Dr. Stephen Grocott | Managing Director & CEO

Dr. Grocott is an accomplished executive in the mining and mineral processing sector with nearly 40 years international experience. Stephen was Chief Technical Development Officer at Clean TeQ Holdings Limited accountable for all technical and process development. He also supported technical marketing, due diligence and project funding for the A$2B Sunrise Ni-Co-Sc Project in NSW. Stephen’s exposure to EV and battery producers combined with his world-class expertise in process and development for minerals processing and battery chemicals will underpin the progress of the company.

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Corinne Bufnoir | General Manager New Caledonia


Mrs. Bufnoir is a geologist engineer with 20+ years’ experience in the nickel industry. Corinne has had a public-private career in areas related to strategy and resource management in lateritic nickel mining operations and has strong New Caledonian relationships and ore supply chain operating experience. Corinne's most recent role was mining counsellor to President of the New Caledonia Government. Corinne has worked for a range of New Caledonian and international organisations including country manager for Transamine Trading SA and Queensland Nickel Pty Ltd. Previously, she held senior roles with the New Caledonian Department of Industry, Mines & Energy and Goro Nickel New Caledonia


John Downie  | Executive Director


Mr Downie is a mechanical engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in the mining industry. John has been extensively involved in lateritic nickel mining and processing, having previously been Director of Mines for Vale’s Goro operations in New Caledonia, CEO of Gladstone Pacific Nickel and Director of Projects at Queensland Nickel. Previously, John held senior roles with Barrack Mines NL, Alcoa of Australia Ltd and Boral Resources Ltd.

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John Khoo | General Manager Corporate Development 


Mr Khoo has 15 years' experience in the resources sector in a variety of financial and commercial roles.  John has widespread experience in project feasibility, M&A, project funding, commercial negotiations and offtake.  Most recently, he was with Metro Mining where he was closely involved in feasibility, construction and operation of the Bauxite Hills mine. John has assisted QPM since 2016, facilitating its ASX listing and playing an integral role in securing LG Energy Solutions and POSCO as shareholders and offtakers.


Barry Sanders | Project Director


Mr Sanders has over 30 years’ experience, including 20+ years in leadership and strategy roles involving the delivery of complex industrial, power, mining and oil & gas projects throughout the Asia Pacific region. Barry is highly regarded by industry and peers for exemplary leadership across construction, commissioning and project delivery with roles at GE, John Holland, Thiess, Jacobs and Clough.

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Duane Woodbury | Chief Financial Officer


Mr Woodbury has 25+ years’ experience in listed equity markets in Australia and overseas with a number of organisations including Macquarie Bank and as CFO to Kingsgate Consolidated Ltd. His most recent role was CFO at Metro Mining Ltd where he successfully procured all funding required to construct the Bauxite Hills mine and also secured a loan from Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) to fund expansion initiatives. During his career Duane has managed large debt and equity raisings for development and operating companies primarily in the resources sector