This is our

Leadership Team

“More than 100 years industry experience across board and management”
“A strong mix of project development, commercial and graphite experience

Robert Pett
Non-Executive Chairman
BA(Hons), MA(Econ), FAICD, Minerals Economist

Robert Pett is a minerals economist with over 30 years’ experience working in exploration and mining. During this time, he has worked internationally in the resources sector at senior levels both in Australia and Africa. He has been involved with listed companies at all levels, from grass-roots exploration through to mine development, production and financing of more than ten mining projects globally including East and West Africa and the construction of the Golden Pride Gold Mine in Tanzania.

He was founding Chairman of Resolute Mining Limited (gold mines and exploration Africa and Australia), Sapphire Mines Limited (gemstone mining and exploration), Reliance Mining Limited (nickel mining Kambalda), Senex Energy Limited (petroleum production and exploration) and director of several other mining and exploration companies operating in Africa, Asia and Australia in gold, base metals, petroleum and uranium.

Robert has also had an active involvement in education and community activities including over 10 years’ service to Murdoch University Western Australia as Senator and Chairman of their Resources (Finance) Committee.

Andrew Spinks
Managing Director
B.App.Sc, MAusIMM

Andrew Spinks has over 25 years’ professional experience in Australia, Asia and Africa on a range of commodities including speciality and industrial minerals. Andrew has worked in a range of diverse roles across exploration through to successful project developments, and has held a number of board positions on both ASX and TSX.V listed companies. Andrew was co-founder of TanzGraphite Pty Ltd and has been Managing Director of Kibaran since its acquisition.

Grant Pierce, OAM
Executive Director Projects
BEng. (Mining), First Class Mine Managers Certificate (WA & NT), FAusIMM, Assoc AICD

Grant Pierce is a mining engineer with over 25 years’ experience in both open-pit and underground mining operations and in a range of commodities including gold, copper, copper/cobalt, nickel, iron ore and rare earth elements. He has extensive management experience, having held numerous senior operational management roles with both mining and exploration companies operating in Africa.

Grant was a member of the development team that built Tanzania’s first modern gold mine, Resolute’s Golden Pride Gold Mine and was Operations Manager of the mine for its first 6 years of production. Other senior roles include Executive General Manager (Tanzania) for Barrick Gold Corporation during which time the Tulawaka Gold Mine was commissioned and General Manager (Operations) for Perseus Mining Limited, from the Edikan Mine’s environmental permitting phase through to construction and to the first gold pour.

Grant was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2003 for his personal contribution to social development in rural Tanzania. In 2006 he was also awarded Tanzania’s Zeze Award, the highest accolade for outstanding contribution to Tanzania’s cultural development.

John Conidi
Non-Executive Director
BBus, FCPA

John Conidi is a Certified Practicing Accountant. He has over 20 years’ experience developing, acquiring and managing businesses in the technology and healthcare sectors. In his roles as Managing Director of Capitol Health Limited, Mr Conidi’s role in strategy, management and business development drove its sustained expansion, increasing its market capitalisation from $20m to over $500m in the past 10 years.

John has extensive interests in the graphite sector. He is an experienced investor specialising in technology and resources and is the Chairman of 333D Limited that with Kibaran, jointly owns 3D Graphtech Industries Pty Ltd which is exploring mechanisms for the deployment of graphite and graphene in emerging technologies.

Christoph Frey
Technical Graphite Specialist/Non-Executive Director

Christoph Frey is a qualified process engineer who has worked exclusively in the natural graphite industry for over 25 years. Previously Christoph was engaged at Magnezit Group Europe GmbH (Germany) and served as Project Manager at Dalgraphite Limited in Russia. From 2010 to 2013 he served as Technical Director at Graphit Kropfmuehl AG where he worked on the Ancuabe Graphite Mine in Mozambique. From 2007 to 2009 he was General Director of Qingdao Kropfmuehl Graphite Limited based in Qingdao, China.

Christoph has been involved in all facets of development and production of natural flake graphite with expertise in the supervision of graphite mining and processing, managing the development of product portfolios from graphite concentrate to higher value graphite products, graphite sales and in evaluating and acquiring graphite projects.

Howard Rae
Chief Financial Officer
B.Com (UWA) Finance & Marketing, CA

Howard Rae is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in acquiring, developing, financing and operating a range of businesses in Australia, Canada, Asia, Africa and Europe.
His career includes Chief Financial Officer roles with a number of successful ASX listed companies active internationally in the precious and base metals, steel-making materials and industrial minerals sectors, together with Directorships of several private and not-for-profit organisations.
During this time, he’s been responsible for new business development, joint ventures, structuring and negotiating corporate, project and infrastructure funding transactions, sales and marketing, risk management and implementing business improvement programs.
Since joining the Company in 2017, Howard has played a key role in establishing the EcoGraf purified spherical graphite business and advancing the new West Australian production facility towards a final investment decision and construction.

David Cairns
Technical Consultant
BSc (Geol.) MSc (Env Sci) MAusIMM

David Cairns is a highly respected and qualified geologist with more than 40 years experience in exploration, development and mining.   
Mr Cairns’ expertise lies in the evaluation and management of projects.  He has been responsible for managing multidisciplinary teams on studies that led to the successful development of seven mineral projects in Australia and Africa.
He is experienced with a vast range of mineral commodities which includes graphite, nickel, cobalt, copper, chromite, gold, bauxite, uranium, rare earths, vanadium, iron ore and sapphires in a wide range of locations including Australia, China, Laos, Africa and North and South America.
Mr Cairns is a recognised industry leader who has served as Board director on a number of successful ASX listed exploration and mining companies that have produced gold, nickel and sapphires.