Board of Directors
Mr Lawrenson holds postgraduate qualifications in commerce and finance and has worked extensively in project development and investment banking around the world, including in Australia, USA and Singapore. Mr Lawrenson is an experienced mining executive and director with deep expertise in the minerals and energy sectors derived from his considerable global experience. He has a successful track record of leading strategic direction in companies and executing corporate transactions.
His previous executive roles include Atlas Iron Limited, where he led the company’s stabilisation and the subsequent takeover by a wholly owned subsidiary of Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd. Prior to this, he led several ASX listed companies through various stages of development. He held the position of Group Managing Director of GRD Group Limited (GRD) from 2006 to 2009. Prior to joining GRD, Mr Lawrenson was a senior executive and vice president of CMS Energy Corporation in the USA and Singapore for seven years. Mr Lawrenson is currently Non-Executive Chairman of ASX-listed Pacific Energy Ltd (ASX:PEA), and a Non-Executive Director of Primero Group Ltd (ASX:PGX)
B. Econ. Dip Acc. CA, MAICD
Mr Riekie is an experienced ASX Director at both the Executive and Non-executive level. He has operated in a variety of countries globally and throughout Africa; notably Namibia and Tanzania. He has throughout his career provided corporate, strategic and compliance services to a variety of organisations operating in the Resource and Industrial sector, usually enterprises seeking expansion capital and listing on ASX. He has been directly responsible for successful capital raising, stakeholder engagement, acquisition and divestment programmes. Additional experiences have been gained during his time as a corporate reconstruction specialist with Price Waterhouse. He has overseen, exploration and resource development, scoping and feasibility studies, production, optimisation and rehabilitation initiatives. He has special interest in the energy and energy storage sector, primarily through energy storage minerals and commodities with special knowledge of uranium oil and gas, graphite, lithium, nickel, copper and cobalt. Mr Riekie is a Non-Executive Director of remote power generation and energy solutions specialist, ASX listed Zenith Energy Limited.
Mr Riekie was appointed to the Paladin Board on 1 February 2018.
Mr Harris is a seasoned and highly experienced mining executive and director. Most recently, Mr Harris was interim CEO and Managing Director of ASX-listed Atlas Iron until January 2017 when he resumed his role as a Non-executive Director and is Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee. Mr Harris has been involved in all aspects of the industry for more than 40 years and held both COO and CEO positions in Atlantic Ltd and Strategic Minerals Corporation and was also the former Vice President of EVRAZ Plc in Moscow. Mr Harris is a consultant and member of the Advisory Board of Black Rock Metals in Montreal and is a consultant and advisor to GSA Environmental in the UK. Mr Harris currently a Non-executive Director of Perth-based Australian Vanadium Ltd. and is a Non-executive Director of Queensland Energy and Minerals, based in Brisbane.
Mr Harris was appointed to the Paladin Board on 1 February 2018.
Mr Hodder has extensive experience in generating and arranging private equity and debt deals with a focus on mining within developing countries especially Africa. He has also sat on a number of listed and private boards. Mr Hodder is a geologist with a Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences and a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Commerce from the University of Queensland. He spent ten years in the mining and oil and gas industries before completing an MBA at London Business School. Mr Hodder established the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) mining, oil and gas investment department in 1995 and was responsible for its investment activities for eight years. He was director of a number of junior mining companies and has significant experience of operating and investing in Africa. Mr Hodder also worked at Suncorp and Solaris as a Fund Manager focusing on the resources sector, managing an index-linked natural resource portfolio of $1.25bn. In 2014, Mr Hodder was one of three principals who established Tembo Capital, a mining-focused private equity fund group.
Mr Hodder was appointed to the Paladin Board on 14 February 2018.
Chief Executive Officer
B.Eng, MBA, FAusIMM, GAICD
Mr Sullivan brings 30 years of diversified mining experience to Paladin, across multiple commodities and projects domestically and internationally. His experience spans strategic planning in mines and smelters; feasibilities; commissioning; mine expansion and restructuring; mine, port and rail infrastructure; project management; sustainability and government and has a strong emphasis on operational optimisation.
He was most recently General Manager of Newcrest’s large and complex Telfer gold-copper mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Prior roles include CEO and Managing Director roles with ASX-listed companies centred in West Africa and the US. He was Asset President of NSW Energy Coal at BHP, being directly responsible for the operation and rapid expansion of one of Australia’s iconic and highest producing coal mines, Mt Arthur, along with the Caroona Coal project and BHP’s share in the NCIG port infrastructure in Newcastle.
Mr Sullivan was also GM of Peabody Energy’s Wambo Coal operations in the Hunter Valley. Mr Sullivan is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (FAusIMM) and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mining and an MBA.
Chief Financial Officer
B.Com, CPA, MBA, AICD
Ms Sudlow is a highly qualified CFO with more than 20 years of experience across the energy and resources sectors specialising in corporate finance and funding, investor relations and commercial management. Ms Sudlow commenced her career at Woodside Energy, progressing into senior functional roles across treasury and portfolio management; thereafter working with small cap ASX listed companies in senior leadership positions with a focus in finance and commercial. Ms Sudlow previously held the position of CFO at Transborders Energy, where she has been their CFO since 2017. Ms Sudlow has a Bachelor of Commerce and MBA from the University of WA, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia, is a CPA and a graduate of the AICD.
Ms Sudlow joined the Paladin Group in July 2019.
General Manager Business Development and Projects
B.Eng (Mech), MBA
In his role as General Manager of Business Development and Projects, Mr. Drake brings 25 years of diversified study, proejcts and operational leadership experience to Paladin.
He has undertaken executive leadership roles in Australia, South America, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, and was recently the General Manager of Processing at Newcrest's Lihir Gold Mine. He has previously held Program Director roles in BHP's major capital projects program in Nickel, Copper and Iron Ore. Mr. Drake holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mech) degreee and an MBA.
CA, AGIA, B.Com, MBA
Ms Betti is an accounting and corporate governance professional with more than 20 years’ experience in accounting, corporate governance, corporate advisory, finance and corporate banking.
Ms Betti has acted as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for companies in the private and publicly listed sectors, as well as senior executive roles in the banking and finance industry.
Ms Betti joined the Paladin Group in August 2015 and was appointed Joint Company Secretary in April 2018.