Mr Whiddon has an extensive background in equity capital markets, banking and corporate advisory, with a specific focus on natural resources. Mr Whiddon holds a degree in Economics and has extensive corporate and management experience. He is currently Director of a number of Australian and international public listed companies in the resources sector.
Mr Whiddon was formerly Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Grove Energy Limited, a European and Mediterranean oil and gas exploration and development company, with operations in Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Tunisia and the UK and Dutch North Seas. In 2002 Grove's Market capitalization was less than C$5 million. In April 2007, Grove was acquired by Stratic Energy Limited, a TSX-listed oil and gas company, for C$150 milliion.
Non-Executive Director and Joint Company Secretary
Member of the Audit & Risk Committee and Remuneration Committee
Neil Hackett holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Western Australia, Post-graduate qualifications in Applied Finance and Investment, and is a Graduate (Order of Merit) with the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Neil is an Affiliate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries of Australia and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia. Neil is classified as an Independent Non-executive Director of Azonto, who also fulfills Azonto's requirements for a part-time Australian domiciled company secretary. He is currently Non-executive director of Australian Securities Exchange listed entities; Stratos Resources Limited (ASX), TPL Corporation Limited and company secretary of Ampella Mining Ltd and Modun Resources Ltd. Neil is also on the Board of two unlisted companies, Steel Blue Pty Ltd and WestCycle Inc. Neil's previous West African experience includes company secretary at Sundance Resources Limited and work with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission.
Robert Downey is a corporate resources solicitor and company director. He has worked extensively in all areas of resources law with a particular focus on oil and gas projects in a variety of offshore jurisdictions. Mr Downey has specialised in advising publicly listed oil and gas and mining companies in relation to a variety of legal issues including capital markets, structuring, mergers and acquisitions and listings on ASX, AIM and TSX.
Mr Downey also established a corporate advisory business during 2005 and was involved in a number of IPO and listings of various resource companies as well as asset acquisitions and divestments. Mr Downey has also held a number of public company directorships.
Mr Downey is currently the chairman of Mount Ridley Mines Ltd and a non-executive director of Kairiki Energy Ltd, Instinct Energy Ltd and Minrex Resources NL. In October 2012, Downey, in conjunction with two former colleagues formed Thompson Downey Cooper, where he acts for a select group of public companies, high net worth individuals and several South East Asian large private conglomerates.