Arthur Darivas | Chief Executive Officer

Arthur has a strong track record of building successful businesses in the manufacturing, mining services and chemicals sectors in Australia and internationally.

He was Chief Financial Officer of Orica Mining Services Australia / Asia from 2003 to 2005 and Latin America from 2005 to 2013 and was instrumental in the development of Orica Mining Services’ successful business in these regions. During this period, he managed significant business growth and large manufacturing capacity expansion, formed numerous joint ventures for Orica in Australia / Asia and Latin America.

Arthur has been the CEO at Trans Pacific Energy Group since 2018 and has been instrumental in the formation of New Generation Minerals.

Arthur has a Bachelor of Business (Finance) from Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia).

Dr Patrick Kennedy | Chief Operating Officer

Patrick is a Chartered Mining Engineer from the Camborne School of Mines, with more than 30 years’ experience.

He began his career working as a mining engineer for Rio Tinto in Africa at the Palabora Copper mine. Patrick then moved to Australia with Rio Tinto working as a mining engineer. He joined Orica (then ICI) and advanced through their ranks to senior strategic executive level with global coverage, living in Australia, Europe and Asia.

He then became Chief Operating Officer at Hanwha Mining Services, the mining services arm of South Korean conglomerate, Hanwha Group, a company ranked within the top 300 on the Fortune Global 500 list.

Patrick has also served on many company boards, including a joint venture with LKAB Mining in Sweden, mining consultants Dyno Consult, an explosive manufacturing JV in UK, Orica Investments UK, a mining services JV in the UAE and several operating businesses in Australia.

He also has a master’s degree in mining engineering and a PhD in Mining Economics.

Advisory board

Neil Hutchison | Advisory board

Neil has more than 25 years of experience in the mining industry, working throughout Australia and overseas. He has an enviable track record of discovery, resource and reserve definition, project development, evaluations and acquisitions and has particular expertise in battery and energy metals including Cobalt, Copper, Lithium, Nickel, Uranium and Vanadium.

Neil was Exploration Superintendent at the Cosmos Nickel Project with Jubilee Mines and was part of the team that discovered the Alec Mairs, Prospero and Tapinos deposits which lead to the AUS/–>.1 billion takeover of Jubilee Mines by Xstrata in 2007. During his time at Jubilee Mines, Neil developed a thorough understanding of the Nickel and ultramafic forming processes as well as the associated modern exploration techniques required to explore for Nickel in Kambalda style ultramafic systems.

Neil graduated with First Class Honours in Geology from the University of Southern Queensland and is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG). He is also a Non-executive Director of Kairos Minerals (ASX: KAI).

Vanessa Chidrawi | Advisory board

Vanessa is a highly experienced mining and governance professional, having held leadership and executive management roles in the industry across five continents.

Vanessa qualified and practiced as an attorney for 12 years before entering the corporate world. She has acted as company secretary to a range of companies listed on ASX and TSX over the past 15 years, including seven years as company secretary of Intrepid Mines, an ASX200 company at the time.

Vanessa brings with her a wealth of experience in: multi-jurisdictional merger and acquisition project management; high-level government negotiation; global structuring for investment protection and tax efficiency; multi-national contract negotiation and management; regulatory engagement, oversight and implementation; and new business start-up in challenging environments.

This experience is underpinned by degrees in law and commerce as well as a comprehensive understanding of the ASX and TSX listing rules, ASIC regulatory environment and corporations law from across various jurisdictions, including the UK, North America, Argentina and Africa.