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.

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.

Dr Clarke was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director on 14 March 2018.

Dr Clarke possesses over 50 years of experience in senior technical, financial and corporate positions in the mining and exploration industry globally. In particular, over 16 years Dr Clarke played a significant role in the extraordinary growth and success of Plutonic Resources Limited through his positions as General Manager – Exploration, General Manager – Finance and Administration, and General Manager – Corporate at various times. He was part of the team which transformed Plutonic Resources Limited to one of Australia’s largest gold producers with up to five operating mines and a market capitalisation of over A$1 billion. Subsequently, as Director and Consultant for 10 years, he contributed to the development of Troy Resources Limited from small explorer to successful international gold miner. He has been Non-Executive Chairman of five ASX-listed exploration and mining companies including BCD Resources Limited (formerly Beaconsfield Gold Limited).  Prior to joining Plutonic, he spent 10 years in exploration mostly in Canada with Rio Algom Limited (a subsidiary of Rio Tinto).

Dr Clarke holds a B. Sc. in Geology and B. A. (Economics and Statistics) from Queensland University and a Ph. D. (Geology) from Stanford University in California. He is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.  


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