BRYCE CROCKER - Chief Executive Officer / Executive Director
Bryce Crocker is a seasoned mining and natural resources executive with significant experience in base metals including cobalt. Mr Crocker joined Xstrata plc shortly after its IPO in mid 2002, was based in London in business development roles until 2006, upon when he transitioned to Canada following the acquisition of Falconbridge and establishment of Xstrata Nickel headquarters in Toronto. His past nickel/cobalt roles at Xstrata plc’s nickel division include VP and Head Strategy, Marketing and Research, and GM and Head Business Development. Mr Crocker was a Director on the Xstrata Nickel Board, an Xstrata nominee Director to the Nickel Institute Board (global body representing the industry) and an Xstrata nominee to the Kabanga Shareholder Advisory Committee.
Following the sale of Xstrata to Glencore in 2013, Mr Crocker was based in Latin America focused on natural resource investments in the region. Mr Crocker holds an LLB (Honours) and BSc from the University of Melbourne and a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Australian Securities Institute.
JAMES MAY - Chief Financial Officer / Executive General Manager - Finance
Mr May joins Jervois with more than 20 years of experience in the global resources industry. He began his career with Deloitte in London within its energy and resources division, before joining Rio Tinto in 2006.
At Rio Tinto, Mr May spent time in a variety of global positions of increasing seniority, culminating in the role of Interim Vice President – Sales and Marketing, for the Energy and Minerals sales portfolio, based in Singapore. The role is responsible for commodity sales generating more than US$2 billion of revenue annually. Mr May was also responsible for new business initiatives and marketing projects for the portfolio, including the evaluation of commercial opportunities in lithium and other battery metals.
Prior to moving to Singapore in 2018, Mr May spent four years in Darwin as Chief Financial Officer of Energy Resources of Australia Limited, an ASX-listed uranium miner majority owned by Rio Tinto. In this role he was responsible for leadership of all finance, commercial, business development and governance activities.
Mr May also spent time in corporate roles with Rio Tinto as part of the group business development team focused on corporate strategy, M&A and related projects, and in roles with group finance.
KENNETH KLASSEN - General Counsel / Executive General Manager - Legal
Prior to his appointment at Jervois, Mr Klassen’s last executive role was as General Counsel of Glencore plc, based in Baar Switzerland, retiring in 2016. Mr Klassen was responsible for the global legal function including a team of in-house lawyers supporting Executive Management, business operations and the Board of one of the world’s largest diversified natural resource companies, and a major producer and marketer of more than 90 commodities worldwide, with around 150 mining and metallurgical sites, oil production assets and agricultural facilities.
Prior to joining Glencore in 2013, Mr Klassen had a successful 20-year career as a Canadian M&A lawyer at leading Canadian law firms. Mr Klassen first began working with current members of the Jervois Board in 2005, advising Xstrata plc on its C$23.8 billion hostile acquisition of Falconbridge and later on its C$6.2 billion offer for LionOre Mining. Mr. Klassen has advised on numerous mining and commodities deals including Glencore’s acquisitions of Viterra, the leading Canadian grain handler, for C$6.2 billion and a controlling interest in Katanga Mining, a leading copper-cobalt producer, and BHP Billiton’s acquisition of Anglo Potash whose project evolved into BHP’s Jansen potash project.
GREG YOUNG - Executive General Manager - Commercial
Mr Young is one of the world’s foremost traders of nickel and cobalt products, with extensive knowledge of the commodities, their materials flow, market indices and pricing strategies.
Mr Young gained this experience during his 25-year tenure in Glencore’s United States business, which culminated in his appointment as Co-Head of Glencore USA, a position he held for over 10 years. Mr Young ran Glencore’s Stamford office in Connecticut, which housed approximately 50 metals traders and other employees.
Over the course of his career with Glencore, Mr Young managed more than 20 commodities including all North American marketing for Glencore’s alloy division. Glencore’s alloy division during his tenure encompassed, amongst other products, nickel, cobalt and ferrochrome. Mr Young started Glencore’s cobalt trading book, which during his tenure became the worlds’ largest. Mr Young oversaw United States marketing and placement of all nickel and cobalt products resulting from Xstrata plc’s US$17 billion acquisition of Falconbridge, a Canadian base metal producer, in 2006. Mr Young also handled all North American sales resulting from Glencore’s acquisitions of the Mopani copper-cobalt mine and processing plant in Zambia and the Murrin Murrin nickel-cobalt facility in Australia.
During Mr Young’s tenure, Glencore’s United States metals business achieved compounded annual sales growth of almost 35 percent. Mr Young left Glencore shortly after its IPO, having established a 30 percent market share or greater in the majority of the commodities traded.
MATTHEW LENGERICH - Executive General Manager - Mining
Mr Lengerich joins Jervois from global miner Rio Tinto, where he has spent more than 20 years in a range of roles, with his last position as General Manager – Digital Transformation, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Over the past four years, Mr Lengerich has been a key leader of Rio Tinto’s efforts to advance its capacity in artificial intelligence, data analytics and mine productivity across its global operating sites.
Prior to these specialised mining technology roles, as General Manager of Rio Tinto Iron Ore’s integrated operations centre in Perth, Australia, Mr Lengerich had responsibility for 450 staff in central control, executing dynamic scheduling and maintaining the production systems associated with the delivery of 320Mtpa of iron ore from Western Australia. This product was sourced from 15 mines, and transported through 1,700km of rail network and four independent ports, by the remote operating team.
MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ - Group Manager – Technical Services
Michael Rodriguez has over 30 years of experience in the design, construction, commissioning, operation and management of hydrometallurgical and pyro-metallurgical plants across Australia, Turkey, Europe and the Americas. Michael has a strong background in project construction, mechanical completion and site handover to operations. His previous employers include Poseidon Nickel (Windarra, Black Swan and Lake Johnston Nickel Operations), GoldCorp, WMC Resources (Olympic Dam and Kwinana Nickel Refinery), Glencore (Murrin Murrin) and Gordes Nickel.
He has held senior executive roles as Chief Operations Officer, Refinery Manager, Projects, Technical Services and Corporate Strategic Development Manager. As site registered manager he managed over 300 staff and contractors with an annual budget over A$150 million. His team had responsibility for the design and commissioning of the High Pressure Acid Leach (HPAL) circuit, including the Pressure Oxidative (POX) leach autoclave, sulphuric acid and hydrogen sulphide plants, solvent extraction (SX) and hydrogen reduction.
Mr Rodriguez was a Non-Executive Director of Jervois from October 2017 prior to his appointment as Executive General Manager – Technical Services in 2019.
WAYDE YEOMAN - Group Manager - Commercial
Mr Yeoman joins Jervois with more than 30 years of experience in the global cobalt industry. He began his career with The Shepherd Chemical Company (“Shepherd”), a manufacturer of metal-based chemicals, including many cobalt products. Shepherd remains one of the largest consumers of cobalt in the United States. At Shepherd, he progressed through various positions in production, purchasing and sales.
Over the course of his career, Mr Yeoman also worked for global cobalt merchants Metal Resources Group and Darton Commodities, where he had responsibility for sales of cobalt metal to major consumers in the United States.
Mr Yeoman also spent 14 years in multiple roles at OM Group, Inc (“OMG”). OMG was the world’s largest cobalt refiner at the time, with more than 10,000 metric tonnes of refined cobalt output annually from the Kokkola facility in Finland. Kokkola’s production included cobalt metal powder, cobalt fine powders, cobalt oxide and other salts for use in the battery, hard metal, catalyst and other industries.
As Director of Cobalt Sourcing and Marketing at OMG, Mr Yeoman was active across the global cobalt supply chain. He was responsible for purchasing cobalt feedstocks for the Kokkola cobalt refinery, as well as cobalt metal raw materials for OMG’s carboxylate production facilities. As a member of OMG’s Cobalt Management executive team, he was involved with strategic decisions regarding refining volumes, product mix and pricing strategies.
KLAUS WOLLHAF - Group Manager - Commercial
Mr Wollhaf joins Jervois with more than 30 years of experience in the global mining industry. He began his career with Anglo American Platinum Limited (“AngloPlats”), one of the world’s largest producers of platinum group metals (PGM’s) as a Minerals Process Engineer at Anglo’s PGM smelting and base metal refining facilities in South Africa.
Over the course of his career, Mr Wollhaf also worked in senior operational roles across multiple commodities including managing ferrochrome smelting operations for Anglovaal Minerals and Assmang in South Africa, and smelting and refining operations of copper and zinc for Falconbridge (now part of Glencore) in Canada.
Mr Wollhaf has also held senior commercial and marketing roles across a number of commodities including nickel, cobalt, copper, and PGM’s.
From 2005 to 2012, Mr Wollhaf was based in Brussels, Belgium within Xstrata Nickel International S.A., the trading vehicle responsible for raw material acquisitions and sales for Xstrata Nickel globally encompassing nickel cobalt, copper and PGM intermediates. Mr Wollhaf was responsible for leading purchasing teams based across the United States and Europe with a mandate to fill capacity of the Sudbury nickel-cobalt smelter in Canada, the Nikkelverk nickel-cobalt refinery in Norway, and the BCL nickel-copper smelter in Botswana. Mr Wollhaf was Vice President from 2005 to 2008, then President until his transfer to Asia to head up Nickel Laterite development at Xstrata Nickel in 2012. Since leaving Glencore in 2013, Mr Wollhaf, via his firm KSSM Consulting Pty Ltd, has consulted to a number of international clients in the mining industry predominantly in nickel and cobalt markets (including Jervois).
Mr Wollhaf has an industry leading background in the purchase and sale of nickel and cobalt intermediates, with extensive experience in trading concentrate, matte and mixed metal hydroxide and sulphide products globally. He is familiar with the SMP refinery in Brazil, having visited a number of times on behalf of Xstrata Nickel (now Glencore).
ALWYN DAVEY - Group Manager Corporate & Company Secretary
Alwyn Davey was appointed Company Secretary on 12 April 2017. Mr Davey has more than 18 years’ experience as Company Secretary in relation to corporate governance, new stock market listings, secondary fundraising, and cross border mergers, acquisitions and investments. Mr Davey was formerly a member of the executive committee of Cambrian Mining Plc, a diversified mining group listed in London. He was a Non-Executive Director of Energybuild Group Plc, a UK listed coal company.
Mr Davey’s primary responsibility is to support the Board in its corporate governance and administrative compliance of the Company with ASIC and the ASX Listing Rules, a role he has undertaken for several other ASX-listed entities.
Mr Davey holds an LLB degree from Waikato University, NZ.
DR. JENNIFER HINTON - Group Manager ESG
Jennifer Hinton has almost two decades of experience working with companies, governments, communities and miners in 20 countries in Africa, Asia and South America. Her expertise ranges from capacity building of mining stakeholders to gender dimensions of mining policy and law to sustainable artisanal and small scale mining. Clients have included the World Bank, USAID, Global Affairs Canada, GiZ, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SDC and a range of other governments, UN agencies, companies and organizations. In addition to her current position with Jervois, Hinton is an Adjunct Professor in the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University. Hinton holds a B.A.Sc. (Geol. Eng), M.A.Sc. (Mining and Mineral Process Eng.) and PhD (Mining Eng.) from the University of British Columbia in Canada.
IAN WOOLSEY - Group Manager - IT
Mr. Woolsey has over 30 years of global experience across IT Strategy and Planning, ERP Program Management, Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer roles across the Resources and Government sectors, including a decade of CIO / IT leadership experience with Glencore Xstrata.
Mr. Woolsey joined Xstrata plc in 2003 as the Global IT Projects Manager, responsible for the implementation of standard IT infrastructure across 10 business units in 7 countries. He transitioned to Toronto, Canada in 2006, with responsibility for delivering the successful IT integration of the newly acquired Falconbridge business. In 2008, Mr Woolsey transferred to Xstrata Nickel as General Manager Business Services, where he led the successful deployment of an integrated SAP solution for Xstrata Nickel’s global operations, across 7 sites in 4 languages.
CRAIG MORRISON - Group Financial Controller
Mr Morrison is currently Group Financial Controller for an Australian agriculture business with revenues approaching A$200 million, where he oversees all finance and accounting operations. Previously, Mr Morrison was Group Financial Reporting Manager based in London, United Kingdom, for a NASDAQ-listed LNG midstream infrastructure company with a market capitalization of approximately US$1 billion. Mr Morrison will also be based in Melbourne, Australia.
DEAN BESSERER - General Manager - Exploration
Mr Besserer has more than two decades of exploration experience working in over 50 countries including across much of Africa, often leading annual exploration budgets exceeding US$20 million. Previous clients include BHP Billiton, DeBeers and Ashton Mining. Mr Besserer is a former Director of Brilliant Mining listed on the TSX-V, and was previously a partner and Vice President of APEX Geoscience Ltd.
Mr Besserer is a Qualified Person under NI 43-101 and will continue to fulfil this role for Jervois, both in Uganda where he has been leading the Company’s exploration programmes since 2017, and at Jervois’s recently acquired Idaho Cobalt Operations (“ICO”).