Our Board and Senior Management
Jeff DowlingNon-Executive Chairman
Jeff was recently Sirius’ non-executive chairman and is a proficient corporate leader with 37 years' experience in professional services with Ernst & Young. Jeff has held numerous leadership roles within Ernst & Young which focused on the mining, oil and gas and other industries. Jeff's professional expertise centres around audit, risk and financial acumen derived from acting as lead partner on large public company audits, capital raisings and corporate transactions. Jeff's career with Ernst & Young culminated in his appointment as Managing Partner of the Ernst & Young Western Region for a period of 5 years. Jeff also led Ernst & Young's Oceania China Business Group, responsible for building Ernst & Young's Oceania relationships with Chinese Corporations.
Jeff has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.
Mark BennettManaging Director / Chief Executive Officer
Mark was the managing director and CEO of Sirius from its inception to its merger with Independence Group, and was non-executive director of Independence Group following the merger until May 2016.
He is a geologist with 26 years' experience in gold, nickel and base metal exploration and mining. He holds a BSc in Mining Geology from the University of Leicester and a PhD from the University of Leeds and is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He has worked in Australia, West Africa, Canada and Europe, predominantly for LionOre Mining International Limited and WMC Resources Limited at locations such as Kalgoorlie, Kambalda, St. Ives, LionOre's nickel and gold mines throughout Western Australia, Wiluna and most recently Nova, the Fraser Range and Polar Bear. Positions held include various technical, operational, executive and board positions including Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director, Exploration Manager and Chief Geologist.
Mark is a two times winner of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies "Prospector Award" for his discoveries which include the Thunderbox Gold Mine, the Waterloo nickel mine and most recently the world class Nova-Bollinger nickel-copper mine.
In addition to his technical expertise, Mark is very experienced in corporate affairs, equity capital markets, investor relations and community engagement and has led Sirius from prior to the discovery of Nova all the way through feasibility, financing, permitting and construction, and latterly through the schemes of arrangement to merge with Independence and to demerge S2.
Anna NeulingExecutive Director
Anna was the Company Secretary and CFO of Sirius from the company's inception in 2009 and was Sirius’ Executive Director – Corporate and Commercial until its recent merger with Independence Group.
Anna worked at Deloitte in London and Perth prior to joining LionOre Mining International Limited in 2005, until its takeover by Norilsk Nickel. She holds a degree in mathematics from the University of Newcastle (UK).
She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has held a number of senior executive positions in the resources industry, including CFO and Company Secretarial roles at several listed companies.
She is responsible for the corporate affairs of the company, the company secretarial function, human resources, public and investor relation functions, and general commercial matters.
Grey Egerton WarburtonNon-Executive Director
Grey is a very experienced corporate financier, with a strong background in natural resources, having spent 16 years with Hartleys Limited, including most recently as head of corporate finance. He has extensive experience in equity capital markets, acquisitions, divestments and domestic and international change of control transactions, having led a substantial number of capital raisings, takeovers and mergers for many ASX listed companies, across many sectors. Prior to a career in corporate finance, Mr Egerton-Warburton practiced at a tier one national law firm. Grey currently serves as Deputy Chair of the Womens and Infants Research Foundation (WIRF), the charitable arm of King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth, Western Australia. While at Hartleys, Grey worked closely with Sirius Resources as its corporate advisor from mid-2012 until the completion of the merger between Sirius and Independence Group.
John BartlettGeneral Manager Exploration
John is a geologist with over 20 years' experience in gold, nickel and base metal exploration and mining. He was recently General manager - Exploration for Sirius. He holds a BSc (Hons.) in Geology from the University of Tasmania and is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
John has worked predominately in Australia and Indonesia with LionOre, INCO and Newexco, and has been involved in the discovery of a number of economic deposits, including the Southern Star gold mine, the Lounge Lizard nickel mine, the Nova-Bollinger Project and most recently the Baloo Gold Deposit.
Su-Mei SainChief Financial Officer
Su-Mei is a member of Certified Practicing Accountants Australia since 2008 with fifteen years' experience in public practice and company accounting. Her knowledge and skills are predominantly within the mining resources sector with companies such as Terex Mining Australia Pty Ltd, Apex Minerals NL, Consolidated Minerals Limited and most recently as Financial Controller at Sirius Resources.
Andy ThompsonGeneral Manager Scandinavia
Andy was general manager resources of Sirius. He is a very experienced geologist, having been geology manager at LionOre’s Thunderbox gold mine and Silver Swan nickel mine, prior to being intimately involved in the resource drillout and estimation for Sirius’ Nova-Bollinger nickel-copper mine. He has a BSc in Geology from the University of Cardiff.