Board of Directors

Alistair Cowden

Non-Executive Chairman

Dr Cowden has spent 40 years as a mining executive, director and geologist in the mining industry in Australia, Africa, Asia and Europe. Dr Cowden has founded eight public companies including Altona Mining, of which he was Managing Director. Altona financed built and sold the Kylylahti copper-gold mine in Finland in 2014 and owned the Eva Copper project in Queensland prior to its $250 million merger with TSX listed Copper Mountain Mining Corporation, a major copper-gold producer in Canada.

Dr Cowden has been part of the discovery, financing and development of many mines including the Kanowna Belle and Sunrise Dam gold mines in Western Australia, the Hartley Platinum mine in Zimbabwe, the Kylylahti copper-gold mine in Finland, the Nimbus silver mine in Western Australia and the Eva Copper Project in Queensland. Dr Cowden has extensive experience across the mining industry including mergers, acquisitions and financing.

Dr Cowden holds an honours degree in Geology (Edinburgh University), a PhD in Geology (University of London), and is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Cowden as Managing Director accepted the Diggers and Dealers Junior Explorer of the Year for Archaean Gold in 1995, received the Queensland Explorer of the Year for Altona in 2012 and Altona was awarded the Mining Journal Outstanding Achievement Award 2014, Small and mid-cap deal of the year at Mines and Money London.

Simon Hay

Managing Director

Mr Hay joined Leo Lithium as Managing Director and CEO in January 2022. Prior to joining Leo Lithium, Mr Hay was Chief Executive Officer of ASX-listed lithium company, Galaxy Resources Limited. The culmination of his role as CEO was the A$5 billion merger of equals with Orocobre Limited, to create the world’s fifth largest lithium producer Allkem (ASX:AKE) in mid-2021.

Mr Hay has an astute knowledge of the lithium market and is well regarded in the capital markets for having created value at Galaxy. Mr Hay is also non-executive Chairman of Battery Future Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose corporation which listed on the NYSE in December 2021. Battery Future will seek a combination with a business in the battery metals value chain. Mr Hay holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours (Chemistry), and a Master of Applied Science (Metallurgy) from the University of Melbourne.

Brendan Borg

Non-Executive Director

Mr Borg is a consultant geologist who has specialised in the battery materials sector and participated in numerous successful projects in an investment and/or operational capacity.

Mr Borg has 25 years’ experience gained working in management, operational and project development roles in the mineral exploration and mining industries, with companies including Rio Tinto Iron Ore, Magnis Resources Limited, Celsius Resources Limited, Tempus Resources Limited, Firefinch Limited and Sibelco Australia Limited. Brendan is currently a director of battery minerals explorer Kuniko Limited (ASX:KNI) and graphite developer Sarytogan Graphite Limited (ASX:SGA) Mr Borg is also a Director of geological consultancy Borg Geoscience Pty Ltd.

Mr Borg holds a Master of Science in Hydrogeology and Groundwater Management (University of Technology Sydney), a Bachelor or Science in Geology/Environmental Science (Monash University) and is a member of the AusIMM and IAH.

Mark Hepburn

Non-Executive Director

Mr Hepburn is a Corporate and Financial Markets Executive with over 28 years’ experience in a range of management and board positions for Institutional Stockbroking and Derivatives Trading desks for Major Financial Institutions. His career has included roles with Deutsche Bank and Macquarie Bank where he managed global derivatives distribution sales teams.

Additionally, Mr Hepburn has worked as an Executive Director of a leading Perth stockbroking firm during which time he was involved in numerous fund-raising transactions for ASX listed industrial and resource companies. Mr Hepburn has also worked as the corporate development executive for ASX listed mining company Doray Minerals (DRM).

Mr Hepburn was also Managing Director of his own Corporate Advisory firm which specialised in executing corporate and equity transactions for ASX listed resource companies.

Mr Hepburn holds a Bachelor or Economics (University of Western Australia) and has been a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) since 2008.

Rod Baxter

Non-Executive Director

Mr Baxter is an experienced Company Director and Business Executive, with international as well as multi-sector experience.

Mr Baxter’s leadership roles include CEO and MD of listed and private companies. He has operated and led businesses across various industry sectors in Australia and internationally, including diversified mining and resources, engineering and construction, and manufacturing.

Mr Baxter’s career has included business turnarounds as well as the delivery of substantial growth and transformation strategies. He brings valuable global business experience, strong commercial acumen, and a wide contact network.

Mr Baxter has also held non-executive positions on public and private company boards, and he is an experienced chair and member of board sub-committees. He is currently a non-executive director of Podium Minerals Limited, Trigg Mining Limited, and WA Kaolin Limited.

Mr Baxter holds BSc (Hons), PhD, and MBA qualifications.

Amber Banfield

Non-Executive Director

Ms Banfield has more than 20 years’ experience in management positions with Worley Limited (ASX: WOR), supporting its growth to become the world’s largest energy and resources engineering services provider. Ms Banfield’s roles at Worley Limited related to operations, strategy, sustainability, mergers and acquisitions, servicing the sectors of mining, infrastructure, oil and gas, hydrogen, solar and wind power.

Ms Banfield has consulted to leading resource and energy companies providing strategy and project development support to energy transition, decarbonisation and sustainability-related investments.

Ms Banfield is currently a Non-Executive Director of Perseus Mining and SRG Global.

Ms Banfield holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) degree and a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Western Australia.