Mr Askew is an experienced mining engineer with more than 45 years’ international involvement in the industry as a Director and Chief Executive Officer for a range of Australian and international publicly listed mining, mining finance and other mining related companies.
Mr Askew was a founding Director of Evolution Mining, Sino Gold, Yamana Resources, Asian Mineral Resources, Ausdrill Limited, West Wits Mining and Golden Shamrock. Mr Askew’s other roles included Chairman of OceanaGold, Syrah Resources, PMI Gold, London Mining and CEO of Climax Mining, Golden Shamrock Mines (including subsidiary Ausdrill Limited), Black Range Minerals, Golden Star Resources and Rayrock Inc. His early career included founding James Askew Associates (now renamed AMC international consultants), Rock Instruments and James Askew Redpath.
Mr. Askew is presently on the Boards of Evolution Mining, Endeavour Mining and Syrah Resources.
Bob Vassie - FAusIMM GAICD
Mr Vassie is a mining engineer with 35 years multi-commodity and international experience. Mr Vassie spent 18 years with Rio Tinto in global mining and resource development executive roles followed by MD & CEO positions in Ivanhoe Australia and St Barbara Ltd with a focus on executive leadership, resource development and business development including M&A.
Mr Vassie served as a board member for the Minerals Council of Australia from 2014 to 2020 where he chaired the MCA Gold Forum and currently serves on the AusIMM Council for Diversity and Inclusion. Mr Vassie recently retired from the role of Managing Director and CEO of St Barbara Ltd.
Ms Gaudion is a corporate lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in mergers and acquisitions and investments work. She is currently the Managing Legal Counsel, Investments at AustralianSuper and has previously worked at BHP for 10 years, in both Strategy and Business Development and in Group Legal. Ms Gaudion commenced her career at Herbert Smith Freehills as a corporate lawyer focusing on public market takeovers and equity capital market deals.
Ms Gaudion holds an MBA from the University of Oxford and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Smith has over 20 years’ experience in mining and mining investment, both in Australia and overseas. He is currently Senior Portfolio Manager of Australian Equities at AustralianSuper, having joined in 2015. Mr Smith’s previous roles include Head of Mining Research at Canaccord Genuity and Portfolio Manager for ASX listed specialist resource investment company, Lion Selection Group.
Mr Smith has also worked as a mining engineer, predominantly in gold and coal, and has completed a MComm (Finance) from the University of New South Wales.