Management

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 1980s, 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.

Jürgen Behrens

Chief Financial Officer

Jürgen brings over 35 years of extensive and varied experience having worked in funds management, investment banking, life insurance, small/medium businesses and manufacturing.

He has held both senior leadership and technical roles for ANZ Wealth Management, ING Investment Management, AMP Services Limited and CBA Institutional Banking in investment accounting, finance, pricing, portfolio asset transitions, taxation, compliance, project management and business process analytics.

Jürgen holds a Degree in Finance from Charles Sturt University in Bathurst and memberships at the Institute of Public Accountants (Fellow) and Taxation Institute of Australia (Chartered).

Rod Chittenden

Project Director – Nachu Graphite Project

Rod has 40 years of experience in the Minerals industry across Africa, Australia and South America, both in executive management roles and metallurgical project development roles from exploration to production.

Rod has largely resided in Africa for more than a decade and was CEO for Magnis when the Nachu Graphite Project was discovered, spearheading initial geological and metallurgical programs. Rod also played a key role in the commissioning of Paladin Energy’s (ASX:PDN) Langer Heinrich and Kayelekera projects. Prior to that Rod has worked for major miners including Newcrest (ASX:NCM) and Barrick Gold (NYSE:GOLD).

Rod is currently Non-Executive Director of ASX Listed Adavale Resources (ASX:ADD).

Jack Robertson

Strategic Manager – Batteries

Jack possesses over three decades of experience working in government and private enterprises locally and overseas. He has a broad range of experiences and skillsets in the technical, regulatory, political, marketplace expansion, advocacy and public relations fields. He has occupied roles in corporate marketing, public grants management, transport and infrastructure.

Currently Jack also works with a Sydney-based registered lobbying firm providing political and corporate advocacy to major national and international clients, and as a Special Projects researcher for a multi-stakeholder engagement not-for-profit with a strategic focus on the fast-evolving ‘smart city’ future of the Western Sydney Airport and Aerotropolis. Jack holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and recently published a public policy paper on Energy and Utilities Transition in Western Sydney.

Nawal Silfani

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

Nawal is an experienced lawyer and corporate governance specialist, having held senior executive, leadership and advisory roles with ASX listed companies and other entities across a range of industries.

She has been responsible for leading a broad range of corporate functions, including corporate governance, legal, compliance, strategy and risk management, and has extensive experience at a top tier Australian law firm, where her practice focused on corporate law and governance.

Nawal holds various qualifications in law (including a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney), corporate governance and risk and she is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.