Directors & Management

James Chisholm

Non-Executive Director

Mr Chisholm is a qualified engineer who has worked in the engineering and mining sectors for the past 28 years, initially in engineering, then management, then M&A roles. He co-founded The Chairmen1 Pty Ltd (which is the largest shareholder of Guildford Coal Limited ASX: GUF), Ebony Iron Pty Ltd (now part of Strategic Minerals Plc, AIM: SML), Fertoz Limited (ASX: FTZ) and Ebony Coal Limited.

Mr Chisholm brings to Atrum Coal an extensive network of contacts, opportunities and experience in mining.

Craig Burton

Non-Executive Director

Mr Burton has more than 25 years’ experience in financing, developing and managing emerging resource projects in Australia, Canada and the UK. He has co-founded numerous resource companies. Seven resource projects co-founded by him have advanced from exploration into production, including two that became ASX/200 companies.

Mr Burton is currently a non-executive director of two listed companies, Cradle Resources Ltd (ASX: CXX) and Capital Drilling Ltd (LON: CAPD).

Michael Jardine

Non-Executive Director

In February 2017, Atrum appointed Mr Jardine to its Board as a Non-Executive Director.

Mr Jardine has extensive finance and investment experience, having worked as Corporate Development Manager at Investmet Limited for three years, where he managed the corporate affairs for a portfolio of ASX listed resource companies, including business development, capital management and compliance. Prior to his time with Investmet, Mr Jardine held roles at Argonaut Limited in Perth and with London-listed Aegis Plc’s Synovate business in both Perth and London.

Tom Borman

Non-Executive Director

Mr Borman has more than 20 years’ experience in the mining and minerals industry and has spent most of his career developing projects. He served as Chief Commercial Officer of Diamonds (a division of BHP Billiton). During his 11 years at BHP Billiton, he served in various senior commercial roles and then in 2006 left BHP Billiton to join Warrior Coal Investments (Proprietary) Limited, which established Optimum Coal Holdings, a roll-up of coal assets in South Africa.  Optimum was listed on the JSE in 2010 and sold to Glencore in 2012.

From 2013 to 2016, Mr Borman served as a non-executive director of tin exploration and development company, Alphamin Resources Corp (TSXV: AFM) and in 2015 was chairman of ASX listed potash exploration and development company, Elemental Minerals Ltd (now Kore Potash Ltd, ASX: K2P).

Mr Borman was appointed a director of Univeg SA Holdings in 2013 which merged with Greenyard Foods NV (EBR: GREEN) in June 2015. He currently serves as non-executive director of Greenyard Foods NV which has an annual turn-over exceeding EUR3B and a market capitalisation of U$800m. In August 2016, Mr Borman joined the Board of Aussie Farmers Holding Company, the leading on-line grocery supplier in Australia.

Charles (Chuck) Blixt

Non-Executive Director

Mr Blixt began his 40-year career in private legal practice before taking on legal counsel roles, initially at Fiat-Allis and then at Caterpillar. In 1985 he joined R. J. Reynolds Tobacco as assistant Counsel Litigation. He spent 20 years at R. J. Reynolds in various legal roles including as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary for Reynolds American Inc from 1999 to 2006. He served as a Non-Executive Director of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc (NYSE: KKD) from 2007 to 2016.

Mr Blixt currently serves as a Non-Executive Director at Lamb Weston Holdings Inc (NYSE: LW), the largest North American frozen potato producer (and second largest worldwide) with a market capitalisation over US$6.5b. He serves as a Non-Executive Director of the $6.5b market cap Swedish Match AB (Stockholm: SWMA), one of the world’s largest Tobacco products manufacturers. He served as Non-Executive Director of Targacept Inc prior to its merger with Catalyst Biosciences Inc in 2015.

Mr. Blixt also serves as a director of several privately held small companies. He is currently a principal in C&D Ventures, which invests in entrepreneurial start-ups and other businesses which require capital and/or business and legal expertise.

Peter Doyle

Vice President - Marketing & Business Development

Mr Doyle BSc. (Geology) MBA has spent 20 years in the international coal industry specialising in operations, marketing and asset development. Mr Doyle started his career as an exploration geologist, and in operations as senior mine geologist at Liddell open cut. As a technical marketer Mr Doyle worked at Oakbridge and Xstrata Coal, and in 2005 moved to Beijing with Barlow Jonker as a coal market specialist. He later served as Head of European Coal in London for Wood Mackenzie. In 2010 Mr Doyle returned to Sydney as the Chief Operating Officer at Cockatoo Coal, before joining Atrum in 2014.

Mr Doyle was formerly Director of the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal and a Director (Alternate) of ATEC Rail Group.


Jayram (Jay) Hosanee

Chief Financial Officer

In May 2017, Atrum appointed Mr Hosanee as its Chief Financial Officer.

Mr Hosanee is based in Vancouver and has significant experience in CFO roles in several resources companies including Golden Dawn Minerals Inc and Great Quest Fertilizer Ltd. Mr Hosanee is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA.CGA) and a Fellow of the Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA).

Justyn Stedwell

Company Secretary

Justyn Stedwell is a professional Company Secretary, with over eight years’ experience as a Company Secretary of ASX-listed companies, including biotechnology, agriculture, mining and exploration, information technology and telecommunications.

Mr Stedwell’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Management) from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma of Accounting at Deakin University and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance at the Governance Institute of Australia.

He is currently Company Secretary at several ASX-listed companies, including Lifespot Health (ASX: LSH); Axxis Technology Group (ASX:AYG), Motopia Ltd (ASX:MOT), Rhinomed Ltd (ASX:RNO), Imugene Ltd (ASX:IMU), Australian Natural Proteins Ltd (ASX:AYB), Rectifier Technologies Ltd (ASX:RFT), Lanka Graphite Ltd (ASX:LGR), WONHE Multimedia Commerce Ltd (ASX:WMC) and Broo Ltd (ASX:BEE).

Ann Marie Hann

Vice President - External Relations

Ms Hann has significant experience leading advocacy discussions and strategies in mining and environment related issues across Canada and internationally. She was President of two national resource industry associations, including the Coal Association of Canada, and is a former member of both the International Energy Agency’s Coal Industry Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of the Energy Council of Canada.

Her extensive government career culminated in appointments as a provincial Deputy Minister of Environment and Labour, CEO of a Workers’ Compensation Board and President of the Workers’ Compensation Board of Canada.

Ms Hann’s education includes Bachelor and Master’s degrees in business from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a certified board director (ICD.D) from the Rotman School of Management/Institute  of  Corporate Directors.

Ms Hann will work with all levels of government, First Nations, local groups and other stakeholders in support of the Company’s applications for mining permits to allow the extraction of high grade and ultra-high grade anthracite for sales to Asian steel mills and traders and other industrial users of high carbon feedstock.

Ben Smith

Vice President - Operations

Mr Smith, MMEng(Mine Management); Grad Dip (Mine Vent); BEng (Mining, Hons); BCom (Mgmt) has spent 15 years in coal mine operations specialising in mine planning and design, mining engineering, safety, risk engineering and mine management. He holds 1st Class (Mine Manager – Underground and Open Cut); 2nd Class (Undermanager); 3rd Class (Deputy); and Ventilation Officer Certificates of Competency (NSW).

He has held a range of significant mine management positions within then Xstrata Coal, including: Operations Manager, Mine Manager, Project Manager, Technical Services Manager, Senior Mining Engineer, Undermanager, Deputy, Mining Engineer and Underground Operator.

As Principal Mining Engineer at MineCraft Consulting, Mr Smith has provided a range of consulting services to a number of major operators, suppliers and coal consumers including Xstrata Coal, Anglo American, BMA, Malabar Coal, Idemitsu, Ensham Resources, POSCO, Cockatoo Coal, Caterpillar, Shanxi Coal and Yancoal. He has also worked on overseas assignments in China, India, Canada, Turkey, New Zealand and the USA.

Mr Smith is a professional member of the Mine Manager’s Association of Australia and the AusIMM. He is also a Competent Person for the preparation of JORC Reserve Statements.

George Edwards

Senior Marketing Advisor (AMAC)

Mr Edwards BSc (Tech), CEng, FAICD, FIE (UK), FAIE, FAusIMM (CP), MMICA is a metallurgy graduate from UNSW and has been a prominent authority in the global coal and steel sectors for over 40 years, having owned and operated three export-focused coal mines.

Mr Edwards boasts a long and successful career in the coal industry with an impressive list of industry achievements and accolades:

  • Leader of the Australian Government Sponsored Coal Mission to South America
  • Member of the first Australian Coal Mission to China
  • Member of the Australian Steaming Coal Survey Mission to the USA
  • Member of the Australian Ministerial Coal Mission to India
  • Former President of The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (The AusIMM)
  • Former International Chairman of the Coal Preparation Congress
  • Gold Medal Recipient by the Mineral Industry Consultants Association in 2011
  • Former CEO in Australia for Consolidation Coal Company of USA
  • Former Marketing Director at Coal & Allied Industries Limited
  • Former Head of Marketing and Fuel Technology at the Joint Coal Board
  • Former Head of Coal and Coke Research at BHP
  • Former Chairman of Standards Australia
  • Former Chairman of Environment, Materials and Safety Standards Sector Board (Standards Australia)
  • Former Chairman of SAI Global Limited
  • Former Chairman of the Energy Council of Australia

Mr Edwards is currently Executive Chairman of the Australian Mining Association. He is mandated by several Chinese buyers, including the China Mining Association for whom he serves as Senior Foreign Advisor, to source coal projects.

Stephen Gye

Senior Marketing Advisor (AMAC)

Mr Gye has more than 45 years of experience in the Australian and overseas coal industry. He has a strong background in sales and marketing, business analysis, project management, exploration, mine geology, coal utilisation and trading. He has particular expertise in strategic market planning, customer relations and product development. He has been successful in developing new sales portfolios for new and existing export projects in major international coal markets including Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Most recently, Mr Gye has held senior positions Barlow Jonker and Wood Mackenzie where he specialised in coal market analysis, development and sales strategy. In addition to coal marketing, he has a strong technical background in coal technology and coal utilisation in the metallurgical and energy industries.

Robert Mitchell

Manager - Off-Site Infrastructure

Mr Mitchell B.Sc. B.Eng. (Honours), Dip PM, PMP is a multi-discipline engineer with 10 years’ experience. He has held senior roles within Rio Tinto’s Rail Division, leading Pre-feasibility and feasibility studies as well as project execution. He has worked on a number of major infrastructure projects for Rio Tinto and other blue chip miners including BHP Billiton Iron Ore’s Rapid growth Project 5 (RGP5) as well as other major public works both domestically and internationally.

Mr Mitchell is based in Vancouver to oversee development of the Company’s wholly-owned infrastructure subsidiary “Atrum Infrastructure & Logistics” (ATIL).