AUA Directors

Robert Atkinson

Chief Executive Officer, ERA Ltd. Chair, Australian Uranium Association
B. Eng (Hons) Mining and Petroleum Engineering (Strathclyde University, Scotland).

After leaving University Rob spent two years working underground with British Coal in England. Rob has now spent 15 years with Rio Tinto in a variety of roles including Operations Manager and General Manager of Operations, has worked in iron ore in the Pilbara, Western Australia, coal in Colorado, USA and bauxite in Weipa, Queensland and a year in London working in the Corporate Office. Currently Chief Executive of Energy Resources Australia Ltd since September 2008.
Appointed as Director 23 December 2008. Appointed AUA Chair 5 May 2010.


Dean Dalla Valle

MBA, Electrical Engineering

President - Uranium – BHP Billiton. 

Dean has oversight of BHP Billiton's Uranium projects including Olympic Dam in South Australia and Yeelirrie, Western Australia. The Uranium team is focussed on breakthrough improvements in recoveries. Dean's career with BHP Billiton has spanned 32 years and included the role of President and Chief Operating Officer of Olympic Dam, a position he held from BHP Billiton's acquisition of WMC in June 2005 until March 2009. His responsibility was to integrate Olympic Dam into BHP Billiton and execute growth strategies. 
Dean began his career with Illawarra Coal where he held various positions including Manager Engineering, Manager Business Improvement and General Manager Westcliff before joining BHP Billiton Iron Ore as Vice President Ports (Western Australia). Thereafter Dean was Asset Leader at BHP Billiton Base Metals' Cannington mine in Queensland. He is also a sponsor for companies' Electrical Community of Practice and a member of the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) board.
Dean is married with two teenage children, an active cyclist, motorcyclist and skier.
Appointed 27 March 2009 representing BHP Billiton Ltd.


Michael K. Angwin 

B Comm
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Uranium Association

Michael is the inaugural Executive Director of the AUA, commencing in September 2006; Director, Economic Policy, Victorian Dept of Premier and Cabinet 2004-06; Principal Consultant, Empower Group 2001-03; Director, World Competitive Practices Pty Ltd 1999-2001; Chief Adviser, Employee Relations, Rio Tinto Ltd 1993-99; Assistant Director, Business Council of Australia 1986-93; various roles Australian public service 1974-86.
Appointed 17 October 2006.


John Borshoff

Managing Director, Paladin Energy Ltd.

John Borshoff is Managing Director of Paladin Resources Ltd, which he founded in 1994. Paladin has a primary focus on uranium having acquired a portfolio of advanced uranium projects in Southern Africa and Australia between 1998 and 2002. Mr Borshoff is a geologist who has been involved in the Australian exploration and mining industry for over 30 years.
Most of this time has been spent on uranium exploration and project development in Australia and Africa. He worked for International Nickel and Canadian Superior Mining prior to joining Uranerz Australia.
John became Chief Geologist/Exploration Manager during the period 1981-1986 and served as its Australian Chief Executive from 1987 until 1991, when the German parent of Uranerz made the decision to close its local operations.In April 1994 Mr Borshoff was instrumental in the assembly, design and development of a resource project portfolio to form the basis for the public listing of Paladin.
In 1996 John's vision saw the Company embark on its highly successful uranium strategy during a period of sustained and substantial downturn in the uranium industry downturn. This has helped make Paladin become a world leading emerging uranium producer. from 1976 to 1991.
Appointed 1 February, 2007 representing Paladin Energy Ltd.


Kuzma Otto

Kuzma Otto is  Senior Vice President Australia Projects with Uranium One. Kuzma is a chemical engineer with a master’s degree in business leadership and 25 years resources industry experience in mine operations, project management and strategic planning. Kuzma began his working career as a metallurgist with Rand Mines. He joined Anglovaal Mining in 1995 where he held various positions including Mine Manager, Consulting Metallurgist and Manager Strategy. He joined Uranium One in 2007 and has overall management responsibility for all operations, projects and exploration in Australia.
Appointed 5 September 2009, representing Uranium One.


Brian Reilly

Managing Director, Cameco Australia Pty Ltd.

Brian Reilly has oversight of Cameco Australia operations including the Kintyre Project in East Pilbara, Western Australia. He has more than 25 years experience in exploration, project development and management of mining companies in Canada and overseas, including more than 15 years experience in the uranium industry.
Brian has a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from St Francis Xavier, a Masters Degree in Geology from Brock University and an MBA from the University of Saskatchewan.
Brian is responsible for developing Cameco’s presence in Australia and overseeing the development of mining and exploration projects. He will continue to build successful relationships with key stakeholders, including indigenous groups, government agencies and industry associations. Brian is a member of the Executive Council of the Chamber of Minerals & Energy of Western Australia.
Appointed 18 May 2011 representing Cameco Australia Pty Ltd.


Alan Tietzel

B.A., B.Com., Dip. Ed., MBA
General Manager External Affairs, ERA Ltd.

Alan commenced his career with the WA Public Service in education, training and management roles. He has spent the past twenty years in management roles in the mining and manufacturing industries with particular focus on human resources, community relations, and government relations. Alan has specialised experience in Indigenous land agreements and regional socio-economic development.
Appointed December 2010 representing Energy Resources Australia Limited.


Richard Phillips

BSc (Hons) Chem Eng, GradDip Bus Admin, MAusIMM

Managing Director-Operations, Heathgate Resources Pty Ltd from 2006; Mine Manager / Production Manager, Beverley Uranium Mine, Heathgate Resources Pty Ltd, 2001 to 2006; Metallurgical Consultant, Ric Phillips Consulting, 1998 to 2001; Manager-Mineral Processing / Metallurgical Consultant, Amdel Ltd, 1988 to 1997; Senior Metallurgist-Olympic Dam Project, Western Mining Corporation Ltd, 1980 to 1987; various operating positions in Zambia, South Africa and Namibia with Anglo American Corporation Ltd, 1973 to 1980.
Appointed 5 December 2006 representing Heathgate Resources


Kym Winter-Dewhirst

Kym Winter-Dewhirst is the head of External Affairs for BHP Billiton Ltd.'s Uranium Customer Group, based in Adelaide, South Australia. The group's portfolio includes operations at Australia's largest underground mine at Olympic Dam in the north of South Australia; the proposed multi-billion dollar expansion of Olympic Dam and the development of the Yeelirrie uranium deposit in Western Australia. Kym has been with BHP Billiton for five years and manages a team of public affairs, community relations and indigenous affairs specialists. Before joining BHP Billiton, Kym worked for many years as a journalist and senior political adviser.
Appointed October 2009, representing BHP Billiton.


Philippe Portella

Afmeco Mining and Exploration Pty Ltd.
Appointed 5 December 2006 representing Afmeco Mining and Exploration  Pty Ltd.


Brendan O'Hara

Executive Chairman, Summit Resources Ltd.

Mr Brendan O'Hara graduated with Bachelors of Laws and Jurisprudence (Hons 1st class) from the University of Western Australia in 1988, before joining a national Australian law firm, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, fundraising, securities industry law and corporate regulation. He then spent 13 years with the Australian Stock Exchange in various roles including WA State Executive Director. He subsequently joined Paladin Energy Ltd as General Manager, Special Projects.
He is a Senior Fellow and regional councillor of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, a director of Good Samaritans Industries, a member of the Australian institute of Company Directors and a committee member of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.
He was appointed Executive Chairman of Summit Resources in May 2007 following the takeover by Paladin Energy Ltd.
Appointed 15 January 2007 representing Summit Resources Ltd


Greg Hall

Managing Director, Toro Energy Ltd.

Greg Hall is a Mining Engineer with more than 28 years experience in the resources industry, including 18 years in the uranium mining and marketing industry.
Mr Hall held a variety of senior operational and technical management roles with WMC Resources Ltd, at its nickel operations and the Olympic Dam project, as well as a secondment to LKAB’s iron ore operations in northern Sweden. He held the position of Mining Manager of Energy Resources’ Ranger Operations and Jabiluka mine development, before moving to Sydney as ERA’s North American Marketing Manager.
Prior to joining Toro Energy, Mr Hall held the position of Director, Sales with Comalco’s Bauxite and Alumina division, a member of the Rio Tinto group.
Appointed 27 February 2008 representing Toro Energy Ltd.


Mark Sykes

General Manager, Business Development, Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd.

Mark Sykes joined Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd in March 1997. As General Manager Business Development, he plays a vital role in the execution of the business strategy, delivering investment opportunities and maximising value from joint venture investments.
Mr Sykes has extensive experience in mining operations and investment gained in both Australia and the Americas. Having previously worked for BHP Billiton in the area of operational excellence he has implemented value adding solutions to mining operations and has overseen the delivery of large scale acquisitions.
Mr Sykes holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from the Western Australian School of Mines and a Masters of Minerals and Energy Economics from Macquarie University.
Appointed 18 May 2011 representing Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd.


Len Jubber 

BCivil Eng, MBA

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Bannerman Resources Limited.

Len has more than 20 years experience in the minerals industry both in Australia and internationally. Prior to joining Bannerman, Len was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Perilya Limited from May 2005 to March 2008, during a period of record profitability for the base metals miner.
Len also worked for seven years with Oceana Gold Limited, ultimately becoming Chief Operating Officer and an Executive Director of the company. Prior to Oceana Gold, Len spent eight years in southern Africa with Rössing Uranium Limited, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto and operator of the Rössing uranium mine, which is located less than 20 kilometres to the northeast of Bannerman's Etango Project. Len holds a degree in engineering and a post graduate degree in business administration.
Appointed 14 June2011 representing Bannerman Resources Limited.


Warren Mundine

CEO NTSCorp Ltd.

Warren Mundine is a former National President of the Australian Labor Party and a long-time campaigner for improvement of Aboriginal health and social and economic welfare through economic development of indigenous communities. He is co-convenor of the AUA’s Indigenous Dialogue Group.
Appointed 13 May 2009, ex officio his role as co-convenor of the Indigenous Dialogue Group.


Brett Lambert

Managing Director, Thundelarra Exploration Ltd.

Brett Lambert is a mining engineer with 30 years of Australian and international resource industry experience.  He has worked extensively in mining operations, project development and exploration in a range of commodities.
Mr Lambert has held senior management positions in major companies and in the junior resources sector and has served as a director of companies listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Stock Exchange of Thailand.
Appointed 18 May 2011 representing Associate Members.


Weidong Xiang

Managing Director of Energy Metals Ltd.

Dr Xiang is a qualified geologist and has more than 16 years’ experience in geology and uranium exploration. Dr Xiang holds a doctor degree in Exploration and Prospecting Mineral Resources. He worked for the CNNC Beijing Research Institution of Uranium Exploration for approximately twelve years before he joined CGNPC-Uranium Resources Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding Co. Ltd., as a senior executive.  He is currently the Managing Director of Energy Metals Ltd. Dr Xiang is a member of AusIMM.
Appointed 18 May 2011 representing Associate Members.


John Dunlop

BE (Mining), MEngSc, PCertArb, FAusIMM, CP, FIMMM, Member CIMM, Member SME.
Chairman, Alliance Resources Ltd.

John Dunlop is an Australian mining engineer, with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Mining Engineering from the University of Melbourne. He has approximately 40 years of mining experience, surface and underground, in a variety of base metal and precious metal production and management situations.
As well his role with Alliance, John is Chairman of Alkane Resources Ltd and Drummond Gold Ltd and is a director of Gippsland Ltd. and Copper Strike Ltd. He is a former director of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, though he still Chairs the AusIMM’s Mineral Industry Consultants Association.
Appointed 5 May 2010 representing Alliance Resources.


Richard Homsany

B.Com., LL.B(Hons), ASA, F Fin
Executive Vice President, Australia for Mega Uranium Limited.

Mr. Homsany has significant experience in the resources industry, including working for North Ltd., which was acquired by Rio Tinto Ltd. in 2001. He also has significant board experience with publicly listed resource companies in Australia.
In his recent role as a Corporate Partner at the international law firm of DLA Philips Fox, one of Australia’s leading law firms, he focused on the Energy & Resources sector including advising clients on capital raisings, mergers & acquisitions, finance, joint ventures, divestments and corporate governance.
Richard was an integral part of Mega's successful negotiations with the Japan Australia Uranium Resources Development Company Ltd (“JAURD”) (through its subsidiary JAURD International Lake Maitland Project Pty Ltd) and ITOCHU Corporation (“ITOCHU”) (through its subsidiary ITOCHU Minerals & Energy of Australia Pty Ltd) relating to the sale of a 35% interest in Mega's Lake Maitland uranium project (“the Project”) and Joint Venture.
Appointed 5 May 2010 representing Associate Members.


Peter L. Williams

BEc, FCA
Chairman, Marathon Resources Ltd.

Peter is a chartered accountant with extensive professional and commercial experience.He has broad experience as managing director and chairman of public companies.
Peter was a partner of Deloitte for 17 years and partner in charge of the South Australian practice from 1987 to 1991. He joined the Lloyd Helicopter group as managing director in 1991 and from 1993-1998 was managing director of Enterprise Solutions Asia Pacific Limited.
He conducts a consultancy practice from the Deloitte offices, is involved with several private companies and was chairman of TEC 29 from 1999 to 2002.His current roles also include Chairman of AquaOysters Limited, Steriline Racing Pty Ltd and Marathon Resources Limited.
Peter is a member of Marathon's Audit Committee.He previously was a director of venture capital companies Momentum Ventures Limited and Playford Capital Pty Ltd.
Appointed 5 May 2010 representing Associate Members.


Greg Duncan

Director, Exploration Manager, Lagoon Creek Resources Pty Ltd.

Appointed 18 May 2011, representing Associate Members.