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Allon BrentAllon Brent MAusIMM

Global Minerals Marketing

Allon Brent is the Principal of Perth based consultancy Global Minerals Marketing, having recently retired as Iron Ore Marketing Manager from BHP Billiton. Allon has over 30 years’ experience in the international minerals and metallurgical industries, having held senior management roles in Marketing, Technology/R&D, Business Development and Operations.

Allon has PhD and MS degrees in Mineral Engineering from the University of Minnesota (USA) and a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town (South Africa). He is the author/co-author of 25 international journal and conference papers, the co-inventor of 3 international patents and a member of the AusIMM.

Adrian DoyleAdrian Doyle

Senior Consultant, Iron Ore Costs

Adrian Doyle is a senior consultant in CRU’s steelmaking raw materials and costs team, focusing on iron ore cost analysis. Based in Sydney, Adrian has extensive experience creating detailed bottom-up cost profiles of mining and steelmaking assets, with a particular focus on iron ore, for inclusion in CRU’s suite of cost models. This cost research forms part of CRU’s wider research in the iron ore sector, intersecting with demand, supply and pricing to form CRU’s overall view of the market. Adrian has worked at CRU since 2011 and holds a B.Sc in physics with theoretical physics from Imperial College London.

Barry FitzgeraldBarry Fitzgerald

Chief Executive Officer
Roy Hill Holdings Pty Ltd

Barry joined Hancock Prospecting and the Roy Hill Project in June 2010. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer when Roy Hill Holdings Pty Ltd was established in May 2012.

As CEO, Barry has been responsible for securing the world’s largest debt financing package – US$7.2billion – to complete the full funding package required to develop the Roy Hill project. His reputation for driving outcomes with the objective of delivering what is promised is reflected in the delivery of the first shipment of iron ore from Roy Hill on 10 December 2015 – ahead of schedule and on budget – and Practical Completion of the Project in May 2015.

With a career spanning more than 30 years in the resources and engineering sectors – Barry is a well experienced leader able to meet the challenges associated with running a project like Roy Hill and leading the company as it ramps up operations to the 55Mtpa name plate capacity of the operation.

Barry was previously CEO of CITIC Pacific Mining and has held various senior management positions with BHP Iron Ore, Henry Walker Eltin and Simon Engineering. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and a Masters of Engineering Science from the University of WA, and a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Curtin University.

Ric GrosRic Gros

METS Ignited Australia Ltd

Ric has more than 30 years in senior leadership roles across mining equipment, mineral processing, Infrastructure, Construction, B2B Industrial, FMCG and Global Supply Chains.

Ric’s previous roles include: non-executive directorships, CEO/MD in private and listed environments, portfolio management, commercialisation, mergers, acquisitions, capital raising and venture capital, with extensive end-to-end local and international supply chain management expertise. Also Non-Executive Director of mineral processing start-up at METSOL Ltd.

He is also a former Director of Austmine which promotes the advancement and competitive positioning of Australian technology, collaboration and innovation in mining and resources.

Tim GriffinTim Griffin

Acting Director General
Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum

Dr Tim Griffin became Acting Director General of the Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum in early September 2016. In his substantive position as Deputy Director General, Tim has responsibility for approvals and compliance, along with the introduction of reforms across the department.

Prior to accepting this role in 2010, he held the position of Executive Director of the Geological Survey of Western Australia for almost 10 years. During this time, Tim led the Geological Survey through a period of rapid transition to digital technologies, involving the building of robust databases of geoscience information across Western Australia, and fast delivery of geological and resource information for Western Australia over the web. The Geological Survey of Western Australia also embraced new opportunities in delivering clean energy particularly geothermal, and the underground storage of carbon dioxide.

Tim obtained his Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Geology from the Australian National University, Canberra, and his PhD from James Cook University, Queensland. He has worked for over 20 as a geologist includes leading field mapping programs in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Tim has extensive experience in senior management roles in Government where he has worked with a wide range of leaders in the resources sector both within government and the private sector. This experience has been at a time of major change and rapid growth in the exploration and mining sector in Western Australia, particularly the expanding interest and investment from Asia.

Yu Kyung LeeYu Kyung Lee

Group Leader(Vice President) of Iron Ore Group, Raw Materials Purchasing Dept. II

Ms. Yu Kyung Lee is a vice president in charge of iron ore purchasing in POSCO. She has worked at POSCO since 1990 and experienced not only in raw materials purchasing but also purchasing for steel making facilities and marketing for steel products. She has extensive experience in steel-making raw materials purchasing and shipping area. She graduated from Korea univ. and holds an MBA from Ehwa Womens univ. in Seoul Korea.

Gerhard VeldsmanGerhard Veldsman

General Manager Iron Ore Projects
Fortescue Metals Group

Gerhard Veldsman has more than 15 years’ experience in the mining industry, spanning various commodities and operations in Australia and South Africa. Gerhard joined Fortescue Metals Group in 2011 with expertise in senior operations management, asset reliability, and overseeing mechanical, structural and expansion projects.

Prior to joining Fortescue, Gerhard held the position of Manager Nelson Point Operations at BHP Billiton Iron Ore in Port Hedland.

Gerhard has led Fortescue’s Port and Rail operations, as well as the Solomon Mine, and more recently was appointed as GM Iron Ore Projects, responsible for the Iron Bridge Joined Venture Magnetite Project and the Western Hub/Nyidinghu Feasibility studies.

He is passionate about Fortescue’s people and continuing to foster the unique culture for which the company is renowned.

Gerhard holds a Bachelor of Engineering B.Eng(Mech), Masters of Engineering, M.Eng(Mech), and is registered as a Professional Engineer in South Africa (PR.Eng).