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Board/Executives

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. Mr McGown has had extensive experience in the corporate finance sector, including mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings in both domestic and international financial markets, asset acquisitions and asset disposals, initial public offerings and corporate restructurings.

Mr McGown is also the Non-Executive Chairman for Pioneer Resources Limited and in the past three years has held directorships in Bass Metals Ltd (7 July 2004 to 4 October 2013), and Peel Mining Limited (1 February 2008 to 9 April 2013).

Through his role as executive director of New Holland, Mr McGown has been consulting to the Company since October 2014 until his appointment in March 2015. The mandate which outlines the terms of the consulting arrangement was terminated subsequent to year end, however a continuing obligation of 6% of funds raised from introduced parties remains 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 consulting arrangement. As a result, the Board has appointed Mrs Karen Field as Senior Independent Director to fulfil the role of Chair, in situations where Mr McGown may be conflicted.

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 as 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 has worked for a number of mining and exploration companies including executive director of Summit Resources Ltd, and for Newmont Pty Ltd at the Telfer Gold Mine and Worsely Alumina at the Boddington gold mine at its commencement. Lynda is currently on the advisory board of the Centre for Exploration Targeting based at the University of WA.

During the past three years Ms 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 experience in the mining industry and has held executive roles in a variety of industry sectors in Australia and South America. She has a strong background in strategy, human resources and project management.

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 of Aurizon Holdings Limited (director from 19 April 2012).


Paul Kiley

Paul Kiley, B Ec. CPA – Independent Non-Executive Director (Appointed 23 September 2014)

Mr Kiley has over three decades of experience in the mining and oil and gas industries, including seventeen years with Normandy/Newmont, the last six years of which was as the Director for Corporate Development for Newmont's Asia Pacific region. Upon leaving Newmont, Mr Kiley established a consulting business which has principally been involved in providing commercial and business development advice and also managing the commercial infrastructure aspects of projects through the prefeasibility and feasibility phases.

In December 2015 he was appointed the chief Financial Officer of Hillgrove Resources Limited.

Mr Kiley has been a member of the Audit & Risk Committee since his appointment. During the past three years Mr Kiley has not been a director of any other listed companies.


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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, feasbility 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 Mellennium Minerals Limited (director since 2 May 2016).


Tara Robson

Tara Robson, 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.