DIRECTORS & MANAGEMENT
The Hon. Cheryl Edwardes AM
Ms Edwardes is a highly credentialled and experienced company director and Chairperson. A solicitor by profession and a former Minister in the Court Government of Western Australia, she has extensive experience and knowledge of WA’s legal and regulatory framework relating to mining projects, environmental, native title, heritage, and land access.
During her political career, Ms Edwardes held positions that included WA Attorney General, Minister for the Environment, and Minister for Labour Relations. She currently serves as the Non-Executive Chair of Nuheara Ltd (ASX: NUH), Kalium Lakes (ASX: KLL), Westgold Resources Ltd (ASX: WGX), and Port Hedland International Airport. She also works with HHG Legal Group on a part-time basis, focusing on pro bono work and the development of the firm’s charitable arm, HHG Giving Back, in addition to consultancy work with FTI Consulting, assisting clients with a range of complex statutory approvals required for resources and infrastructure projects.
Ms Edwardes has been awarded an Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016 for “significant service to the people and Parliament of Western Australia, to the law and the environment, and through executive roles with business, education and community organisations.” She was also named in the 100 Women of Influence 2016, inducted into the Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame 2016 and was a finalist in the Women in Resources Award 2015.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Mr Michael is a highly experienced mining executive with over 25 years’ experience in the resources industry in senior executive leadership roles with ASX-listed mining and exploration companies as well as investment banking, corporate advisory and equities research positions with several global investment banks.
Prior to joining Flinders, Mr Michael has served as Managing Director of ASX-listed uranium company Vimy Resources Limited, which culminated in the successful $658 million merger with Deep Yellow Limited, and Mr Michael subsequently served as an Executive Director of Deep Yellow.
Prior to his positions with Vimy Resources Limited and Deep Yellow Limited, Mr Michael was a Managing Director with global business advisory firm FTI Consulting, where he specialised in economic evaluations, feasibility studies and project financing of mining projects across multiple commodities and jurisdictions.
Mr Michael is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He currently serves as Non-Executive Director of Predictive Discovery Limited (ASX: PDI) and Wia Gold Limited (ASX: WIA).
Mr James Gurry was appointed to the Board on 18 September 2019.
Mr Gurry is a leading equity analyst with extensive research experience in the iron ore sector. He is a Director and Senior Analyst at PAC Partners Securities specialising in small resource companies. Previous roles include Director and Head of Natural Resources Equity Research with Deutsche Bank Equities Australia, and similar roles at Credit Suisse Equities in both Sydney and London. He started his career in the Transaction Advisory Services Division of Ernst & Young, Melbourne.
My Gurry is also a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
Mr Gurry is currently Chair of Audit & Risk Committee and member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee.
JD, BA, GAICD and FGIA
Ms Jiang has more than 15 years’ experience in management and corporate governance within the mining and resources sector.
Ms Jiang is currently company secretary and executive manager of OCJ Investment (Australia) Pty Ltd, the second largest shareholder of Flinders Mines Limited.
Ms Jiang is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor, both from The University of Sydney. In addition, Ms Jiang is currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance and Risk Management at the Governance Institute of Australia.
Mr Harris is an experienced Mining Industry Company Executive and Director. He is a chemical engineer with a BSc ChE from the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada, Reno. Mr Harris has served as CEO, COO, and CFO in mining and metals companies around the world and has worked and lived in the USA, South Africa, Russia, and Australia. He is a world recognised vanadium industry veteran and has a strong understanding of the resource sector from both a technical and financial perspective.
Mr Harris is currently Non-executive Director of U.S. Vanadium LLC, Australian Vanadium Ltd (ASX.AVL), Queensland Energy & Minerals and an independent technical and executive consultant to GSA Environmental Limited in the United Kingdom. Recent roles include interim CEO and Managing Director and Non-Executive Director at Atlas Iron; Non-Executive Director of Paladin Energy; Chief Executive & Chief Operating Officer at Atlantic Ltd; Advisory Board Member and Vanadium Consultant for Blackrock Metals; Vice President & Head of Vanadium Assets at Evraz Group; Managing Director at Vametco Alloys; and CEO and CFO of Strategic Minerals Corporation.
BE (Chemical and Materials, 1st Class Hons), Masters of Management
Mr Wolley holds a first class honours degree in Chemical and Materials Engineering (University of Auckland) and a Masters of Management (Macquarie Graduate School of Management).
Mr Wolley had a 15 year career with Mobil Oil Australia in a range of roles including engineering, operations, strategic planning and business development in Australia and New Zealand. In 1995 he left Mobil to pursue opportunities in Asia Pacific and worked in a number of senior executive roles in the manufacturing and industrial sectors including a period as President of BlueScope Steel China.
In 2007 he returned to the resources sector as Chief Operating Officer for Lynas Corporation, an ASX 100 business, and subsequently into the gold sector in ASX-listed gold development businesses.
He was appointed Vice President Corporate Development for the Todd Corporation in 2011. In February 2013 he was appointed to the role of Vice President Minerals, a position he held until September 2022 when he left Todd Corporation.
Mr Wolley is a Director of Northcliff Resources, a TSX-listed resources business and is Managing Director of Omaha Holdings. He is a member of the AICD and the NZICD. He holds dual Australian and New Zealand citizenship.
Mr Foster is an experienced senior executive and has held a number of leadership and strategic business development roles in the energy, infrastructure and financial markets industries. He was previously CEO of King Country Energy Limited and Independent Director and Interim CEO of NZX listed NZ Windfarms Limited. He formerly held senior investment banking, corporate finance and equity capital markets roles at Macquarie Bank and ABN AMRO NV.
Mr Foster is currently General Manager, Business Development for the Todd Corporation, an Independent Member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Te Runanga O Ngai Tahu and Advisory Committee member of Forest Partners Fund Limited Partnership investment fund.
Mr Foster holds a Bachelor of Forestry Science, has completed the AVIRA Programme at INSEAD and is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.
Mr Foster is a nominee Director of the Company’s largest shareholder, TIO (NZ) Limited.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr Owen is a Chartered Accountant and Governance Professional who brings over 25 years’ experience working in finance leadership positions across a range of industries including investment banking, resources, energy and manufacturing at both ASX-listed and private companies. Mr Owen joins Flinders from former ASX-listed resource development company, Vimy Resources Ltd where he was CFO and assisted in the successful completion of the company’s merger with Deep Yellow Ltd. He is an experienced finance executive with a strong operational background in an ASX-listed environment.
Mr Owen holds a Bachelor of Business Science (Majoring in Finance & Economics) from the University of Cape Town.
Dr Andrew Whitehead
Bachelor of International Business (Honours), PhD International Management & Economics
Dr Whitehead has more than 20 years’ experience across mining, resources, banking, finance, manufacturing, advisory and government and in multiple jurisdictions including China.
Most recently, Dr Whitehead managed a private junior mining company Stable Resources Pty Ltd with assets in Africa. Dr Whitehead has a PhD from Flinders University Adelaide in economics and international business management, specialising in China trade and business.
Joint Company Secretary
LLB, BA (Jur), AGIA, ACIS and GAICD
Ms Coates has more than 25 years’ experience in corporate law, compliance, and the provision of corporate advisory services to publicly listed companies across a variety of industries including resources, manufacturing, and technology.
Ms Coates is currently Executive Director of Source Governance, a national corporate advisory, compliance, and governance service provider, with clients predominantly in the mineral exploration, development and production sector and acts as company secretary to a number of ASX listed companies.
Ms Coates is a qualified lawyer, Chartered Secretary, and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ (AICD) Company Directors Course.
Joint Company Secretary
Ms Wilson has over 12 years’ experience in corporate advisory and corporate governance roles which have included managing equity transactions, IPOs and RTOs, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructures and due diligence investigations for boards of ASX listed and unlisted companies. Additionally, Ms Wilson has managed and monitored internal corporate governance and compliance plans and has a broad knowledge of the ASX Listing Rules and the Corporations Act. She is a Company Secretary at national corporate advisory firm, Source Governance and acts as Company Secretary to a number of ASX listed companies.