Board and management

Managing director – Adrian Griffin

Mr Griffin has more than 40 years’ experience in the mining industry – in project identification, development and financing, as well as oversight of integrated mining and processing facilities. A founding director of Northern Minerals (the first heavy-rare-earths producer outside China) and Parkway Minerals (developer of the K-Max™ process to recover potassium and other metals from glauconite), he is also a non-executive director of Reedy Lagoon Corporation. With particular expertise in processing technology, Mr Griffin is currently identifying unconventional sources of lithium (including mine waste) and developing the technology to process them plus more conventional feed stocks such as spodumene. As managing director of Lithium Australia, he is also focused on the downstream production of lithium-ion battery components, as well as the recycling of battery/e-waste to recover the energy metals they contain. In so doing, Mr Griffin is positioning the company as a vertically integrated producer of lithium processing technology, a manufacturer of battery components and a developer of battery recycling technology, the aim being to access all facets of the lithium value chain.

Non-executive director – Kristie Young

Ms Young’s varied background includes more than 20 years’ experience across a range of sectors, including technical engineering, project evaluation, strategy, business development, growth, marketing, commercial, client management, governance and human resources.

Most recently, Ms Young held senior growth and business development executive roles with leading professional services firms PwC and Ernst & Young. She is a non-executive director with Primero Group and sits on the boards of Wesley College and the Petroleum Club of WA.

Ms Young holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) Hons from the University of Queensland and a Post Graduate Diploma of Education (Mathematics & IT) from the University of Western Australia. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a CertIV HR from the Australian HR Institute.

Non-executive director – Phil Thick

Mr Thick has over 30 years’ experience as a senior executive in oil and gas, mining and chemical processing in large multinational – as well as smaller, ASX-listed and privately owned – companies. In addition, he has extensive experience on many boards, in non-executive director roles, and chaired many of them for extended periods. Mr Thick enjoyed a 20-year career with Shell, both within Australia and overseas; for the last three he was on the board of Shell Australia as downstream director. This was followed by five years as a director and CEO of Coogee Chemicals, then four as CEO of New Standard Energy. During the past four and a half years, Mr Thick headed up Tianqi Lithium Australia, a subsidiary of Tianqi Lithium Corp out of China, one of the world’s largest lithium companies. (Tianqi owns 51% of the Greenbushes mine in Western Australia, the world’s best hard-rock lithium resource.) Mr Thick was charged with building the world’s largest lithium hydroxide plant in Kwinana, south of Perth, an investment of nearly A$1 billion. He also chairs the boards of the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA and Perth Symphony Orchestra.

Non-executive chairman – George Bauk

Mr Bauk’s 25+ years of mining industry experience include particular expertise in critical metals. Skilled in strategic management, business planning, the establishment of high-performing teams and capital-raising, he has held senior operational and corporate positions with WMC Resources and Arafura Resources and was managing director of Indigo Resources (formerly Western Metals).

Since 2010, Mr Bauk has been managing director and CEO of Northern Minerals, overseeing that company’s heavy-rare-earth project in northern Australia. This has involved organising a successful greenfields exploration programme, obtaining government approvals for production and co-existence agreements with traditional owners, initiating a definitive feasibility study and establishing off-take agreements with international suppliers, as well as substantial fund-raising. Such activities have granted him valuable exposure to critical metals markets – experience that’s now directly applicable to advancing the activities of Lithium Australia.

Company secretary  – Barry Woodhouse

For some 25 years, Mr Woodhouse has been involved in manufacturing, mining services, exploration, mine production (gold, oil and gas, iron ore, bauxite, lithium, copper, uranium and manganese) and information technology in his roles as, variously, chairman, director, CFO, financial controller and/or company secretary of a number of listed and private entities.

His career has granted him exposure to a number of jurisdictions, including the US, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Europe and India. In general, Mr Woodhouse involves himself with a company while it is establishing or redefining its investment strategy.

Chief financial officer – Stuart Tarrant

Mr Tarrant is a senior finance professional of more than 20 years’ experience, most gained in rapidly growing or changing environments. He has worked within a range of industries, including mineral extraction, mineral exploration, finance and agribusiness. Most recently, Mr Tarrant  was CFO at Danakali Limited (ASX: DNK), which is developing the world-class Colluli potash project in Eritrea, East Africa. During his time with Danakali, Mr Tarrant worked through the study phases of the financial model that underpinned the economic outcomes and successfully secured US$200 million of project senior debt, as well as negotiating material operating contracts. Before that, he held roles with BHP, Leighton Contractors and Great Southern Limited, and also consulted to small- and mid-sized enterprises. Mr Tarrant brings with him specific expertise in fundraising, strategic analysis, governance and compliance, with a focus on value creation.