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Board and Management

Paul Lennon, AO 

Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Lennon served as the 42nd Premier of Tasmania (2004-2008) and brings substantial knowledge of industry, also serving as the state’s Treasurer (2004-2006), the Minister for Infrastructure, Energy and Resources (1998-2002), and Minister for Economic Development, Energy and Resources (2002-2004).

With more than 30 years’ experience assisting the development of Tasmanian industry through government, Mr Lennon is exceptionally well equipped to oversee the development of ABx’s rare earths exploration and the proposed Alcore pilot plant, both of which are located in Tasmania.

In 2015, Mr Lennon was one of only two Tasmanians to be awarded Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of his role in developing major infrastructure and enhancing economic diversification.

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Dr Mark Cooksey 

Managing Director & CEO

Dr. Mark Cooksey is a highly experienced engineer with more than 25 years’ experience commercialising new technologies in the metallurgical industry, with a particular emphasis on aluminium.

Mark has direct experience in aluminium smelting, commencing his career as an engineer at Comalco (now Rio Tinto Alcan) where he assisted the aluminium smelter operations at Gladstone, QLD.

Dr Cooksey also has substantial knowledge of the commercialisation process for new technologies, serving a number of roles, including Senior Principal Research Leader, at the CSIRO for approximately 16 years. He has led the technical and commercial development of a number of new process technologies in the minerals and metals industries and this commercialisation activity included the development of novel technologies for both bauxite and rare earth element processing.

Mark holds a PhD (Chemicals & Materials Engineering) from the University of Auckland and a Bachelor of Engineering (Materials – First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Science (Information Technology and Applied Mathematics) from the University of Western Australia.

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Ian Levy, BSc (Hons) MSc DIC FAusIMM FAIG 


Ian Levy is a geologist with more than forty years’ experience developing mines from discovery through to production.

Throughout his career, Mr Levy has worked for a number of major resources companies, including WMC Limited, Pancontinental Mining, Gympie Gold and also served as CEO of Allegiance Mining where he oversaw the development of a number of gold, bauxite, base metals, nickel and industrial minerals projects.

Ian was a member of the Joint Ore Reserves Committee (JORC) for 11 years including 4 years as Vice Chairman and Federal President, Australian Institute of Geoscientists.

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Ken Boundy, MBA, M.Agr.Sc, FAICD 

Non-Executive Director appointed 6 June 2012

Ken Boundy is a highly qualified corporate leader with a broad experience across many sectors of the economy in both executive and non-executive roles.

For approximately 20 years, Ken has led a number of companies across the wine, food, building materials and tourism industries. During this period he has had responsibility for corporate development for two ASX100 companies, which included extensive M&A activity.

As an executive, Ken was CEO of Tourism Australia and Goodman Fielder Asia as well as having divisional leadership roles in other private sector organisations. Since 2004, Ken has been an independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman on 21 private and public boards.

Ken is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University.

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Mathew Watkins 

Company Secretary

Mathew Watkins has extensive accounting, board leadership and company secretarial experience in ASX listed and large public entities in Australia. He shares the lead Company Secretarial role at Vistra Australia.

Mathew has worked in companies of a range of sizes in a variety of industries. He has extensive capital markets experience involving both secondary raisings and IPO’s.

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