the SA Resources industry. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and is a Professional Geoscientist of Ontario, Canada. Mr Ascough was the Managing Director of Mithril Resources Ltd from October 2006 until June 2012. Prior to joining Mithril in 2006, he was the Australian Manager of Nickel and PGM Exploration at the major Canadian resources house, Falconbridge Limited, which was acquired by Xstrata Plc in 2006.

Paul John Dowd

Non-Executive Director

Paul Dowd has a professional career spanning more than 45 years, primarily in the private sector, but also served in the Public Sector as head of the Victorian Mines and Petroleum Departments during the Kennett State Government. Mr Dowd retired as Managing Director of PNX Metals Limited in 2012 but remains a non-executive director. Mr. Dowd has experience in developing business and managing mining operations in Australia, USA, Africa, Europe, Asia, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia. He was previously VP of Newmont Australian Operations and Managing Director of Newmont Australia. Mr. Dowd has also held executive positions with, inter alia, Normandy Mining, responsible for Normandy’s global mining interests. He serves on several mining industry bodies and advisory councils such as the CSIRO, and the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland. Mr. Dowd is a NED of Oz Minerals Ltd, and was also a NED of Macarthur Coal and AuRico Gold’s Australian entities. Additionally, he is the Chairman of the Board of SA Resources & Engineering Skills Alliance – RESA.

Peter James Watson

Non-Executive Director

Peter studied Law at Melbourne University and graduated with honours. He has practiced law for over 40 years, specialising in commercial, corporate, resources and trade practices law. He is admitted to practice in South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia as well as the High Court of Australia. For over 20 years Peter was a partner in the national law firm now known as Norton Rose. During that time he established, and for 4 years managed, its Perth office. He also managed its Melbourne office for 2 years. In 1996 Peter joined Andersen Legal as its first Melbourne partner and in 1999 was recruited by Normandy Mining Limited as its group legal counsel and a group executive. Following the takeover of Normandy by Newmont Mining Corporation, Peter returned to private legal practice and founded the successful boutique law firm Watsons Lawyers in Adelaide. Peter, who was a founder of PNX Metals Limited, is also a member of the board of trustees of the Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation (a medical research charitable foundation) and a director of Felton Grimwade and Bosisto’s Pty Ltd (a natural products and therapeutic goods manufacturer and distributor).

David Hillier

Non-Executive Director

David Hillier is a Chartered Accountant and has more than 30 years experience in commercial aspects of the resources industry. He is currently Executive Chairman of a private group which successfully identified a number of gold anomalies in the Maryborough Basin in Queensland, an area not previously considered prospective for gold. Throughout 2008, David was Chief Financial Officer and subsequently an executive director of Mineral Securities Limited based in London. Prior to that he was Chief Executive of Buka Gold Limited and of a private group of companies. Between 1989 and 2002, David held a range of senior executive positions in the Normandy Mining Limited Group of companies and was Chief Financial Officer of Normandy for six of these years. He has served as Chairman and as a director of a number of public companies in the mining and exploration field.

James Fox

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

With his appointment to the Board in November 2014, James Fox is now Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of PNX Metals Limited.  James has been CEO of the Company since May 2012.  He has more than 15 years experience in the mining industry. Prior to working for PNX Metals Limited, he was responsible for the development and operation of the Nickel Laterite Heap Leach project at the Murrin Murrin operations in Western Australia. James has held various senior processing positions including Process Manager at the Nifty Copper Operation in Western Australia. He has worked in the UK, Cyprus, Uganda and Australia in gold, lead, zinc, copper, nickel and cobalt mining operations.

Tim Moran

Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

Tim Moran is the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of PNX Metals Limited. Tim is a Chartered Accountant with 18 years experience in accounting and finance and 10 years experience in the mining and energy industries. Tim has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada). Most recently, Tim was the CFO and Company Secretary of a Canadian listed oil and gas company in Calgary, Canada. Prior to that, he spent 12 years with KPMG, a global accounting and professional services firm, the latter nine years in Adelaide.

Andy Bennett

Exploration Manager

Andy commenced with PNX Metals Limited in January 2015.  Andy has more than 20 years experience in the exploration and mining industry with roles in a wide variety of geological settings at both junior and large companies.  Andy gained a solid technical background from exploration and underground mining positions with WMC Resources and BHP Billiton, where he was Chief Geologist during the Olympic Dam open pit expansion studies.   Since then, Andy has managed project developments, exploration projects and feasibility studies with junior iron ore, gold and uranium companies.   Recently, Andy was part of the team which brought the Roper Bar iron deposits in the Northern Territory from discovery into production within four years.