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Board of Directors

An Experienced and Diverse Board

The Board of Avenira have diverse backgrounds and experience which provides a great foundation for decision-making for a varied project portfolio.

With experience including project development, finance, engineering, legal, operations, geology, economics and logistics, the Avenira Board provide a balanced approach for all stages of project delivery.

Board of Directors

Mr Brett Clark
Chairman & CEO

Mr Clark is a senior executive with 25 years’ experience in the mining and energy sectors in funding, operations, project development 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 amongst others. Mr Clark has extensive leadership experience in executive and board positions held at both listed and unlisted companies.

His commodity and regional experience covers critical minerals including battery metals, fertilizers, gold, iron ore, copper, nickel, coal, industrial minerals, and upstream oil and gas across Australia, Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America. His funding experience includes project finance, bond raisings, debt restructuring, equity, and mezzanine financing in the US, Asian, European and Australians  capital markets.

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.

Kevin Dundo
Non-Executive Director

Mr Dundo is a practicing lawyer, specializing in commercial and corporate law and in particular, mergers and acquisitions, with experience in the mining services and financial services industries.

He is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia, Law Council of Western Australia, Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants.

Mr Dundo has had significance project development experience with the King of the Hills gold project as past Chairman of Red 5 Limited. 

Winnie Lai Hadad
Non-Executive Director

Ms Lai Hadad has expertise in change management, corporate governance and business process improvement and has been involved in listings on the Australian Securities Exchange.

Ms Lai Hadad has been involved with both investments into China and out-bound investment from China. Her past roles include implementing Coca-Cola bottling strategies into Greater China and administering the first Chinese direct investment in an iron ore mine in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia.

Ms Lai Hadad is a lawyer admitted to practice in Western Australia, a qualified CPA, holds a BA, BCom and MSc, and is a graduate of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Governance Institute of Australia.

Roger Harris
Non-Executive Director

Mr Harris has a B App Science and was the founding director / owner of a large service based company with branches in Western Australia and SE Asia and managed the exit sale that was ultimately acquired by a multi national top 25 ASX listed company.

Mr Harris has continued to operate a family office for 30 years investing in the natural resources sector and other asset classes and continues in the development and growth of business’ through mergers and acquisitions.

Dr Geoffrey Xue
Non-Executive Director

Dr Xue has both a PhD in Economic Geology and a Masters in Economic Geology as well as a Bachelor (Honours) in Geology. Dr Xue has more than 10 years’ experience in mining and investment banking in Australia, and has had significant experience in gold project development from exploration through resource definition and feasibility study to commercial production.

Dr Xue is currently the Project Manager at Anova Metals Ltd (AWV) and previously a senior executive in KPMG Corporate Finance.


Brian Campbell
Project Director

Mr Campbell, a chemical engineer, has deep experience leading engineering teams specialising in phosphate projects for global engineering organisations.  This included roles with Worley as Director Mined Fertilizers, Advisian as a Strategic Consultant and Thyssenkrupp.

Steve Harrison
Chief Geologist

Mr Harrison has gained extensive experience across multiple commodities and varied parts of the geological “supply chain” since completing his Honours degree in Geology at Curtin University in 1995.

Operational and Senior Management roles have encompassed all aspects of greenfields and brownfields exploration, resource drilling, resource estimation, database management and mine geology split between the Gold, Iron Ore and Mineral Sands commodity sectors. Senior roles have been held with Newmont, BHP Billiton and MZI Resources (now Doral).

Steve completed an MBA at the University of Western Australia in 2020 and is an advocate for mental health initiatives, being a certified trainer for the Neuroptimal® Neurofeedback system.

Graeme Smith
Chief Financial Officer / Company Secretary

Mr Smith is the principal of Wembley Corporate Services which provide corporate secretarial, CFO and governance services. Mr Smith has over 25 years’ experience in company secretarial work.