Board of Directors

Frank Poullas

Executive Chairman - MAICD

Frank Poullas has spent over two decades working in the technology, investment banking and engineering sectors. Over the last 15 years Frank has been involved with assisting a number of public entities with funding, strategic direction which has resulted in increased shareholder value.

Frank is currently a director of several companies and continues to consult to public companies involved or looking at entering the Lithium-ion battery material sector.

Professor M. Stanley Whittingham

Non-Executive Director

Professor Whittingham has over four decades of experience in the Lithium-ion battery industry and is best known for being a key figure in the invention of the Lithium-ion battery technology which has earned him a Nobel Prize in Chemistry that was recently announced in October 2019.

During his illustrious career Professor Whittingham has headed large projects for the US Department of Energy, Exxon and Schlumberger.  He has 16 US patents and has been involved in writing over 240 pieces of scientific and engineering literature.

Currently, Professor Whittingham is a professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering at Binghamton University which is part of the State University of New York. Professor Whittingham is also Director of the Northeast Center for Chemical Energy Storage (NECCES), which is an effort being led by Binghamton University, and includes as partners Rutgers University, Stony Brook University, Cambridge University, MIT, University of Michigan, University of California at Santa Barbara and University of California at San Diego. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2018.

James Dack

Executive Director

James’ business career includes roles in government, private and public enterprises, including co-ordinating the entire NSW Public Hospital Payroll System in the Industrial Relations Division of the Department of Health.

In the late 1980’s, James started in the real estate industry as a founding partner in one of the most successful and recognised brands in Australia.  James left the real estate industry in 2014 to pursue other ventures and began his own private investment company, where he has taken a large position in many entities including public companies listed locally and overseas.

James sits on the board of directors for the Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW (PCYC) an organisation that he has been involved with for more than 40 years. During his time with the PCYC, James has had many roles which have helped the community and those in need.

Peter Tsegas

Non-Executive Director

Peter has over 15 years of experience in Tanzania (10 years as a resident). He has worked to engage both the private and government sectors on a number of projects. Peter was founder and Managing Director of Tancoal Energy Ltd. which he successfully took from an exploration company through to a JV with the Tanzanian government and then into production. A number of consulting roles to the Tanzanian government have been undertaken, including the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Energy and Minerals. He has also consulted to a number of mining companies including Rio Tinto.

Hon. Troy Grant

Non-Executive Director

Troy is a former Deputy Premier of New South Wales and leader of the NSW National Party and has built a 30 year career of distinguished, decorated and accomplished public service to the people of NSW across government, law enforcement, emergency services, social justice, community and charitable endeavours.

During his Parliamentary career, he served across a number of Ministerial portfolio’s drawing record investment and change in Police, Emergency Services, Justice, Hospitality, Gaming & Racing, Minister for The Arts.  In addition, he also served as the Minister for Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services, and Tourism and Major Events

In 2019, following Mr Grant’s distinguished career in public service, he established a successful consulting & advisory firm, where he is currently contracted as a Strategic Advisor to a big four auditing firm, a world leading technology company, and adding to an already impressive list of clients, he’s been sought to lead resourcing projects for a number of State Governments across Australia.