Board of Directors

Mr Brett Clark – Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Clark is a senior executive with 25 years’ experience in the mining and energy sectors in funding, operations and advisory, with Hamersley Iron Pty Ltd, CRA Limited, WMC Resources Limited, Iron Ore Company of Canada, Rio Tinto Limited and subsequently with Ernst and Young, Tethyan Copper Company Pty Ltd, Oakajee Port and Rail, Mitsubishi Development and Murchison Metals. Mr Clark has extensive leadership experience from board positions held at both listed and unlisted companies. His expertise ranges from project development to operations, sales and marketing in gold, iron ore, copper, nickel, coal, industrial minerals, and upstream oil and gas across Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America. His experience includes bond raisings, debt restructuring, equity, and mezzanine financing in the US and Asian capital markets.

Mr Clark is currently a Managing Partner at Doonbeg Group, a maritime, project finance, metals and mining, and specialty lending merchant bank offering advisory services across a range of interests.

Mr Clark holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Curtin University in Western Australia and Graduate Diploma of Business Management and Finance from Deakin University in Victoria.

Timothy CottonTimothy Cotton – Non-Executive Director

Timothy Cotton has over two decades of experience in the phosphate mining and fertilizer sector, with a strong focus on business and project development, strategic transactions, M&A and finance.

Mr. Cotton is Vice Chairman and a principal in the Agrifos Group of companies, which include Agrifos Partners LLC, Baobab Partners LLC and Vulcan Phosphates LLC. The Agrifos Group is a significant shareholder in Avenira and in JDCPhosphate, Inc. Mr. Cotton began his career in the merchant banking department of Kidder, Peabody & Co., later becoming a vice president at Lepercq, de Neuflize & Co., a New York-based investment bank. Mr. Cotton formed the Agrifos Group with his partner, Mr. Farouk Chaouni, in 1993.

In addition to his role in the Agrifos Group, Mr. Cotton is a director of Zalagh Holding S.A., an integrated poultry company, and MedInstill LLC, a medical device company.

Dr. Louis Calvarin – Non-Executive Director

Louis Calvarin, who is currently based in Sénégal, has three decades experience with a focus on operational excellence and optimization in various process industries including basic chemicals, specialty chemicals and the fertilizer industry. In the latter he has been active in the full value chain, from mining exploration through phosphate rock procurement, ocean logistics and rock transformation into standard as well as specialty fertilizer products.

Dr. Calvarin has led technology development and engineering projects at Rhodia in France (now Solvay) before focusing on mineral processing business operations in several European countries. He then relocated to the United States to lead the manufacturing operations of the merging Rhodia and Albright & Wilson businesses. When the division was spun-off to private equity major Bain Capital as Innophos, he stayed on board to lead the company’s operations through a successful IPO, de-leveraging and then external growth into nutrition business lines.


Rod Wheatley – Chief Financial Officer / Company SecretaryRod Wheatley

Rod Wheatley is a senior accountant who has worked within the oil and gas, and resource industry for in excess of 12 years in the capacity of company accountant, group financial controller and chief financial officer.

Mr Wheatley joined Avenira (formerly Minemakers) in 2009 as Group Financial Controller and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2011. Prior to joining Avenira, Mr Wheatley held senior accounting positions in a number of ASX and AIM listed production and exploration companies. He has extensive experience in management and project accounting, financial reporting at national and international levels, mergers and acquisitions and implementation of accounting systems and procedures.

Manar BA – Director General (Sénégal)

Mr. Manar BA is the founding manager of Atlas Ressources Sarl which became Baobab Mining and Chemicals Corporation SA after merging with Agrifos West Africa SA.

Mr BA is graduated in business law and administration of the universities of Paris I – Sorbonne (France) and Berkeley School of Law – Boalt Hall (UC Berkeley-USA) and heads the project since its beginning in 2011. Current General Manager of BMCC SA, Mr. BA has a solid experience in the management of Senegalese companies in the areas of trade and mining and has built a strong relationship with the local populations around the project areas.

John RibbonsJohn Ribbons – Company Secretary

John Ribbons is an accountant who has worked within the resources industry for over 18 years in the capacity of company accountant, group financial controller, chief financial officer or company secretary.

Mr Ribbons has extensive knowledge and experience with ASX listed production and exploration companies. He has considerable site based experience with operating mines and has also been involved with the listing of several exploration companies on ASX. Mr Ribbons has experience in capital raising, ASX and TSX compliance and regulatory requirements. Currently, Mr Ribbons is a director of Montezuma Mining Company Limited.