Board and Management

Chris Baker

Non-Executive Chairman
B.Sc. (Hons), MBA, FAusIMM, IOD

Chris Baker is a Company director with over 30 years' experience in the Australian and New Zealand resources sector. His background is as a metallurgist and his experience includes technical, operational and managing roles in the mining sector including gold, uranium, tungsten, titanium and coal. He has been involved in project development, has extensive experience in joint ventures and governance and has a broad and practical understanding of the mining industry and the multitude of disciplines that comprise successful projects and successful companies.

Chris has a bachelor of Science (Hons) in Mineral Technology and an MBA, both from Otago University, and is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He is a member of the Institute of Directors (NZ).

His positions include: Chief Executive Officer of Straterra Inc., a group that represents the resource sector in New Zealand; Chairman of the Coal Association of New Zealand; Chairman of MinEx, the New Zealand mineral sector Health and Safety Council; Chairman, RSC Mining and Mineral Exploration Ltd. Hew was formerly a non-executive Director and then Chairman of ASX listed company Auzex Resources Limited (September 2005 to April 2012).


John Lawton

Managing Director and CEO
B.Sc.(App.Sci.), MAusIMM MAICD

John Lawton is the founder of the Auzex group of mining companies and a geologist with 40 years industry experience in mineral exploration, project development, operations and corporate management, including 20 years in management of ASX-listed gold mining and exploration companies.

John founded Auzex Resources Limited in 2003 and held the positions of Executive Chairman or Managing Director throughout its 9 year life during which time the company acquired and developed the Bullabulling gold deposit near Coolgardie in the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia.

John was a co-founder and executive director of Ross Mining NL throughout its existence from incorporation in 1986 to merger in 2000, a company which was a low cost and profitable gold miner, developing and operating seven low grade open-cut gold mines in central Queensland, New South Wales and Solomon Islands. The company was innovative in its approach and regularly paid dividends to shareholders.

John has a bachelor of Science in Applied Geology and is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Stephen Stroud

Non-Executive Director
BComm(Fin&Acc), GradDip(AppFin), CPA

Stephen has extensive experience across all aspects of Corporate Finance & Equity Capital Markets both as client and advisory and has strong experience in advising clients on a variety of Capital Markets and M&A transactions both in Australia and overseas. Stephen is currently Director, Corporate Finance for CCZ Equities where he advises ASX clients on all aspects of capital markets and M&A with particular focus on small-mid cap space.

Stephen has been involved in a broad range of transactions providing a comprehensive range of services including equity raisings, debt/hybrid debt raisings, new public listings, mergers and acquisitions and institutional placements.


Gregor Partington

General Manager of Operations
Ph.D, MAusIMM, MAIG

Dr Greg Partington was another founding director of the Auzex group of companies and is also the Managing Director of his own company, Kenex Knowledge Systems Ltd, based in New Zealand and Western Australia, focusing on creating business opportunities in the spatial world. He was formerly Operations Director of the ASX listed company Auzex Resources Limited (September 2005 to April 2012).

Greg has over 35 years' experience in the exploration industry in Australia, Pacific Islands and Melanesia where he worked as the exploration manager for Northern Gold, General Manager, exploration for Ross Mining NL and Operations Director for Auzex Resources Limited where he has been responsible for the discovery and feasibility studies for the development of more than 10 million ounces of gold for the three companies. He also has 15 years’ experience in developing earth science GIS databases for use in exploration targeting and resource development.

Greg has expertise in mineral exploration, resource development and feasibility studies, structural geology, database development and management, spatial analysis of data using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and business management. He has focussed on gold exploration, but has experience in tin-tantalum deposits, copper and gold mineral systems and platinum group metals exploration. He has also been continuously active in geoscientific research and published a number of papers on his research.

Greg was a director of Auzex Exploration since incorporation and since the merger with EXU has taken on the role of Exploration Manager.


Paul Frederiks

Company Secretary
B.Bus. (Acc), FCPA, FGIA, FCIS, FAICD

Paul Frederiks has extensive experience in public company financial and secretarial management with more than 30 years' experience as a finance and corporate governance executive in the Australian resources sector, with an extensive knowledge base in listed public company reporting and compliance.

He held the position of Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of Ross Mining NL for over eight years until 2000. Paul established his own consultancy in 2000 providing company financial and secretarial services to both listed and unlisted public companies. He was Company Secretary of Billabong International Limited from 2000 to 2004. He was formerly CFO and Company Secretary of the listed companies Geodynamics Limited (2002 to 2012), Auzex Resources Limited (2005 to 2012) and Discovery Metals Limited (2012 to 2014).

Paul is a fellow of CPA Australia, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Governance Institute of Australia. Paul was formerly a QLD branch councillor of Chartered Secretaries Australia and Chairman of the QLD Public Company Discussion Group. He is a member of the Sunshine Coast Regional Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Paul is currently also CFO and Company Secretary of juwi Renewable Energy Pty Ltd, Omni Market Tide Limited and Director / Company Secretary of Fort Vale Australia Pty Ltd.