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Directors and Management

Directors and Management


Mr Brett Lynch
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer

Appointed on 1 July 2019, Brett is a highly experienced international company director and chief executive, with a strong background in mining and mining-related businesses across Australia, Asia and North America and a proven track record in advancing shareholder value.

A senior mining engineer and manager, he has more than 30 years’ experience in the global industry, including previous posts with leading resources companies such as MIM Holdings, New Hope Corporation, Orica and VLI, during which time he was responsible for multi-million dollar international operations.

Brett’s professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) (Honours) at the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma of Business (Accounting) at Monash University and a Company Director Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Dennis (Dan) O’Neill
Non-Executive Director

Dan is a geologist with over 40 years of international mining experience, having worked across Australasia, Africa, Asia and North America.

Dan has held positions with a number of Australian and multinational exploration companies, as well as managed exploration programs in a diverse range of environments and locations, including Botswana, North America, South East Asia, North Africa and Australasia.

During his career, Dan has held executive management positions with ASX-listed companies and has worked on a range of commodities including diamonds, gold, base metals, coal, oil and gas. He was appointed a director on 10 March 2000.

Mr Alan Buckler 
Non-Executive Director

A qualified mine manager with more than 40 years coal experience in Australia and Indonesia, Alan joined Sayona on 5 August 2013.

He has had key roles in the establishment of several large mining and port operations in both Australia and Indonesia.

Allan is a former Director and Chief Operations Officer of New Hope Corporation Limited and has led the development of significant operations including PT Adaro Indonesia, PT Indonesia Bulk Terminal and PT Mult Harapan Utama in Indonesia.

Mr James Brown
Non-Executive Director

James holds formal qualifications in mining engineering with more than 35 years’ experience in Australia and Indonesia, and is the Managing Director of ASX-listed Altura Mining Limited.

His coal development and operations experience includes the New Acland and Jeebropilly mines in South East Queensland, the Adaro and Multi Harapan Utama operations in Indonesia and Blair Athol in Central Queensland.

He was appointed to the Board on 12 August 2013.

Mr Paul Crawford
Executive Director/Chief Financial Officer

Paul is an accountant with over 40 years of commercial experience in various technical and management roles within the minerals, coal and petroleum industries. He has also had significant corporate experience in the management and governance of ASX-listed resource and mining companies.

He is the principal of a corporate consultancy firm he established in 2001, offering a range of commercial and corporate governance services to corporate clients.

Paul was appointed to the Board on 10 March 2000.


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