People

People2021-06-22T13:14:25+09:30
Graham AscoughChairman
Graham Ascough (BSc, PGeo, MAu) Industry experience includes evaluating mineral projects and resources in Australia and overseas. He is currently non-executive Chairman of two other ASX listed companies: Musgrave Minerals Limited and Sunstone Metals Limited. Graham, 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 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. Graham 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.
Hans-Jörg SchmidtNon-Executive Director
Based in Monaco, Mr Schmidt has a Master of Business & Administration from the University of Mannheim (Germany) and has a strong track record of business start-up and investment management. He is an experienced Private Equity Investor, working and investing across a broad range of industries and has held senior positions in investment banking and investment research firms along with director roles for publicly listed Companies in Europe. He has advised boards and management teams on investment decisions, financings and transactions across a broad range of industries.
Hansjörg PlaggemarsNon-Executive Director
Mr Hansjörg Plaggemars was appointed to the board as Non-Executive Director with effect from 28 November 2020. He is an experienced company director with a strong background in corporate finance, corporate strategy, and governance. He has qualifications in Business Administration and has served on the Board of Directors of many listed and unlisted companies in a variety of industries including mining, agriculture, shipping, construction, and investments. Mr. Plaggemars has previously served on the Board of Delphi Unternehmensberatung AG, the Company’s major shareholder.
Frank BierleinNon Executive Director
Dr Bierlein is a geologist with 30 years of experience as a consultant, researcher, lecturer and industry professional. Dr Bierlein has held exploration and generative geology management positions with QMSD Mining Co Ltd, Qatar Mining, Afmeco Australia and Areva NC, and consulted for, among others, Newmont Gold, Resolute Mining, Goldfields International, Freeport-McMoRan, and the International Atomic Energy Agency. He was a non-executive director of Gold Australia Pty Ltd from 2015 to 2019, and chaired the Advisory Board of a Luxemburg-based private equity fund between 2014 and 2021. Dr Bierlein has worked on six continents spanning multiple commodities, and over the course of his career has published and co-authored more than 130 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Dr Bierlein obtained a PhD (Geology) from the University of Melbourne, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG), and a member of both the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) and the Society of Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits.
Richard WillsonNon-Executive Director
Mr Willson is an experienced, Non-Executive Director, Company Secretary and CFO with more than 20 years’ experience with both publicly listed and private companies. Mr Willson holds a Bachelor of Accounting Degree from the University of South Australia, is a Fellow of CPA Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a Non-Executive Director of Titomic Limited (ASX:TTT), AusTin Mining Limited (ASX:ANW), Thomson Resources Limited (ASX:TMZ), 8IP Emerging Companies Limited (ASX:8EC), Unity Housing Company Ltd and Variety SA; and Company Secretary of a number of ASX listed Companies. Mr Willson is the Chairman of the Audit Committee of Titomic Limited, AusTin Mining Limited, 8IP Emerging Companies Limited, and Unity Housing Company, and is the Chairman of the Remuneration & Nomination Committee of Titomic Limited.
James FoxManaging Director & Chief Executive Officer
James Fox has been CEO of the Company since May 2012 and was appointed to the Board as Managing Director in November 2014. James has 20 years’ experience in the mining industry. Prior to working for PNX, 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.
Angelo GaudioChief Financial Officer & Company Secretary
Angelo Gaudio has significant experience in senior financial positions within the resource sector. Previous roles include; the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for Investigator Resources Limited, Renascor Resources Limited, as well as Vice President, Finance and Administration with Heathgate Resources.
Angelo is a qualified accountant with over forty years of finance, management and accounting experience. His expertise includes corporate finance, risk management, financial reporting and corporate development. Angelo is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants and a certificated member of the Governance Institute of Australia.
Craig WilsonProject Mining & Infrastructure Manager
Craig Wilson, BEng (Mining)

Craig is a Mining Engineer with over 30 years of mining industry experience. He has worked in western and central Australia in copper, uranium, coal, iron ore and numerous open cut and underground gold mines. He also worked as an expat for over 11 years in numerous African gold mines.
He has project managed many mine site developments from pre-feasibility through to approvals, construction and then into operations. He brings to PNX operational, mine planning and management experience to develop exploration sites into operating mines.