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Board of Directors

Rick Crabb

Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Crabb has been involved over the last 30 years as a director and strategic shareholder in many public companies operating in Australia, Asia and Africa (including Mali and Burkina Faso). For over 20 years he was chairman of ASX/TSX listed uranium miner Paladin Energy Ltd which built 2 uranium mines (in Namibia and Malawi) and at various times had advanced projects in Australia, Niger and Canada.

Mr Crabb’s has a legal background with experience centred on mining, corporate and commercial law. Over a career spanning from 1980 to 2004 as a solicitor, Mr Crabb was partner of Robinson Cox (now Clayton Utz) and Blakiston & Crabb (now Gilbert and Tobin), advising on numerous resource development projects in Australia, Asia and Africa for clients including Australian, Canadian, European and Japanese based multinationals, as well as Perth based entrepreneurial companies operating in Australia and overseas. In 2001 he led a team of international lawyers on a World Bank project to rewrite the mining and related environmental and fiscal laws of Ghana which successfully saw a renewal of Ghana’s mining industry.

Mr Crabb has been a WA Councillor of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). He was awarded the AICD Gold Medal in 2021 for services to the business community and AICD. He holds degrees of Bachelor of Jurisprudence (Honours), Bachelor of Laws and Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia.

Simon Hay

Managing Director

Mr Hay joined Leo Lithium as Managing Director and CEO in January 2022. Prior to joining Leo Lithium, Mr Hay was Chief Executive Officer of ASX-listed lithium company, Galaxy Resources Limited. The culmination of his role as CEO was the A$5 billion merger of equals with Orocobre Limited, to create the world’s fifth largest lithium producer Allkem (ASX:AKE) in mid-2021.

Mr Hay has an astute knowledge of the lithium market and is well regarded in the capital markets for having created value at Galaxy. Mr Hay holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours (Chemistry), and a Master of Applied Science (Metallurgy) from the University of Melbourne.

Brendan Borg

Non-Executive Director

Mr Borg is a consultant geologist who has specialised in the battery materials sector and participated in numerous successful projects in an investment and/or operational capacity.

Mr Borg has 25 years’ experience gained working in management, operational and project development roles in the mineral exploration and mining industries, with companies including Rio Tinto Iron Ore, Magnis Resources Limited, Celsius Resources Limited, Tempus Resources Limited, Firefinch Limited and Sibelco Australia Limited. Brendan is currently a director of battery minerals explorer Kuniko Limited (ASX:KNI) and graphite developer Sarytogan Graphite Limited (ASX:SGA) Mr Borg is also a Director of geological consultancy Borg Geoscience Pty Ltd.

Mr Borg holds a Master of Science in Hydrogeology and Groundwater Management (University of Technology Sydney), a Bachelor or Science in Geology/Environmental Science (Monash University) and is a member of the AusIMM and IAH.

Rod Baxter

Non-Executive Director

Mr Baxter is an experienced Company Director and Business Executive, with international as well as multi-sector experience.

Mr Baxter’s leadership roles include CEO and MD of listed and private companies. He has operated and led businesses across various industry sectors in Australia and internationally, including diversified mining and resources, engineering and construction, and manufacturing.

Mr Baxter’s career has included business turnarounds as well as the delivery of substantial growth and transformation strategies. He brings valuable global business experience, strong commercial acumen, and a wide contact network.

Mr Baxter has also held non-executive positions on public and private company boards, and he is an experienced chair and member of board sub-committees. He is currently a non-executive director of Podium Minerals Limited, Trigg Mining Limited, and WA Kaolin Limited.

Mr Baxter holds BSc (Hons), PhD, and MBA qualifications.

Amber Banfield

Non-Executive Director

Ms Banfield has more than 20 years’ experience in management positions with Worley Limited (ASX: WOR), supporting its growth to become the world’s largest energy and resources engineering services provider. Ms Banfield’s roles at Worley Limited related to operations, strategy, sustainability, mergers and acquisitions, servicing the sectors of mining, infrastructure, oil and gas, hydrogen, solar and wind power.

Ms Banfield has consulted to leading resource and energy companies providing strategy and project development support to energy transition, decarbonisation and sustainability-related investments.

Ms Banfield is currently a Non-Executive Director of Perseus Mining and SRG Global.

Ms Banfield holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) degree and a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Western Australia.

Alan Rule

Non-Executive Director

Mr Rule has more than 25 years experience as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary in the mining industry in Australia and Africa. Mr Rule has considerable experience in international debt and equity financing of mining projects, implementation of accounting controls and systems, governance and regulatory requirements, and in mergers and acquisitions.

Mr Rule is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Accounting degree.

Mr Rule was the CFO at Galaxy Resources Limited, an ASX listed lithium company, for 4 years until it merged with Orocobre Limited in August 2021. Prior to joining Galaxy, Mr Rule was with ASX-listed African iron ore company Sundance Resources Limited, where he had been Chief Financial Officer since July 2014. Mr Rule’s previous positions have also included CFO of Paladin Energy Limited, Mount Gibson Limited, Western Metals Limited and St Barbara Mines Limited. Mr Rule is a non-executive director of Yellow Cake plc, an AIM listed uranium company and Ora Banda Mining Limited, an ASX listed gold company.