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Craig Ian McGown

Craig Ian McGown, BComm, FCA, ASIA Non-Executive Director (Chairman since 11 March 2015)

Mr McGown is an investment banker with over 35 years of experience consulting to companies in Australia and internationally, particularly in the natural resources sector. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and an Affiliate of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. Mr McGown is an executive director of the corporate advisory business New Holland Capital Pty Ltd (New Holland) and prior to that appointment was the chairman of DJ Carmichael Pty Limited.

Through his role as executive director of New Holland, Mr McGown had been consulting to the Company from the period October 2014 until his appointment in March 2015. The mandate which outlines the terms of the consulting arrangement was terminated in 2016 and a continuing obligation of 6% of funds remained until 23 September 2017.  In accordance with the Company’s policy on assessing the independence of directors, Mr McGown is not considered to be an independent director by virtue of this previous consulting arrangement. As a result, the Board has appointed Mrs Karen Field as Senior Independent Director to fulfill the role of Chair, in situations where Mr McGown may be conflicted.

During the past three years Mr McGown has also served as the Non-Executive Chairman for Pioneer Resources Limited (13 June 2008 - Present).

Mr McGown is a member of the Nomination and Compensation Committee since his appointment on 11 March 2015.


Lynda Margaret Burnett

Lynda Margaret Burnett, BSc (Hons), GAICD, MAusIMM, MSEG (Managing Director since 24 July 2014)

Mrs Burnett is a geologist with over 30 years’ experience in the mineral exploration industry.  Prior to joining Sipa she was most recently Director – Exploration Australia for Newmont Asia Pacific. During her nine year tenure with Newmont, Lynda was responsible for the strategic planning, management and oversight of all Newmont’s generative exploration projects, as well as business development, in the Asia Pacific region including the discovery of the plus 3Moz McPhillamy’s Gold Deposit in NSW.  Prior to her roles at Newmont, Lynda worked for a number of mining and exploration companies including, Normandy, Newcrest and Plutonic Resources and as an executive director of Summit Resources Ltd. Lynda is currently on the advisory board of the Centre for Exploration Targeting based at the University of WA.

During the past three years Mrs Burnett has not been a director of any other listed company.


Karen Lesley Field

Karen Lesley Field, B Ec FAICD – Senior Independent Non-Executive Director (Appointed 16 September 2004)

Mrs Field has over three decades of experience in the mining industry throughout Australia and overseas and has a strong background in strategy, project management and human resources. Mrs Field is currently a Non-Executive Director of Aurizon Holdings Limited (director from 19 April 2012) and has held Non-Executive directorships with the Water Corporation (Deputy Chairman), MACA Limited, Perilya Limited, Electricity Networks Corporation (Western Power) and The Centre for Sustainable Resource Processing.

In addition, Mrs Field is a Director of a number of community based organisations including the University of Western Australia’s Centenary Trust for Women and is Chair of the Perth College Foundation Inc.

Mrs Field is the Senior Independent Director and a member of the Nomination and Compensation Committee (Chair since 11 March 2015). During the past three years Mrs Field has also served as a director Aurizon Holdings Limited (director from 19 April 2012).


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Tim Kennedy, B.App Sc (Geology), MBA, MAusIMM, MGSA - Independent Non-Executive Director (Appointed 13 December 2016)

Mr Kennedy is a geologist with a successful 30-year career in the mining industry, including extensive involvement in the exploration, feasibility and development of gold, nickel, platinum group elements, base metals and uranium projects throughout Australia.  His most recent role was as exploration manager with Independence Group NL, which during his 11 years IGO grew from being a junior explorer to a multi commodity mining company.  In particular Mr Kennedy played a key role as part of the team that represented IGO on the exploration steering committee during the multi-million ounce Tropicana, Havana and Boston Shaker discoveries, the discovery of the Rosie magmatic nickel sulphide deposit; and the discovery of the Bibra orogenic gold deposit.

Prior to that Mr Kennedy held a number of senior positions with global miner Anglo America, including as Exploration manager - Australia, Principal Geologist/Team Leader - Australia and Principal Geologist.  He also held positions with Resolute Limited, Hunter Resources and PNC Exploration Pty Ltd.

During the past three years Mr Kennedy has also served as a director of Millennium Minerals Limited (director since 2 May 2016).


Tara Robson

Tara Robson, FGIA, B.A. Accounting (CPA – USA) – Company Secretary

Ms Robson was appointed company secretary on 8 April 2004. Before joining Sipa Resources Limited, she served as consultant to the Company. She has held a similar role with listed entities since 1997 including Anvil Mining Limited and Brockman Resources Limited. Prior to that Ms Robson was a senior audit manager with a major accounting practice.