Board and Leadership

Building our team to drive development.

Company board

RZ Resources is led by mining, exploration and finance professionals, with an exemplary record of success.

RAYMOND SHORROCKS

Chairman - BA(Hons); MBA; AGSM

With more than 27 years’ experience working in the investment banking industry, Ray is highly experienced in all areas of mergers and acquisitions as well as equity capital markets. Ray has a significant track record of transactions in the metals and mining, oil and gas and industrials sectors.

Ray is a Non-Executive Director of Indago Energy Limited and currently Chairman of Galilee Energy Limited and a number of other private companies. He is a former Executive Director and Head of the Corporate Finance Department of Patersons Securities Limited in Sydney.

Ray previously was Chairman of Bellevue Gold Limited and Estrella Resources Ltd.

DAVID FRASER

Managing Director - (B.Bus (Finance & Marketing))

David is the Founder of RZ Resources Limited, incorporating the company in 2012.

David was the Global Head of Distribution for one of Australia’s largest Alternative Investment companies, where he was responsible for developing and raising capital for both domestic and offshore opportunities.

David worked for Credit Suisse where he was responsible for growing funds under management (FUM), managing high net worth client portfolios and facilitating investment opportunities for other Banking divisions. During his tenure at Credit Suisse, David was recognised with an Australian Private Banking award for his outstanding relationship management.

CHRIS COBB

Non-Executive Director

Chris has over 40 years’ experience in the Mining and Extractive Industries having worked in various roles in Europe, Africa, US, Asia and Australia. Chris is the former Head of Alliances, New Ventures and Royalties and M&A as well as Head of Global Marketing at Iluka Resources. Chris’ previous roles included five years as Managing Director of Consolidated Rutile, 12 years in copper/cobalt mining in Zambia and four years as Chief Executive of the largest construction materials company in Malaysia.

Chris has an in-depth knowledge of the Mineral Sands industry gleaned in his roles as MD at CRL and diverse roles at Iluka, as well having held multiple Board positions in Europe, Asia and Australia. The in depth understanding of the mineral sands market, customers, and end use applications of the RZ products, built up over the last 15 years in the Industry, adds an additional skill set to the Board.

David Lyons

Non-Executive Director

David is partner of a global law firm, Chair of Naturalena Brands Advisory Board, Director of Brisbane Powerhouse, Deputy Chair of Diving Australia and has been or continues to be involved with a large number of other organisations (in connection with trade and investment in Asia, the Americas and Europe).

David has significant experience acting on behalf of a range of international corporations as a trusted advisor providing strategic advice on a range of complex issues and matters thereby bringing additional expertise in the areas of investment, finance and law to the Board. David has a long-standing interest in trade and investment with Asia, and is or has been a board member of a number of Asian business councils and associations

Elissa Hansen

Company Secretary - (B.Com, Gdip.AppCorGov, GAICD)

Elissa is a Chartered Secretary with over 20 years’ experience as a company secretary and corporate governance professional. She has worked with boards and management of a range of ASX listed companies including assisting companies through the IPO process.

Her experience covers a variety of industries including resources, information technology, industrials and biotechnology. Elissa currently acts as the Company Secretary for a number of ASX listed companies, together with a portfolio of unlisted companies, offering best practice governance advice and ensuring compliance with the Listing Rules, Corporations Act and other relevant legislation.

Elissa is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance.

Leadership team

DAVID FRASER

Managing Director - (B.Bus (Finance & Marketing))

David is the Founder of RZ Resources Limited, incorporating the company
in 2012.

David was the Global Head of Distribution for one of Australia’s largest Alternative Investment companies, where he was responsible for developing and raising capital for both domestic and offshore opportunities.

David worked for Credit Suisse where he was responsible for growing funds under management (FUM), managing high net worth client portfolios and facilitating investment opportunities for other Banking divisions. During his tenure at Credit Suisse, David was recognised with an Australian Private Banking award for his outstanding relationship management.

JONATHAN MATTISKE

Chief Financial Officer

Jonathan has over 20 years’ financial and management experience, most recently as Chief Financial Officer for Melior Resources, a Canadian listed mineral sands group.

His experience has involved all areas of corporate and financial management, project financing, debt structuring, listings, mergers and acquisitions, capital project control, project commissioning and the establishment of systems and procedures for new operations.

Jonathan has a strong understanding of the mineral sand market fundamentals having been involved in the negotiations of off-take agreements, sales contracts, and product marketing.

LOGAN FRANCIS

Chief Operating Officer

Logan has worked extensively in the Mining and Civil Industries, holding senior positions operations and technical management.

His experience includes most facets of mining leadership including executive leadership, project management, operations, processing, marketing, sales, pre-contracts support, technical services, and business development.

Logan has extensive mineral sands experience as the Australian Operations Manager responsible for Cristal, which was later acquired by Tronox, and as COO for Mineral Commodities, owners of the Tormin and Xolobeni mineral sand projects in Africa.

His passion and expertise reside in leadership, emotional intelligence, mining materials movement and mining systems technology.

WESLEY JONES

Exploration Manager - (BSc (Geology), MAIG, MSEG)

Wesley is a geologist with more than 12 year’s multi-commodity experience in Platinum, Iron Ore and Mineral Sands, working with and leading teams of experienced professionals to safely deliver exploration projects in South Africa, Australia and Asia.

During the last seven years, Wesley was a senior exploration geologist for Iluka in South Australia and Sri Lanka.

Wesley’s specialist skills cover all phases of the exploration cycle, from Greenfields through to Brownfields exploration to definitive feasibility studies. He has proven experience in communicating with all stakeholders; project management; project evaluations; due diligence and dealing with relevant government agencies.

ALAN KUCURS

Technical Services Manager

Alan is a Mining Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the Mining Industry, with nearly 18 of those being in mineral sands.

He has worked on large scale mineral sands dredging and dry mining operations in Australia and overseas for companies such as Iluka, Cristal, Tronox, and Eramet. He has been involved with taking mines from study level through construction and to successful operation.

Alan was the Technical Services Manager from inception for TiZir’s Grande Cote Operations in Senegal, West Africa, which is the largest single dredge mineral sands operation in the world.

Alan’s specialist skills are in mine design and planning, mine optimization and equipment selection, project and contractor management, and in leadership of mining teams.

William Haseler

General Counsel

Bill has been admitted as a Solicitor in since 1992 and has been acting as General Counsel for resource companies since 2002 and his highly experienced in all legal matters including litigation, arbitration and any environmental, Native Title or Workplace health and safety matters.

Bill brings not only his wide-ranging legal knowledge but also his experience as a Landholder prior to commencement of his legal studies has assisted him with establishing processes to obtain land access, land purchase, and all necessary consents and agreements.

As an experienced mediator Bill has conducted negotiations with Landholders, Native Title Groups, local authorities, as well as State and Federal Governments.

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