Deborah has 20 years’ experience in the metals and mining
sector. Prior to joining Société Générale Deborah was with
Barclays’ mining investment banking team in London where
she was responsible for mining structured finance for EMEA
and the Americas, as well as global coverage for clients such
as Rio Tinto.
Deborah’s transaction experience includes corporate
facilities, acquisition finance, project finance, debt capital
markets, and risk management. Deborah has led and
supervised transactions in Australia, Indonesia, Canada, USA,
Brazil, Peru, Mexico, South Africa, Burkina Faso, and Mali and
her cross-commodity experience includes iron ore,
bauxite/alumina, nickel, copper, lithium and gold.
Deborah began her career as a process engineer with BHP,
where she worked for 8 years in operations, project
development, and investment evaluation on multiple sites in
Australia and internationally.
Deborah holds a Bachelor of Metallurgical Engineering
(University of NSW) with First Class Honours, a Master of
Business Administration (University of Queensland) Dean’s
Honour Role, is a Member of AusIMM, and Graduate of the
Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Founded in 2006, Pacific Road is a mining focused investment manager headquartered out of Sydney Australia. Pacific Road manages two institutional private equity funds with total commitments of $800 million. Having made over 20 public and private investments into gold, coal, base metals, diamonds, industrial minerals, and mining service companies, Pacific Road is focused on control-oriented strategies with substantial potential for long-term cash flow generation. Pacific Road is an industry leader in Responsible Investment, and a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment.
As Managing Partner of Pacific Road, Matt is involved with all aspects of investment operations. Prior to joining Pacific Road, Matt had two decades of experience building, buying, financing and selling mines and mining companies.
Matt holds an MBA from Wharton and a Bachelors of Geology from Princeton. Grandson of a metallurgist, Matt got his start in mining as a geology field hand during college.
John Forwood is a qualified lawyer and geologist experienced in the resources sector. He has been CIO of the Lowell Resources Fund since 2016. Prior to that, he spent 17 years in resources financing with RMB Resources, including 13 years as a manager of the Telluride Fund. At RMB Resources, he acted as a principal financier of equity, structured quasi-equity and project finance to the junior resources sector. Mr Forwood also has 5 years' experience in exploration and development geology in Australia, Tanzania and Indonesia. Previously, he qualified with a major Australian law firm to practice as a barrister and solicitor
Benjamin Bell is an experienced company executive, with a career in the Australian exploration and mining sector spanning more than two decades. He is a qualified geologist and geophysicist, with significant management and on-the-ground experience working for listed companies, government agencies and as a respected industry consultant
Bruce Maluish is a Mining Engineer and has many years of experience in the management and early development of mining operations. He has previously been the Operations Director with various public companies in Australia including the formative years of the very successful companies, Hill 50 Ltd and Abelle Ltd. Recently pivoting the Company in to Silica Sands, Bruce brings to VRX Silica, 35 years of experience, a range of strengths including set-up of projects, contractual arrangements, successful fund raising and a style of management that meets corporate needs and the best return to investors.
Mr Easterday is a geologist with over 17 years experience in the mineral exploration and mining industry. He holds an honours degree in geology from the University of Western Australia, a masters degree in Mineral Economics from Curtin University of Technology and a masters degree in Business Administration from Curtin’s Graduate School of Business. Mr Easterday has held several senior positions and exploration management roles with top-tier gold companies including Placer Dome, Hill 50 Gold and Harmony Gold, specialising in structural geology, resource development and mineral economic valuation. For the past eight years, Mr Easterday has been involved in various aspects of project negotiation. This work has involved negotiations and valuations covering gold, copper, uranium, iron ore, nickel, and tantalum resource projects in Australia and overseas. Mr Easterday is a member of The Australian Institute of Geoscientists.
Greg is a highly respected international mining executive with over 30 years’ experience across a broad spectrum of minerals.
Prior to Reward Greg was MD of Deep Yellow Limited; previous roles include CEO of Terramin and EVP: Australia and Asia for Uranium One.
Greg’s earlier career was with BHP Billiton and predecessor companies in the Gencor/Billiton stable.
He is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
He holds a M.Sc. from Witwatersrand University in South Africa and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management in the UK.
Mr. Lamb’s career spans over 30 years in mining, construction and heavy transport in Australia and Asia.
Prior to joining Myanmar Metals as Chairman and CEO in 2017, Mr Lamb held CEO roles in civil
construction and heavy transport companies, and Operational General Manager roles at the Century
Mine in Queensland and Rosebery Mine in Tasmania. A Chartered Professional Fellow of the Aus.IMM
and Order of Merit Graduate of the AICD, Mr Lamb has consulted widely in the resource sector and has
served on numerous industry panels and boards. He presently chairs boutique business broker and
consulting firm, Tasmania Invest.
Mr Canterbury is a highly regarded senior executive with significant knowledge of project development in Australia and Africa. Previously he was CEO of Bauxite Resources and CFO of Sundance Resources. At Sundance he led the negotiation of the Cameroon Mining and Development convention for the US$5billion integrated iron ore mine rail and port project. He was also critical in the rebuilding of Sundance as acting CEO following the tragic plane crash in June 2010, which claimed the lives of the CEO and the entire Board. From 2001 to 20017, he was CFO of Dadco Europe, which owns the Stade Alumina refinery in Germany and a share in the CBG bauxite mine in Guinea.
Vincent Algar is a geologist by profession with over 25 years’ experience in the mining industry spanning underground and open cut mining operations, greenfields exploration, project development and mining services in Western Australia and Southern Africa. Vincent has significant experience in the management of publicly listed companies which includes the entire compliance, marketing and management process and encompasses the development of internal geological and administrative systems, exploration planning and execution, plus project acquisition and deal completion. Since 2015 Vincent has led Australian Vanadium Ltd to develop its high-grade vanadium deposit in Meekatharra, Western Australia and was instrumental in the launch of battery-focused subsidiary VSUN Energy and AVL’s vertical integration strategy.