Directors and Management
Mr Butel has more than 40 years of experience in operational management and board roles in the resources industry in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia. He joined Wesfarmers Limited in 2000 as Managing Director of the Curragh mine, and was Managing Director of Wesfarmers Resources between 2006 and 2016. Mr Butel holds a Bachelor of Science (Geology) and qualifications in business and mining. He has completed the Breakthrough Program for Senior Executives at IMD Business School in Switzerland and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He was appointed to the Board of Gladstone Ports Corporation in October 2017. He is a past director of a number of Wesfarmers subsidiaries, and Duet Company and Duet Investment Holdings. He is immediate past President of Queensland Resources Council and has held directorships of a number of resources industry bodies including Minerals Council of Australia, Chamber of Mines and Energy WA, Australian Coal Association and its low emissions technology fund, ACALET.
Mr Clifford was appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on 14 November 2016. Mr Clifford has more than 20 years’ experience in the coal mining industry and has worked in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. He has substantial open cut and underground coal mining experience, including responsibility for major dragline and longwall operations under previous employers including Glencore, Anglo Coal, BHP Billiton and Solid Energy. Mr Clifford was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Solid Energy New Zealand in 2014 when the company was facing significant financial pressures and very difficult market conditions for coal mining companies. During this period, significant achievements in health and safety and operational efficiencies were reached. In parallel with running the operations of Solid Energy, Mr Clifford led the process of an asset sales program. Mr Clifford previously held the position of General Manager of the Ulan Complex at Glencore in Ulan, New South Wales, and has held roles with Anglo Coal and BHP in technical, operational and regional management roles.
Mr McAuliffe is co-founder and Managing Director of Sprint Capital, a Hong Kong based private equity investment management group. Mr McAuliffe has more than 20 years’ experience in private equity and investment banking with significant relationships across Asia. Prior to co-founding Sprint Capital in 2008, Mr McAuliffe was a Managing Director and co-head of Asia Pacific Industrials Group at Citigroup in Hong Kong, prior to which he was a Managing Director and head of Asia Industrials and Services Group at Credit Suisse in Singapore. During the past three years, Mr McAuliffe has also served as a Director of the following listed companies: Asian Bamboo AG (Germany); Chaswood Resources Holdings Limited (SGX); Xplorer PLC (London).
Mr O'Connor is an experienced non-executive director in a wide range of industries including mining, oil and gas exploration, forestry, biotechnology and government utilities. Mr O'Connor has undertaken a number of executive director roles, either as Executive Chairman or Chief Executive Officer, to strategically reposition predominantly resource companies to allow them to improve performance.
Mr O’Connor has 30 years of legal experience in private practice in Australia and the United Kingdom, and within the resources industry. He was Company Secretary and General Counsel of the global copper business unit of Xstrata plc between 2003 and 2013, prior to which he was the General Manager Legal at MIM Holdings. He is currently a non-executive director of Mitchell Services (ASX: MSV) and Dingo Software. Mr O’Connor holds Bachelor of Laws and Diploma of Legal Practice from Queensland University of Technology. He is admitted to practice as a solicitor in Queensland and England and Wales. He is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Bizzell is the Chairman of boutique corporate advisory and funds management group Bizzell Capital Partners Pty Ltd. He was an Executive Director of Arrow Energy Ltd from 1999 until its acquisition in 2010 by Shell and PetroChina for $3.5 billion. He was instrumental in Arrow’s corporate and commercial success and its growth from a junior explorer to a large integrated energy company. He was also a co-founder and director of Bow Energy Ltd until its $550 million takeover. Mr Bizzell qualified as a Chartered Accountant and early in his career was employed in the Corporate Finance division of Ernst & Young and the Corporate Tax division of Coopers & Lybrand. He has had considerable experience and success in the fields of corporate restructuring, debt and equity financing, and mergers and acquisitions. He has over 20 years’ corporate finance and public company management experience in the resources and energy sectors in Australia and Canada with various public companies. During the past three years, Mr Bizzell has also served as a Director of the following listed companies: Armour Energy Limited; Augend Ltd (formerly Titan Energy Services Ltd); Diversa Ltd; HRL Holdings Ltd; Laneway Resources Limited; Renascor Resources Limited; UIL Energy Ltd.
Chief Financial Officer / Company Secretary
Mr Poole was appointed Chief Financial Officer on 8 May 2017 and Company Secretary of Stanmore Coal Limited on 2 June 2017. Mr Poole has almost 30 years’ experience in financial and commercial roles in the resources industry in Australia and the United States. He was Chief Financial Officer of ASX-listed minerals processing and infrastructure company, Sedgman Limited between 2010 and 2016. Prior to this, he worked for Rio Tinto Coal Australia Pty Ltd and Pasminco Resources.