Board of Directors
Mr Lawrenson holds postgraduate qualifications in commerce and finance and has worked extensively in project development and investment banking around the world, including in Australia, USA and Singapore. Mr Lawrenson is an experienced mining executive and director with deep expertise in the minerals and energy sectors derived from his considerable global experience. He has a successful track record of leading strategic direction in companies and executing corporate transactions.
His previous executive roles include Atlas Iron Limited, where he led the company’s stabilisation and the subsequent takeover by a wholly owned subsidiary of Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd. Prior to this, he led several ASX listed companies through various stages of development. He held the position of Group Managing Director of GRD Group Limited (GRD) from 2006 to 2009. Prior to joining GRD, Mr Lawrenson was a senior executive and vice president of CMS Energy Corporation in the USA and Singapore for seven years.
Mr Lawrenson is currently Non-Executive Chairman of ASX-listed Pacific Energy Ltd (ASX:PEA).
Mr Peter Watson is a chemical engineer with more than 35 years’ experience in the global resources sector across senior technical, project, and management roles as well as corporate experience in running ASX listed companies. His experience includes project development, project delivery, asset optimisation and mining facilities operations across multiple commodities and global jurisdictions, including Africa. Mr Watson has held technical and senior executive roles with a number of companies, culminating in his appointment as the MD & CEO of Sedgman Limited. Mr Watson has also held a number of senior and directorship roles at Strandline Resources Ltd, Sedgman Limited, New Century Resources, Resource Generation and EvacGroup, bringing significant board level experience at both the public and wholly owned company level, particularity on matters covering safety, governance, financial reporting, risk management, strategy and leadership.
Mr Watson is currently an executive director at Strandline Resources (ASX:STA) and a non-executive director at New Century Resources Ltd (ASX:NCZ).
Mr Peter Main is a mining and finance professional with extensive experience in these sectors spanning more than 30 years. During that time, Mr Main has developed an extensive working knowledge of the financial markets with a wealth of contacts and industry experience. Mr Main has spent almost 15 years in a variety of roles in the mining industry from operations through to CEO of a TSX-V listed mining company, obtaining diverse experience across most facets of mining operations. He has spent 20 years in finance, mainly working for investment banks, including 11 years managing the Royal Bank of Canada's (RBC) Australian equity sales and trading business and co-managing RBC's regional business. Prior to this Mr Main spent 6 years at Hartley Poynton as a mining analyst and almost 9 years serving in the Australian Army. Mr Main is currently Managing Director of Conan Minerals Group Pty Ltd providing access to short term debt capital enabling access to economically sound growth strategies with the objective of providing short to medium term funding solutions.
Chief Executive Officer
BCom FCA FAICD
Mr Purdy is a highly-respected executive with more than three decades’ experience within Australian and international natural resources companies.
In his time as a CEO and CFO of listed and private companies, Mr Purdy has delivered significant shareholder value through managing and optimising operations, delivering large projects and executing on business improvements and asset sales. Mr Purdy has extensive capital markets experience and a proven track record of delivering company funding requirements.
Most recently Mr Purdy was the CFO of Quadrant Energy, one of Australia’s largest and most active oil and gas companies producing over 20 percent of the domestic gas production in Western Australia. Prior to his position with Quadrant Energy, Mr Purdy was the Managing Director and CEO of Mirabela Nickel Limited, an Australian ASX-listed nickel producer operating in Brazil. In his time as CEO, he led Mirabela through the transition from construction to full nameplate production.
Chief Financial Officer
B.Com, CPA, MBA, AICD
Ms Sudlow is a highly qualified CFO with more than 20 years of experience across the energy and resources sectors specialising in corporate finance and funding, investor relations and commercial management. Ms Sudlow commenced her career at Woodside Energy, progressing into senior functional roles across treasury and portfolio management; thereafter working with small cap ASX listed companies in senior leadership positions with a focus in finance and commercial. Ms Sudlow previously held the position of CFO at Transborders Energy, where she has been their CFO since 2017. Ms Sudlow has a Bachelor of Commerce and MBA from the University of WA, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia, is a CPA and a graduate of the AICD.
Ms Sudlow joined the Paladin Group in July 2019.
Chief Operations Officer
B.Eng (Mech), MBA
In his role as General Manager of Business Development and Projects, Mr. Drake brings 25 years of diversified study, proejcts and operational leadership experience to Paladin.
He has undertaken executive leadership roles in Australia, South America, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, and was recently the General Manager of Processing at Newcrest's Lihir Gold Mine. He has previously held Program Director roles in BHP's major capital projects program in Nickel, Copper and Iron Ore. Mr. Drake holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mech) degreee and an MBA.
Principal Uranium Marketing Consultant
Gary has over 30 years’ experience in the nuclear fuels industry, and has worked with Paladin in various capacities since 2008. Previously, he was a co-founder of Nufcor International Ltd and BNFL Uranium Asset Management Ltd with prime responsibility for the management of nuclear fuels trading portfolios at both companies. At Nufcor he co-led the formation and market flotation of a uranium fund on the London FTSE AIM and Toronto Stock Exchanges and was authorized by the UK Financial Services Authority in the capacity of investment advisor to the fund. He also held a number of commercial and technical supervisory positions at British Nuclear Fuels plc and was a member of Euratom’s Advisory Committee. Gary holds a bachelors degree in physics from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and a postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies from the University of Lancashire.
CA, AGIA, B.Com, MBA
Ms Betti is an accounting and corporate governance professional with more than 20 years’ experience in accounting, corporate governance, corporate advisory, finance and corporate banking.
Ms Betti has acted as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for companies in the private and publicly listed sectors, as well as senior executive roles in the banking and finance industry.
Ms Betti joined the Paladin Group in August 2015 and was appointed Joint Company Secretary in April 2018.