Our Management

Mr James Brown

Interim CEO & Director

James holds formal qualifications in mining engineering with more than 40 years’ experience in the mining industry in Australia, the United States, Africa and Indonesia, including 14 years as Managing Director of ASX-listed Morella Corporation Limited.

He has successfully sourced, developed and operated numerous key global projects with a focus on lithium and battery minerals. He has an extensive global investment network to underpin the capital requirements for project investment and development.

He was appointed to the Board on 12 August 2013. On 27 August 2023, James was appointed as Interim CEO.

He also serves as a Director of Greenwing Resources Limited.

Mr Dougal Elder

Chief Financial Officer

Since joining Sayona in September 2022, Dougal has made a significant contribution to the Company’s evolution from a developer to a lithium producer by playing a key role in financial management and leading Sayona’s investor relations function.

Dougal is a chartered accountant with more than 15 years’ experience in large private and publicly owned companies in Australia and the United Kingdom, including group finance and financial planning and analysis roles. He has extensive experience in driving budget management, systems implementations, treasury management and strategic initiatives across a range of industries including energy, manufacturing and agriculture.

Dougal was appointed Sayona’s Chief Financial Officer in 2024.

Mr Sylvain Collard

Chief Operating Officer

Sylvain has been in charge of Sayona’s operations in Québec since October 2022. He is responsible for the Company’s projects in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue hub, having overseen the successful restart and ramp-up of the North American Lithium operation. Sylvain also is responsible for projects in the Eeyou Istchee James Bay hub in northern Québec, including exploration and development of the Moblan Lithium Project.

A specialist in mine project management and continuous process improvement, he has extensive experience in operations management for both open pit and underground mines.

During his career, Sylvain has worked on several IAMGOLD mining projects, notably as manager of a major capital project at the Essakane mine in Burkina Faso, where 3,500 workers were under his direction. He has also managed copper and gold mines and projects in Québec, Ontario and the United States.