Board of Directors
Mr James Chirnside
Managing Director and Chairman
James Chirnside has been involved in financial and commodity markets over a thirty-year period. Presently James sits on three ASX listed company boards, including as chairperson on two Audit and Risk committees.
Before studying for a B. Bus. at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia James worked for Mt Newman Mining in the Pilbara as a geologist’s assistant.
During the early part of his formal career he worked for global commodity trading house Bunge where he traded in a range of food, fiber, steel and base metal commodities. James ran the overnight commodity-trading desk in Melbourne for Bell Commodities where clients including Pasminco and other mining companies would hedge metal production on the London Metal Exchange.
James worked for investment bank County NatWest in London where, during the first Gulf War, he proprietary traded commodities, including crude oil, for the firm. James moved to Hong Kong with fund manager Regent Pacific Group where he was responsible for resources investment across Asia Pacific as well as the firm’s proprietary activities in base and precious metals trading. Since returning to Australia and establishing his own asset management company in 2002, James has been involved in capital raising and investment across Asia Pacific. In 2006 he was awarded 1st place in the Australian Hedge Fund awards for best performing fund. In 2008 at the height of the GFC James’ fund was ranked 1st place out of 495 funds investing across the Asia Pacific region and returned 30% for his investors that year. James became involved with Dart Mining 2011 and raised capital for the company as well as investing directly in Dart Mining shares.
Mr Luke Robinson
Luke Robinson has been working in Financial Markets for 20 years with a number of stockbroking and advisory firms including Phillip Capital and Citi Group. Recently he has worked as an executive director of Melanesian Exploration, a privately held company, where he was responsible for researching, identifying and acquiring mainly petroleum assets in Papua New Guinea. Luke was a senior client advisor with Philip Capital where he was responsible for advising institutional and sophisticated individual investors in the Australian share market. Luke’s main focus has been in resources companies including mining and energy where he originated and distributed capital raisings for small and mid sized companies. Luke has worked with Dart Mining in the past and raised significant capital for the company over the last 7 years. Luke holds a B.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of Melbourne.
Mr Russell Simpson
Russell Simpson is a successful Riverena Farmer and the second largest shareholder in Dart Mining. Russell is a long-time investor in the company as well as in other gold and resources companies listed on the ASX. Russell is very familiar with Dart Mining and its staff, having been an investor since 2008. In addition he has been a substantial shareholder since 2009.
Dean Turnbull, M.AIG
Manager, Geology and Environment
Dean graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Geology) degree with distinction followed by an Honours degree in Economic Geology at the Key Centre for Ore Deposit and Exploration Studies (CODES) at the University of Tasmania.
Dean has over 24 years of industry experience as an exploration and mine geologist specialising in 3D geological and structural modelling, working on detailed exploration and geological models for many Victorian mining centres. Positions previously held have spanned the spectrum from leading grass roots green fields’ exploration to multi-rig Resource/Reserve drill outs and resource estimations on large scale underground mining projects. Dean was instrumental in the discovery and subsequent exploration of the Unicorn Porphyry Mo, Cu, Ag project and has built a knowledge base in porphyry systems.
Manager Finance and Administration
Pam Noonan lives on the outskirts of Corryong and has a strong commitment to her community. Pam has a strong focus on safety in the community and is the trainer for her local CFA Brigade. She has been a volunteer for both the SES and CFA, as a trainer and team manager for more than 10 years. During this time she has undergone leadership specific training and liaised with local government about community awareness and education.
Pam has had experience in mining and construction in south-west Western Australia as an operator while working on the South West Hwy upgrade in 2000 and north-west Western Australia on the Cape Lambert, road and rail site upgrade 2001.
She is currently completing her Bachelor in Emergency Management