Meet our Board of Directors:
Patrick Avery has over 30 years of experience working in the industries of fertilizer, mining, specialty chemicals, petroleum, and construction/project management.
In the fertilizer industry, he worked for 11 years with JR Simplot, one of the largest privately held food and agribusiness companies in the USA, where he held senior positions across all key business units such as mining, manufacturing, supply chain, wholesale sales and energy management, managing over 1500 employees, three mines(two phosphate and one silica), and five major manufacturing facilities, and several warehouse/distribution locations, making dozens of products from chemical fertilizers, to specialty chemicals for lawns, gardens, and golf courses, industrial products, resins, and water treatment and Avery was also president of Intrepid Potash, where he led all aspects of mining, manufacturing, logistics and sales. He has led several junior fertilizer companies through all key phases of growth and is currently Principal and Owner of LDR Solution LLC, a consulting firm for major mining, chemical, fertilizer, project management and private equity companies.
Mr. Avery has served on several business and not-for-profit boards.
Adrian Byass has nearly 20 years of experience in the mining and minerals industry. This experience has principally been gained through mining, resource estimation, and mine development and exploration roles for several gold, base metals and specialty metal mining and exploration companies worldwide. Adrian has also gained experience in corporate finance and financial modeling during his employment with publicly listed mining companies. Adrian is Managing Director of Plymouth Minerals Ltd, an Executive Director of Ironbark Zinc Limited, and a non-executive director of Corazon Mining Limited.
Adrian has a Bachelor of Science in Geology (Honours) and a Bachelor of Economics.
James Chisholm is a qualified engineer, having worked in the engineering, oil, gas and mining sectors for the past 28 years.
James has worked on various resource construction and maintenance projects around Australia, covering coal, iron ore, gold, copper and agricultural-related mining and processing. He also has experience in strategy, mergers and acquisitions, primarily in the heavy industry and resources sectors. James was involved with Doyles Creek Mining Pty Ltd and worked to float the company through Nucoal Resources NL (ASX: NCR). He then co-founded TheChairmen1 Pty Ltd which later sold its assets to Guildford Coal Ltd (ASX: GUF) becoming its largest shareholder.
He is a Non-Executive Director of Ebony Coal Limited, Non-Executive Director of Atrum Coal NL. James holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration.
Mr. Richardson has extensive experience in capital markets in both Australia and overseas in the field of stockbroking and investment banking. He is a founding director of Blackwood Capital Limited, an Australian based investment bank operating in capital markets, advisory services and funds management in equities and private equity funds. He holds a Bachelor of Business from the Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, and is a CPA. Mr. Richardson is currently a Non-Executive Director of Abundant Produce Limited. In the last three years Mr. Richardson was a director of XTD Limited. He resigned on 1st November 2018.
Mr. Wilkinson retired from Agrium in February 2016 after a career spanning 40 years in the fertilizer industry. He served as Senior Vice President and President of Agrium’s Wholesale Business Unit from 2004 through September 2015. In this role Mr. Wilkinson was responsible for manufacturing operations for 12 production sites, along with the associated supply chain, sales, marketing and distribution. Prior to this role, he held various positions of increasing responsibility with Agrium, Viridian, Sherritt and Imperial Oil/Exxon Chemical. Mr. Wilkinson has served on various boards, including the Canadian Fertilizer Institute, Profertil S.A. and Canpotex. He currently serves on the Itafos Board. Mr. Wilkinson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta.