Board and management

Phil Hearse – Non-executive Chairman

MBA, BSc (Metallurgy)

Mr Hearse, one of Australia’s most respected mining professionals, has 40 years’ experience in diverse and challenging projects around the world. His extensive career has taken him from operational and technical support roles at Broken Hill, Bougainville Copper, Queensland Nickel and Gove Alumina to senior executive and managerial positions. Mr Hearse founded and managed Normet Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s major metallurgical and risk companies for 18 years. He also held the key role of Director Advisory with GRD Minproc Ltd (now Amec Foster Wheeler) from 2001 to 2005. Over the past 10 years, he has played a significant role in the development of a number of projects globally, including numerous graphite projects located in both Australia and East Africa.

Tom Revy – Managing Director

BAppSc (Metallurgy), GradDipBus

With more than 30 years’ experience within the resources industry, Mr Revy is considered a corporate and project development specialist with an extensive international network in the mining sector. Having held senior operational and corporate positions within reputable organisations, including GRD Minproc, WorleyParsons, Ferrum Crescent and Empire Resources, Mr Revy is now, as Managing Director of BlackEarth NL overseeing its development and listing on the Australian Stock Exchange. He is also chairman of the rural and remote mentoring charity, True Blue Dreaming.


George Bauk – Non-executive Director


Mr Bauk has more than 25 years’ mining industry experience, with particular expertise in critical metals. Highly regarded for his strategic management and business planning expertise, his ability to establish high-performing teams and his capital-raising skills, Mr Bauk has held senior operational and corporate positions with WMC Resources, Arafura Resources and Indigo Resources (formerly Western Metals). Since 2010, he has also been managing director and CEO of Northern Minerals Limited, overseeing that company’s heavy rare-earth project in northern Australia, which is moving to production. Currently, Mr Bauk is also chairman of Lithium Australia NL.

Barry Woodhouse – CFO and Company Secretary

BComm, BLaws, CPA, FGIA

Mr Woodhouse, a CPA and Fellow of Governance Institute of Australia, has almost 30 years’ experience in the junior mineral exploration, mineral production, mining services and manufacturing sectors, including involvement with a private lithium explorer in Namibia. His roles in private and public companies within Australian and in foreign jurisdictions have included those of CFO, company secretary, director and chairman.